A Guide: Eating in the Lower East Side, New York

One of my favourite neighbourhoods in New York City is the Lower East Side. Marked by an urban realness that distinguishes itself from other parts of the city, the neighbourhood is shaped by its immigrant roots, diverse ethnic population and working class community. Today, these cultural pillars have made the Lower East Side home to…

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Travel Diary – Bondi Beach, Australia

In recent years, trips to Sydney have pretty much become an annual thing so I don’t know why it’s been 7 years since I last visited Bondi Beach – particularly since it’s so close to the city centre! I’m glad that after my visit here last month, it mostly remains the same if not even…

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Dumplings at Din Tai Fung

After opening 7 stores in Sydney, the holy grail of all dumplings is finally reaching Melbourne in June 2015! The 235-seated restaurant will occupy the top floor of Melbourne’s Emporium, making it one of the larger dumpling restaurants in the city. Melbourne certainly has a soft spot for dumpling houses with dozens of restaurants dotted throughout…

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Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York

Since it’s opening in November 2011, Dominique Ansel Bakery has garnered much attention and a loyal customer base for its whimsical desserts and constant innovative approach to pastries and desserts – so much that Dominique Ansel himself is often referred to as the Willy Wonka of New York City. And perhaps there’s nothing that better encapsulates this than…

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Momofuku Milk Bar, New York

Tucked away on a quiet street in East Village is Momofuku Milk Bar and unlike the Momofuku chain of restaurants, the little store is a modern reincarnation of the American milk bar and pays homage to many popular, home-style desserts. From soft serves and milk shakes to cookies and savoury breads, there is something for everyone….

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Cupcakes at The Magnolia Bakery, New York

If there is something that can instantly bring a smile to one’s face, I couldn’t think of anything that would better deserve this accolade than the humble cupcake. The Magnolia Bakery has been credited with reinventing the cupcake and elevating it to popular culture, and with its expansion across New York (with counters in Grand Central Station…

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Beyond the ground level – Dining in Hong Kong

In a metropolis like Hong Kong, one can easily find themselves overwhelmed or lost in a sea of people. Even simple pleasures like a bowl of wonton soup – whilst served at many eateries – may sometimes seem impossible to find. Rising rental yields and new developments have been shifting eateries (and introducing new ones) to relocate beyond the…

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