Okonomiyaki – Hiroshima’s local dish

We had heard about Hiroshima’s speciality pancake dish, Okonomiyaki, and we really wanted to try it. The name Okonomiyaki means what you like (‘okonom’), cooked (‘yaki’ as in yakitori or teppanyaki). Okonomiyaki consists of a pancake base cooked on a hotplate, topped with layers of fried cabbage, egg noodles, thinly-sliced belly pork, bean sprouts, with … More Okonomiyaki – Hiroshima’s local dish

How to avoid ‘temple fatigue’: two days in Kyoto

Temple fatigue is a real thing when you’re travelling throughout Asia for an extended period of time. It’s easy to become blasé about some of the most beautiful sights and holy shrines, simply because there are so many that they become your new normal. How do you avoid this? Intersperse Kyoto temple spotting with relaxing … More How to avoid ‘temple fatigue’: two days in Kyoto

Hakone, Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is the sacred symbol of Japan. It can only be climbed for a few short weeks in July each year, but tourists flock to one of the many hillside towns year-round for a glimpse of the elusive snow-topped mountain through the clouds. We activated our Japan Rail (JR) passes to take the Shinkansen … More Hakone, Mt. Fuji

Tokyo nights

Tokyo’s tourist sights can leave you with a pretty packed daytime itinerary, but it’s important to keep going into the evening to sample everything Japan’s capital has to offer after hours, from izakayas to gyozas, karaoke to 5am sushi, and everything else in between. Shimokita Shimokita is a young, hip area with lots of vintage … More Tokyo nights

Dallas, Texas

Dallas has all the stereotypical Texas sights: stockyards, rodeos, cowboy hats, boots and steak houses. But it’s also got a thriving arts district and street food scene, and, as long as you can battle with the 35 degree heat, it’s a great contrast to see both sides of this sprawling city. Downtown, the Klyde Warren … More Dallas, Texas

The home of street food: Austin, Texas

“Keep Austin weird” – the unofficial slogan you see on bumper stickers across the city, and one that was coined by the Austin Independent Business Alliance to promote small businesses. There’s definitely an independent, alternative feel to the state capital of Texas – not least because of the hundreds of food trucks on its streets. … More The home of street food: Austin, Texas