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Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "🍦🇯🇵 Hello from Tokyo! if you have been following my instagram story, you will know that i've been in Tokyo for the past " at Harajuku - 1784579926681165682
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🍦🇯🇵 Hello from Tokyo! if you have been following my instagram story, you will know that i've been in Tokyo for the past week. I don't have too many stuff to share because I was working remotely on this trip, but i have one to share today! Harajuku is known for everything outrageous about Japan - from colorful street art to cosplay fashion to creative food. But after being horribly disappointed by the expensive rainbow cotton candy in Harajuku (I dunno what I was expecting really), I had to steer away from Instagrammy food and go for a true and tested one. This Zaku-zaku ザクザク shop had a line going so I joined - thankfully the line moved fast! "Zaku-zaku" is Japanese onomatopoeia for something crispy/crunchy (I swear, Japanese people have sounds for everything). As soon as you enter the shop, you can smell a delicious buttery sweet and savory aroma wafting in the air - similar to caramel popcorn but BETTER. This place is actually famous for their creampuff, filled with Hokkaido cream which is made fresh on the spot and coated with their crispy 'croquant' made from baked almonds. But the Harajuku store also has an ice cream version which is exclusive to this branch. And because it was a warm day, I got the ice cream! I think the ice cream itself was just average though, especially for something that claims to use Hokkaido ingredients, but the almond croquant and the ice cream cone was... O.M.G delicious!! I know it's weird talking about parts of ice cream that isn't the ice cream itself but the almond croquant just complements the vanilla ice cream really well. It's also not sickeningly sweet which I always appreciate from a dessert. I seriously contemplated having a second one 🤤 I want to try their creampuff next time. So if you are ever in , skip the overpriced Instagrammy snacks and try this one instead! PS: the ice cream comes with plastic spoon but i asked them to not give me the spoon!

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Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "Fuzhou Pork Pepper Bun (Hu Jiao Bing 胡椒餅) at Raohe Night Market in Taipei.

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Fuzhou Pork Pepper Bun (Hu Jiao Bing 胡椒餅) at Raohe Night Market in Taipei. I wrote a long list of food recommendation for Taipei on my blog 👆🏻 BUT this pepper bun might just be my favorite one among the entire list. I found the famous Fuzhou Pork Pepper Bun at Raohe Night Market, where the bun is baked en-masse by sticking the dough, filled with peppery minced pork, to the sides of a large cylindrical oven. The result is a very tender, juicy, and very peppery pork bun. I’m a huge fan of pepper so I was sold from the first bite. Fuzhou Pepper Buns is the very first stall you see if you enter Raohe Market from the North East side, next to Songshan Temple. Hat tip to my friends @o20ne and @michael.paravati for this recommendation!

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Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "What's a visit to Taiwan without sipping on Pearl Milk Tea #amirite

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What's a visit to Taiwan without sipping on Pearl Milk Tea When I was living in Los Angeles in the early 2000s, Pearl Milk Tea, aka Bubble Tea, aka "Boba" somehow gained popularity and became the hottest thing. But I remember my Taiwanese friends would tell me that Boba is not anything new to them - in fact, the concept of Bubble Tea was invented in the 1980's in Tainan, a city in south Taiwan. 
Pearl Milk Tea is a milk tea drink with tapioca balls added to the bottom of it. The tapioca balls are often white (though there is a black variation as well) which resembles pearls, hence the name. The original pearl tea was simply just black tea mixed with milk and tapioca balls, but since it became popular, it has sprouted new variations which include fruit-flavored juice (such as passion fruit, strawberry, mango, lychee, etc) and ice blended base. In the recent years, it has also become a trend to be able to pick the level of sugars so you can feel slightly better when you are sipping on your milk tea. I personally think the traditional pearl milk tea with full sugar is still the best one though 😛 Some of you might remember i posted this on my instagram story after a bit of rant on unnecessary plastic usage. In a bid to reduce my one-time plastic usage, I usually refuse straws and bring my own cups for takeaway coffee. But when it comes to bubble tea, I couldn't refuse the straw bc you are supposed to sip on the bubbles through a large straw! A follower of mine (@chuepachups) then informed me that you can actually buy a large reusable straw that accomodates bubble tea. That got me curious... Are you aware of your plastic usage too? What are your tips on reducing waste while travelling? Let me know by commenting below 👇🏻 I would love to hear all of it! I've pinned my basic tips in my story highlights ;) .

Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "🇺🇦 Kyivska Perepichka at Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv, Ukraine. I went to Kyiv last summer but somehow totally f" at Kyiv, Ukraine - 1766115979521542931
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🇺🇦 Kyivska Perepichka at Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv, Ukraine. I went to Kyiv last summer but somehow totally forgot to post this photo! 😱 There weren't many street food in Kyiv, but thanks to my Ukrainian followers' recommendations I managed to find what's possibly the city's only street food! You get this from a small window of a shop in central Kyiv, on Khmel'nyts'koho St 3 - you can find the exact location on google maps! It's just a short walk from Maidan. So what is Perepichka? it is a deep fried dough with simple sausage stuffed inside. Basically, a deep fried hot dog that you can eat on the go! 🌭 They've been around since 1981 and is well-loved by locals in Kyiv. I heard the line can get quite long but I suppose I was lucky because there were only 5-6 people in front of me when I was there. During our time in Kyiv, we stayed at an apartment right next to the presidential residence just behind Maidan. It was quite an interesting experience having to go through layers of security just to get to our room, which was literally meters away from the gate, but I definitely felt very safe thanks to that :P This also means every time we need to get out of the apartment, we'd walk down Heroyiv Nebesnoyi Sotni Alley (Heroes of Heavenly Hundred). This street was lined up with somber memorials for fallen heroes of Euromaidan, a wave of civil unrest and protests as a result of deeply corrupt government. The protests lasted several months in the winter of 2013-2014. During that time, Maidan and its surrounding area were occupied by the opposition and became the center of activities surrounding the movement. Nearly 100 people were killed at the site when situation finally came to a head months later in what is now referred to as the 2014 Ukraine Revolution. This is where the name "Heroes of Heavenly Hundred" came from. Although it's far from over and the aftermath can still be seen til this day, I believe the lives of these individuals were not wasted on nothing - Euromaidan resulted in overthrowing of the said corrupt government.

Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "🇦🇺 Hello from Tassie! I'm here exploring the far south end of Australia thanks to @cheapticketssg and @tasmania.
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🇦🇺 Hello from Tassie! I'm here exploring the far south end of Australia thanks to @cheapticketssg and @tasmania. . On my last day in Tasmania, I took a full day food tour called the "Bruny Island Traveller Tour" with @pennicottjourneys. Bruny Island is just an hour drive and ferry ride south of Hobart. The tour was an amazing day of eating and sampling gourmet produce made locally in the island itself - we had cheese, beer, freshly shucked Tasmanian oysters, scones with jam made from local berries, local wine tasting, a lunch of tasmanian salmon, chocolate tasting, locally-made honey, and a gin and tonic at the whiskey house. Yeah I know some of you are probably wondering why I had G&T at a whiskey house, however the G&T ended up being the star of the trip for me (followed closely by the oysters, because i LOVE oysters). This magical gin right here is called Seclusion. It is Bruny Island's first gin release, distilled at the Tasman peninsula. So why is it so magical? In the bottle, it is originally a deep bright blue color but once you pour tonic water on it, it turns into this beautiful gradient of pale purple/pink color! I couldn't help but take a small bottle home for myself 😍 . . Update: as @edwingohse and @macaroni.and.chi pointed out below, this change in color is from coloring made from Butterfly pea flower, which reacts with citrus to change color. I've been seeing a lot of butterfly pea in food and drinks lately, I think they are going to the next big thing! .

Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "🇦🇺 Hello from Tassie! I'm here exploring the far south end of Australia thanks to @cheapticketssg and @tasmania.

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🇦🇺 Hello from Tassie! I'm here exploring the far south end of Australia thanks to @cheapticketssg and @tasmania. If climbing sharp steep rocks of Mount Amos is not your thing - don't worry! At Freycinet Park you can still enjoy amazing view and vivid colors without all the work. This is Honeymoon Bay, which is just right in front of a carpark in Freycinet. Honeymoon Bay is a gravely beach with plenty of flat granite rocks to sit on. It's a popular spot for picnic so definitely come here with some food! You can sit on one of the many rocks and enjoy the incredible view. We went to Freycinet Marine Farm (less than 10 mins drive from this spot) and got some grilled oysters to go. We wanted to try this one because it is three of Tasmanian specialties - oysters, tasman salmon, and cheese! Aside of this, we also had some natural oysters and garlic baked scallops (had them at the farm bc I couldn't wait). Oysters are one of my favorite food 🤤 and I've always been partial to the Tasmanian ones, so having them this fresh was truly a dream come true! .

Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "🇦🇺 Hello from Tassie! I'm here exploring the far south end of Australia thanks to @cheapticketssg and @tasmania. 
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🇦🇺 Hello from Tassie! I'm here exploring the far south end of Australia thanks to @cheapticketssg and @tasmania. I've been here for three days and finally made it out to Freycinet National Park. I have been dreaming about this view of Wine Glass bay, with it's azure water and white sand from the top of Mount Amos. Finally, I got to see it for myself today! It took us only 1 hour to go up but it was a challenging hike, full of sharp rocks at steep incline. You have to be on all fours for a good portion of the climb, but... the million-dollar view of Wineglass Bay that greets you at the top? That makes it all worth it. I definitely recommend packing a little snack so you can sit up there and enjoy the view once you make it up there (as many do). I packed myself ANZAC biscuit from a local bakery in Bicheno. It's a must-have for me whenever I am in Australia. These biscuits were sent by wives and women's groups to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation. Going down Mount Amos is even harder - took me 1.5 hours to slide / crab-walk down, but it was a thousand times worth it!

Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "🌟🍊🍊🐶 Happy Lunar New Year from #Singapore!!
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One of the most common food symbol of the New Year in Chinese culture is O" at Thian Hock Keng - 1717432723536441440
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🌟🍊🍊🐶 Happy Lunar New Year from !! . One of the most common food symbol of the New Year in Chinese culture is Oranges, as they are a symbol of wealth and good luck, which comes from resemblance between the words for "orange" and "gold" (wealth) or "good luck". It is common in Chinese culture for homonyms to become a symbol of one another over time. . In Singapore, the custom for Lunar New Year is to have a family reunion dinner and visit relatives' houses especially over the first two days of the new year. When you are doing visitation, you as a guest would bring two (mandarin) oranges and present them to the host while wishing happy new year - the phrase we use for this is "Gong xi fa cai". If you are not married, your married relatives will also give you ang bao aka red envelope containing money. Then on top of that you are also expected to eat copious amount of food! . I did not go home for the new years this year and I don't have relatives in Singapore, so I spent the weekend in the kitchen instead, experimenting with cooking my own meals. I tried replicating KFC and Ikea meatballs! It was successful 😋 .

Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "#Momijigari part 3: The perfect autumn warm tones (late November 2017)
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🍙🍂🍁 Onigiri at Akame 48 Waterfall. I love check" at 赤目四十八滝 - 1710231325564490660
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part 3: The perfect autumn warm tones (late November 2017) . 🍙🍂🍁 Onigiri at Akame 48 Waterfall. I love checking out the grocery stores and convenience stores whenever I am in Japan. My absolute favorite thing to get? The onigiri! These Japanese Rice Ball is a staple snack - I get at least one a day. There are many types of onigiri - with salmon, tuna, chicken, egg or vegetarian ones with pickled plums or beans and sesame. After this trip, I was convinced Japan is the most beautiful country in the world. They’ve got something for every season – Sakura in the spring, beautiful snowy mountains in Hokkaido (which I’ve yet to visit) in winter, amazing diving in Okinawa (still on my bucket list) and Momijigari in the fall. I shot this with @moment wide angle lens - I've been playing around with moment lenses and I absolutely love them! They really do make a difference to your mobile photos.

Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "#Momijigari part 2: Brilliant yellow leaves amongst greeneries (late November 2017)
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#焼きもち Yakimochi at Akame 48, a bea" at 赤目四十八滝 - 1709143162481890929
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part 2: Brilliant yellow leaves amongst greeneries (late November 2017) . Yakimochi at Akame 48, a beautiful waterfall trail about an hour out of Osaka. We came here for another round of Momijigari, the autumn leaf hunting tradition (visit my blog for more information on this). Akame 48 is an easy trail in Mie prefecture, following a main river which forms many small and big waterfalls. There aren't exactly 48 waterfalls on the trail, but "48 waterfalls" signifies endless waterfalls in Japanese language. The area is also known as Ninja valley – the birthplace of Ninjas and home to giant Salamander. At the entrance to the waterfall, you'll pass by several snacks and souvenir shop. I recommend picking up some snacks to enjoy on the trail! But please look after your own trash since there are no bins inside. My favorite pick is yakimochi (焼きもち) from one of the shops for 120 yen a piece. Yakimochi is grilled Japanese rice cake, which has a very sticky and soft texture when hot off the grill – that's why it has the plastic wrap to keep its shape. It's stuffed with sweet red bean paste inside, but it has a hint of saltiness on the outside – super delicious! . 💡Trivia: In Japanese language, aside of "grilled rice cake", yakimochi could also mean "to be jealous" depending on the context of the sentence.

Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "#Momijigari part 1: The red maple leaves (late November 2017)
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Zarame senbei while watching the red autumn leaves at Ki" at Kyoto, Japan - 1707674665532883622
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part 1: The red maple leaves (late November 2017) . Zarame senbei while watching the red autumn leaves at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. Those red things in the background? They are all red maple leaves! I had seen on TV and photos how the vibrant red they become in autumn, but I never thought I would get to see it with my own eyes. @op.118 and I discovered this type of senbei (japanese rice crackers) while walking around Kyoto. I'm used to senbei being savory with bits of seaweed, but this one is coated with Zarame (large crystal) sugar so it is sweet but still retain the a hint of soy saltiness similar to other senbeis. And it's very delicious, so much that we each got two more to go. 😂 Momijigari () is the Japanese tradition of visiting areas where leaves have turned red in the autumn. “Momiji” means red leaves, and “Gari” means hunting – so quite literally, it means hunting autumn leaves. It is said the tradition began in Edo period when royalties started visiting certain areas of Japan to look at the autumn leaves. I could see why, because the leaves have changed into its beautiful fall colors – Ginko trees turn brilliant yellow, Maple trees turn vibrant red, and other trees turn various shades of brown while some remained green – it makes for a warm blend of colors that is very pleasing to the eye. 🍂🍁

Instagram Image by ❤️ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "🇮🇩🌽 This is how i spent the first day of 2018 - chilling out with butter grilled corn outside of La Brisa, the latest be" at La Brisa Bali - 1703006517596694795
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🇮🇩🌽 This is how i spent the first day of 2018 - chilling out with butter grilled corn outside of La Brisa, the latest beach club in Canggu, Bali. We went for a walk north along the beach just outside of La Brisa to Perenan Beach which seems to be more popular with locals... and there were more local food! Of course I had to get some 😍 Aside of this grilled corn, I tried some Tipat Cantok from the street vendor for Rp 10,000 a plate - thats less than $1! Tipat Cantok is a dish made up of variety of steamed vegetable, tofu and rice cake served with peanut sauce and sweet soy sauce. In java this is called gado-gado, which means "a mix of stuff". . I wrote up some of my favorite Seminyak recs in my blog. As usual, find the link above! 🔝