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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 to share with you the recently published list ...


Michelin-starred Dim Sum in Hong Kong – Tin Lung Heen, read on Chubby Hubby

I don’t know when it happened exactly, but Asian food has become my comfort food. When I had a bad day and want to soothe frazzled nerves, it’s no longer ice cream or a burger indulgence, I want noodles in broth. Maybe udon, maybe ramen, or beef noodle pho. When I am hungover or tired ...


Accidental Epicurean is Named in Top 25 Culinary Travel Blog Award by Flipkey

Accidental Epicurean was named by Flipkey, a vacation rental site from Trip Advisor, on a list of top-25 Culinary Travel Blogs to Watch in 2014. We find ourselves in good company on the list with lots of fantastic blogs from the very focused blog about a guide to food carts in the USA to very international writers ...


Accidental Epicurean named in Viator’s Top 25 Travel Blogs for 2014

It is always wonderful to be recognized. After all, this is a hobby for me. It’s out of the pure love I have for travel, new experiences and my passion for food. I truly believe any culture – it’s history, tradition and future – can be understood through food. So, I was indeed honoured when Viator ...


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 blogs, and it was nominated for some blogging ...


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 in any way, you are supposed to ...


A Guide to the Best Restaurants in Hong Kong

When I am in Hong Kong, I make a point to plan my dining in advance. Not only because most of the better known places must be booked well in advance, but also because there are just so many outstanding choices of where to eat – from Michelin starred restaurants to street-side noodle stands. And ...


A Cheeky Homage to Mooncake Festival – Hong Kong, Goods of Desire (G.O.D)

There’s a store I love to visit every time I am in Hong Kong – Goods of Desire, otherwise known around town as G.O.D. They have an amazing plethora of cool, quirky funky items – perfect for oneself or as a gift to someone else. Things like eyemasks for travel with panda faces, photo frames, ...


Is Jason Atherton Taking Over Asia? – 22 Ships in Hong Kong

He might just be! For those of you who might not know (if you have been hiding under a rock), Jason Atherton is one of the hottest global celebrity chefs these days with restaurants from London to Shanghai. His first restaurant was actually in Shanghai, China at the Waterhouse Hotel in 2010, called Table No. ...


Tim’s Kitchen in Hong Kong – Michelin-starred Cantonese

Hong Kong has no shortage of incredible dining experiences and Michelin-starred restaurants. But there are a relative few that are down-to-earth, affordable and as generally approachable as Tim’s Kitchen. Chef Yau-Tim Lai opened Tim’s Kitchen in 2000 in a surprisingly un-flashy part of town. In the Sheung Wan area, before it was up and coming, ...


Meet the Chef – Paul Lau of Tin Lung Heen at the Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong

  Chef Paul Lau has been cooking all his life…well, since age 14 when he started learning Cantonese cooking. His decades of study have served him well.  Today he is a chef at the Michelin starred Tin Lung Heen at the Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong. And if you are looking for world class Cantonese, particularly ...


Warning! Highly Addictive – Sift Cupcakes, Hong Kong

When I was living in New York about 10 years ago, there was a hot cupcake trend – ostensibly kicked off with fervor by a Sex in the City episode where the SITC girls stand in line to get cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. Actually the cupcake trend is still alive and well in New York ...


Read Chubby Hubby – And Learn Why I Love Xiao Long Bao Chinese Soup Dumplings

I have a small obsession – xiao long bao, also known as Chinese soup dumplings. I simply cannot get enough. Read about it on Chubby Hubby and pick up my recommendations on where to eat these juicy morsels of goodness in Singapore, Hong Kong and of course Shanghai. Like this:Like Loading...


Michelin Starred Dim Sum at Tin Lung Heen, Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

When I go to Hong Kong I cannot get enough of dim sum. With the tradition of dim sum originating in Southern China, there may be no better place in the world than Hong Kong to experience this classic Cantonese weekend “brunch” ritual. And while I do have a few “go to” favourite spots for ...


The Chairman – A Must Try Cantonese Meal in Hong Kong

Chinese food. Of all the foods of the world I’ve tasted, I have to admit that Chinese was the one I’ve enjoyed least. I ate plenty of it growing up… but what we shovel onto plates at 5$ buffets in Abilene, TX is worlds away from anything authentic and should hardly be counted. In my ...


Guide to Fantastic Boutique Shopping in the Soho / Central area of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is my favourite city for boutique fashion shopping in Asia Shopping in Asia is legendary and nowhere more so than in Hong Kong, where Asians and expats alike make pilgrimages to the wonderous twice annual sale periods to stock up on designer fashion. Hong Kong is packed to the gills with epic shopping ...


SPACE, Prada Outlet!!!!!!!!!, Hong Kong

Don’t miss the Prada Outlet in the Aberdeen area of Hong Kong I’ll keep this short and sweet. There is a SPACE outlet by the Prada company…gasp…in Hong Kong. Just a 20-30 min taxi ride outside of the Central area in Aberdeen sits an assortment of Prada and Miu Miu ripe for the picking. As Prada ...


Truly Local Dim Sum in Hong Kong – Super Star Seafood Dim Sum

If you want to go where the locals go for weekend dim sum, read on… (photos by Joanna) I have a special affinity for Hong Kong. Between the city’s relentless energy, vibrant nightlife, limitless shopping and local cultural scene, what’s not to love? But perhaps more than anything I love Cantonese food – in particular the weekend ...


Learn from the Chef – Hong Kong Chef Liu Ching Hai

Any chef that can have me actually dreaming of eating crocodile again is a chef of note in my book. Hong Kong Chef Liu Ching Hai of Summer Palace in the Regent Hotel is that chef. You might remember our recent review of Summer Palace. We were treated to a special Sunday lunch of traditional ...


Bootcamp Workouts in Asia – Our weekend at Asia’s Biggest Bootcamp

We got on a plane and flew to get our ass kicked military style. Was it worth it? You bet! I used to do a bootcamp workout when I lived in Bangkok through Fit Corp Asia. A friend at work told me about it…in retrospect I am not even sure why I was interested….she told me ...


Dim Sum – City Hall Maxim’s Place, Hong Kong

Hey all, A trip to Hong Kong without Dim Sum is like going to Texas and not getting a steak, Japan and sushi, New York and a bagel/hot dog, and… well you get my point. We knew we needed to find and cover dim sum on our last Hong Kong trip, but which place would be ...


Mrs Jones, Hong Kong

A simple Italian restaurant in a quiet alleyway saves the night! Be careful with printed guidebooks, dear readers. The Luxe guidebooks (they are usuably reliable) led us to a certain area of Hong Kong looking for a particular seafood restaurant. After searching back and forth, back and forth near the alledged location we were finally informed ...


Elegant Italian Dining at Gaia Ristorante, Hong Kong

For power lunching executives, ladies who lunch…and the rest of us… When I go to Hong Kong it is usually on business and the area I typically find myself in is Central on Queens Road. More often than not, lunch is catered sandwiches around a conference table….blah… But when the schedule is a bit more relaxed ...


Northern Chinese Food and Panaromic Views at Hutong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

A sumptuous art-deco Northern Chinese restaurant with panoramic city views I get annoyed with those restaurants with stunning city views and mediocre food. We all know places like this in every major city…the kind of place you always take out of town guests to, scoff at the exorbitant bill in relation to the quality and remember ...


We love the Star Ferry, Hong Kong

A must do! (and coincidentally, maybe the best value in Hong Kong) There is simply no more fun and easy way to see Hong Kong’s dual skylines than to take the iconic Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour. No matter if I am staying in Tsim Sha Tsui or in Central, I make it a point to ...


Cocktails at Salon De Ning, Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

Glam cocktails await in this Kowloon gem Hong Kong has no shortage of trendy bars and watering holes. But if you’re looking for something special…something different than the usual scene in Soho and definitely removed from the Lan Kwai Fong madness…then head to Salon De Ning in the Peninsula Hotel, Kowloon side. A short walk from ...


The best city in Asia? Hong Kong, SAR China

My favorite city in Asia Everything about Hong Kong is to me is what an international city should be. While I have enjoyed living in Bangkok and Singapore, should Unilever ever open up an office in Hong Kong, I’d be there in a flash! There are some very clear contrasts between the HK, SIN anf BKK… Work environment ...