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 build the base for many Japanese udon noodle dishes and many others. See it as an essential staple […]Read more "Mastering Dashi Broth"
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 are thousands of beautiful restaurants and flavors to try, and even more shops with all the exotic things you can imagine. Plus, Bangkok seems […]Read more "Bangkok Confidential"
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"
Traveling is not only great for discovering new places, try new dishes and savor the world, but also for food shopping. I always leave space in my luggage to bring home food items from abroad to fill my international pantry. And yes, I’ve got a huge selection there. While nowadays many things are available in […]Read more "My Travel Food Shopping List"
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 diving trips, where I went for my usual Koh Tao / Chumphon […]Read more "Whale Shark Diving"
Going to Bali is very hip right now. The Indonesian island has become a hotspot for sun seekers, spiritualists, historians, scuba divers, pot addicts, surfers and many other groups in the last years. There’s probably a little bit for everyone here. But most of all, what Bali offers, is crazy fantastic hotels. Just like the […]Read more "Bali in Style – W Retreat & Spa Seminyak"
One of the nice things you can do on Koh Samui Island is going around by motorbike or rental car, as the island is big enough to show you a different face every time. The south and southwest offer fabulous sandy beaches with no one there but coconut tree and perhaps a small food stall […]Read more "Ko Samui by Motorbike"
While roaming through South Korea’s bustling capital last month, I saw a funny sign. It said: Welcome to The Seoul of Asia. And it made me think: This is true! Korea captures in so many aspects all the different sides of Asia, even if it seems a bit different than the rest. To me, this […]Read more "Seoul of Asia"
You can’t really make a trip to the Japanese city of Kyoto without stumbling over those words: The Kyoto Protocol. It’s weird how an act of politicians in a small, historic place can change the world’s economic and ecologic life forever and shapes the image of a city. Well, at least what you expect of […]Read more "The Kyoto Protocol"