Chocolate trail in Brussels

Belgian chocolate is reputed to be amongst the best in the world – the domestic consumption is one of the highest worldwide, as is its chocolate export trade. When I first moved to Brussels, I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t an artisan chocolatier at every other street corner. Large commercial brands such as Godiva, Neuhaus and Leonidas don’t…

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Tea notes in China: Lijiang and Hangzhou

Centuries ago, weary tea and horse traders travelling along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road 茶马古道 passed through Lijiang en-route to or from Shangri-la. Bricks of pu-erh tea 普洱茶 were bartered for Tibetan horses amongst the merchants. It was in Lijiang, which is in China’s Yunnan province, where my budding love affair with Chinese tea started. The year was 2008 and you can read…

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Mt. Furano, Daisetsuzan National Park in Hokkaido // 富良野岳, 大雪山国立公園, 北海道

One of the things I love about Hokkaido is its abundant natural landscape and within this, the varied hiking trails and treks. During the summer trip with my family to Hokkaido, we spent the first few days in the Furano-Kamifurano-Biei area which is near to the immense Daisetsuzan National Park 大雪山国立公園. Aside from visiting flower farms and eating…

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