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A Tokyo Food Winter Guide: Sushi Zanmai, Ginza Maru 銀座圓 and more!

Tokyo, ただいま! People say the best time to visit Japan is in the Spring for hanami, the cherry blossom viewing festival; or in the Fall, to see the country’s beautiful Autumn foliage. But a true foodie knows Winter in Japan means two things: Ramen tastes even more amazing than usual (cold weather, hot bowl of noodle, go figure). Tsukiji Fish Market in the Winter time is a FIESTA! (Fish fatten up in the winter time so it’s one of the best time of the year to get sushi and sashimi). Plus, with the traditional marketplace moving sometime in 2016, another reason to go visit now. While I adore my previous summers in Japan, which were filled with cold soba noodles and sweet kakigori in the sweltering summer heat, I love wintery Japan. It is the perfect season for warm comfort food. I’m looking at you ramen, oden, and fried-everything. Plus, this time around, winter fashion was in full swing and Japanese girls really rock the furry coats and beanie look–some great food fashion for thought! Below, you’ll find a round-up of the foods I chomped on …

Hello Summer! Vienna, Salzburg, Hallstatt, and Budapest

Hello Summer! A week and a half through the beautiful Austria and Hungary must mean endless cafes, delicious foods, and strolls through gorgeous towns. I’d love any recommendations on things to do, see, and eat. So send them my way, and I’ll be sure to write a lovely post on my last Europe travels before starting my job in New York City this month. love, eatprayjade x.

Sawadee ka! 10 things to eat and drink in Bangkok

1. Visit Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market; open only on weekends, it has over 15,000 stalls! Ranked consistently as one of the world’s greatest markets, Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market is more affectioned called the ‘JJ Market’ by locals. From street foods to colorful silk shirts, Chatuchak Market is a dream come true for those that want to get a taste of Thailand’s street foods, products, and culture. Part of Bangkok’s weekend culture is a shopping in Chatuchak with an estimated 200,000 other visitors everyday! Imagine pushing your way through all these stalls in Thailand’s hot humid summers. It’s definitely a fun experience not to be missed! Mizuha and I rushed to Chatuchak Market right after we landed in Thailand–it was our only shot at the weekend market after all! In no particular order, we tried: Mango Sticky Rice, Spicy Fried Squid, Fried Fish Cakes, Coconut Ice Cream with sticky rice and corn (my absolute favorite!) and Green Mangos with chili sugar. In particular, don’t miss the coconut ice cream with your choice of up to two toppings–served in a young coconut shell of …

Siamese Charm: Author’s Lounge in Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Stepping into Author’s Lounge at Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental will transport you back to a time when afternoon tea was first and foremost, an indulgence. Visited by notable literary authors such as Joseph Conrad, this Bangkok establishment is a celebrity favorite in Asia. Plus, if you’ve never tried a Traditional “Thai” Tea Set (I certainly didn’t until then!), there’s no place quite like Author’s Lounge. First, the House Blend Black Tea at Author’s Lounge deserves a special mention. If you’re a coffee person like me, you’ll know why it requires a great cup of tea to truly impress! Tea aside, the Pandan scone with touches of ginger was just amazing. Still warm and fresh from the oven, the scone incorporates traditional Thai ingredients wonderfully. Don’t forget to smother on a thick layer of clotted cream and jam for an extra touch of creaminess! The traditional afternoon tea set was definitely delicious, but for first-timers, I’d highly recommend the Thai Tea Set. It incorporates a lot of fun and traditional Thai desserts such as Tong Yip (an egg yolk tart), Khanom Duang (sticky tapioca and coconut milk+shreds), and …

South Asia Trip Part II: Angkor Wat, Friends International, and Khmer History

Hello Cambodia! From Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh to Angkor gateway Siam Reap, Mizuha and I spent 5 days in the so called ‘Kingdom of Wonders’ getting to know its Khmer history, food, and people. Cambodian cuisine definitely has its own flare, a taste relatively different to Vietnamese food and Thai food. For one, it’s not as spicy! Even more interestingly, Khmer signature dishes (like Cambodian Fish Amok) use herbs that have a slightly bitter taste. So if you like a mixture of complicated spices, make sure to try one of Cambodian cuisine’s many curry-based dishes! Cambodia is truly a vibrant country just recovering from its Civil War. With good food, amazing temple ruins, and a friendly plus relatively young population, it definitely stood out as a country with its own character! *Note: Mizuha and I travelled to Phnom Penh first in order to visit the Killing Fields, not just to understand the brutality of the Khmer Rouge in the past, but in order to understand a piece of Cambodian history that is no doubt an important part of Cambodian identity today. For the purpose of this blog, I …

South Asia Trip Part I: Saigon Street Eats, the Lunch Lady, and more!

Hello! It’s been a couple of days into my South Asia trip and I’m loving all of Vietnamese cuisine’s traditional ingredients like lemongrass, Saigon cinnamon, and fish sauce. The endless bowls of Vietnamese noodles I’ve consumed (cooked in so many different broths I’ve never tasted before) only add to the fun! From trying Vietnamese street foods on the back of motorbikes to visiting the gorgeous Saigon Central Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel, Mizuha and I have had a wonderful time getting to know Ho Chi Minh City. With a colorful culture and diverse cuisine to boot, Vietnam is definitely a country I would love to go back to. As I wrote previously, Mizuha and I will be traveling to Cambodia and Thailand as well, so this is Part I. of my South Asia adventures. Which also means, there will be a lot of colorful photos in each post and hopefully they will do their magic and help me narrate what adventures I experience in each city! Although I didn’t include every single place we visited, such as the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace, hopefully these highlights will …