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Best of Accidental Epicurean in 2013 - Asian eats, travels and favourite recipes

Best of Accidental Epicurean in 2013 – Asian eats, travels and favourite recipes

Reflecting back on 2013, I did partake in some amazing meals, travels and learn some new favourite recipes. Along with that Accidental Epicurean won some awards, namely the blog to watch by the UK site 101 Holidays, and Accidental Epicurean also reached #49 rank worldwide for all food...
Japanese Cuisine, Washoku, Makes Unesco World Heritage List

Japanese Cuisine, Washoku, Makes Unesco World Heritage List

Japanese cuisine joins French cuisine on the UNESCO World Heritage list as a world’s priceless cultural heritage. And rightly so. Japanese food, in Japanese called “washoku”, is known for it’s unique precision and detail in preparing, cooking and presenting food. Even sometimes eating comes with very carefully prescribed...
Rules for Tipping in US, China, Thailand, Europe, UK, Brazil and More...

Rules for Tipping in US, China, Thailand, Europe, UK, Brazil and More…

If you are like me, one of the things I always look up before I go to a new country is the rules of tipping or tipping etiquette. Being American, I come from a country where we tip for everything. If someone raises a hand to help you...
Best Tempura in Tokyo? Ten Ichi, Ginza

Best Tempura in Tokyo? Ten Ichi, Ginza

                    Ten Ichi is regarded by foodies, international and local, as some of the best tempura in Tokyo. Located in the heart of the Ginza shopping / nightlife district, its been serving up the most famous tempura in Tokyo...
Read Chubby Hubby - 10 Rules of Etiquette Every Traveler to Japan Should Know

Read Chubby Hubby – 10 Rules of Etiquette Every Traveler to Japan Should Know

                        I travel often to Japan – it’s foodie paradise, I personally love the culture and I cannot get enough of this amazing country with its varied landscapes and experiences. That said, its nickname as “Planet Japan”...
Epicurean Concept of the Week - Kaiseki, Japanese Multi-Course, Haute Cuisine

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Kaiseki, Japanese Multi-Course, Haute Cuisine

                    Kaiseki is the name for a formal, traditional Japanese meal consisting of multiple courses (as many as 14), presented in a certain order and almost always with a seasonal theme. As it is considered the top level of...
Quirky, Cool and Unusual Shopping in Tokyo, Japan - Ranking Ran Queen by Tokyu Department Stores

Quirky, Cool and Unusual Shopping in Tokyo, Japan – Ranking Ran Queen by Tokyu Department Stores

                    Among all of the other quirky cool places to shop like Tokyu Hands or Don Quixote in Tokyo, another shop not to be missed is Ranking Ran Queen. Even if you are not interested to buy anything, it’s...
Epicurean Concept of the Week - Better than Kobe, Matsusaka Japanese Wagyu Beef

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Better than Kobe, Matsusaka Japanese Wagyu Beef

                              If you are like me and you love that marbled fatty goodness of Japanese beef (the kind that melts in your mouth) you will want to know about Matsusaka beef. It is, in...
Accidental Funnies - Japan and Kawaii Strikes Again - Cute Kitty Cappucino

Accidental Funnies – Japan and Kawaii Strikes Again – Cute Kitty Cappucino

                                  I am always amazed at the Japanese inventiveness around kawaii. In case the idea of kawaii is new to you, kawaii (pronounced like Hawaii) means “cute.” And Japan is obsessed with...
Read Chubby Hubby - Sushi Etiquette, What You Don't Know Might Surprise You

Read Chubby Hubby – Sushi Etiquette, What You Don’t Know Might Surprise You

Many of you know I write for Chubby Hubby, the Singapore based food / lifestyle blog. I have written about a variety of topics for CH, including Michelin-starred chef interviews, recipes, about contemporary artists in China, etc. But apparently my MOST popular article to date is an article...
Accidental Funnies - More Japanese Kawaii, Purr-fect Kitty Sushi

Accidental Funnies – More Japanese Kawaii, Purr-fect Kitty Sushi

The longer I am in Asia, the more I enjoy the Japanese sense of humour. It is often quirky, a little left of center…but yet also always a bit cute and kawaii. What is kawaii, you ask? Kawaii is the Japanese word for sweet, cute, adorable (pronounced like...
Accidental Funnies - Japanese "Cooking with Dog" is Campy, Quirky Fun

Accidental Funnies – Japanese “Cooking with Dog” is Campy, Quirky Fun

OK, it’s not what you think. It’s not about cooking dishes with dog as an ingredient. It is a TV show, called “Cooking with Dog,”that you can watch on You Tube – a Japanese woman demonstrates how to cook authentic, homey Japanese meals while the show is entirely...