My Neighbours the Dumplings: Dumpling House and Sake Bar

When My Neighbours the Dumplings opened up a five minute walk from my flat, I knew it was trouble. Originally marred by a series of delays in getting their fixtures ready for the opening night, they are now beyond busy any night of the week. 

Have it Two Ways: Brunch or Sunday Roast @ Rootdown

What is this witchcraft? It's the amazing little casual spot in Clapton that serves incredibly creative & scrumptious brunches and Sunday roasts CONSISTENTLY to high quality.

Pair that with a great vibe & awesome cocktails and you're on to something. 

Best of Hackney: Guided Weekend Walk

My favourite weekend pass-time is to walk around Hackney, from Clapton down to London Fields and through the markets down to the farm.. ending up at Columbia Road Flower Market, and even moving on to Brick Lane and Shoreditch. The other day I did this walk with a friend of mine, and she loved it. And I realised... you know what, I love it. And I think you will too. Here is my itinerary for a chilled weekend walking around Hackney + map at the end.

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My First Onsen (Hot Spring) Experience in Yufuin, Japan

Yufuin's Onsen Spas: Unmissable Japanese Experience //

Let me tell you about my first (and second!) Onsen experience in Japan. Natural hot spring spas are an old Japanese tradition - and I'd watched many videos before my visit. But when you mix extremely hot water, complete nakedness and no knowledge of the language... well things get embarrassing...

What the HELL? Visiting Japan's Hot "Hells" in Beppu

In my last post we had spent a night in Fukuoka sampling the terrific street food it’s known for. But that was only a pit-stop on our way to Oita, the Japanese prefecture known for its hot springs (Onsen). The Japanese are crazy into their Onsen and I wanted to try as many as possible – especially in the main Onsen region.

Cate & Chris Do Japan (Video)

I want to show you what an amazing experience Chris & I had in Japan. In this 3 minute video you will see everything we saw, from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka to smaller countryside towns, islands and Onsen...


Yatai: Fukuoka's Food Carts

No travel experience is complete until you’ve order from a menu from which you understand absolutely nothing.

Booze & Fun at Junkyard Golf

Today we went underground into the jungle for an hour of drinks and crazy golf in Shoreditch.

Atop Mount Misen, Miyajima

A short day trip from Hiroshima (or even Okayama, on the Shinkansen), and covered in primeval forest, the trail up Mount Misen is one of the most rewarding hikes to be had. On this particular clear day Spring day, we decided to venture onwards and upwards.