There’s one ingredient that is so archetypal for Japanese cuisine that you just can’t live without it – for many reasons. I am talking about dashi, a rich, smoky broth made of seaweed and bonito flakes that builds the base for many Japanese udon noodle dishes and many others. See it as an essential staple […]Read more "Mastering Dashi Broth"
Visa and landing permits are one of the worst bureaucratic hurdles countries still hold up, that have survived through the tech age. The reasons some countries ask for a Visa as an entry permit are dubious and sometimes just outright bullying. Despite many countries having abandoned Visa requirements for most of the civilized world, others […]Read more "How to enter China without a Visa"
I love coming to Bangkok over and over again. This city is so fully packed with surprises and is changing dynamically, I think I can never get tired of it. There’s thousands of stunning restaurants and flavors to try, and even more shops with all exotic things you can imagine. Plus, Bangkok seems to have […]Read more "Bangkok Confidential"
Phuket is one of these few places in Thailand I normally really don’t like to go too much. I don’t know why, exactly, but something about this place has always estranged me. It might be the hundreds of thousands of tourists, the usual rip-off at every corner due to this, the absolute lack of local […]Read more "Aleenta Resort: Barefoot Phuket"
Thailand is one of these places where I could take an entire suitcase full of food back home. And, occasionally, I do. And not only food: From cutlery, ceramic dishes, small ceramic containers – everything is nice here. On the Chattuchak weekend market in Bangkok, these items sell for a steal. But back to food. […]Read more "Thailand Food Shopping"
Bangkok is one of those cities where you probably could spend a lifetime trying out all the great hotels there. There are more 5-star hotels than in any other city in the world, and those 5 stars are worth so much more than anywhere else. Bangkok is the global reference for the hotel and hospitality […]Read more "Shangri-La Bangkok Hotel"
Being a recreational diver for me usually means finding the most exotic, beautiful and rare fish and taking lots of pictures, if possible. But occasionally, you don’t find these aquatic creatures. They find you. This happened on one of my recent Koh Samui trips, where I went for my usual Koh Tao / Chumphon Pinnacle […]Read more "Whale Shark Diving"