Month: September 2015

Regional French gourmet in the middle of nowhere

Contemporary French cuisine experience in the middle of nowhere. Do you know where Saint Alban de Roche is? (I did not) Anyways, chef Romain Hubert is simply brilliant. The dishes are imaginative and a tickle to all the senses – sight, aroma and taste. His artistic flare with flavours and complex cooking method really does pay off. Think foam and paper thin aubergine… His restaurant serves upon appointment only. Just himself and a waitron. More chic and less pompous than the usual French gourmet restaurant.

Edible, but evil – Ortie, France

!@&^$£?@ Got stung by this mint looking plant myself. Totally need to share with you all out there. My leg brushed past this plant and it felt as if my leg was burning. It is not poisonous, but hey, it hurts. The pain went away after a day. The whole plant has micro hairs to sting. Evil plant!!!

Flying noodle – Miyazaki, Japan

This is a follow up of my previous post, ‘Takachiho, where Japanese myths were born… 高千穂、宮崎’ Right next to the Takachiho Gorge there were some intriguing food stalls. At this place, ‘you snooze or you lose’ had a new meaning. That’s right, the noodle floated along the bamboo, but not into your bowl… if you didn’t catch it in time, they just fly off the cliff. This style of serving udon was the regional specialty, nagashi somen 😀

Takachiho, where Japanese myths were born… Japan

Takachiho was an ancient town on the north of Miyazaki, Japan. Believed to be the holy ground where the Gods descended. So yeah, myths / legends and the bunch was born here. Well known for their breath-taking Takachiho Gorge, Kunimigaoka heavenly cloud hike and 1200+ years old shrine. The prefecture pamphlets tended to only show the Gorge, but their shrines could easily rival Izumo shrine – less crowds and older trees.

Wasabi farm – Hotaka, Japan 穂高, 長野

At this farm, wasabi plant get bathed in Hotaka alps fresh water 24/7 and their very own sun shades. How’s that for a life, huh? Hotaka 穂高 (Azumino city 安曇野市), 30min train ride from Matsumoto. This small town is a hidden gem. Mainly farms and well maintained hikes. Nature is all over here. Their main attraction here is undoubtedly the Daio Wasabi Farm 大王わさび農場. This is one of the largest wasabi farm in Japan.