Himeji Castle – A Must See Japan Treasure!

Himeji Castle

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle is Japan’s largest and most visited castle.  It’s also known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō (“White Egret Castle” or “White Heron Castle”) because of its brilliant white exterior which can be seen gleaming in the distance. This Japanese historical treasure is a must see attraction that’s an easy day trip when visiting Osaka or Kyoto.

This article provides some information about the castle, some handy tips when visiting, and to make sure you do it right, a great recommendation for a family run Udon noodle restaurant to satisfy your appetite! Continue reading “Himeji Castle – A Must See Japan Treasure!”

Viet-Hue Kitchen – Wallet Friendly Vietnamese Dining!

Viet-Hue Kitchen

I enjoy Vietnamese cuisine but have found it tough to find a place in Bangkok that offers authentic dishes that don’t also break the bank. It’s not uncommon to pay over 200 baht for a bowl of phở or a simple bánh mì sandwich–and it’s not unusual to be disappointed with what you receive. But the challenge of finding real Vietnamese food and wallet friendly prices here in Bangkok disappeared for me when I discovered Viet-Hue Kitchen (official Facebook page). Continue reading “Viet-Hue Kitchen – Wallet Friendly Vietnamese Dining!”

SN Bar & Kitchen – Southern Thai Food & Cocktails!

SN Bar & Kitchen

Thai cuisine is incredibly diverse.  Even though I strive to expand my knowledge of Thai dishes I have really only experienced the tip of the iceberg of what’s out there.  I’m certainly no expert but I am getting better at identifying what is a Northern or Isaan dish from dishes that are from the central plains. But after recently visiting Penang, Malaysia it dawned on me that I was completely clueless to Southern Thai food. Fortunately for me I discovered a place in Bangkok to clue me in. SN Bar & Kitchen (official Facebook page) is an excellent restaurant to get an education on authentic Southern Thai dishes. Continue reading “SN Bar & Kitchen – Southern Thai Food & Cocktails!”

El Mariachi Taqueria – Tasty Mexican Food in Bangkok!

El Mariachi Taqueria

When I first lived in Bangkok it was tough to find really good Mexican cuisine. As a California native, it’s something I do crave every now and again. Then the food scene seemingly exploded overnight with some great Mexican restaurants. Now there’s no shortage of great places to enjoy some delicious tacos, quesadillas, burritos, etc. Off the top of your head you can probably name 5 pretty solid Mexican restaurants in the Big Mango. But I want to highlight one restaurant I’ve recently discovered because they take “homemade” to a whole new level when it comes to Mexican fare, El Mariachi Taqueria (official Facebook page). Continue reading “El Mariachi Taqueria – Tasty Mexican Food in Bangkok!”