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Ramen Fun at Shoryu Soho, Denman Street

So it’s been about a month since I visited Shoryu Soho ramen bar. But that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten how much fun I had dining there. Besides, judging from the queue out-the-door I observed when I passed by the Soho outlet last night, I guess the restaurant hasn’t been in need of any positive press. Nevertheless, here’s mine up-thumbed input about the place. Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve Dinner at Nobu London

What a way to end (and start) a year! The seven course New Year’s Eve 2013 dinner and wine menu at Nobu London at the Metropolitan Hotel ended the year on a delectable note and set high the bar for restaurant experiences for the months to come. Check it out … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Flesh & Buns … and Rock ‘n Roll

Carnivorous gnashing to a heavy metal soundtrack? Yee-aye-uh! Who knew going out for Japanese comfort food could provide such a rawkin’ good time? The folks behind Flesh & Buns apparently. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Matsuri

The fine folks from Kikkoman invited yours truly out earlier this week to upscale Japanese restaurant Matsuri St James’s for a soy sauce masterclass taught by Chef Simon Hulstone. Continue reading

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Drink in Knowing Style at London’s Hakkasan and Sake No Hana (OneTravel)

Beyond the fabulous settings and fantastic food, two of the Hakkasan Group’s best Asian fine dining restaurants in London will run a new series of cocktail and spirit masterclasses this summer. Read my complete post at the OneTravel blog.

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Take a Sake Masterclass at Sake No Hana, St James’s Street

Modern Japanese restaurant, Sake No Hana, is to launch an Introduction to Sake masterclass in July. I participated in a press preview of the class the other night and discovered that there’s a lot to learn about Japan’s celebrated rice … Continue reading

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New Bento Express Menu at Buddha-Bar London (CDCLifestyle)

Buddha-Bar’s new bento features a tasty selection of light Pan Asian starters and mains from which to create your own meal for £27. The bento includes a bowl of miso soup, a side of wakame salad and a choice of steamed rice or Buddha-Bar noodles. Quality of the food is high. Portion sizes are ample with the bento prettily presented. Service is efficient and cordial. If you know Buddha-Bar then you’re aware that the setting is extremely attractive and rather plush, whether you’re there for drinks or a quick meal. Continue reading

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Upscale Bento at Buddha-Bar London

Mention the lavish Buddha-Bar in Knightsbridge to anyone and thoughts of a glamorous night out sipping exotic cocktails with a soundtrack of signature lounge and chill-out tunes wafting through a beautiful people filled lounge probably spring to mind. But what about a “Buddha Bento” express menu for a no fuss lunch or a pre-theatre dinner with a promise to having you in and out within 40 minutes? Continue reading

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Wine of the Month: Soryu Koshu 2010

Japanese wine … yes, by “wine” as in fermented grape juice. Who knew? Not me until very recently when I attended the fourth annual Koshu of Japan UK Trade and Press Tasting late last month at the Westbury Hotel. Continue reading

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Photo Story: Tsukiji Market, Tokyo (Urban Travel Blog)

With 23,000 square metres chocked full of wholesalers peddling more than 400 species of edible marine life, Tsukiji is not only the busiest market in Tokyo but the biggest fish and seafood market in the world. Sightseers are certainly welcome, but catering to tourism seems to be the last concern for folks working here. Don’t wear your favourite open-toed shoes. And, unless your Japanese language skills are impeccable, strongly consider going with a guide. Continue reading

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A Couple of Foodie Movie Previews: Jiro Dreams of Sushi + Forks Over Knives (Great British Chefs)

Over the holidays, I previewed a couple of foodie flicks that are due to be released soon in the UK: Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Forks Over Knives. Upon first glance, the two movies might not seem to have a … Continue reading

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Visit Kyoto’s Amazing Food Market: Nishiki (OneTravel)

Known as Kyoto‘s kitchen, people have been buying and selling food and food related items in Kyoto’s Nishiki Market since the 1300s. A stroll through this mile long, covered food market is a must for gourmets, history buffs or anybody who … Continue reading

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In the Kitchen and the Factory with Ainsley #SoupSearch

Howdy folks. I hope everybody’s had a lovely Christmas. It’s been one of the most relaxing ever here on my end. So I thought I’d take advantage of the down time to post another recap in my #SoupSearch adventures. This’ll … Continue reading

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Best Restaurants of 2012 – Everywhere Else

Yesterday I published my list of ten best London restaurants for 2012. Today, I’m sharing a list of some faves from trips beyond the M25. I didn’t get out of town as much as I would have liked during 2012. … Continue reading

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23 Photos of Me in a Beard Snood

Just in time for the festive season and to make your Yuletide bright – here are 23 glorious photographs of me walking around a factory in a smock, hairnet and beard snood. Yes, I have brought sexy back for you … Continue reading

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#Soupsearch Continues … in Leeds

I spent yesterday with Ainsley Harriot and crew up in Leeds at the Symington’s factory (where Ainsley Harriott Foods products are produced and packaged). We chatted about my #soupsearch adventures, trial-and-error-ed our way through all sorts of concoctions based on … Continue reading

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Shinbashi: Blade Runner Lights and Yakitori Delights (OneTravel)

Even though the air is thick with super modernity and elements of cutting edge urban living abound with backlit signage and advertisements for everything everywhere and trains zipping past overhead, there was still something age-old and village-y about the place. … Continue reading

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Tokyo’s Tsukiji: The World’s Largest Fish and Seafood Market (OneTravel)

With 23,000 square metres chocked full of wholesalers peddling more than 400 species of edible marine life, Tsukiji is not only the busiest market in Tokyo but the biggest fish and seafood market in the world. From fresh-off-the-boat tuna to freshly made … Continue reading

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Visiting and Staying in Tokyo’s Shiny Shiodome (OneTravel)

Set on the edge of Tokyo Bay and located near the narrow noodle-shopped lanes of Shinbashi, fashionable and upscale Ginza, ancient and green Hamarikyu Gardens and the super bustling Tsukiji fish market, the central Tokyo neighborhood of Shiodome provides an … Continue reading

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Japanese #SoupSearch: The Adventure Continues

I spent last week exploring Japan in search of the next great flavour for Ainsley Harriott’s World Kitchen range of soups. Now back in London, the next step of my #SoupSearch Challenge is to meet up with Ainsley and crew … Continue reading

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Japanese #SoupSearch Day Four: Kyoto

I spent last week exploring Japan in search of the next great flavour for Ainsley Harriott’s World Kitchen range of soups. What a fantastic opportunity! Japan has been one of my dream destinations ever since I was a kid learning the importance … Continue reading

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Japanese #SoupSearch Day Three: Hakone

I spent last week exploring Japan in search of the next great flavour for Ainsley Harriott’s World Kitchen range of soups. I had so much fun! Japan has been one of my dream destinations ever since I was a little kid rushing … Continue reading

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Japanese #SoupSearch Day Two: Exploring Tokyo

I spent last week exploring Japan in search of the next great flavour for Ainsley Harriott’s World Kitchen range of soups. I had so much fun! Japan has been one of my dream destinations ever since I was a little … Continue reading

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Japanese #SoupSearch Day One: Tokyo!

I spent last week exploring Japan in search of the next great flavour for Ainsley Harriott’s World Kitchen range of soups. I had so much fun. For me, Japan has been a dream destination since I was a little kid watching episodes … Continue reading

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My Japanese #SoupSearch for Ainsley Begins!

Yep, I’m all packed and ready to go, just sitting here waiting for a car to take me to the airport. The next several days are going to be awesome as I zip around Japan (Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto to … Continue reading

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Good Stuff

Here’s a quick lists of Good Stuff I’ve come across lately and got a kick out of but for whatever reason didn’t make it into their own blog posts on here, my tikichris-to-go Tumblr blog or one of my client blogs. Akari Japanese … Continue reading

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I’m Going on a Japanese #SoupSearch. Slurp!

Guess what? I frickin’ won that trip to Japan. Obviously, I wouldn’t have won without help from good people like you. So, if you voted for me or even took a moment to consider it and wish me well, thank you. … Continue reading

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One Last #SoupSearch Request. Am I Going to Japan?

Looks like I still have a decent lead in Ainsley Harriott’s #SoupSearch Challenge. But my margin’s eroding bit by bit each day. The contest ends tomorrow, September 25th, at 11.59pm … which seems like an excruciatingly long time away for … Continue reading

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Going Offline for Awhile but Thanks for the #SoupSearch Surge!

Just a very quick word of thanks to everyone who’s been voting for me in Ainsley Harriott’s #SoupSearch Challenge. I have a definite lead over the competition with 33% of the vote at the moment (not bad considering there are … Continue reading

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Woke up Last, Went to Bed First! Thank You So Much! #SoupSearch

Thanks to everyone who’s voted for me thusfar in Ainsley Harriott’s #SoupSearch Challenge. I started yesterday morning in a distant fifth place (out of five contestants), and I now have a slight lead over the competition. But there’s still quite … Continue reading

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Recipe: Shiitake Steak Handrolls with Wasabi Mayo

Okay. Before I give the recipe, let me just say … Please vote for me in Ainsley Harriott’s #SoupSearch Challenge! If I win I get to go on a foodie adventure to Japan. It’s easy to vote. Just click here … Continue reading

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I’ve Got a Chance to Visit Japan for Free. Will You Help me Win?

Hi. I recently participated in a blogger cook-off sponsored by Ainsley Harriott Foods. There were four other contestants. All five of us are now vying for a chance to win an “all-inclusive trip of a lifetime to a top international … Continue reading

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Yoobi, London’s First Temakeria, Now Open in Soho (OneTravel)

… London‘s first temakeria has recently opened offering a hands-on opportunity to try sushi with a bit of Brazilian beat. Yoobi, London’s First Temakeria, Now Open in Soho OneTravel, 29 May 2012

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Yo! Sushi Soho – 97p per Plate – Today Only (Londonist)

Yo! Sushi Soho – 97p per Plate – Today Only Londonist, March 15, 2012 at 8:30 am To celebrate the opening of the very first Yo! Sushi restaurant on Poland Street way back in 1997, the popular sushi chain will … Continue reading

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Eat-Japan in London (CheapOair)

Eat-Japan in London CheapOair, February 16, 2012 Hyper Japan is an event dedicated to the love of all things contemporary and Japanese. From food to fashion to film, Hyper Japan offers a glimpse at Japan’s top trend-setters. First held in 2010, Hyper … Continue reading

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