Matcha Parfait

July 20, 2017

Arashiyama is all about matcha! Whoa. One of the shops right in front of the Tenryuuji Temple had such a delicious looking matcha parfait on display, and I’m not one to resist temptation…

So off I went, and lookie lookie:

Display picture vs actual dish – the actual dish is actually better! Oh, and I honestly think that the container is honest to goodness bamboo.

And this is the “innards” of that dish. Nomnomnom

 

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6 hours in Xiamen

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April 30, 2017

With six hours for my layover, there’s NO way I’m staying in the airport. Almost all nationalities can leave the airport if they have a 24 hour transit. Some nationalities even have 72 hours (not for Filipinos). Since my layover is from 6pm to 12mn, might as well have dinner in China, right?

Immigration

There’s a separate lane for the 24/72 hour visa free entries. The girl at immigration speaks decent English, and that’s about all the English I encountered. I had a friend write some Chinese phrases, and boy were they helpful!

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My “script” has ~three sentences: 1. Please take me to xxx restaurant. 2. Please take me to Xiamen Airport and 3. I don’t have a visa. Can I stay here for 24 hours, and may I leave the airport?

Transportation

At the taxi stand, I talked to the lady helping everyone. She helped us hire a car for only CNY60. It took us 15 minutes (yes, I timed) to go to the restaurant another friend recommended.

Since the restaurant was full, my buddy and I decided to just walk around. We asked some people (they have a google translate-ish app they used to talk to us), and off to the lake we went.

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Sorry for the picture quality. We were rushing. Either way, you’re not missing anything.

Food

Near the lake is a restaurant. Of course we didn’t order the weird stuff. We paid CNY96 in total.

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This is one of those restaurants where you point and they cook it for you, I think. Since we don’t speak Chinese and these are probably expensive, we decided to just go with the normal dishes.
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This is streetfood. Of course we didn’t try it.
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At the airport, a drink is around USD0.15. That’s so cheap! In Japan, a drink is at least a dollar. O.O

Back to Xiamen Airport

We then flagged a cab, and it took us 20 minutes and CNY40 to get back. We were back to at the airport three hours before our flight, with the check in counter opening 10 minutes after we arrived.

It was a good two hours of experiencing Xiamen.

 

Coffee at Tonagi Hostel

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March 31, 2017

One of the cutest ways I’ve been served coffee – they have this press thing (that I keep on seeing being sold in Starbucks but I cant figure out how) and a hourglass! I even think that it’s coffee grounds inside that hourglass! Basically they serve you the entire thing, then say until it’s done before I drink it.  (oh, it’s ~JPY350)

Now, I don’t think it tasted differently, but it is still the most adorable way I’ve been served coffee. ❤

Hokkaido Ice Cream

February 10, 2017

Hokkaido is pretty famous for its milk. So I figured if their milk is special, their ice cream must be to. The fact that it’s freezing outside with the ground colder than ice cream DOES NOT factor in.

See, in the peak of winter and they sell it! Of course the tourists will buy that ice cream!
Nomnomnom

 

Food Trip in Sapporo

February 9-10, 2017

Japan isn’t really a street food friendly. The thing is, eating while walking is highly frowned upon, though the clean streets make it worth it. So chances are, the only time to eat streetfood is during of the festivals. Another thing about the Japanese? When they decide to do things, they go all out.

Sapporo is Japan’s food heaven. It’s not Osaka (at least for me. :p) What to try?

  1. Ice cream. The soft serve ice cream here is way better than the one in Tokyo. Then again, Hokkaido is apparently famous for their milk.
  2. Ramen. They have a “ramen alley”. I think that’s a pretty good signal of how good their ramen is. I can recommend some, but I only visited two (Sumireya and Teshikaga), and they are really good but not earth shattering good (or maybe I’ve eaten far too much good ramen?)
  3. Streetfood. The stalls at the festival are a must try. They have the almonds coated in chocolate, cinnamon, etc. They have plenty of seafood on a stick (TRY EVERYTHING YOU CAN!)
  4. Pastries. There are these small stalls with small pastries filled with heavenly chocolate, caramel or cheese. It’s like cream puffs, but the size of a thumb and made of pancake-ish shells. The heavenly one was in Sapporo station that I passed when I was lost, and there are some so-so ones in Otaru.
This is crab with lots of cheese and nori. Nomnomnom.
One of the many many stalls of… hot alcoholic drinks.
This was described as Hokkaido’s very own “coke”.
This is not streetfood – this is Teshikaga Ramen at the Ramen Alley. They seat around 8 people, so either you are lucky to get in quickly (like me), or you have to wait in line. Oh, get the gyoza.

Indian Food

February 2017

Before flying to India, we were advised of the following:

  1. Don’t eat street food.
  2. Only drink bottled water (don’t wash your teeth with tap water, even).
  3. Avoid anything that had contact unfiltered water – like freshly washed, peeled fruits, ice, etc.

I broke rules 1 and 2. Oopsie.

The traditional Indian ice cream – Kulfi.
Of course I tried the traditional flavor – Matka. Boy, was it good!
Off the street there’s this hollow shells that they pierce with their hands to put some stuff on

They then serve this in one small bowl made of dried leaves and some soup. This is probably the spiciest thing I’ve tried in India.

Outside (at the ground floor of the building to the left) Chancery Pavilion is a small restaurant that was hands down our group’s favorite.
They have this drink – lassi, that I think is homemade yogurt with ice cream and nuts.
And only Indian meal I can tolerate – Butter Paneer Masala. Nomnomnom.

This is one pretty cute bread. I didn’t buy it though. I have long learned that pretty =/= delicious.
Now this one is really good!
and I love Indian coffee! The put LOTS AND LOTS OF MILK on it.