Best Foods to Eat in Asia in 2016

Best Foods to Eat in Asia in 2016

We ate a lot of amazing food in 2015. I wish I could share photos of all of them, and encourage people to search for those dishes during their upcoming travels. Instead, I’ve come up with a list of the absolute BEST foods to eat in Asia in 2016. Okay, so maybe we didn’t eat all the food in Asia during 2015, but we ate a good many fabulous meals. Enough that I can put together a pretty good roadmap of what to eat in Asia. These dishes tend to focus on Hong Kong, India, Osaka, Seoul, Thailand, and Vietnam, because that is where we spent most of our time in 2015. Some of the best foods to eat in Asia can be found at luxury dining establishments, but even those tend to be higher end versions of dishes that can be found at street side stalls as well. These dishes can be found at every price point. And, instead of just sharing my photos of the dishes to eat in Asia, I am actually sharing links to the With Husband In Tow Instagram account. I am doing this not only to encourage you to check out all our food photos on Instagram (there’s a lot, and they are yummy), but also because the Instagram photos include links to the restaurants and locations where we actually ate these meals, making them easier to track down during your travels in Asia in 2016. Check out the With Husband In Tow Podcast, where we talk about some of our best meals in Asia in 2015! Best Foods to Eat in Asia – Hong Kong...
Japanese Baseball – a Forgotten Bucket List Item

Japanese Baseball – a Forgotten Bucket List Item

It’s been over two years, but Eric has decided to write once again for With Husband In Tow, this time, about Japanese baseball!  When travel becomes your life, you sometimes lose sight of the places or things you’ve set out to see or do. Constantly moving from place to place, always booking flights and accommodations, can distract you from why you are there and what you want to see. Our life has many benefits, but at the end of the day we are human and we get distracted. So distracted that for awhile I forgot that I placed Japanese baseball on my bucket list. My Bucket List Since leaving the US, it’s been a goal of mine that we’d inspire others to follow in our footsteps.  To realize there’s more to life than the predictable life of 9-5. At the very least, I hope that people are creating a bucket list that they will act upon at some point. Amber and I have our collective bucket list as well as individual ones. Top on my bucket list was leaving the U.S. before turning 40, something I’m proud to say I accomplished 2 years ahead of schedule. Most of my bucket list items are more experiences rather than places to visit. I’d still love to tour the Pacific battlefields of World War II, visit Red Square in Moscow, and travel to Antartica, despite my hatred of the cold. Now, though, experiences like flying on the Airbus A380 or flying Singapore Airlines in its award winning business class now top my bucket list. My bucket list is ever changing, as my...
How Much It Costs to Eat in Japan

How Much It Costs to Eat in Japan

It is common knowledge that Japan is expensive.  It is an expensive place to live, and an expensive place to travel to.  When we first visited Japan in 2009, we were on a tight budget and stressed about every Yen spent.  Luckily, during this trip, we did not worry so much about the cost of each meal, but at one point I wondered how much it costs to eat in Japan? How Much It Costs to Eat in Japan During this trip, we only visited Osaka, but we spent ten days in Japan’s second city.  We were inspired by several articles saying that Osaka was a foodie destination for 2015.  We enjoyed our brief time here in 2009, and wanted to explore more.  Well, eat more.  I felt like we were spending a lot, but that was mostly because we were eating on average 5-6 times a day.  We were successful in eating a ton of food in ten days. My list of how much it costs to eat in Japan (well, Osaka): Snacks and Lunch Lunch is the time to save a few yen, or to find really good value lunches.  Our first meal in Osaka was a bowl of fresh Udon noodles, for Y300.  It’s possible to add on one or two pieces of tempura for Y160, making an amazing lunch for less than $5 USD. One of the specialities in Osaka is Kushiage or Kushikatsu, which is essentially fried stuff on a stick.  A good snack might include 4-5 sticks of food, perhaps while standing at a counter in a train station, where we found some...
How I Bought the Worst Selfie Stick Ever

How I Bought the Worst Selfie Stick Ever

We often feel out of the loop on technology, being on the far side of the world.  I have never been an early adopter of anything, and frankly am a little surprised that I pre-ordered an iPhone 6 before it came out.  That is not my style.  There’s probably a reason why I am not an early adopter, as I am realizing that I suck at buying tech products.  This was clearly the case when I recently bought the worst selfie stick ever. Awhile back we started to notice selfie sticks for sale in Kuala Lumpur.  People were hawking them on the street. I, honestly, had no idea what they were.  I watched curiously as the salesperson provided demonstrations.  I kid of got the gist. For those of you who are as tech illiterate as I am, these are long sticks, with mobile phones stuck at the end.  Not all that high tech at all. I started to take note.  And, I started to see people carrying and using selfie sticks all over the world.  They are becoming so prevalent that people are beginning to think that selfie sticks ruin the experience of travel. Regardless, I have been known to take a selfie once in awhile. Some of our best photos together are selfies, with one of us reaching our arm out to snap the photo.  Even when I do trust other people with our camera or mobile phone to take the photo, they never come out like I want them to.  They stand too far away.  Or, they are determined to get the feet in, so we miss...
An Osaka Cooking Class – Learning Family Secrets

An Osaka Cooking Class – Learning Family Secrets

There have been a handful of times when we are traveling where we have felt truly special and lucky.  Often times it involves meeting fascinating people with inside knowledge of their city or culture.  A few times, this special treatment is the result of being invited into someone’s home.  When we booked our Osaka Cooking Class we had no idea that we would be invited into the home of two lovely sisters, who offered us an inside look at food in Osaka. There is just something amazing about seeing the inside of a home in a foreign country.  To be able to see how people live, and what homes and apartments are like.  Yeah, we can get this experience by renting apartments overseas, and attempting to live like a local when traveling.  But, being hosted by a local is an entirely different story. Yayo met us at her local train station, only a few stops from central Osaka.  She escorted us to the apartment she shares with her sister, Hiroko, and their adorable little terrier, Akane.  We had no idea where the Osaka cooking class was going to take place, until we walked up to Yayo’s apartment building. Read what other travelers have to say about the Osaka Cooking Class we took at TripAdvisor An At-Home Osaka Cooking Class We started with Hiroko preparing matcha tea, in a traditional ceremony, while dressed in a bright green, floral kimono.  Hiroko was shy, focusing on the tea, with an almost bashful face.  It seemed to be a serious affair until Akane, came running in, yapping away, looking for attention.  We enjoyed...
Top 10 Foods to Eat in Osaka

Top 10 Foods to Eat in Osaka

Osaka is a foodies’ paradise, and it is hard to come up with a list of ONLY 10 foods to eat in Osaka.  The people in Osaka take their food very seriously, giving Osaka the nickname the kitchen of Japan.  Because we also take the food we eat very seriously, it seemed to be a perfect match. I like to think of Tokyo like NYC, and Osaka like Chicago.  Tokyo and New York are the financial centers, with loads of hard working people.  Osaka and Chicago also have lots of corporate employees and hard workers, but the people are nicer, friendlier, and more approachable.  In both cities, there tends to be an element of work hard, play hard, which is why there are so many places to eat and drink around both cities.   It is also what drove us to spend 10 days with the goal of doing nothing but eating in Osaka. Although most people say that they lost weight when traveling to Japan, that was certainly not the case for us.  Part of the reason was that perhaps we imbibed a bit too much on the sake, but I just can’t help it.  I love sake! The biggest reason, though, was that we wanted to eat ourselves silly.  We wanted to practice kuidaore, essentially eating until bankrupt, or eating until you fall over.  This meant we ended up eating multiple meals during the day, to get it all in.  If our goal was to eat in Osaka, we certainly satisfied it. Top Foods to Eat in Osaka 1. Okonomiyaki Okonomiyaki, is a thick Japanese pancake, and...
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