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[ HOKKAIDO ] Shogetsu Grand Hotel: Seasonal Menu & Hot Spring

Shogetsu Grand Hotel - breakfast

Dear Food Diary:
After Nijo Market and Moerenuma Park, it was finally time to check into our hotel and enjoy the natural hot springs with a proper massage.  An indoor and outdoor bath with free flowing hot spring water, so soothing after a long day.

At Shogetsu Grand Hotel, our breakfast and dinners were included. The multi-course seasonal set menus were fantastic. And a honey buffet bar – perfect for afternoon tea time.

Needless to say, we were completely pampered.

MANGO MANGO 許留山: HK Hui Lau Shan Dessert Chain in NYC

mango mango 許留山 in Chinatown NYC

Dear Food Diary:
Anyone with who’s been to 許留山 Hui Lau Shan in HK or any of their franchises in Asia will tell you about their amazing desserts. Specially the mango options (my favorite). Sweet, perfectly ripen mangos are almost buttery. With a dollop of coconut icy, black sticky rice and or some mango on mango action with mango puree and pudding. Very balanced and not overly sweet.

In NYC however, we’ve been seriously deprived of that. A few years ago, a short lived version of it popped up on Centre St. It has since turned into a Japanese style Maid Cafe *rolling eyes*.

But now, we’ve got Mango Mango 許留山. This famous Hong Kong dessert chain finally has a little spot in NYC. Bayard St. in Chinatown to be exact. Sweet!

[ HOKKAIDO ] Day 29: Nijo Market & Moerenuma Park by Noguchi

hokkaido - day 1

Dear Food Diary:
Being in the midst of the hustle and bustle in Ahihabara and Tokyo (specially during rush hour), Hokkaido gave us a much needed peaceful break. Cleaner air, vast open spaces and time to connect with nature.

Not only that, but Hokkaido uni aka sea urchin (my love) and milk are considered to be some of the best in the world.

{ BEST EATS } New Orleans

bloody mary to go - drinking on the streets of new orleans

Dear Food Diary:
My trip to Nola was filled with good eats. I gained another pound just by looking at the photos again.

In an attempt to make my Best Eats list of New Orleans, I designed a compact, at-a-glance eating sheet based on the best individual dishes I had. Take a look!

[ NEW ORLEANS ] Walking and exploring Nola

New Orleans - french quarters - jackson square

Dear Food Diary:
My travel itinerary is usually filled with must eats and Nola was no exception. With all the good and hearty food, I was so thankful New Orleans could be enjoyed by foot.

Satisfied my tummy and treated my eyes to great architecture and art – no better way to enjoy the city in my book.

These are my days walking and exploring in Nola.