Food

Visiting the Theaterplatz and the Semperopera, Dresden

Visiting the Theaterplatz and the Semperopera, Dresden

The Dresden Theaterplatz (Theatre Square) is the main square which occupies the space in from of the Semperopera. This was one of the squares we frequently would be caught walking through and was for sure one of my favourite places. If you're entering the Theaterplatz from the Zwinger gates, you see the statue of King John in the centre, the Semperopera on the left and the Dresden Catholic Church and Royal Residence on the right. 

Dining at Kavárna Obecní Dům Café, Prague

Dining at Kavárna Obecní Dům Café, Prague

This beautiful, art nouveau building is one of Prague’s most beloved buildings. It was once the seat of the old Royal Court Palace but has since been transformed into what is known today as the Municipal House or Obecní dům. In 1485, the old Royal Court was abandoned with the dissolution of Bohemia, and it wasn't until 1920 when the now Municipal House was built. 

Guide to Dresden Neumarkt

Guide to Dresden Neumarkt

One of the best places to grab a bite to eat, enjoy people watching while being surrounded by one of the most beautiful views in Dresden, is at the Dresden Neumarkt. The Neumarkt is the cultural centre of the Dresden historical district. This area was mostly entirely destroyed in WWII during the same bombing runs that destroyed the Dresden Frauenkirche. After the war, during the communist era, the surrounding buildings were rebuilt in the socialist, realist style. This was not a favourite of the German people and after reunification these buildings were demolished and the reconstruction of the Neumarket to restore it to its original architectural style got underway.
 

U Fleků, Tourist Trap or Tasty Treat?

U Fleků, Tourist Trap or Tasty Treat?

U Fleku, located in the bustling and tourist-heavy city of Prague, is one of those places that can be a real hit or miss experience. But it’s all about knowing what to expect and what to avoid.

10 Foods You Must Eat In Prague

10 Foods You Must Eat In Prague

You can't visit Prague without sampling their beer. It's honestly such a HUGE part of their culture and cuisine. Every bar has their unique home brew as well as hundreds of other local varieties.

The Best Places to Eat in Phoenix

The Best Places to Eat in Phoenix

Every time I visit the Valley of the Sun I am consistently amazed by the enticing restaurants popping up all over the city. For anyone spending a few hours, a few days or even an extended vacation, here are some of my favourite joints to visit while enjoying the sunshine, desert views and Sonoran hospitality.

Barcelona's El Poble-sec Neighbourhood

Barcelona's El Poble-sec Neighbourhood

During our first visit to Barcelona, we stayed in the up and coming, trendy neighbourhood of 'El Poble-sec'. We picked a colourful and quirky Airbnb for our lodgings. We hoofed our way up the six floors, barely managing our clunky bags up the narrow 19th-century staircase.

Dining on the Danube, Restaurant Halászbástya

Dining on the Danube, Restaurant Halászbástya

While on our honeymoon, we tried to book a special dinner in each destination throughout our European adventure. For the most part, we're not the fanciest of diners. We love a great meal, but for us, that great meal doesn't have to cost a fortune. Some of the best food I've ever had has been on the side of the road or off the back of a truck. But since it was our honeymoon, and we'd been gifted some money for a 'Dinner by the Danube' we went all out, and I booked us a table at Halaszbastya Restaurant.

Conveyor Belt Sushi in Asakusa

Conveyor Belt Sushi in Asakusa

Sushi-Nova is a restaurant where diners can enjoy sushi delivered right to their seat via a high-speed conveyor. For travellers, you'll be pleased to hear that all their tables of four provide outlets to charge your devices and they even have free wifi! (which yes is a big deal in Japan)
 

My First and Only Experience of Owl Cafes in Japan

My First and Only Experience of Owl Cafes in Japan

I think in retrospect we should have spent more time researching. But I will say, that this cafe, unlike many many other, ensures that the light inside is very dark, as the animal are nocturnal and sleep during the day. This cafe also didn't allow you to pet all the owls, and some were only for observation.

Guide to the Imperial Palace, Tokyo

Guide to the Imperial Palace, Tokyo

Today, the gardens are the only accessible part of the Imperial Palace available every day. The Palace is still the primary residence of the Emperor. Their current home is a more modern building as it was finished in 1993 and located in the Fukiage Gardens. Much like Buckingham Palace, it is not accessible to the public except for private guided tours. 

Nighttime Guide to Akihabara

 Nighttime Guide to Akihabara

Nighttime in Akihabara for us went the same way every night. We would come home from a long day of walking around Tokyo, dump our stuff, and head out to find something delicious. We were never disappointed. We never lacked for options. And never lacking for excitement

Best Spots in Omotesando Hills

Best Spots in Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills are located right beside Harajuku, and despite their proximity, they could not be more different. Harajuku is where you'll find alternative fashion for the experimental youth of Tokyo while Omotesando is where you'll find an elegant fashion, shopping and entertainment neighbourhood. The tree-lined boulevards of Omotesando often remind people of the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Guide to Shinjuku, the Neon City Tokyo

Guide to Shinjuku, the Neon City Tokyo

If you’re looking for the busiest, liveliest, brightest, craziest area to stay while visiting Tokyo, there is no other option for you other than Shinjuku. Shinjuku is home to the world’s busiest railways station, where more than two million passengers flow through their hallways each day. 

Bottled History in Golden Gai

Bottled History in Golden Gai

While wandering through the streets of Shinjuku at night, you are remiss not to take a walk down a dark and mysterious, hodgepodge row of bars called the "Golden Gai".

"Ramen-o-rama" at the Yokohama Ramen Museum

"Ramen-o-rama" at the Yokohama Ramen Museum

On one very rainy morning in Toyko, Dan and I decided to head outside the city and out to explore the cosy, seaside village of Yokohama and their fabled "Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum". Although it's dubbed a "museum", the experience you'll have is more in line with a food-themed amusement park. 

Guide to the the Tsukiji Outer Market

Guide to the the Tsukiji Outer Market

The outer market is where you'll find over 400 retails shops, grocers and small restaurants, crowded into only a few narrow alleys around the giant fish market.

Guide to The Tsukiji Fish Market

Guide to The Tsukiji Fish Market

If there's one thing everyone thinks of when thinking of Japan, it's fish. Sushi, deadly puffer fish, sashimi, sea urchin and more! Fish is one of Japan's biggest exports, and the best place to see where it comes from and how it gets to tables all over the world is at the <b>Tsukiji Fish Market</b>. Located in the lower east side of Tokyo, the market sits between the Sumida River and the luxury shopping district of Ginza. Professional chefs and homemakers alike make the rounds here every day to searching out the best for their family and their customers.

Bucket List Dining with Sushi Yasuda

Bucket List Dining with Sushi Yasuda

Before we left for Japan, we decided that we wanted to have at least one big, blow-out meal. A dinner that would be as much of an experience as it was a culinary delicacy There are so many bucket-list sushi shops in Tokyo but based on looking thru a myriad of reviews, prices, location and availability, we decided on "Sushi Yasuda".