[JP] A Guide to Okinawa

Okinawa is Japan's southernmost prefecture, consisting of a few dozen, small islands (Ishigaki island being the most famous one). Surrounding by the emerald blue seas and white beaches, it's been one of the most popular beach destinations for tourists around the world, especially the asians. The beaches are only open from April to October during the year. However, winter isn't boring, it was still tons of fun when I went in end of January!

[TW] New Aboriginal Cuisine – AKAME

AKAME, means "grill" in Rukai tribe language, was definitely one of the most talked restaurants in Taiwan last year. Operating by two brothers, chef Alex and Sky, in the village "Kucapu ngane", the oldest village of Rukai tribe. As one of the global food trends is to eat local and seasonal, AKAME has adapted it well by using seasonal food and characteristic spices and wild herbs of Taiwan aborigines.

[TPE] Private Kitchen of Xuzhou Cuisine – Xu Huai Ren Jia (徐淮人家)

I finally had chance to visit Taipei after quite a few years. Xu Huai Ren Jia (徐淮人家)  has been on my list for a long time since I first heard of it from the show Kang Xi Lai Le (康熙來了) in 2013. There are a lot of old and famous Chinese restaurants in Taipei, from the Southern to Northern provinces of China, you'll definitely be able to find something. However, Xuzhou cuisine is actually quite rate. At least I've actually never heard of this city until I found this restaurant. It was definitely a very unique experience, especially when there's no menu (very rare for Chinese food)!

[HCM] Splendid French Affair – La Villa Restaurant

Vietnam has more than just local Vietnamese food. French cuisine in Vietnam is as famous as its local food. As Vietnam was colonized by French, they definitely had some influences on the food. People have told me that I had to try, at least once, a French meal during my stay in Vietnam, because it could be as authentic as France. As this is fancier than any other restaurants in the city, of course we saved it for special occasion.

An Afternoon with Michael Bonacini

In early December of 2016, one of Masterchef Canada's judge Michael Bonacini, whom is a chef and restauranteur, was in Montreal for the filming of 24 Hours of Food with Michael Bonacini on Bell Fibe TV1. I love to introduce and share the food scenes here with friend. I also get excited when I see that others have the same thoughts as me, and give this city the culinary recognition that it deserves. I was lucky (and honored) to be invited to interview chef Bonacini at one of my favorite restaurants, Provisions 1268!