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NARA & KOBE

Both cities are close to Kyoto and Osaka and if you’re using the Japan Rail Pass you can get there in about 30 mins on the bullet train. Nara is most famous for its deer which roam the parks and streets freely. You can purchase crackers to feed them but beware, they can surround you! They have even learned to bow to ask for crackers.Most are very docile and will let you pat them but beware in Autumn when it’s mating season, the males will regularly start fighting. Nara was a capital of Japan and is an incredibly old town. Some of the temples here are the centuries old and Todaji Temple, a major attraction, holds the second largest buddha in the world inside, the structure itself is the largest wooden building in Japan. Kobe is famous for its beef which cost hundreds of dollars, but it’s also considered by Japanese people to be a very pretty town. Right next to the train station is the Ropeway. It gives amazing views of the city and …

KYOTO

Kyoto is a very special city to visit. It’s so rich in history and culture and it’s almost difficult to not come across a temple or shrine. There are both shinto and buddhist structures, the most famous that you might know is the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Fushimi Inari Taisha, famous for its hundreds of red tori gates. Kyoto is an excellent place to stay not only for its various attractions but also for it’s proximity to other beautiful cities such as Osaka and Nara. One of the most beautiful places to walk through is Higashiyama and around the temple back streets that stretch from Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizudera. Along the way you’ll see inviting shops selling Kyoto crafts and sweets, and vendors selling dried fruit and even bbq crab meat sticks. Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion) which is famous for its gold leaf exterior is the biggest tourist spot in Kyoto. Ginkakuji (the Silver Pavilion) which is not as famous (no this one is not covered in silver) as Kinkakuji is still worth a visit, it …

TOKYO

Tokyo is probably the city most people are familiar with in Japan. It’s crazy and overwhelming. Tokyo is a city of lights, energy and food. If there’s something you’re looking for, you’ll find it. Cat cafes, skyscrapers, robot restaurants and endless floors of shopping, Tokyo literally has it all. Something very special about Japan is their train stations and department stores. You’ll find two basement floors under the station dedicated to produce and cafes. Vendors sell expensive fruit, fresh seafood, traditional Japanese sweets, chocolates, cakes, fried food on sticks, dumplings, grilled chicken, the list is endless. It’s here you’ll find stalls by Godiva, Wittamer and Dean & Deluca. Every item purchased is carefully wrapped, put in a box with a little ice pack and given to you in a beautiful bag. If you go up you’ll find floors of shopping and if you go to the top two floors, you’ll be especially delighted to see these floors filled by restaurants. Hawaiian burgers, American biscuits and gravy, Italian, Thai, Korean and of course Japanese food. It’s …

Delicious delicious bagel in Japan

  If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram @ddbagel. A lot of pics will be coming out that may not get posted on here. As some of you may or may not know, I recently went to Japan for almost 4 weeks! It was an amazing trip and I really ate like a king! The cities that I visited were Tokyo of course, but also Kyoto, Kanazawa, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Miyajima and Nagano. I’ll do a few posts on each city so you can learn a little about them and see some photos. Stay tuned!  

Low calorie series + life update

Over the next few weeks I’ll be doing a low calorie series special! I’ll be posting some really delicious recipes under 400 calories each that can be part of your weekly meal prep and healthy lifestyle. I’ll also include a few posts about what I eat in a typical day. All my recipes will include the calories, carbohydrate, protein and fat amounts and a link to MyFitnessPal for the exact nutritional break down and so you can log the recipe without having to input it yourself. Some of the recipes I’ll be featuring include: A super delicious Portuguese chicken curry (339 cal) Traditional sausages and mash (222 cal) Beef Rendang (369 cal) Easy banana, cinnamon and brown sugar porridge Foolproof roasted vegetables Calorie amounts are per serving. I have not sacrificed any flavour whatsoever in making these meals low calorie, it’s about proper serving sizes, including vegetables and making healthy swaps. In other news I made a super amazingly delicious croquembouche for my boyfriend’s mum’s birthday. If you’re not sure what that is, it’s basically …

Woodland Wedding Inspiration

I got the idea some time ago for this shoot. I bought a woodland creatures cookie cutter set from Ikea, it had a bear, elk, fox, squirrel and hedgehog. At first I thought it would be fun to do a little woodland theme for the cookies but then I kept thinking about adding more things and then before I knew it it turned into this! The theme of this wedding cake table is woodland. It includes lots of lovely green foliage such as ivy and beautiful dark red fruits and berries like grapes and blueberries. The naked cake is a really simple yet beautiful option for a wedding cake. Adding fruit, flowers and/or foliage makes the cake look stunning and it’s definitely possible (and cheap) to make this cake yourself. All of the food featured is actually really simple to make, it just requires nice presentation. I’m hoping this post will inspire brides-to-be, guide DIY brides on what desserts to consider or at least help with choosing food/cakes and presentation/theme. The food featured in this post …

T2 giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Saiya Dawson from Brisbane, Australia!  Hello lovely people, today I am announcing the very first Delicious Delicious Bagel giveaway! This giveaway is open to anyone, even overseas, so everyone can (and should) enter! If you don’t like the pack you can give it to someone who does and just make their day. The winner will be announced on Saturday 11th April and the name with be published on this post, on Facebook and Twitter. To enter: Simply click on the picture and like, comment and share the T2 Giveaway facebook post. Your name will then go into the draw and a winner will be randomly picked! T2 is a great tea shop from Australia that stocks really amazing teas from all over the world and has the most amazing flavours too. This T2 giveaway pack contains $70 worth of products including: ‘The jug”, their brand spankin’ new iced tea jugs. Includes a removable rotating infuser, silicone handle and airtight lid. It’s also dishwasher safe, BPA free and stain proof. I’m giving away the sleek …

Food Prep Part Two: The basics

  Ohhh this is a very wordy post, people. In part one we covered the pros and cons of food prep and today we are going to look at how to prep successfully. These are my tips for you, I want you to be successful so I’ve tried to make this as comprehensive as possible! For the purpose of Part Two, we will assume you are prepping for yourself and one other lucky person, who I hope will do all your dishes in return. DECIDE HOW MUCH FOOD YOU WANT TO PREP Before you start cooking you need to decide how much food you actually want. Are you prepping just for yourself? Or are you prepping for others? I would recommend keeping it to a maximum of two adults, anymore and you will really need either a bigger kitchen or a second helper. Assuming you are prepping for two adults, you need 10 lunches and 10 dinners that are completely prepped and ready to go (i.e. containers that are complete meals and only need to be reheated), …

Food Prep Part One: Why you should prep

Hello lovely people, I’m going to do a series of posts about weekly food prep, the act of making your meals for the week ahead. For some people this means making 10 meals in total, 5 lunches and 5 dinners. For others it can mean 20 meals, 10 lunches and 10 dinners. Part one of this series will highlight the negatives, positives and health benefits of doing weekly prep (complete with paragraph titles and everything!), perhaps helping you decide if you want to get all up in this business. Part two will guide you and show you how to successfully meal prep. Part three will include one week of my food prep, including planning lists, recipes and step by step photos. After reading all three parts you will be equipped and well on your way to successfully meal prepping! NEGATIVES Let’s quickly talk about the negatives. Food prepping is hard and can be downright overwhelming. You have to stand in the kitchen cooking and packing for approximately 3 hours. You must bring your A game into the kitchen, if you can’t …

New year, new content!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and spent time with loved ones and ate some yummy food. I only went back to work this week, so I’ve had a super nice break. “So what should I expect from Delicious Delicious Bagel this year?”I hear you ask. Well, my lovely people, this year will see a much bigger focus on healthy meals, some Brisbane restaurant & cafe reviews, and you’ll even start to see some DIY projects popping up. In my time off I have also been pursuing a hobby of mine, handwriting, so there might also be a few links or posts about handwriting projects I’m working on and links to my soon-to-be etsy store. If you’re keen to check out some things now, head to instagram.com/flourishinglines/  Now I know exactly what you’re thinking when I mention this year will focus more on healthy meals, “more new year resolution rubbish?”. I promise you I made the change before Christmas and it’s only a coincidence that you’re reading this post in …