What is Korean Temple Food? Learning about Vegan Korean Food from Chef Ji Young Kim

Korean Temple Food - Grilled Potato with Jujubes and Chestnuts

Chef Ji Young Kim is the head chef at Balwoo Gongyang, a Korean temple food restaurant in Seoul. Driven by the Buddhist tenets of temple food, the restaurant aims to promote Buddhist culture and the practice of balwoo gongyang, the act of eating as part of practicing Buddhism, and how to appreciate food using all five of the senses. Read on to learn more about this vegan cuisine, and how Chef Ji Young Kim achieved a Michelin-star. ... Read more »

Exploring Canadian Maple Syrup

Tins of Canadian Maple Syrup

Made from the sap of sugar maple, red maple and black maple trees, maple syrup is a product that’s indelibly associated with Canada, though also produced in the USA. Learn more about its history, how it’s made and graded, where and what to buy, and the joys of visiting a sugar shack. ... Read more »

Caffè La serra | Our Favourite Cafe in Venice

Caffè La serra | My Favourite Cafe in Venice

Cafe culture is quintessentially Italian, and that certainly holds true in Venice. There are a thousand cafes in Venice in which to enjoy a cappuccino, espresso or macchiato, (or tea, beer or soft drinks if you prefer) and we paused in several during our recent visit. Many Venetian cafes offer light meals and sweets, perfect ... Read more »

An Authentic Taiwanese Pineapple Cake Recipe | 鳳梨酥

Taiwanese pineapple cakes in serving dish, individual ones on plates, and tea and tea pot behind

Taiwanese pineapple cakes, a delicious treat popular in Taiwan throughout the year, are square-shaped crisp and crumbly pastries filled with delicious pineapple jam. I spent the day with regular contributor Diana Chan, as she shared her recipe to make these treats at home. A little time consuming, but not at all complicated, it’s hard to beat this authentic homemade version. ... Read more »

Travel Quote Tuesday | Leave Only Footprints

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” ~ Chief Si’ahl. Also known as Chief Seattle (an anglicisation of his actual name), Chief Si’ahl was a leading figure among his people, the Suquamish and Duwamish Native Americans. The city of Seattle in Washingston state was named for him, in celebration of his efforts to forge a positive relationship between his peoples and white immigrant settlers ... Read more »

Recipe: Yuzu Cream, Rhubarb or Plums, and Pistachio Crumble

Yuzu Cream, Rhubarb and Pistachio Crumble Recipe from The Japanese Larder by Luiz Hara | Bringing Japanese Ingredients Into Your Everyday Cooking

You may already have read my recent review of The Japanese Larder by chef, food writer and supperclub host Luiz Hara. The publishers have kindly given permission to share three great recipes from the book with you. The first two, for crispy and deeply savoury Marmite chicken and Japanese-style mabo dofu are already up. Here’s the third ... Read more »

The Best Souvenirs to Buy in Portugal

The latest in our series of guides to the best souvenirs to buy around the world, here we are sharing some of the best ideas for souvenirs to buy in Portugal. From traditional tiles and jewellery to classic food and drink items like tinned sardines and egg custard tarts, there are plenty of ideas to ... Read more »

Travel Quote Tuesday | My Dream Became My Address

“When I went to Venice my dream became my address.” ~ Marcel Proust. I’m always surprised when I hear a traveller tell me they didn’t think much of Venice, that they didn’t feel its magic or fall for its beauty. For me, it’s a dream destination, and one I can’t imagine being bored by! ... Read more »

Feeding The Hype | Din Tai Fung Opens In London

A very hotly anticipated launch, Din Tai Fung opened its first London restaurant to huge hype and queues. Like many who’ve tasted DTF’s famous Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) before, my friends and I were keen to find out whether the London branch would live up to our memories. Find out if it did! ... Read more »