Hi there and welcome to my blog! I am Sana and this is my small attempt at sharing my gastronomic journey in my current city Dubai. I initially created this blog to make a genuine effort at sharing with you the best places to eat. My love for food and trying new cuisines helped me a long way and to finally start this blog.
Taiwan is teeming with culture, unparalleled delicacies and super cool nightlife, so when you visit you want to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Whilst there’s lots to do, there’s only so much you can fit into one trip, so I’ve rounded up a list of five ways to make the most of what Taiwan has to offer.
1. The food
This is number one on the list because it is number one in Taiwan. A must do is the night markets which have amazing street food, literally everywhere. You can grab a cheap-but-delicious bite and take in the nightlife whilst tasting lots of different delicacies in these open-air markets. One of the best in the Taiwan Flower Night Market. If you have any dietary requirements, it’s worth writing them down in Mandarin and showing vendors to avoid any allergic reactions and medical expenses. Another note on food: Taiwan is the home of the world-renowned dim-sum restaurant, Din Tai Fung, a must-visit for arguably the best dumplings you’ll ever try.
2. Relax in the hot springs
Taiwan features more than 100 hot springs. If you want to take some time out and relax, but still experience something different, you should check out one of these in Beitou. The springs are definitely worth a visit, as locals believe they have natural healing properties and can cure illnesses and skin problems.
3. Take in the temples
Taiwan has a large number of temples, so make sure to visit at least one or two to fully immerse yourself in Taiwanese culture. Longshan Temple is one of the most famous in Taiwan. Guided tours are available – they allow you to learn a lot more than you would from just wandering around on your own.
4. Release a sky lantern
Taiwan is famous for its sky lantern festival. The most popular place to set these little lights off is at Shi Fen Old Street. Here, you can buy sky lanterns and write your wishes on them before letting them go. The area is also really great to explore, with vintage shops and themed restaurants if you want to take a quick bite.
5. Visit Taipei 101
Whilst it is very popular with tourists, checking out Taipei 101 is definitely worth it if you want to see the city from a true bird’s-eye view. Previously the world’s tallest building, Taipei 101 lets you look out at the city from 508 metres high. The building also features a food court and shopping malls if you want to make a retail stop on the way up (or down).
Taiwan is a state with so much to offer, from its vibrant capital city to its lush green national parks. I know travelling through East Asia can be overwhelming at times, as there are so many tempting places to visit, but in my opinion, Taiwan is a location not to be missed!
One of the oldest Mediterranean cities seaport Malaga has to be my favourite coastal cities, unlike Ibiza its calmer, and has quite a few attractions for families with kids. It makes for a great base city as well if you would like to make day trips to white towns of Ronda, Alhambra or Marbella. There are quite a few options of amazing resorts and seafood restaurants so my cravings for Paella were taken care. Apart from the serene beaches, you can even opt to explore some of the historical attractions and believe me it’s going to be fun, there is more to Malaga then just the beaches.
Costa del Sol: It consists of the beachfront towns and networks along the coastline of the Province of Málaga.
CastilloGibralfaro: It consists of remnants of a Moorish mansion post high on Mount Gibralfaro offering walkable paths for tourists.
Roman Theatre: It’s a contemporary historical centre at an old Roman venue with ancient rarities and instructive information.
Sol Pier: It’s an amusement park located in Malaga.
Playa de La Carihuela: It’s a prominent shoreline with a far-reaching sandy beachfront and footpath with various bistros and comforts.
I feel Seville deserves a bit more tourist attention as prior to my visit I literally though Spain was all about Barcelona and Madrid and to know more about this town and to drown myself in the culture of this Andalusian city I managed to take two trips in the span of thirty days. This act of my definitely shows the utmost love I have for travel but also the passion to know a town like a local does. While walking is too mainstream I took a four hour segway tour followed by a carriage ride too, it was pretty impressive and gave me a different outlook towards the city. While most of the activities are centred towards the old town it would be advisable to stay somewhere around here as there is a lot of walking involved. Seville surely has a number of attractions to look forward too but some which are highly recommended are:-
Alcazara: It is an illustrious castle in Seville, Spain, built for the Christian ruler Peter of Castile.
Plaza de EspanaSeville: It’s a court in the Parque de María Luisa, in Seville, Spain, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.
Avenida de la constitution: It is a significant wide lane fixed with diners, real shopping stores, Seville Cathedral etc.
Seville cathedral: The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, also called Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic house of prayer in Seville.
Giralda: It is the chime tower of Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain. It was initially worked as the minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville in al-Andalus.
Torre Del Oro: It is a military watchtower in Seville, southern Spain.
Barrio SantaCruz: This landmark is the tourist heart of the city, and it offers a view from the Giralda chime tower, and the Real Alcázar, a Moorish-Renaissance royal residence supported by rich greenery enclosures.
The capital city of Spain is not only important due to its political status but also because it’s buzzing with activities and tourists all year round. Madrid is a gem of a city so expect a bit of a biased opinion here especially when it comes down to comparing with its other neighbouring towns. This is one of the few cities I could see myself living in and I wouldn’t lie that could be a possibility in the near future. Being an urban girl I loved the vibe, ambience, attractions and the vast list of activities this city has to offer. If I ever felt the need to be alone I ended up strolling in the enormous ‘Retiro Park’ which reminded me so much of my city London. My love for Madrid makes me nostalgic especially since I had such a great time devouring on some of the best Spanish Paella and trying out restaurants and cafes which are pretty reasonable. While it was my first time here I have jotted down some of the unmissable things you need to see here.
Retiro Park: This is the first biggest park of Madrid city. It’s famous because it belonged to the Spanish Monarchy in the past, but now it’s been turned into a public park.
San Lorenzo de El Escorial (palace): The Escorial is a huge building complex situated in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, close Madrid. The building is the most imperative architecture landmark of the Spanish Renaissance.
Royal Palace: The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official home of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid; however, it is utilized for state services.
Plaza mayor: The Plaza Mayor, a stupendous arcaded square in the focal point of Madrid is extremely mainstream with tourists and local people.
Palacio de Cristal: It is a center situated in Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park.
Puerto Del Sol: It is an open square in Madrid, a standout amongst the best known and busiest places in the city. This is the focal point of the spiral system of Spanish streets.
Calle Gran – This is Madrid’s most acclaimed road, interfacing Calle de Alcalá and Plaza de España.
Spain has so many places to see but two of the most popular cities here are Barcelona and Madrid, having been to both these cities I cannot help but compare how different each one is. Whereas I loved Barcelona a tad bit too much but my Asian friends adored Madrid due to its similar architecture to London. Regardless of this, I wish I stayed in both these beautiful cities a little longer. Even though I had four days in Barcelona I don’t think it was enough as each day I could come with 100 new things I wanted to do and see but being short on time I would highly recommend you the below attractions as without seeing these your trip to Spain is incomplete.
Le Rambla – This pedestrian street has so much to offer, from restaurants, hotels, museums, and shops you can easily spend a few hours wandering here. This street also leads to Plaza De Catalunya and Gothic Quarter, this place is generally crowded with people as it is one of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit their food market which has some delicious things to offer, La Boqueria. Also just off La Rambla is the Royal Square where you can find some of Gaudi’s architecture which is splendid.
Sagrada Familia: The Sagrada Família is an incomplete Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona, planned by Catalan designer AntoniGaudí. It’s being constructed since the last 200 years and hopefully is coming close to completion, visitors can still take a tour inside the cathedral. Gaudi’s most fascinating work is this cathedral and he spends 12years working on this grand cathedral.
Park Güell: It is an open park framework made out of patio nurseries and architectonic components situated on Carmel Hill. Another work by Gaudi which depicts his passion and love for art, its one of the most visited parks in Barcelona. This place fascinates the tourists which is why there is an entrance fee as well. Don’t be alarmed by tourists trying to take an instagramabe picture at its famous stone benches, after all, you need to have a picture to prove it.
Casa Milà: It is a pioneer building in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the last private living arrangement planned by architect Antoni Gaudí. This building is usually found on postcards or on magnets as its one of the iconic places in Barcelona. Gaudi’s work is phenomenally well displayed and tourists again flock this place. The odd curves of the buildings are something which draws attention to its unconventional outlook.
Picasso Museum: It houses a standout amongst the broadest artwork collections by the twentieth-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Art lovers would surely appreciate this space as it has a collection of impressive work from Picasso’s life. You can see through his work the admiration he had with the city. Being a legend of his time a visit to this museum will enlighten you a lot about art and the artists work.
Palace of Catalan Music – One of my favourite concert halls in Spain due to the fact that it hosts some of the best shows here and also its architecture is simply stunning. The colourful building is not only good to look at but it is functional as well, you can pay to visit it with a group or alone but please don’t miss out on this opportunity. It can seat more than 200 people and is an impressive place to see.
Barcelona attracts a number of tourists and no doubt that it has been listed as one of the most visited cities too. If it’s your first time here these are the top rated attractions which you should add in your bucket list. For me, another visit is happening soon especially as I felt so nostalgic writing this article.
Spain is known for its art and architecture. It’s filled with palaces and museums that every tourist must visit. It is also known for its iconic attractions, culture, food and its rich history. From the remarkable Plaza De Espana in Seville to the party capital Ibiza each and every city is distinctive. Regardless of what you have read about this Spanish country you will be blissfully surprised on your memorable vacay, here. I know it can be daunting on your first trip to Spain but with my list of cities to explore your trip planning could be easy breezy. So here is a list of the best cities in Spain to visit.
Barcelona – Barcelona is known for its art and architecture. There are many places to see in here, and each has its own highlight and tale to tell. You can easily spend a few good days here without getting bored. Try some delicious Paella or crunchy Churros and if that’s not enough do catch the famous Flamenco show. Barcelona in no way would ever disappoint you and if you do start feeling a little lost a walk down the iconic La Rambla street will make you fill with joy.
Madrid – Madrid is prestigious for its rich vaults of European workmanship and even though this city is flooded with tourists it still adds up to the charm and the vibe of this city. Be it for shopping, art, heritage, or palaces, and parks, you don’t want to miss out much while here. Being the capital of Spain its best to keep a few days in hand as this city is surely overwhelming and has a long list of things of activities to do and experience.
Seville – Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia district. It will enchant you with its heritage, and landmarks which deserve a visit.
Malaga – It is a port city in Spain and is known for its skyscraper lodgings and resorts sticking up from yellow-sand shorelines. Here are some attractions in this city.
Ibiza – This city is famous for the vivacious nightlife in Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni, where significant European clubs have summer stations. Here are some of the attractions of this place too:
On my first couple visits to Singapore it was all about the attractions and the touristy activities but as I learned more about Singapore I became aware of their dynamic food scene which build up my interest in the culinary scene of this country. With the distinctive number of nationalities living here, be it Indians, Malaysians, Chinese and Europeans, Singapore has a contrasting mix of cuisines which will please even the fussy ones.
A few years back I managed to get a spot in one of the popular walking food tours which amazed me as I got to learn about the various different cuisines, saw some colourful desserts, tried some famous coffees and lastly had my first Michelin star meal from a hawker stall. The ‘Wok N Stroll’ tour takes you around Singapore’s famed restaurants, markets and hawker stalls like the ‘Tekka Market’ which has diversified stalls serving cuisines from around the globe. We started by sampling some Dosa’s from Bunnis Tiffin Corner, and being a Indian I have had some of the best but this one surely lifted the bar high. Followed by some ‘Nasi Padang’ which is a Indonesian steamed rice dish served with your choice of protein. Apart from these there was Appam which is a South Indian speciality, Roti Paratha which is a renowned dish of Singapore, and my beloved ‘Chendol Drink’ similar to Bubble tea but has more distinctive flavours, a must try while in Singapore as it’s easily available in many of the restaurants and markets.
You must have heard about Gardens by the Bay and if you are not similar with this popular attraction open Instagram and you might come across a couple of bloggers behind the backdrop of this enormous highlight of Singapore. Seeing the vast number of tourists trails which flock around this area it was a wise decision to start ‘Satay By The Bay’ which is a few min walk from Gardens by the Bay. If you must have come across the latest movie of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ you will see a few shots from this food court where the actors are devouring over the delicious food found here.
If you are passionate about Asian food a visit to ‘Satay by the Bay’ is a must. I have had some of the best seafood and meat around here. ‘Roti John’ serves a decent variety of seafood bbq which makes me hungry until today if I speak about it. The prices start from $5 and you can have a reasonable hearty meal here. The location of this food court is splendid as you get the views of the Marina and a buzzing atmosphere which is comparable to nothing around here. If you are experimental enough there is a lot of unique stalls which will excite you some serving spicy Stingray, some Durian (fruit) dessert, or some Herbal frog curry. It might sound odd to you, but here it’s a speciality of many.
Coming back to my favourite meal which is breakfast reminds me of another forte which can be found only in Singapore, Kaya Toast served with Soft boiled eggs. As strange it might sound it is a flavoursome dish. A restaurant which has gained all it fame because of this dish is ‘Ya Kun Kaya Toast’ a household name and never have I ever had a disappointing meal here. Dip the buttered kaya (jam) toast which is made with ingredients such as sugar, and coconut milk in the runny egg mixture which now is a stable dish, here.
You must have heard about Chili Crab and may be even tried it, but in Singapore there is this restaurant called ‘Jumbo’ where people queue for long hours just to get a taste of their predominant bestseller dish. Wear your apron and tuck into some meaty chili crabs but be warned as the taste will linger on your pallet for days and you will get temptations to delight on these again.
Who doesn’t know about the hotel Raffles, this luxury hotel started in Singapore and has been a choice of many celebs for years now. To get a booking for their afternoon tea there is a long waiting list but don’t be disheartened as you can still head to their bar and try the Singapore Sling. Made by a bar tender in 1915, the secret guarded recipe of Singapore Sling which is a cocktail has been a instant hit, for me they even managed to make a mock-tail which tasted refreshing.
If we are talking about Singapore it would be a shame not to mention about the Michelin star restaurants here. Being in one of this list is a achievement and there are quite a few establishments which have conquered the culinary scene be it a hawker stall or a fancy fine dining restaurant. A few halal eateries which I would like to mention here are Bismillaj Biryani, Backyard Kitchen and Hararu Izakaya all of which have worked their way up to make a mark in the vast gastronomy scene of Singapore and have either won a Michelin star or are led by chefs, who have one.
Another dish which I should mention here is Hainanese Chicken Rice, you will come across this name while you pass a few food stalls or in a certain restaurants specialising in this particular dish alone. Its a simple dish of steamed chicken served with a luscious rice cooked in a rich broth. Your foodie trip wouldn’t be complete without trying this dish of Singapore.
For the party goers ‘Clarke Quay’ is a nice place to relax with friends or family and enjoy a meal out here as this place is not only known for its nightlife but also for the numerous restaurants which make up Clarke Quay.
To me Singapore is all about food but of course there a few attractions you can’t miss which is the iconic Singapore eye, famous Orchard Street, Marina Bay Sands for the view from its infinity pool and lastly Sentosa island for some adrenaline fuelled activities.
Hong Kong has been one of the few places which I can visit a couple of times in a year and not get bored with it. From its food to culture and its attractions everything is so dynamic and keeps changing that a visit to this city is worth every penny. On my last visit in 2018, I was overwhelmed by the food scene, street shopping and the cultural diversity Hong Kong has to offer and not only this, it is so close to some of the neighbouring Chinese countries that getting around is super convenient with its fast bullet trains.
Below are some of the attractions which shouldn’t be missed while in Hong Kong.
1. Victoria Peak
The Peak is the high point on Hong Island. Furthermore, it offers the best perspectives on the city – extending from the high rises and towers of the downtown area to the mountains in the New Territories. It’s open by the Peak Tram, which passes the city’s structures at a confounding slope as it heads out up to 1,300 feet above ocean level. To get the ideal perspectives at best, you should head to the review stages at the blacksmith’s iron formed Peak Tower. Or then again if you extravagant a climb, take a walk around the 3.5km Peak Circle Walk, where you’ll get a bewildering birds-eye perspective on the city beneath.
2. Victoria Harbor
Hong Kong is the most well-known city for the travel industry on the planet, and Victoria Harbor is the most famous zone of Hong Kong. Victoria Harbor might be the most popular tourist area on the planet. Individuals appreciate seeing the horizon, riding the Star Ferry, and visiting attractions around it including the historical centres, shopping centres, and high structures. The Avenue of Stars promenade is being revamped and set to open in 2019. The Symphony of Lights has been renovated and modernized. On the Central side, there is another park along the shore that has a monster Ferris wheel. These new features keep on bringing a huge number of travellers to the most prevalent area of Hong Kong.
3. Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland is an amusement park situated on recovered land in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island. It is located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and it is possessed and overseen by Hong Kong International Theme Parks. It is the biggest amusement park in Hong Kong, trailed by Ocean Park Hong Kong.
4. Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is a celebrated cobble-stoned labyrinth of eateries, bars and dance club situated in the core of the Central Business District. Encompassed by the glass and steel of close-by high rises this is one of Hong Kong’s most great hangouts. There are more than 80 bars, eateries and dance club obliging all preferences from easygoing watering gaps to upmarket cantinas. In spite of there being a scope of eateries, the vast majority visit Lan Kwai Fong to appreciate the bars and a large number of advancements on offer including throughout the night cheerful hours.
5. Temple Street Night Market
The Temple Street Night Market, a prevalent road bazaar, named after a Tin Hau sanctuary situated in the focal point of its principle drag, and a spot so saturated with neighbourhood air that it has filled in as the background to numerous a noteworthy motion picture. Knickknacks, tea product, gadgets, watches, menswear, jade and collectables are investigated and wrangled over, while clay pot rice, fish, noodles and different treats are consumed with gusto by people. Temple Street Night Market is a continuing case of the theatre and party of the Chinese market.
Looking at these amazing tourist attractions and delicious local foods, Hong Kong is worth visiting with your family. Besides these, other attractions and dishes are worth trying too, and you won’t find out unless you visit Hong Kong. So do use this guide for an amazing touring experience.
Hong Kong is a place where you will fall in love with its amazing attractions and delicious food dishes. If you’re someone planning on travelling to Hong Kong with your family or a local citizen there then here is a guide to point out the best food in the city for you to visit again and again.
1. Roasted Goose
Yung Kee and YueKee are the places where you can get this dish. A roasted goose is a conventional forte of Cantonese cooking. It is an entire goose that is roasted with other ingredients, cut into little pieces, each piece with skin, meat and soft bones, and eaten with plum sauce. These geese can be brought up in a brief span and have a ton of meat and little bones. Eating it has turned into a vacation spot in itself in the New Territories.
2. Shrimp and Chicken Balls
The Chinese name for this dish is ‘ dragon and phoenix balls.’ The dragon alludes to the shrimps, and phoenix alludes to the chicken. This dish is normally served in Chinese wedding functions. Initially, shrimp and chicken meat are chopped and shaped into balls, and then they are fried with bread crumbs. The balls are fresh and delicate. A plate of mixed greens sauce is regularly used to give a sweet and sour taste.
3. Fish Balls
Fish balls are a run of the mill Hong Kong snack, made of fish meat and can be isolated into two assortments. One is cooked which is sold by road merchants. Its history can be followed back to the 1950s. This sort of fish balls is made of browned fish meat. These are sold with hot or sweet sauces by local food stalls. The other kind is sold uncooked and generally filled in as a critical element of hot pot, or cooked with noodles in hot soup. The cost is higher, and the taste is not quite the same as the primary kind. These are accessible in customary markets and general stores.
4. Rickshaw Noodles
Rickshaw Noodles are a sort of cheap food, have a great incentive for cash, and famous with the Hong Kong individuals since the 1960s. They are instant noodles with a variety of different ingredients, for example, hogskin, fish balls, sirloin, and carrots, with soup and sauces. Because of the assortment of ingredients, they come in numerous, and the value range is wide. This dish can be found in Central Hong Kong Café.
5. The famous Pineapple Bread
Pineapple Bread is a sweet bread starting in Hong Kong, extremely well known, and found in about each pastry kitchen. The outside of the bread looks like a pineapple which gives it its name, yet the customary assortment doesn’t contain pineapple. A blend of sugar, eggs, flour, and fat structure a fresh surface with delicate bread underneath, and it’s best eaten when hot.