Chinese Lunch for one is fun; Day 14

Our last day of the week in Asia dawned sunny and quickly turned to rain as we went on a morning walk. Kiwis or New Zealanders have the privilege of easy access to many Asian staples like Oyster Sauce, Soy Sauce, Soya Bean Oil, Sesame Oil and Asian green vegetables like Pak Choi, Bop Choi…

Japan here we come; Day 12

I have to admit this is a little late but I have been up to my ears in dumpling wrappers all afternoon! Check out Day 13 for the recipe :). Otherwise…. One of our favourite treats is heading out to Momo tea in Mt Albert to eat Chicken Hearts and drink Bubble Tea. The bubble…

Everything tastes great with Cashew Nuts; Day 10

A husband with a migraine and long day at University and work, were not exactly conducive to creating a masterpiece.  However everything is solved with salty and creamy cashew nuts! Welcome to Thailand, South East Asia: the second culinary destination for our week of awesome Asia. One of my favourite memories of Thailand was visiting…

Quick, fun and fast like scooters in Vietnam; Day 9

Yesterday our cat Ollie caught a sparrow. I turned around from finishing making our bed to see a helpless little bird trying desperately to escape Ollie’s mouth. He managed it and flew into our lounge, Ollie and I both chased him in there. Ollie was thrilled of course and I was envisioning scenes of blood…

60% of the World’s population can eat this, so why don’t you? Day 8

Welcome to Asia, a buzzing metropolis of flavour, pollution and 60% of the world’s population. Today marks the start of week 2 of our “Eat around the World – at home” 30 day challenge. Our first port of call is the historically tumultuous and scooter loving country of Vietnam. While we were in Vietnam, I…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

Wandering through an Orchid Farm in Phuket, Southern Thailand, we saw a butterfly. “Wow, look,” I whispered to my husband, “I hope it lands so we can get a good photo.” We watched entranced as it flapped it’s wings delicately past us, then it u-turned and started coming towards me. It landed on my nose….

Herby Hanoi; Delicious dishes, dirty streets and dodging traffic

On a steamy hot Monday evening we emerged from our air conditioned haven into the lobby of our hotel. A smiling face greeted us, we met our foodie guide extraordinaire Ha. Over the next four hours, we would laugh, squish ourselves into small spaces of all descriptions and eat seven different street foods. Sweat started…

Mighty Mekong; Rafts, Rain and Rice Paper

Ominous dark clouds loomed down at us as we walked through the wet blanket air of Ho Chi Minh city. We were on our way to the Mighty Mekong River, the twelfth longest river in the world. We drove through the chaotic streets of Saigon, our transfer van bouncing on the potholes and swerving to…

Sumptuous Saigon; Cyclos, Cruises and Clever Puppeteers

After a long day hard at work, it was time to let down our hair and live it up Saigon style. The lights, the entertainment, the pollution? Saigon (the original name for Ho Chi Minh City) is a city of contrasts. Tacky neon lights advertising everything from tours to motorcycles for hire wink at passers…

Bizarre Bangkok; Bikes, Buddha and Bottles of Water

As promised here is part two of my day of touring Bangkok, now it was time for my Follow Me Bike tour. After finishing our tour of Bangrek’s hottest Eateries, Nushi (our food guide) took Mina (My New York companion) and I to the Follow Me Club house. As soon as we arrived we were…