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Elegant Dining: Aureole New York

Elegant Dining: Aureole New York

Nov 21, 2011

Chef Charlie Palmer’s Aureole New York was a huge hit with us when we dined there in October of 2011. The place was gorgeous, the staff attentive, and the food delicious. After spending a week in New York, the first place I chose to write about is Aureole. Yes, that’s how much I loved the place. This beautiful, cosmopolitan restaurant is located on...

Eat Some More: Maidoya Shokudo in Aichi

Eat Some More: Maidoya Shokudo in Aichi

Sep 3, 2011

If you are ever in the Nishikasugai county in Aichi Prefecture, Japan and looking for a place to eat, here’s one that’s affordable and quite filling. The Maidoya Shokudo exterior is rather nondescript, sitting right next to a flower shop. Upon entering we had to climb up a short flight of stairs, where a large tako (traditional Japanese kite) greeted...

Asian Resort Living: Loop Minatomirai in Yokohama

Asian Resort Living: Loop Minatomirai in Yokohama

Aug 11, 2011

The sweltering heat of the summer sun is beating down mercilessly on every reinforced concrete building in the city. While we try to take comfort in 28 degrees Celsius coolness from the air conditioning (all the while wishing we could cut down this part of our carbon footprint), I sometimes fantasize about getting rid of the air conditioner altogether and...

A Quick Cruise: The Royal Wing

A Quick Cruise: The Royal Wing

Jul 31, 2011

Are there days when you simply want to get off land and sail on a boat? At Yokohama Bay in Kanagawa, Japan, there’s a small recreational vessel called The Royal Wing, and she’s all set to put you on a little cruise whenever you feel like it. The boat, 86.7m (284ft) in length with a carrying capacity of 630 passengers, goes on very short, daily...

Delish Cantonese Food: Keikahanten in Yokohama

Delish Cantonese Food: Keikahanten in Yokohama

Jul 28, 2011

One nice thing about living in Yokohama City is being (relatively) near the Yokohama Chukagai 横浜中華街, the largest Chinatown in Japan. Bustling, colorful and lively, the town has something for everyone, including delicious meals for all budgets. An acquaintance recently asked me if I had a recommendation, so here’s a little restaurant that I like...

Affordable Antiques: British Life in Tochigi

Affordable Antiques: British Life in Tochigi

Jul 22, 2011

The British Life is an interior shop specializing in English furniture. Not to be confused with the sundry goods store with the same name in Shinjuku, Tokyo, this one is found in Shiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. I’ve heard that it sells reasonably-priced antiques, so when we visited the shop one summer day we were not surprised to find that it was...

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