We say in French: L’avenir appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt (the future belongs to early risers) and if this is true, Vietnam will have a very bright future. If you wake up early in Ho Chi Minh, you could always do like the locals and head to Pho Hoa Pasteur for a good morning pho.
Street food in a food court? Well… only in Montréal where the ridiculous ban on selling street food has been hurting a city that needs a big kick in the ass renewal. Grumman’78 Comptoir is a simple way to bring the stuff that could be bought from a truck to the masses.
I’ve driven in front of Juu Hachi Ban ramen shop for 3 years before trying it. The shop is located on route 313 in the center of Fukuyama city. I found this shop listed pretty high up on a Japanese ramen website, so I decided to give it a go.
I drank my first Vietnamese coffee at café Lam when I arrived in Hanoi. The coffee shop is located on the outer edge of the old town and when we got there, the customers were spilling out on the sidewalk. I grabbed two small plastic stools and sat between two parked scooters.
La vie en Café is located in a very odd little building behind the Okayama City Symphonic Orchestra. If you spend enough time in Japan, you quickly realize that there is not many old buildings in Japanese cities. This building seem to be clinging to another age among a sea of new constructions since it survived the bombing of Okayama. (Okayama castle which is about 5 min away was severely damaged)
There is a special place in my heart for food served on a stick: corn dogs, lollipops or perfectly grilled yakitori, it’s just a great and easy way to put food into your mouth. So it pretty obvious that I had to try kushiage on my last visit to Osaka.
Kushiage or Kushikatsu is a speciality of Osaka. The idea is simple: impale some food on a bamboo stick, dip it in batter, deep fry it very carefully and serve it burning hot . It’s the perfect bar food!
Have you ever been away from home for a very long time? I’ve now been away from Montreal since late July 2008 and I’ve noticed that what I miss the most from back home is food. Maple syrup, smoked meat and poutine seem to be part of my DNA.
There is something about the Bund that gives Shanghai a special feel, like catching a glimpse of the Eiffel tower in Paris or walking on the Brooklyn bridge with the Manhattan skyline in plain view.
During my stay in Shanghai, I just kept going back for a stroll on the Bund and I decided to find a place to eat on the Bund. The restaurant Jean-Georges located at No 3 in the Union Building immediately caught my attention.