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Tea Sampling in Wazuka, Kyoto

Last April I visited the tea farms featured by Obubu Tea in Wazuka, Kyoto. It was a bit hard to get to since only a few buses go there, but it was well worth the trip!

Japanese Rural Towns
Japanese Rural Towns

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Tea Sampling in Taipei, Taiwan

Following a lead in Lonely Planet about the “oldest tea selling shop in Taipei”, I took the #306 bus to the Daqiaotou bus stop right in front of Lin Mao Sen Tea Co. It looked so different from the image on Google Street View where it could have been taken years ago. I was greeted by a very modern-looking shop with the standard large, airtight cans for rows and rows of different teas. They also had beautiful teaware and tools. Continue reading Tea Sampling in Taipei, Taiwan

For the Love of Old Markets

Whether on a vacation or on a business trip, I make it a point to visit the local public markets to get a sense of what its like to really be part of that place. Usually the produce is grown by farmers nearby, and the fish and meat are brought in fresh early in the morning or even kept alive on site, butchered as ordered. You also get to feel how the economy is doing by the quality and variety of what’s available, what the locals’ favourites are… oh! And their level of cuisine tolerance, too! Continue reading For the Love of Old Markets

Superstitous Practises on Edible & Potable Things for the New Year

Writing about this just popped into my head after one of my friends wrote on his Facebook “What if, after all the superstitious things people do on New Year’s Day, it turns out that your entire year is determined by the quality of your first poop of the year?… I wonder if there any pseudo scientific studies on this shit“. It’s definitely something to think about! But you do end up wondering why a lot of cultures fixate on superstitions on food (and its remnants) in particular. I’d go as far as saying that we have made cultures around food, or perhaps food itself made cultures just like this new study on “How Beer Created Civilisation“. For a long while we thought that our early ancestors cultivated grain in the pursuit of good bread, but it turns out that the development of bread-making was a consequence of experimentation of grains from its cultivation for beer-brewing. Continue reading Superstitous Practises on Edible & Potable Things for the New Year