Hot Chocolate at Jean Paul Hevin, Tokyo, Japan

If you are a chocolate lover, Tokyo might not seem like the most obvious place to visit. But it absolutely should be. Not only is Tokyo home to its own amazing home grown chocolatiers and chocolate makers, Tokyo is also where many of the French and Belgian chocolatiers are setting up their first shops abroad. Not London, or New York, Tokyo. Yes you can get KitKats in every flavour imaginable, but there is so much high quality chocolate that it will make your head spin (especially if you add in all of the other amazing food you need to experience [...]

2018-10-18T01:48:54+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|ASIA, Japan, Tokyo|

Hot Chocolate at Minimal, Tokyo, Japan

When you travel to a new city as a tourist it is easy to fill your trip with destinations that are the most popular with other tourists, the temples, the flashy lights. Sometimes these areas get so popular with the tourists that the locals themselves stop visiting, or visit less. It transforms into something different than what once attracted the tourists to visit in the first place, but still, the tourists keep flocking. So as a tourist we often go searching for those areas that the tourists haven’t found yet. But even those areas, we are often not alone since [...]

2018-10-15T02:33:35+00:00 October 15th, 2018|ASIA, Japan, Tokyo|

A Walk around Asakusa and a Hot Chocolate at Dandelion in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is the most amazing city. You could spend a lifetime here and only scratch the surface of what it has to offer. On the very first day of our trip to Japan, we chose to set up in the gorgeous neighbourhood of Asakusa. Asakusa is famous for its Buddhist temple, Senso-ji, a very popular place for locals. To get to the temple you walk along the Nakamise shopping street, weaving in and out of all the shops so you don’t miss all the interesting things they sell here (including freshly made rice crackers). Wonder away from the market street [...]

2018-08-16T02:16:46+00:00 August 16th, 2018|ASIA, Japan, Tokyo|

A visit to Central Hong Kong and a Hot Chocolate at Elephant Grounds, Hong Kong

When I started researching Hong Kong, and then speaking to locals, I kept hearing everyone talk about Central. Central this, Central that. Everything worth doing and seeing seems to be in Central. People work in Central, they live in Central. After all that fuss I didn’t actually get to Central until the very end of my trip to Hong Kong but when I did I saw what they were talking about. Central isn’t at all like where I was based in Mong Kok. Mong Kok is perhaps more what you expect from Hong Kong. Central is what puts Hong Kong [...]

2018-03-12T08:01:13+00:00 March 12th, 2018|ASIA, China, Hong Kong|

Hong Kong Markets and a Hot Chocolate at KnockBox Coffee Company, Hong Kong, China

It’s pretty amazing how much you can see and experience in half a day, especially if you drift off the beaten path a little bit, walk in the opposite direction of what you think that perhaps you should be walking. I did that today. From Mong Kok I walked away from the harbour with the aim of exploring all of the markets in this area. But first thing first, a hot chocolate and amazingly I found one just a few blocks away from where I was staying. Catch is, the locals here don’t seem to be in as much need [...]

2018-03-06T01:03:44+00:00 March 6th, 2018|ASIA, China, Hong Kong|

Must Have Hot Chocolate at Hakawa Chocolate, Hong Kong

Here are the directions on how to get to Hakawa Chocolate on Gough St. Get to Hong Kong Island. Go up the hill turn right then left then right then left and continue like this until hopefully, fingers crossed, you arrive. At least that is what it felt like arriving here. I know know it is just a block away from the Man Mo Temple so if you are not familiar with Hong Kong, it may…may be easier to get there and then make your way backwards. Regardless, the point is you must add this to your itinerary for Hong [...]

2018-02-26T02:19:09+00:00 February 26th, 2018|ASIA, China, Hong Kong|

A Hot Chocolate at Coco Bruni, Seoul, South Korea

There are supposedly a few Coco Brunis around town but my efforts to find them were unsuccessful. So I moved onto the next location on my list. But you know that saying When you aren’t trying it will happen for you. Well that was Coco Bruni for me. On my way back to the subway station after a visit to nearby Cacao Boom I found it, right there in front of me. It almost gave me one of those “what took you so long” looks, like it had been expecting me or maybe it was more of a “seriously, you [...]

2018-02-13T01:17:28+00:00 February 19th, 2018|ASIA, Korea, Seoul|

A Walk Around Insadong and a Hot Chocolate at Ddo-dong Cafe, Seoul, South Korea

I had some fantastic hot chocolates in Seoul. I also had some very strange ones. The strangest was by far Ddo-dong Cafe, so strange in fact that I felt I needed to share this with you. When I say they have a bit of everything in Seoul I really mean it. And the beauty of Seoul is that it is all mixed together, the old the new, the traditional, the strange. I spent a lot of time in Insa-dong. There are little shops, traditional tea shops, Korean bbq restaurants, local handmade sweets. In the middle of it all is a [...]

2018-02-13T01:18:03+00:00 February 16th, 2018|ASIA, Korea, Seoul|
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