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Europe 2019 retrospective

For my Europe trip this year I decided to head...

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Black Sugar Coffee & Lifestyle, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

I had a one night stay in Hong Kong on...

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Eden Hotel Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I stayed here last year, and despite the small room...

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Frenzi, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After a great meal at Frenzi last year I wanted...

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Le Pub, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It was my final full day in Amsterdam, and Europe,...

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Cafe Luxembourg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After my beers at Gollem Raamsteeg I walked southeast towards...

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Cafe Gollem Raamsteeg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I’ve mentioned Gollem on Amstelstraat many times and this evening...

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Café de Sluyswacht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Last year when I was in Amsterdam I visited Café...

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Beer Tasting Room In The Wildeman, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I wanted to visit the Beer Tasting Room In The...

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Cocotte, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I started to wander over to the west of Amsterdam...

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Ribsfactory Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I noticed Ribsfactory as I was heading to Gollem Amstelstraat...

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Cafe Gollem Amstelstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After around 6 hours on the train travelling from Lyon...

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Hôtel ibis Styles Lyon Centre – Gare Part Dieu, Lyon, France

Hôtel ibis Styles Lyon Centre – Gare Part Dieu is...

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Les BerThoM Fousseret Lyon, Lyon, France

After my long, and might I add superb, lunch at...

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Le Cabaretier, Lyon, France

On a sunny Sunday I ventured over to old Lyon...

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Les Clameurs, bar fédératif, Lyon, France

On my way back to my hotel I jumped off...

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L’Espace Carnot, Lyon, France

Saturday morning in Lyon and I’d jumped on the tram...

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Nomade MicroPub, Lyon, France

I’d arrived in Lyon early afteroon for my last stop...

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Hotel ibis Styles Montpellier Centre Comedie, Montpellier, France

In Montpellier I had decided to stay around the Comedie...

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Grand Slam Burger, Montpellier, France

After my afternoon of drinking beer in Montpellier’s old town...

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Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub, Montpellier, France

About a 200m walk from The Beehive is Fitzpatrick’s Irish...

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The Beehive, Montpellier, France

After Bar Palace I retired to a bar closeby called...

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Bar Palace, Montpellier, France

After Chez Ouam I started on a little bit of...

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Chez Ouam, Montpellier, France

My second morning in Montpellier had me in the west...

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Il Pizzaiolo, Montpellier, France

Pretty much right next door to La FabRiK is Il...

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La FaBRiK, Montpellier, France

The area around Place de la Comédie has some really...

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Restaurant Insensé, Montpellier, France

After my coffee at the excellent Café Latitude I continued...

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Café Latitude, Montpellier, France

I really liked Café Latitude in the little oasis of...

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Les BerThoM Montpellier, Montpellier, France

After my disappointing crepe I went looking for a beer...

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La Crêperie de la Comédie, Montpellier, France

I’d left Toulouse around midday and the train trundled through...

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Aparthotel Adagio Toulouse Centre Ramblas, Toulouse, France

Aparthotel Adagio Toulouse Centre Ramblas, also called the Aparthotel Adagio...

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L’Ane Qui Tousse, Toulouse, France

The name L’Ane Qui Tousse translates to The Coughing Donkey...

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The Black Lion, Toulouse, France

This morning I walked around Toulouse through the Grand Rond...

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The Frog & Rosbif, Toulouse, France

For Sunday evening I wanted to try a nearby pub...

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Tchin, Toulouse, France

After a walk around the area near Basilique Saint-Sernin de...

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Le Péry, Toulouse, France

After my drink at La Mécanique des Fluides I wandered...

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La Mécanique des Fluides, Toulouse, France

After Bordeaux I jumped on the train for the two...

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Hotel ibis Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint Jean, Bordeaux, France

For my stay in Bordeaux I’d chosen to stay at...

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La Tanière, Bordeaux, France

After my beers at The Frog & Rosbif I ventured...

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The Frog & Rosbif, Bordeaux, France

It was time for a pre dinner drink and maybe...

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Le 1925, Bordeaux, France

After a bit of a walk around Bordeaux it was...

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Le Grand Café, Bordeaux, France

I’d wandered around the windy streets of Bordeaux for an...

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Comptoir Sainte Croix (Poulhouse), Bordeaux, France

After a siesta back at my hotel. I checked the...

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The Charles Dickens, Bordeaux, France

After getting back into central Bordeaux from the Cité du...

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Cité du Vin, Bordeaux, France

On my first morning in Bordeaux I’d jumped on the...

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Yat Chui Pavilion, Kowloon, Hong Kong

I bookended my Europe trip with a night in Hong...

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London House, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

I think I’ve been here several years when the bar...

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Japan 2018 trip – a retrospective

My fourth trip to Japan took place in the northern...

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ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

I like the InterContinental Tokyo hotel. This was my 5th stay...

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Masamune, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan

The last day of my 4th Japan trip had arrived...

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Ottotto Brewery, Hamamatsucho, Tokyo, Japan

After my offal yakitori I headed pretty much next door...

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Akitaya Toriyaki, Hamamatsucho, Tokyo, Japan

If you don’t go out of your comfort zone every...

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The Lower Right, Hamamatsucho, Tokyo, Japan

After Barley Wheat I wandered over to the Hamarikyu Gardens for...

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Barley Wheat, Hamamatsucho, Tokyo, Japan

My final full day in Tokyo became a bit of...

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Pongala Curry, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan

Pongala Curry is a small chain of Sri Lankan curry...

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Craft Beer Bar iBrew, Shimbashi Station, Tokyo, Japan

On the ground floor of the building immediately outside the...

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Craft Meat, Tokyo, Japan

There’s two things I like when I travel – beer...

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Toritetsu, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan

After a couple of beers at the 82 Ale House...

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82 Ale House, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan

In the early evening I headed back into Akasaka looking...

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Yona Yona Beer Kitchen, Akasaka-Mitsuke, Tokyo, Japan

After exploring some more of Akasaka in the morning with...

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Sansa, Minato, Tokyo, Japan

I was now back in Tokyo for the tail end...

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Crowne Plaza ANA Osaka, Osaka, Japan

This was my second stay at the Crowne Plaza ANA Osaka...

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Kushikatsu Daruma, Kitashinchi, Osaka, Japan

I was only in Osaka for a short time and...

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Craft Beer Base, Osaka, Japan

I’d decided to head to the observatory at the top...

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Beer Belly Tosabori, Osaka, Japan

After a 13 minute Sunday afternoon shinkansen trip from Shin-Kobe...

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Neiro, Kobe, Japan

There are a number of restaurants in the lower floors...

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HOPSTAND, Kobe, Japan

After a quick subway ride from Shin-Kobe to Sannomiya station...

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The Veranda at Kobe, Kobe, Japan

After arriving in Kobe a little earlier I wanted to...

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Crowne Plaza ANA Kobe, Kobe, Japan

I’d gotten to the shinkansen platform at Himeji station early...

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Toyoko INN Himeji Station, Himeji, Japan

Toyoko Inn is very much a Japanese salaryman’s hotel. No...

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Danshuu, Himeji, Japan

Back from Okayama and a couple of sakes at Kokoromi...

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Hekisuien, Okayama, Japan

I decided to make a quick day trip to Okayama...

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Public House Hosanna, Himeji, Japan

Another hidden gem! A 10 minute walk south of Himeji...

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Kokoromi, Himeji, Japan

First thing I want to say is that this is...

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2018 travel retrospective

My how 2018 has flown by. I was lucky enough...

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Cafe Saintmaria Nagomi, Himeji, Japan

After visiting Himeji Castle and walking back down the main...

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Moja Curry, Himeji, Japan

After the late lunch at Sumiemon I wasn’t looking for...

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Sumiemon, Himeji, Japan

After the quick shinkansen ride from Kyoto to Himeji I...

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Hotel M’s Est Shijo Karasuma, Kyoto, Japan

Hotel M’s Est Shijo Karasuma is a modern hotel near...

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BEER PUB Takumiya, Kyoto, Japan

BEER PUB Takumiya is a place you MUST go to....

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Hub British Pub, Kyoto, Japan

I’d spent the morning doing a bit of sightseeing. First...

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Kushiyaki Manten, Kyoto, Japan

After the excellent beers at Beer Komachi I decided I wanted...

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Beer Komachi, Kyoto, Japan

This was my third visit to Beer Komachi and it...

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Nagahama Roman Beer, Nagahama, Japan

I headed a little bit out of Kyoto to Nagahama...

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Craft Man, Kyoto, Japan

To finish off my Saturday evening I knew of another...

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Gottie’s Beef Shijo Kiyamachi, Kyoto, Japan

After some very good beers at BeerBar MIYAMA162 I got the mobile...

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BeerBar MIYAMA162, Kyoto, Japan

Early Saturday afternoon I’d jumped on the Shinkansen at Toyama...

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ANA Crowne Plaza Toyama, Toyama, Japan

Crowne Plaza hotels, particularly in Japan, always seem to live...

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Yakitori Daikichi Marunouchi, Toyama, Japan

My time in Toyama was drawing to a close and...

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Nagoyameshi Nagodori, Toyama, Japan

After my less than overwhelming drink and snack at Oeuf...

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Oeuf, Toyama, Japan

The review sites and the map of Japanese craft beer...

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Okaman, Toyama, Japan

After a bit of a look around Toyama I was...

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Izakaya Hosokawa, Toyama, Japan

After the ~330km trip from Tokyo to Toyama on the...

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Kanazawa Katsuzo, Ark Hills, Tokyo, Japan

When I first stayed at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo several years...

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Craft Beer Market, Toranomon, Tokyo, Japan

I’d arrived in Tokyo the previous evening for my 4th...

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InterContinental Grand Stanford, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

I’ve been staying at the InterContinental Grand Stanford in East...

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Kai Kee Restaurant, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

The final day of my holiday had arrived and I...

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Pizza Express, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Pizza Express is where the Eastside Tavern used to be....

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Yat Chui Pavilion Dim Sum, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Easy to find, right across the road from the Kowloon...

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Fung Ming Yuen, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Fung Ming Yuen is a typical Chinese eatery in East Tsim...

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Café Marcella, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

My time in Amsterdam was coming to a close so...

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Frenzi, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I’m really glad that I stumbled upon Frenzi. After getting...

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Pavlov, Den Haag, The Netherlands

After Mingle Mush and a bit of a walk around...

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Mingle Mush, Den Haag, The Netherlands

I’d jumped on the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Den...

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Café Mooy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I was originally heading to the Beer Tasting Room In...

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Café ‘t Monumentje, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

For Sunday brunch I headed into the western part of...

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Brasserie FLO Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Brasserie FLO Amsterdam is part of the sprawling Eden Hotel Amsterdam...

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De Nachtwacht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

On the western side of Rembrandt Square is a steak...

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Cafe De Sluyswacht, Amsterdam, The Netherland

A magnificent building built in 1695 as the home for...

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Bar Langendijk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After walking around East Amsterdam for a couple of hours...

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Martin’s Social Club, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Feeling a little slow on Saturday morning after one too...

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Beer Temple, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After my morning walking tour of Amsterdam conducted by Free...

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Cafe Gollem Amstelstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Gollem is a chain of 4 beer cafes in Amsterdam...

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Three Sisters Pub, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Another pub looking out on Rembrandt Square is Three Sisters...

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The Old Bell, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I was still getting my bearings around Rembrandt Square when...

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Eden Hotel Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Eden Hotel Amsterdam is in a perfect location on the...

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La Luge, Saint Michel, Paris, France

For my final dinner in Paris before heading off to...

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Le Bar Du Marché, Paris, France

After a morning walking tour around Le Marais with Paris...

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Le Saint Séverin, Saint Michel, Paris, France

In Saint Michel you will see the name Severin everywhere…...

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Chez Suzette, Saint Michel, Paris, France

Some friends suggested I get a crepe at one of...

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Corcoran’s Irish Pub, Saint Michel, Paris, France

In Saint Michel there’s an Irish bar called Corcoran’s Irish Pub....

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La Reserve de Quasimodo, Paris, France

Close to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is a small cafe...

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La Petite Hostellerie, Saint Michel, Paris, France

I’d had a lazy Sunday and didn’t have lunch… surviving...

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Café le Petit Pont, Saint Michel, Paris, France

After a bit of a siesta after a Saturday of...

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Rim Café, Saint-Michel, Paris, France

After a couple of beers at Frog XVI, I got...

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Frog XVI, Trocadero, Paris, France

Frog is a chain of English Pub-like bars in France....

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Le Cafe Du Trocadero, Trocadero, Paris, France

To the north west of the Eiffel Tower, right on...

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La Cochonnaille, Saint-Michel, Paris, France

Close to the hotel was another restaurant I’d passed and...

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The Bombardier, Paris, France

In the morning I’d gone on a Hemingway’s Paris walking...

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Bull’s Brothers Pub, Saint-Michel, Paris, France

After a day out being a tourist you need somewhere...

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Les Balkans, Saint-Michel, Paris, France

After walking probably 10km around Paris during the day I...

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Castel Café, Paris, France

My first full day in Paris saw me wake up...

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Pizza Sarno, St Michel, Paris, France

After a quick snooze at Albe Hôtel after the flight from...

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Albe Hôtel Saint-Michel, Paris, France

After a bit of a train delay on the RER...

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Fatt’s Place, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Just down the road from The Hart hotel is Fatt’s Place,...

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Hung Lee Kitchen, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

After checking in at Hart Hotel I wanted to revisit...

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Hart Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

After the quick train ride on the Airport Express from...

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Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore

On my many trips to Singapore over the past 15...

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Ji Biru, Singapore

A search for Craft Beer in Singapore bought up Ji...

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Fremantle Seafood Market, Singapore

Fremantle Seafood Market is a restaurant at Clarke Quay on...

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REDDOT Brewhouse, Singapore

After visiting Little Island Brewing I got off the train...

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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, Australia

I’d attended a seminar at the Sydney Shangri-La before but...

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Little Island Brewing, Singapore

Out by the northern end of the western runway for...

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Alchemist Beer Lab, Singapore

Close to the Swissotel Stamford and across the road from...

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The Modern Izakaya, Chijmes, Singapore

I tried The Modern Izakaya previously – it didn’t set my...

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TAP Craft Beer Bar, Singapore

If you like pints of unique beers, at a price...

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You Men HK Roast, Food Republic, Capitol Piazza, Singapore

I’d visited a place called Ah Yat Kitchen in the...

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Zheng Swee Kee, Singapore

This is pretty much my go to place for excellent...

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Pier One Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia

This is a little out of the way gem of...

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Alfredo’s Restaurant, Sydney, Australia

In the laneway next to the Sydney Harbour Marriott is...

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Beer Deluxe, Sydney, Australia

At 7:30pm on a balmy Wednesday evening Beer Deluxe was...

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Opera Kitchen, Sydney, Australia

As the name suggest Opera Kitchen is a restaurant at...

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Caminetto, Sydney, Australia

The Rocks in Sydney is a very touristy area (opal...

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Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, Sydney, Australia

In over a hundred trips to Sydney I’d never stayed...

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Hokkaido, Sydney, Australia

On Loftus Street there is a Japanese restaurant. You have...

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Customs House Bar, Sydney, Australia

I’ve been doing a bit of travel to Sydney every...

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Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten, Omote-sando, Tokyo, Japan

My final day in Japan had arrived and I jumped...

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Rigoletto Bar and Grill, Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan

During my 3 trips to Tokyo I still had not...

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Craft Tap Beer, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

For my 2nd lunch after the yakitori at Kanoya I...

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Kanoya, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

I was in Ueno after visiting Asakusa and started feeling...

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Toriyasu, Toranomon, Tokyo, Japan

After a couple of beers at the Toranomon branch of...

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Craft Beer Market, Toramonom, Tokyo, Japan

During my previous stays at the Tokyo InterContinental I’d not...

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France-Tei, Aqua City Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

After a quick ride on the Yurikamome, formally the Tokyo Waterfront...

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Echigoya, Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

You might have heard of Omoide Yokocho by another name –...

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Yona Yona Beer Garden, Ark Hills, Tokyo, Japan

For the second year running I was in Tokyo in...

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Torigen Kanda Higashiguchi, Tokyo, Japan

After a couple of beers at TAP x TAP and...

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Craft Beer Market, Kanda, Tokyo, Japan

After TAP x TAP I proceeded to the Kanda outlet...

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TAP x TAP, Kanda, Tokyo, Japan

After the 90 minute Shinkansen trip from Nagano I was...

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Misoya, Nagano, Japan

After the big night the previous day where I started...

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Terako Machi, Nagano, Japan

I first headed off to the Leffe Bar just after...

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Meijitei, Nagano Station MIDORI, Nagano, Japan

I’d made a lazy walk up the main drag of...

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Beck’s Coffee Shop, Nagano, Japan

If you’ve arrived by the Shinkansen in Nagano then I...

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James Nagano Beer Market, Nagano, Japan

Central Nagano is relatively small and easily walkable as I...

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Go Go Curry, Kanazawa, Japan

Armed with a 1:46pm Shinkansen ticket to Nagano and a...

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Torisyoumaru, Kanazawa, Japan

My last night in Kanazawa after a busy day out...

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Pino, Kanazawa, Japan

I stumbled across an interesting place after visiting the Ninja Temple...

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Akanedoki Kanazawaekimae, Kanazawa, Japan

After having 2 lunches and a siesta I was looking...

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Chibo, Kanazawa, Japan

After the Beef and Egg rice at Shiroyamatei I did a...

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Shiroyamatei, Kanazawa, Japan

After my visit to Kenroku-en Gardens I was looking to...

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Ishikawa-Mon, Kanazawa, Japan

After purchasing my day ticket for the Kanazawa Loop Bus...

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Yakitori Akiyoshi, Hiroshima, Japan

After having visited Yakitori Akiyohi’s Kyoto store, I headed a...

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Hyatt Regency, Sydney, Australia

I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels, and I mean...

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Caffe Veloce, Hiroshima, Japan

I don’t normally have a sit down breakfast when I...

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Nagata-ya, Hiroshima, Japan

About 50 metres from the Atomic Bomb Hypocentre memorial is...

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Shinchan, Hiroshima, Japan

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake mainly associated with Hiroshima...

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Yakitori Daikichi, Kyoto, Japan

It was my last evening in Kyoto and I wanted...

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Kotokikichaya (Kotaki Tea Shop), Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

Arashiyama is about 15 minutes by train west of Kyoto....

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Beer Komachi, Kyoto, Japan

I visited Beer Komachi on my first visit to Kyoto...

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Yakitori Akiyoshi, Kyoto, Japan

I’d been waiting for my first yakitori, aka barbecue meat...

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Musoshin Gion, Kyoto, Japan

After a morning exploring the temple area to the east...

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Spicy Masala, Kyoto, Japan

In the morning I’d jumped on a Shinkansen and then...

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Kairikiya Kawaramachi Sanjo, Kyoto, Japan

It was the end of my first full day in...

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InterContinental Tokyo ANA, Tokyo, Japan

A great hotel, great location, a quick walk to Tameike-Sanno Subway Station...

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Hotel Metropolitan Nagano, Nagano, Japan

As the Shinkansen from Kanazawa pulled into Nagano Station I...

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ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan

After the relatively long, and slow, train trip from Shin-Osaka...

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ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

After Kyoto I jumped on the Shinkansen to Shin-Osaka, and...

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ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

The Shinkansen from Shinagawa Station (Tokyo) arrived at Kyoto Station...

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InterContinental Tokyo Bay, Tokyo, Japan

Having landed at Narita Airport at the start of my...

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Ah Yat Kitchen, Food Republic, Capitol Piazza, Singapore

Several months back I visited Ah Yat Kitchen the the...

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TAP Craft Beer Bar, Singapore

TAP Craft Beer Bar in the Capitol Theatre in Singapore...

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Ah Meng Restaurant, Singapore Zoo, Singapore

It was a hot and steamy Friday morning in Singapore...

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Eastside Tavern, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

It seems that this bar has changed hands since I...

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Tonkatsu Wako, Ark Hills, Tokyo, Japan

I’m a sucker for Tonkatsu – Japanese crumbed and deep...

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Aux Bacchanales, Ark Hills, Tokyo, Japan

Ark Hills in Tokyo has a good selection of restaurants...

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Bubby’s New York, Ark Hills, Tokyo, Japan

One thing that you miss when you travel in Asia...

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Craft Beer Tap, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

It was my penultimate day in Tokyo and had decided...

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Yakitei Juju, Nara, Japan

Nara, about an hour’s train ride east of Osaka, was...

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Bier Central, Antwerp, Belgium

This is a very interesting place for beer lovers. It’s...

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Suginoko, Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan

I’d arrived at Haneda Airport for my flight to Sydney...

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Le Brosella, Brussels, Belgium

What’s the one thing you need to do if you...

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Hakata Ikkousha Ramen, Chjimes, Singapore

Wanting a taste of Japanese for dinner I saw Hakata Ikkousha Ramen...

Read MoreDecember 21, 2016

La Bergerie, Villard-Reculas, France

It was our last night in the chalet at Villard-Reculas....

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Alt. Pizza, Suntec City, Singapore

Another revisit for a restaurant I tried last time I...

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O’Conway’s Pub, Gare Lyon Part Dieu, Lyon, France

With the week at the chalet in Villard Reculas over...

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Harry’s, Chjimes, Singapore

Harry’s is a chain of bars in Singapore. One is...

Read MoreDecember 7, 2016

L’Alaska, L’Alpe-d’Huez, France

L’Alaska is a very relaxed restaurant / bar with a...

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La Cremaillere, L’Alpe-d’Huez, France

The insane cyclists decided to ride up the mountain so...

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Ramen & Tonkatsu, Capitol Piazza, Singapore

This was the Japanese restaurant I was trying to find...

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The Hair of the Dog, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Just around the corner from Fatt’s Place is another small...

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Ah Yat Kitchen, Food Republic, Capitol Piazza, Singapore

I’d been past the redeveloped Capitol Theatre many times, and...

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Fatt’s Place, Kowloon, Hong Kong

We were in Hong Kong for our last evening and went...

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The Modern Izakaya, Chijmes, Singapore

Chijmes in Singapore was an old Catholic convent that has...

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Caffe Leffe, Grenoble, France

About an hours drive from Villard Reculas is Grenoble at...

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Renn Thai, Clarke Quay, Singapore

I’d been down near the Singapore River for the morning...

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Danish Tavern, Brussels, Belgium

On Sunday morning, my first full day in Belgium, I’d...

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Din Tai Fung, Sentosa, Singapore

Din Tai Fung is a restaurant chain in Asia that...

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Molly Malone’s, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Yes, I know its sacrilege to go all the way...

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TAP Craft Beer Bar, Singapore

I’ve been to TAP Craft Beer Bar before and managed to...

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Wurst & Schnitzelhaus, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

As the name suggests Wurst & Schnitzelhaus is sausage and...

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La Terrasse De Pomone, Paris, France

You can’t fault the location of this cafe under the...

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Lavinia, La Defense, Paris, France

After spending the morning at The Eiffel Tower I’d headed...

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Crowne Plaza ANA Osaka, Osaka, Japan

After the Shinkansen trip from Nagoya to Shin-Osaka and then...

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ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Grand Court Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan

After landing at Haneda Airport around 5am and finding I...

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DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The last stop on my European adventure was Amsterdam. For...

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Crowne Plaza Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is about 70 minutes north of Brussels by intercity...

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Hilton Brussels City, Brussels, Belgium

After the train trip from Lyon to Brussels Central station...

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Hilton Paris La Défense, Paris, France

Landing in Paris at around 7am I was heading to...

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Daikokuya, Raffles City, Singapore

The memories of my Japanese trip earlier on in 2015...

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Urban Roti, Lau Pa Sat, Singapore

I’d been traipsing around the financial area of Singapore when...

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Nam Nam Noodle Bar, Raffles City, Singapore

I’m not one for paying the usurious dollars that hotels...

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Bao Today, Marina Square, Singapore

Bao Today is a Dim Sum cafe with a superb...

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TAP Craft Beer Bar, Singapore

For many years the Capitol Piazza in Singapore was being...

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Zheng Swee Kee, Singapore

A stones throw from Raffles, where I’ve had one of...

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JC Cafe and Bar, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

I was looking for Fatt’s Place on Hart Avenue in...

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Eastside Tavern, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Another good little bar that’s close to the InterContinental Grand...

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Brotzeit, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

I’ve been to Brotzeit in Singapore a number of times here and here....

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Alt. Pizza, Suntec City, Singapore

After deciding that the service at Brotzeit was in decline...

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Din Tai Fung, Raffles City, Singapore

It was my last day in Singapore, I’d packed my...

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Harry’s @ Chijmes, Singapore

After the less than average Nachos at Paprika and Cumin...

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Paprika and Cumin, Chijmes, Singapore

It was a Friday evening and my sales training event...

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Octapas, Clarke Quay, Singapore

It was a hot and humid Singapore Saturday afternoon (lol,...

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SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse, Singapore

I stumbled upon the SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse a couple of...

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Bridge, Singapore

I’d just gotten off the plane and thrown my bags...

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Brotzeit, Raffles City, Singapore

Another year, another trip to Singapore which means I need...

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ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

After Kyoto I returned to Tokyo and decided to stay...

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ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

After a short stay in Tokyo I took the Shinkansen...

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InterContinental Tokyo Bay, Tokyo, Japan

Having just arrived in Tokyo and being totally overwhelmed by...

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Park Regis, Auckland, New Zealand

With the Cricket World Cup and Chinese New Year happening...

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Brisbane Marriott Hotel, Brisbane, Australia

I don’t normally stay at a Marriott hotel as I...

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Madeira Portuguese Restaurant, The Venetian Macau, Taipa, Macau

During my last holiday trip to Hong Kong I did...

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Sampan Seafood Restaurant, Lamma Island, Hong Kong

For my first week day in Hong Kong I wanted...

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Holiday Inn, Suva, Fiji

Sometimes life can be difficult, like the 3 days I...

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Ba Dao Guan, Chinatown, Singapore

In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Singapore’s...

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Brotzeit, Raffles City, Singapore

Brotzeit, it apparently means Bread Time, but in Singapore is...

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Gayatri, Race Course Road, Singapore

After a very hot and steamy morning walking around Singapore’s...

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Mantra on Murray, Perth, Australia

I was back in Perth for the week and after...

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Tai Hing, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

At a loss for somewhere to have lunch after visiting...

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Duxton, Perth, Australia

I’d stayed at the Duxton once before, probably about 5...

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Mody’s Bar, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

After the pretty crap service at Roccos Pizzeria I decided...

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Is airport security mostly pointless?

A 2017 update… I must say that Sydney Airport has...

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Roccos Pizzeria, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

For the past 4 or 5 years I’ve been lucky...

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Hanoi Hilton Opera, Hanoi, Vietnam

This was my first trip to Vietnam and, as you’ve...

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Curry Tiffin, Stanley, Hong Kong

I thoroughly recommend that you make the bus trip to...

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Looks like the only thing “deletable” was the C that’s missing.

Looks like the only thing “deletable” was the C that’s...

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World’s most expensive beer – a new candidate

I’d previously thought that I’d found the world’s most expensive...

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Four Points by Sheraton, Perth, Australia

It’d been 6 months since I was in Perth and...

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The Grill, Auckland, New Zealand

On Tuesday there were six hungry people looking for a...

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Elliott Stables, Auckland, New Zealand

A number of us were in Auckland for the week...

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InterContinental Dubai, Dubai, UAE

This is the “real” InterContinental hotel in Dubai. Like the...

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Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi, UAE

After the weekend in Dubai we were off to Abu...

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InterContinental Residence Suites, Dubai, UAE

This was my first time in the UAE so I’d...

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Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore

I’ve been to Singapore a heap of times. I’ve mostly...

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Ibis, Perth, Australia

Anyone else find it incredibly hard to get a hotel...

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Holiday Inn Old Sydney, Sydney, Australia

At work we have a list of hotels we’re allowed...

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InterContinental Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The past couple of times I’d been in Hong Kong...

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Hotel Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, Macau

I had a 3 day training course in Macau of...

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Beijing Hilton, Beijing, China

I was lucky enough to spend 8 days in Beijing...

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2011 in Frequent Flyer miles

As 2011 draws to a close its always fun to...

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Chow, Wellington, New Zealand

I was in Wellington with several colleagues today and we...

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InterContinental Grand Stanford, Hong Kong

I was in Hong Kong for a week for a...

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Stamford Plaza, Adelaide, Australia

Do you ever have that sense of foreboding when you...

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A video tour of North Korea

Just came across the following on vbs.tv. The Vice Guide...

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The Bolton Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand

This was my second stay at The Bolton Hotel in...

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The past year in frequent flyer miles

It’s been another year shuffling between airports, hotels and the...

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Amo Roma, Sydney, Australia

I was in Sydney for an evening so decided to...

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InterContinental Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

I’ve never stayed at a bad InterContinental hotel, and the...

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Qantas Premium Economy

On my recent trip from Sydney to Bangkok I decided...

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You have to laugh

You hear about how the taxi drivers in Bangkok will...

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Don’t you just hate it when…

you end up in a swish hotel in a new...

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Medina Grand, Perth, Australia

Let me start off by saying that this is the...

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The great Singapore beer rip – day 2…

Well, decided to change tack a little, and rather than...

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Wolfie’s Grill, Sydney, Australia

I was in Sydney again during the last week for...

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Degree, Auckland, New Zealand

We headed to Degree on my suggestion that a decent...

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Crowne Plaza, Norwest, Sydney, Australia

We were in Sydney to attend a training course at...

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Thai Spice, Stanhope Village, Sydney, Australia

After room service for a couple of nights we’d decided...

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Mai Thai, Auckland, New Zealand

I’ve been to Mai Thai before… and it was good....

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Wangthai Restaurant, Auckland, New Zealand

After the “world’s most expensive beer” © we headed off...

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Degree, Auckland, New Zealand

After having to mortgage my apartment to pay for the...

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Wolfie’s Grill, Sydney, Australia

I’ve been to Wolfie’s a couple of times before, maybe...

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The Westin, Auckland, New Zealand

First time at the Westin in Auckland… Asked the cabbie...

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It’s been a day of eating and drinking, across and between two countries

I’m off to New Zealand for a training course for...

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Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse, Canberra, Australia

Hhhhmmm…. Steak… I’m a sucker for a good steak, give...

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La Rustica, Canberra, Australia

Another week, another trip, another fine feed. I’ve been to...

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Sofitel, Brisbane, Australia

I’ve stayed at this particular hotel probably around 5 years...

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Shed 5, Wellington, New Zealand

Shed 5 is a pretty decent restaurant at Queens Wharf...

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Mai Thai, Auckland, New Zealand

I’d been to Mai Thai once before, but had forgotten...

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Rice, Auckland, New Zealand

In this case Rice is a restaurant in the Auckland...

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Man! Have I flown a lot this year…

I’ve just managed to clock up over 100,000 kms of...

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zaaffran, Sydney, Australia

zaaffran is a superb Indian restaurant at Darling Harbour in...

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Sebel Citigate, Brisbane, Australia

This is a review in two movements. I’ve stayed at...

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Jellyfish restaurant, Brisbane, Australia

When we couldn’t get into Cha Cha Char’s because it...

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Cha Cha Char, Brisbane, Australia

When we asked the concierge at our hotel for a...

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The Sebel, Chatswood, Sydney, Australia

And this weeks winner of Gavin’s “another hotel of the...

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Terraces on Wickham, Brisbane, Australia

Well, its another week, therefore I must be traveling. OK,...

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The perks of being a frequent flyer…

I probably do around 70 to 80 flights a year....

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Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Canberra, Australia

This is one of my favorite hotels… its a real...

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The Regent, Singapore

Stayed for one night, well 13 hours really, on my...

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Shangri-La, Jakarta, Indonesia

Another very nice hotel, this time in Jakarta. This is...

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Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore

I’ve stayed at at this hotel many times over the...

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InterContinental Burswood, Perth, Australia

All round, not a bad hotel though it is showing...

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Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

Well, I’m on my way home after six and a...

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Outback Steakhouse, Campbell, California, USA

It was with some trepidation that it was decided that...

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InterContinental Mark Hopkins, San Francisco, California, USA

Now this is one swish hotel....

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Brisbane Hilton, Brisbane, Australia

Now, this is a nice hotel. Well appointed, good location,...

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Rydges Lakeside, Canberra, Australia

This hotel is old… mutton dressed up as lamb. The...

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InterContinental, Wellington, New Zealand

Had to head off over the pond to Wellington at...

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Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Stayed at the Four Seasons hotel, George Street, Sydney last...

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Sydney Marriott Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Not the one down by Circular Quay! Back in Sydney...

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Arun Thai, Potts Point, Sydney, Australia

Arun Thai is, as the name suggests, a Thai restaurant...

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InterContinental Sydney, Sydney, Australia

I had the chance to stay at the InterContinental Hotel...

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Griffin Hotel, Kingston, Canberra, Australia

The Griffin Hotel, aka Griffin Apartments, in Kingston, ACT is...

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Madam Woo, Kingston, Canberra, Australia

Madam Woo‘s in Giles Street, Kingson in the ACT is...

Read MoreJanuary 16, 2007