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Canada, Wellness

An Oasis in Chelsea, Quebec: Nordik Spa-Nature

Winters can be (really, REALLY) long in Ottawa, so we try to break this up by heading over to Spa Nordik close-by in Chelsea, Quebec at least once a year to relax and recover. It is only a 30-minute drive away and it is as if we are in a different world. The Nordik Group… Continue reading An Oasis in Chelsea, Quebec: Nordik Spa-Nature

Ichiran Ramen
Asia, Japan

Japan 2.0: Day 8 (Tokyo)

We were craving ramen again and we really wanted to try Ichiran Ramen this trip, so we figured that having this first thing in the morning was a good idea. There is usually a long line for this famous chain, by going first thing in the morning, we were able to get seats for the 4 of us quite easily. Ordering was simple, you can order your ramen at the vending machine and then bring your tickets to your assigned cubicle. This is a meal for one, so expect to focus on your food instead of socializing with others. ...Continue reading

Hiroshima-style Yaki and okonomiyaki @ Takohachi
Asia, Japan

Japan 2.0: Day 6 (Kinosaki – Osaka – Kanazawa)

A good day begins with a good breakfast, and we did not have to go very far, as breakfast is served at the ryokan. We headed upstairs to the banquet hall to be greeted with a table full of food once again. It was a traditional Japanese breakfast with its staple miso soup, rice, a raw egg, nori (seaweed) and fish. There are also various pickles and sides, a fish cake patty, a western-style salad and a pillowy tamago. Don’t forget the simple boiled tofu in the nabe. For drinks, we were served both a baby glass of milk as well as some green tea. It was a nice way to start the day, making me wish that all my days started with such a wholesome breakfast. ...Continue reading

Asia, Japan

Japan 2.0: Day 4 (Kyoto)

We were on a mission to try to beat the rush at Fushimi Inari, one of the most iconic tourist sights in Kyoto, so we quickly grabbed some breakfast at a convenience store in Kyoto Station. I had their tuna and egg sandwich which was simple and lovely especially encased in the fluffy cloud-like white bread. Aaron had the udon which was not bad for a convenience store udon. Then we shared the tuna mayo onigiri which is always a good go-to item. Really wishing that we have all these types of food items in Canadian convenience stores as well! ...Continue reading