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HAKODATE Food Trip: What and Where to Eat?!

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Come and discover Hakodate in Hokkaido. Known as the “City of Gourmet Food,” it is overflowing with mouthwatering eats–from freshly caught seafood and excellent sashimi, to Japanese pub fare, shio ramen, and various specialty desserts.

Their fatty salmon and tuna, sweet hairy and king crab, and amazing squid sashimi are among what tourists from Japan and overseas always rave about while here. You’ll surely be impressed by the taste and freshness of their seafood!

Check out our guide on what to eat and drink when you’re in Hakodate, Hokkaido…

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Bambanti Festival 2017: The Pride Of Isabela (Photo Essay)

Bambanti Festival is the official festival of the Province of Isabela.  Held annually in the month of January, the award-winning festival has become a key factor in helping to build a cultural identity for the residences of Isabela.

People flock from all corners of Isabela to celebrate their rich agricultural heritage in song-and-dance, and a little friendly competition.

 

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The festival derives its name from the Ilocano word for “scarecrow”, and the Bambanti have become the iconic symbol for the farming communities of Isabela.  Its meaning is emblematic of the historic ties farmers have with scarecrows and their crops, and represent the diligence and resoluteness of the people of Isabel.

Festivities start on the 23rd of January, culminating in a show-stopping extravaganza on the 28th.

Bambanti Festival
Bambanti Village
Provincial Capitol Grounds
Ilagan City, Isabela Philippines

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Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse: Romantic Charm of Hakodate’s Bay Area!

Red Brick

Hakodate was Japan’s first international trading port in 1859.

Several red brick buildings formerly used as warehouses survived the test of time, and have been converted into one of Hakodate’s famous sightseeing spot housing different beer halls, restaurants, sweet shops and unique souvenir shops.

Today, it still continues to transport visitors to a feeling of nostalgia and unforgettable time. Here’s a quick guide on where to eat, what to do and shop at Kanemori’s Red Brick Warehouses

KANEMORI RED BRICK WAREHOUSE
14 – 12, Suehiro-cho , Hakodate City
Telephone: 0138-27-5530
Website: www.hakodate-kanemori.com

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MOUNT HAKODATE: “Glimmering Jewelry Box” Night View from Mt. Hakodate!

Night View

During the night, the city of Hakodate glows from the surface of the world with bright lights and incredible beauty.

Awarded with three stars in the Michelin Guide, the night view of the fan-shaped town of Tsugaru Strait and Hakodate Bay is a must-see when visiting Hokkaido.

Hop on a ropeway to the summit of Mt. Hakodate and be satisfied with this fantastic view.

 

Mt. Hakodate Ropeway
19-7, Motomachi, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido, 040-0054 Japan
Telephone: +81 (0138) 23-3105
Website: http://www.334.co.jp

 

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LA CHINESCA BF: A Taste of Chef Bruce Ricketts’ First Love–Mexican Food! (Review)

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LA CHINESCA is the hole-in-the-wall, solo venture of Chef Bruce Ricketts in BF Homes, dedicated to his first love–Mexican cuisine. The name is inspired by Mexico’s Chinatown. 

The resto is reminiscent of when he first opened Sensei–also along Aguirre–which is more of a passion project to share his enthusiasm for the cuisine. 

We actually had to wait in line to get a seat at Chef Bruce’s new restaurant. But we did get to order all the items on (and off) the menu.

Here’s what we think of La Chinesca…

 

LA CHINESCA
Bruce Ricketts does Mexican 
248 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11am to 2pm; 5pm till we’re out
Telephone: +632 738-0724
Email[email protected]
Facebook: La Chinesca
Instagram: @lachinesca
Note: Cash Only

Related Blog Posts:
SENSEI SUSHI by Chef Bruce “Broosy” Ricketts
MECHA UMA: “Absurdly Delicious” Food by Chef Bruce Ricketts!
OOMA-licious! Bold Japanese Comfort Food by Chef Bruce Ricketts @Ooma_PH @SMMegaMall (First Look)

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LUCKY PIERROT: Hakodate’s No.1 Burger Chain!

Lucky Pierott

Bite into Japan’s best local burger!

Food is central to any trip to Hokkaido. Hakodate in Hokkaido may be famed for their fresh seafood and rich salt-ramen, but it’s their unique burger joint serving this juicy and addictive Chinese Chicken Burger that locals and tourists rave about.

Lucky Pierrot currently has 17 branches found all over the city. Each restaurant has a unique theme that sets it apart from all the other fast food stores. Did I mention it’s only found in Hakodate?

Lucky Pierrot
Hakodate-shi Goryokaku-cho 30-14 (Hakodate)
Gakkoukoukyo 30-14 Goryokoro Tower
Telephone: 0138-55-4424
Opening hours: 10am to 12:30am (1:30 am Sat only)
Website: http://luckypierrot.jp/

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Hakodate Asaichi (Morning Market): Hokkaido Crab, Tuna, Squid, and Seafood Galore!

Hakodate Moring Market

If there’s one thing you can’t miss when visiting Hokkaido, it’s their seafood!

Fatty salmon and tuna, sweet hairy and king crab, and amazing squid sashimi are among what tourists from Japan and overseas always rave about when in Hokkaido. You’ll surely be impressed by the taste and freshness of their seafood.

The Hakodate Morning Market is conveniently located near the JR Hakodate station and opens daily from 5 am (6 am during winter) until noon. Various types of seafood are on sale here such as crabs, squids (Hakodate’s specialty), tuna, salmon eggs (ikura), sea urchin, as well as fresh produce like Hokkaido’s famed sweet melons. There are also many restaurants in the market offering fresh seafood donburi.

Here’s a quick guide to enjoy the bustling Hakodate Morning Market…

Hakodate Morning Market
Japan, 〒040-0063 Hokkaido Prefecture, Hakodate, 若松町9−19
Phone: +81 138-22-7981
Website: www.hakodate-asaichi.com

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LOTUS BLANC: Excellence in Siem Reap (Photo Essay)

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Lotus Blanc is a 4 Star resort in Siem Reap Cambodia that has won numerous awards over the years for excellence.    

Part of The Innotality Group of Hotels – Lotus Blanc is proudly run and managed by an entirely Cambodian staff.  They take great pride in the reputation they have built, and their dedication to customer service is their number one priority. 

Fantastic service, world-class cuisine, and friendly staff are the reasons why we recommend Lotus Blanc Hotel and Resort to anyone visiting Siem Reap.   

 

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Located 15 minutes from Siem Reap Internation Airport20 minutes from Angkor Wat Archeological Park, and 5 minutes (Tuk-tuk) ride to downtown, Lotus Blanc sits at the heart of the busy tourist city of Siem Reap.    

Lotus Blanc Resort    
National Road 6, Kruos Village,
Siem Reap 069, Cambodia
Phone: 00 855 63 969 300
Email: [email protected] 
Website: lotusblancresort.com
Facebook: Lotus Blanc Resort

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LITTLE BAO Hong Kong: Our 14th Wedding Anniversary Eve Celebration @LittleBaoHK

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LITTLE BAO is a modern 20-seater Chinese Diner by May Chow. Chef May was recognized as Best Female Chef in the 2017 Asia’s 50 Best Awards.

We love how she was able to elevate the simple Bao into a sought after dish that treads the fine line between fusion and authentic. Her concept is simple: it’s all about sharing–both food and cultures. She takes inspiration from local traditions as well as from the international tastes you’ll find in Hong Kong.

We celebrated the eve of our 14th wedding anniversary here at Little Bao Hong Kong. Take a look at our experience… 

 

LITTLE BAO HONG KONG
66 Staunton Street, SoHo
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Email[email protected]
Telephone: +852-2194-0202
Facebook: @littlebaohk
Instagram: @littlebaohk
Website: https://www.little-bao.com/

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JOZANKEI YUKITOURO: Snow Lanterns on a Clear Winter Night!

Sapporo Snow Festival

One cold winter night, a stillness settles over the small hot spring village of Jozankei as they watch in silence the full-scale installation of flickering lights from lamps made of ice and snow, creating this simple yet magical site.

Jozankei Yukitouro starts early February, the same period as the Sapporo Snow Festival.

Here’s a short photo essay of our experience…

Jozankei Yukitouro
Jozankei Shrine, Higashi 3 Chome, Minami-ku Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
February 2-5, 2017 (18:00-21:00)
Website: www.jozankei.jp/yukitouro/

Related Blog Post: SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)

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