Located on the island of Shikoku, Kochi is rather out of the way for many which are what deters tourists from visiting. But what this humble area in Japan treated us to was nature in its most pristine form and its fascinating yet exciting drinking culture.
Kochi is blessed with beautiful and abundant nature such as the Shimanto River, Niyodo River and the Kuroshio coastline. From clear-blue lakes to autumn leaves and silhouettes depicting a never-ending sea of mountains, Kochi truly impressed us from leaf to pebble.
And when it comes to eating and drinking, these folks are anything but simple. Drinking alcohol is a huge deal here and eating good food is more of a lifestyle here rather than a necessity—something we can definitely resonate with. Bonito, a close relative of tuna and mackerel, is also hugely popular here and can be found in literally every restaurant and izakaya.
We had a lovely opportunity to go on a 5D4N adventure through Kochi, seeing and experiencing all sorts of fun things, eating amazing food and even getting hands down to make our own paper and harvest our own sea salt. For the curious traveller, here are 12 reasons why Kochi has to be on your next Japan itinerary.
A venture that was spearheaded by both a humble passion for baking and of sharing good food with the masses, Don Pie first opened its doors back in 2000 and has since won the hearts of many with their insanely modest yet mouth-watering, all-natural pies.
Perfuming the spaces wherever it takes up residence with the savoury aromas of freshly baked pastry, Don Pie is truly a gem that deserves so much more recognition. For one, they aren’t gimmicky in any way, just humble pies (pun intended) made using fresh, quality ingredients and a substantial amount of elbow grease.
You’d also be happy to know that despite being five times higher then the cost of margarine, 100% butter is used in all their pies instead because the owner believes in serving trans fats-free pies. This on its own is definitely reason enough to love Don Pie!
Besides Don Pie’s signature pies and Kueh Lapis, you should also check out Bazuka Yakibuta which offers a decadent medley of rice bowl comprising meaty deliciousness in the form of caramel roast pork and crackling roast pork.
A time of celebration and merrymaking, Christmas is the one holiday we look forward to the most every year, because we have a valid reasons to shop and feast like there’s no tomorrow.
When you think of Christmas, you think of indulgence, you think of a celebration. Yet, while the year-end splurge is necessary during the festive Yule, it does not mean that you cannot cut back on over-spending either. To ensure that you have yourself a memorable holiday feast sans the overly hefty price tag, here is our list of 7 Christmas buffets in Singapore with special promotions that’ll make you go ‘ho ho ho’.
Christmas and the New Year are less than a month away and we are all hyped up for the celebrations and elaborate feasts that await. Whether you’re looking to dine out or throw your own Christmas party in the comfort of your own home, there is only Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel that we can confidently rely on to guarantee us a memorable year-end experience.
In this season of good tidings, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel invites you to relax and indulge yourselves with a line-up of spellbinding and gastronomic experiences.
With lavish festive buffets at the Marriott Cafe, scrumptious Yuletide takeaway goodies as well a snazzy countdown party to usher in the new year, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is definitely your one-stop place to treat yourself this year end; you deserve it!
The festive yuletide is soon upon us and we’re all gearing up for a solid month of celebration and activities. There are many events in store and each presents a unique and magical experience. The absence of snow may be a bummer for many but year after year, Singapore has proven that you don’t need snow to properly soak up the feeling and vibes of Christmas.
Here, we have come up with a list of 12 places and things to do in Singapore during this festive season—from a life-sized replica of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, to a slew of fun activities for your little ones—to fully immerse yourselves in the jolly spirit of Christmas.
If you’re all out of ideas on where to take your loved ones this festive Yuletide, then look no further than to Chope Deals’ elaborate lineup of restaurants. Come 6 December 2018, for one day only, Chope Deals is bringing you the most value-for-money dining promotions in Singapore for you to end the year with a bang—think 50% off more than 50 products—which includes cash vouchers, set meals, signature dishes, buffets and more!
Themed, ‘YES!’, short for ‘Year-End-Sale”—and also the same expression you’ll be giving once you snag yourself one or more of these awesome deals—Chope Deals aims to encourage diners to indulge in good food this festive season.
Happening from 12 midnight on 6 December 2018, over 100 dining deals will be on sale and Visa cardholders can enjoy an extra S$10 off with a minimum purchase of S$70 on the Chope app. Simply pay with Visa and checkout with the discount code ‘CHOPEVISA’. You have to be super quick though, as purchases are limited to the first 500 redemptions only.
With holiday cheer at an all-time high, there’s no better time to treat yourself. Can’t find what you like in the one-day event? Check out Chope Deals’ page, which features over 400 curated restaurant promotions for you to choose from, and you’ll be tucking into the glamorous likes of restaurants such as Michelin-starred Shisen Hanten, Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar, Summer Palace and Braci, enjoying 10% to 50% off while you’re at it!
Sounds like something you’d fancy? We’ve gone on to sample some of the exquisite restaurants on offer during the flash sale and here are some of the places that we highly recommend.
Christmas is the season of giving and here at Royale, and it is sans the hefty price tag so that many more of us can enjoy without having our wallets take a beating. That’s not to say they’re skimping on anything.
When you think of Christmas, you think of indulgence, you think of a celebration, and with Royale’s Santa’s Christmas Circus Festive Buffet, there is no better way to jingle some bells and make some merry. Watch the flavourful magic of Christmas come to life in an enticing festive feast featuring over 40 scrumptious Yuletide dishes. We’re talking about Truffle Cheese Fondue, a Live Outdoor BBQ station and show-stopping meat-focused centerpieces, all lined up like presents under the Christmas tree for you.
You’ll be glad to know that the circus will be in town from the 10 Dec 2018 until 01 Jan 2019 so you can ring in the new year with festivities too. For prices as low as S$48++ per pax, there’s no reason to let this festive opportunity pass you by.
For the extra star on top of the tree, our readers can quote ‘ladyironchef’ for 25% off Royale’s festive dinner buffet at only S$36++ per pax for lunch buffet and S$51 per pax for dinner buffet (valid every day except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve). If you’ve already been to Royale, you’ll understand how the opulent baroque style furnishing of the place fits the Christmas theme to a T.
Japan astounds in more ways than just its food and its people and wherever you choose to embark on your next adventure, we’re almost certain that you will not be disappointed. Our wanderlust brought us to Niigata, a coastal prefecture located north of bustling Tokyo. A lovely place untouched by time, and one that proves excellent for road trips.
Boasting the highest concentration of rice plantations and accounting for a majority of the country’s rice exports, there really is no wondering why Niigata is well-known for their excellent quality rice, rice wine (sake) and other rice-based products. Located close to the Japan Sea, fresh fish and seafood are often in abundance and of exceptional quality too.
Yet, as far as gastronomy goes, Niigata’s vast array of food choices come second only to the prefecture’s rich culture and a plethora of scenic views. Like lines in a sketch, the terraced rice paddies littered all over present a view like no place else. Each season brings with it a different ambience and having visited in Autumn, we were treated to stunning spectacles of technicoloured leaves and marvellous views wherever we were brought.
Brimming with breathtaking scenery, awesome food and inherently kind yet down-to-earth locals, you best believe us when we tell you that Niigata is a destination to consider if you crave adventure and new experiences. We’ve broken it all down for you, listing down how you can go about renting a car, where you should visit and what you should eat—you’re welcome.