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Visit Zany Zotter Austrian Chocolate Theater in Shanghai, China

Visit Zany Zotter Austrian Chocolate Theater in Shanghai, China

It’s as close to Willy Wonka as one can get in real life… in Shanghai. The Zotter Chocolate Theater is a slightly surreal, zany and irreverent chocolate dreamscape unexpectedly located in the Yangpu district of Shanghai. While there’s not much of note in this district, this is one...
Why is Spanish Tapas all the Rage in Asia?

Why is Spanish Tapas all the Rage in Asia?

I have been in Shanghai for 5 years and Asia overall approaching 10 years now. And one of the things that is starkly apparent is the meteroric rise in the popularity of Spanish tapas, all over Asia, but most notably in China. Why is this? I wondered… so...
Never Drink Alone Again - Now There is Wine for Cats (in Japan)

Never Drink Alone Again – Now There is Wine for Cats (in Japan)

Leave it to Japan… we already had Cooking with Dog, Cat Cafes and all manner of pet costumes and cuteness… but our world was incomplete until now. Now you never have to drink alone because you can enjoy wine with your feline. Yes, there’s wine for cats. It is...
Epicurean Concept of the Week - Japanese Reverse Boiled Egg

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Japanese Reverse Boiled Egg

Leave it to the Japanese to invent a totally new way of thinking about something so standard. I continue to remain a huge fan of Japanese ingenuity and creativity, especially when applied to food and cooking. I must admit, I am not sure I will try this at...
Accidental Funnies - Ironic and Fabulously Ridiculous Foodie T-shirts

Accidental Funnies – Ironic and Fabulously Ridiculous Foodie T-shirts

I love it when humor and food collide. So, when I saw this funny collection of foodie T’s in an article on Food & Wine, I could not resist sharing. I am tempted to order 1 or 2 (or 6!). My personal favourites are…   For the monthly...
The 50 Best Bars in the World - Cheers to the Winners in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong

The 50 Best Bars in the World – Cheers to the Winners in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong

In our travels around the world we have had some pretty amazing drinking experiences – from drinking Vietnamese Bia Hoi on the street with locals, to some outlandish, molecular gastronomy-inspired cocktails. There’s definitely no shortage of ways to explore the world through it’s drinks! Thus, we are happy...
Hidden Tokyo - Bar Piano in Shibuya is Quirky, Cool Tokyo at it's Best

Hidden Tokyo – Bar Piano in Shibuya is Quirky, Cool Tokyo at it’s Best

Is the oft visited Bar Piano in Tokyo’s Shibuya district worth the the trip? I think so… I am sure if you have done any research on “cool” things to do in Tokyo, you have seen Bar Piano mentioned at least once. Featured in Anthony Bourdain’s TV show,...
Best Yakitori in Tokyo? – Yakitori Hachibei Restaurant, Roppongi

Best Yakitori in Tokyo? – Yakitori Hachibei Restaurant, Roppongi

Since are so many choices when dining in Tokyo, why do I keep coming back to something so simple like Yakitori? Yakitori is ostensibly the most basic of foods – meats and vegetables, grilled on a stick. Many cultures have something similar like Thai moo ping (grilled pork on a...
Accidental Funnies - the Quintessential Trendy Restaurant Menu

Accidental Funnies – the Quintessential Trendy Restaurant Menu

We all know the place that has this menu… it’s likely called a gastropub, and it probably has some minimalist, urban chic decor going on – think exposed brick, industrial lighting and poured concrete floors with an epoxy glaze on top. The food isn’t bad, in fact they...
AE Nominated as 10 Best Food Blogs by USA Today  - PLEASE VOTE!!!! in the next 6 days

AE Nominated as 10 Best Food Blogs by USA Today – PLEASE VOTE!!!! in the next 6 days

Accidental Epicurean has been nominated as one of the top 10 Best Food Blogs by USA Today. For those of you who might not be familiar with USA Today, it is the #1 national newspaper in the US. There are some well deserved nominees there including myself, Joanna...
3 Refreshing Champagne Cocktail Recipes for Summer - Read Chubby Hubby

3 Refreshing Champagne Cocktail Recipes for Summer – Read Chubby Hubby

Somehow with all the trends in food and drink like artisanal crafting, molecular gastronomy and mixologists, simply pouring a glass of champagne or sparkling wine can seem boring and perhaps even….gasp!…lazy.  In cases like these, I am a big fan of the champagne cocktail. Now, I personally wouldn’t...
Accidental Funnies - Eliminating "burger face shame" in Japan

Accidental Funnies – Eliminating “burger face shame” in Japan

Freshness Burger, a well known burger restaurant chain in Japan, had a business problem – their biggest and most iconic burger was bought mostly by men. Why? Consumer research revealed that women did not buy it because they were deeply concerned about “burger face shame.” Snarfing a massive hamburger...