Category Archives: Where I Love to Eat

Another Week. Another Celebration. Marking My First Blog Anniversary With A Trio of Messina Gelato Cakes.

Another week. Another celebration. This time it’s my first blog anniversary.  On this day a year ago, with more than a little trepidation, I hit the publish button on my very first blog post. In our house we mark all … Continue reading

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For The App Junkie. The Paddington Foodie Is Now On Instagram.

A couple of weeks ago my gorgeous cousin Cate convinced me to expand my blog to Instagram. She kindly and very patiently gave me a crash course on the ins and outs of  using the app. No mean feat considering … Continue reading

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Chanko-Nabe at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium. The Food of Sumo Champions.

January in Tokyo. My boys like to catch some of the action at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Tokyo’s National Sumo Stadium. The flags are out. That means the Grand Sumo Tournament is in full swing. Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport. It’s … Continue reading

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Don’t Leave Niseko Without… A Visit To The Onsen.

Our sojourn in Niseko is drawing to a close. Today we depart Hokkaido for a flying visit to Tokyo. Monday morning we will be back in hot, sweltering Sydney. Talk about extremities in weather conditions. Moving from close to minus 20 C … Continue reading

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Snow and Seafood. Sushi and Tempura at Shokusai Hirafu.

If you are in Japan you have to try sushi. Beautifully prepared and plated as only the Japanese can do. One of my favourite sushi haunts in Niseko is Shokusai Hirafu. Located in the Alpen Hotel in the upper village. … Continue reading

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King Crab Kane Ramen. Hanazono 308.

It was a cold blustery day today. Lots of fresh powder snow. I’m beginning to think it’s never going to stop snowing these holidays. Last year the locals told us it was the best season the resort has had in … Continue reading

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French Galettes and Crepes. The Niseko Supply Company at Odin.

Today we decided to take a break. From skiing and Japanese food. Since our visit last year our favourite bakery has relocated from the Hirafu intersection. In its place there is a French style creperie and bakery. Operated by the … Continue reading

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Kampai! Sake and Shochu. Izakaya Raku 楽 .

A stone’s throw from our accommodation is a very cosy izakaya. Raku . In Japanese its kanji symbol 楽 means easy, comfortable and cosy. It’s also the kanji that you see in the word tanoshii 楽しい which means fun and ongaku … Continue reading

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Boyoso. An Authentic Japanese Lunch. On Piste. Soba Noodles With Broth and a Tempura Prawn.

Boyoso. A log cabin tucked away halfway up the hill under the Grand Hirafu Gondola. By day its one of Niseko’s few, family operated on hill restaurants and by night its the resort’s only on hill accommodation. Quaint and very cosy. … Continue reading

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A Taste of the Sea. Ezo Seafood and Oyster Bar. Hirafu, Niseko.

Last night we visited Ezo Seafood and Oyster Bar. Run by our friend James and his wife Keiko it offers a wonderfully authentic dining experience of all things seafood. James is passionate about his produce and sources it directly from … Continue reading

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