Chaco Bar

It’s no secret to those that are close to me that I love Japan. Before my first visit, it was not on my list of must-visit places in the world – back then, I was still naive, and wanted to go to Paris, the States, like every wide-eyed teenager. It was upon graduating university that…

Japan 2016 Part 2: Osaka and Hiroshima

Day 4 – Bullet train time!! En route to Osaka The next day we are packed and ready to get on our first ever Shinkansen train. We had not activated our JR passes upon entering Japan, as we knew our first couple of days would be in Tokyo. We headed to the JR counter in Tokyo…

Japan 2016 Part 1: Tokyo

It’s hard to believe that it’s been only three months or so since Night Owl and I returned from the glorious country of Japan. It’s the little moments like stepping into a tiny Japanese sushi house in Neutral Bay, hearing the “arigato gozaimasu” when I buy my Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake, the shock at seeing how expensive Japanese whiskey…

Instant Ramen Gnocchi Parisienne

I’ve been a Stan subscriber for the last couple of months, and I was lured onto it by the prospect of seeing that elusive Sherlock: The Abominable Bride episode that was only available via the online streaming service. With a free 30 day trial, I told myself that I would unsubscribe as soon as I had watched it, but…

Tamageta-Ya

I don’t think I’ve ever been this eager to have a four-day long weekend. On top of my regular work-play-gym-sleep-repeat routine, The Sister has requested that I make her wedding cake for the big event next month, which of course I was more than delighted to say yes to. Little did I know that this…

Makanai

I love my ramen, and even when the weather begins to heat up, I still get that insatiable craving for the thick soup full of infused flavours, silky noodles and oh-so-tender slabs of slightly fatty pork. Ryo‘s was a bit too far away for me on this occasion, so The Sister, Mother and I decided…

Ippudo Blogger’s Dinner

A couple of weeks ago, I was thrilled when I received an invitation to attend Ippudo Sydney’s first ever blogger event. While I wouldn’t call myself a ramen connoisseur, I’ve tasted ramen at a few different establishments across Sydney and a few in Japan and know that the true ramen ‘masters’ take their art very…

Ippudō

I’m not sure why, but there’s a part of my personality where I enjoy being the black sheep of the crowd. If everyone is raving about a particular movie, book or restaurant, I generally will steer clear of it. While I know that I will eventually see/read/eat it, a part of me wants to shut…

Ryo’s Noodles

Ramen-porn is notorious among Sydney’s foodies, there’s no doubt about it, and with the rise of colder weather I can wager I’ll be seeing a lot more of it on my Instagram news feed. Ramen is not something that is new to me anymore, however my first taste of it a few years back was…