Currently in Asia; will return next year.
There was lots of humming and hawing about which countries to visit. The Maldives was very high on the list for the longest time – the W Maldives is a draw – but flights didn’t work out well enough and I figured it’d best to combine this with a trip to Dubai and India instead. Thailand and the Philippines were both knocked off the list from the get-go as I’ve sadly no interest in visiting. Indonesia made the list but will wait until after the rainy season. Vietnam – oh, the food! – remains a key and crucial stopping point (Cousin Ora is there as I type this) but it shall have to wait till the next journey. Taiwan remains on the list for food, food, food and I still might pay a surprise visit. And China, well, G’s been and been.
So, in the end – in no particular order – the following locales won my attention.
Will be through Hong Kong three times during the trip.
Again a couple stops here during the trip.
Sojourning a week on Datai Beach, Langkawi; and a couple days in Kuala Lampur.
To visit Angkor Wat but of course.
A dozen days in the best place in the world to be, Tokyo … and a even a planned visit with the Emperor (sorry no photos).
- dinner at the 8-seat Tapas Molecular Bar in the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo;
- dinner at Aronia de Takawaza, which Food & Wine Magazine rated as one of the World’s Top 10 Life-Changing Restaurants. I have been corresponding with Chef Takawaza’s wife, Akiko, since February this year to secure a reservation at this 4-seat restaurant;
- lunch at the 9-seat Asagi, the famed Japanese tempura restaurant in the Ginza;
- dinner at the very French Brasserie Les Saveurs in Singapore;
- late night desserts at Aqua in Hong Kong;
- dinner at SkyBar in Kuala Lumpur as we gaze out onto the Petronas Towers;
- lunch at the very French Tateru Yoshino Shiodome in Tokyo to experience a Japanese master do french cuisine and,
- lunch at the famed New York Grill high atop the Park Hyatt Tokyo.
There are, of course, several adventuresome dinners booked as well, including:
- dinner at The Touich Restaurant outside of Siem Reap;
- dinner at Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur; and,
- dinner at The Gulai House, sitting nobat style, in Langkawi.
If you’re hanging out in these areas and want to meet B&G live and in the flesh, email.
Otherwise, see you mid-January next year – Happy Holidays!