Category Archives: street food

Day Trip to Golden Triangle

We did a day trip out to the Golden Triangle, where the mountains of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand overlap.

Prior to the trip, the highlight of this day trip was the boat trip to Laos…disappointingly, the part of Laos we docked at was just a flea market for the Golden Triangle visitors.

We also stopped by the breathtaking Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple)..

and the Karen Long Neck Tribe village….

it actually feels a bit weird because these women are on display.. like at a zoo….

For lunch, our guide took us to a buffet restaurant but with my weak stomach,  I decided to only eat cooked veggies…

Our guide stopped the car a few times to buy us snacks to try…. the best guide ever!

watermelon crispies… couldn’t taste the watermelon but it was crispy!



Hot Dog in Montmartre, Paris – France

We headed to Montmartre for sightseeing on a bright sunny day…Sacre-Coeur

Painter’s Square… I bought a watercolour painting here 10 years ago and found the same artist.. ending up buying another!

We passed a really interesting hot dog stand in front of an ice-cream shop… A big “wok” is used instead of a grill..

delicious French hot dog… onions and sausage in a baguette….


Montmartre, Paris

Eating in Arles – France

We planned a day trip to Arles and Nîmes and to make use of the day, we arrived in Arles before 8:20am.  It was a bad plan as we arrived too early! The sun wasn’t fully out yet so it was really really cold… and nothing was opened before 10am….

We ended up killing time by first having breakfast at a cafe that had a big sign saying crêpe……it was one of the worse nutella crêpe on this trip… the crêpe was pre-made and was reheated in the microwave……… I was so disappointed with this cafe that we decided to have coffee across the street. By the time we finished coffee at about 10am, the sun was finally out!

the famous UNESCO Roman-era Arena…

passed by a boulangerie and couldn’t resist getting a strawberry millefeuille…


Boulangerie Soulier

66 Rue de la Republique, Arles, France

Saint Rémy de Provence – France

Saint Rémy de Provence is one the typical villages nestled in the Provence countryside.  What makes it so famous is that Vincent Van Gogh voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum, located just outside the village.  It was here, where Van Gogh painted his most famous work, The Starry Night.We walked the Van Gogh walk, a 1.5 km walk from the village to Saint-Paul-de-Mausole.  Along the way, there are plaques of Van Gogh’s art with his quotations, which are quite insightful into his works and emotions.

Saint-Paul-de-Mausole is still a psychiatric hospital today and a part of it is opened for visitors….

the gardens at St. Paul’s are so gorgeous…..

Van Gogh’s room…

St. Remy is also famous for its large Wednesday market and luckily, it fit into our schedule.  However, by the time we walked back to town after visiting  Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, the market was closing…  We only managed to grab a bit to eat…

2 different sasusages.. so oily and fat.. but so good!

strawberries… but it’s not as sweet as the ones in Nice… Nougat de Montélimar….. a local confection from the South of France… a soft, chewy bar made of egg whites, honey and nuts (pistachios, almonds)…. this was toooooooooo sweet…. I asked for the smallest piece and I couldn’t even finish half of it!


Saint Rémy de Provence, France

Quick Stop in Genoa – Italy

We had a 2 hour connection in Genoa on our train journey from Cinque Terre to Nice.  We decided to make use of this stop and took the metro to the city centre.

Genoa’s Cathedral…

We looked everywhere for pesto food (since pesto originated in Genoa) but couldn’t find any.. how disappointing… we got our morning coffee fix instead…

The people next to us were eating a custard-filled pastry that looked pretty good.. so when I ordered, I pointed to theirs!yumm!

We also got takeout to eat on the train…by the time we ate this, it was cold and soggy…

FAIM? un peu..

Genoa, Italy

Eating in Riomaggiore – Cinque Terre, Italy

The main reason for this Italian part of the trip was to visit Cinque Terre! Cinque Terre isn’t one town but is composed of five villages along the rugged coast of the Italian Rivera.   We chose to stay at Riomaggiore, the first village for La Spezia and the southern-most of the 5 villages.

 It’s very charming.. look at all the bright colours!

For dinner the first night, we decided to eat at Il Grottino as it was raining and the restaurant was right by our apartment. Right from the start, we did not receive any service at all.  The staff was very cold towards us (no hint of smile nor made any conversion) but was friendly and attentive to the other patrons…… No points at all for the non-existent service….

The food, however, was decent…

stuffed mussels.. it’s a local speciality.. mixture of eggs, parmesan, parsley and breadcrumbs stuffed into the mussel shell.. the mussel is so tiny you could barely taste it…  It’s not worth it because you’re basically eating breadcrumbs..

seafood spaghetti…  fresh seafood, the pasta was cooked perfectly but was a bit bland…

Apart from restaurants, there are also a few take away restaurants selling fried seafood….

Across from our apartment was Mamma Mia.  We could literally smell the aroma of fried calamari from our door.

fried calamari!

I picked a mix, so it included fried anchovies…

pesto focaccia.. kinda oily…

We also found a pasta laboratory!

you pick the type of pasta and the sauce…

we picked trenette pasta and pesto sauce as both pasta and the sauce is a specialty of the region…this dish is known as trenette al pesto… It was pretty good for the price (5 euros only!) but I think my mom makes better pesto pasta.  This was too oily and didn’t have enough basil taste.



Cinque Terre, Italy

A Morning in Milan

My friend and I packed in Milan’s most iconic sights / food in one morning before taking the train to Cinque Terre.

Milan’s Duomo…..

We had breakfast in  Cafe Motta, across from the Duomo… The sign says the cafe has been around since 1928….. but the receipt says Autogrill!  Autogrill is the company behind Italian highway rest-stops and it makes Italian rest-stops in a league of its own.  It has restaurants (self-service and sitting), coffee bar and supermarket.  When we were in Italy last time, we stopped in so many Autogrills on the highways.  I was shocked when I saw that Autogrill owns this cafe.

eating breakfast like the italians…. coffee and pastry from the counter…We continued on our quick-paced walk…..

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II….

By 11am.. we were onto our second “meal” of the day! We went to Luini for their famous panzerotti.

they actually have a lot of variety of baked goods / sandwiches….

this is the famous panzerotti…… fried dough filled with tomato sauce and mozarella…

 it’s sooooo good! slightly crispy on the outside, chewy dough, and hot melty cheese… slightly oily though…

we also tried a baked panazotti with ham and cheese but the fried version was a lot better…

We then continued to Via Montenapoleone, the street filled with designer shops… and Cova, one of my fav cake cafe! This is another one of my food “pilgrimages” as Cova originated in Milan.

enjoying our coffee like the Italians…

They also have bite-sized pastries…


Motta Caffè Bar Milano 1928

Piazza Duomo

Luini Panzerotti

Via Santa Radegonda, 16, Milano, Italy


Via Monte Napoleone, 8, Milano, Italy