Riga Restaurant Recommendations


I've had heaps of positive feedback on my Riga blog posts, thank you! It seems that many of you have enjoyed my suggestions on sights to see and things to do in Riga and I'm happy to say that I've saved the best for last - mushing and sledding with huskies in the snow. Today's blog post, however, is one for the foodies and is a follow up to Thursday's restaurant review of award-winning Renommé in Gallery Park Hotel Riga.
January 31, 2015

Riga Restaurant Recommendations

I've had heaps of positive feedback on my Riga blog posts, thank you! It seems that many of you have enjoyed my suggestions on sig...

Gallery Park Hotel Riga: Restaurant Renomme

Gallery Park Hotel Riga Restaurant Renomme

In my first blog post about the award-winning 5* luxury boutique hotel Gallery Park Hotel Riga I've shown you why GPH Riga is the right choice for the discerning and sophisticated traveller who wants a luxurious, hospitable, and convenience stay that reflects the elegance of Riga, the European Capital of Culture 2014. Today's post follows up with Renommé, Gallery Park Hotel Riga's restaurant whose accolades for its Latvian culinary classics sees that this gourmet dining destination holds its own without needing to rest on the laurels of its prestigious hotel. 
January 29, 2015

Gallery Park Hotel Riga: Restaurant Renomme

In my first blog post about the award-winning 5* luxury boutique hotel Gallery Park Hotel Riga I've shown you why GPH Riga is th...

Riga's a Blast: Firing Kalashnikovs at Riga Shooting Range


My posts on Riga so far have been postcard-pretty photos of candy-coloured Art Nouveau buildings, luxuries like Gallery Park Hotel Riga, and the wintry beauty of snowy landscapes - so far, so lovely. Today's blog post is about an attraction that is more rugged and rough around the edges but by no means only for men and is just as exhilarating as the ballet (but with more bang for your buck) - Riga Shooting Range.
January 28, 2015

Riga's a Blast: Firing Kalashnikovs at Riga Shooting Range

My posts on Riga so far have been postcard-pretty photos of candy-coloured Art Nouveau buildings , luxuries like Gallery Park Hotel Ri...

Things To Do In Riga

Art Nouveau Riga

As far as European travel destinations go Riga is easily one of the most underrated.
January 27, 2015

Things To Do In Riga

As far as European travel destinations go Riga is easily one of the most underrated.

Arriving in Riga: Gallery Park Hotel Riga


Intrigued to explore the charming capital of Riga, Latvia - awarded the honour of European Capital of Culture 2014 - to report on this beautiful, historical city, Henry and I chose a hotel that reflects the elegance and sophistication of Riga: Gallery Park Hotel
January 25, 2015

Arriving in Riga: Gallery Park Hotel Riga

Intrigued to explore the charming capital of Riga, Latvia - awarded the honour of European Capital of Culture 2014 - to report on this...

Destination: Riga, Latvia


Labdien (hello) from Latvia! Perchance you may have seen on my Instagram (@jasiminne) that I'm in Riga, Latvia. Dear friends, I write to you now from the comfort of luxury boutique hotel Gallery Park Hotel ensconced in the warm enriching glow of an eight hour nap followed by a spellbinding evening of ballet - Swan Lake at the Latvian National Opera - and a satisfyingly heavy meal which Henry and I (tried but failed to) walk off with a stroll through the park. Everything is covered in a blanket of snow and the city looks just like a postcard of the ultimate fantasy of what a European city should look like (but without the crowds, the chaos, and the urban grime of say, Paris).
January 23, 2015

Destination: Riga, Latvia

Labdien (hello) from Latvia! Perchance you may have seen on my Instagram (@jasiminne) that I'm in Riga, Latvia . Dear friends, I ...

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

'The sky is the limit' and this is certainly the case when it comes to dining (that is until Richard Branson opens a restaurant on the Virgin Galactic). The Shard (here and here), Duck & Waffle...what is it about dining at high elevation that is so appealing? London's latest landmark, Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, is the new destination for those who like their eggs with a side of sweeping views of the city...or those who like the 'high life'.
January 22, 2015

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

'The sky is the limit' and this is certainly the case when it comes to dining (that is until Richard Branson opens a restauran...

Chinese Afternoon Tea at Le Chinois, Millennium Hotel, Knightsbridge


On Sunday me and several bloggers were treated to a Chinese afternoon tea by Joe Blogs at Le Chinois in the exclusive setting of Sloane Street. A flurry of bloggers (or 'hashtag' which I insist must be the collective noun for bloggers) descended upon the gilded designer-label clad streets of Knightsbridge to sample the delights of Le Chinois's Afternoon Tea menu - a clever take on British high tea with an authentic and innovative Cantonese twist. In lieu of the usual scones and cucumber sandwiches; we nibbled on dim sum, scallop rolls, and duck pancakes while sipping on champagne in the dark red and warm tones of Le Chinois' elegant restaurant, in our own private room behind light curtains where we were free to mingle, tweet, and be as snap-happy as we pleased. While some dishes were comfortingly familiar - dim sum is a huge part of my upbringing, I was brought up with a traditional but liberal Chinese family and dim sum Sundays were a family ritual - like char siu bao, siu mai, and crispy duck pancake; others were delightfully expected such as the wasabi prawns, the mochi, and the pièce de résistance - the cake stand laden with dim sum. It was a symbol for the combination of the British ritual of high tea with the Chinese tradition of 飲茶 (yum cha). It amused me to observe that this meeting of Oriental-Occidental tea rituals paralleled the assimilation of my Malaysian-Chinese heritage with the London culture that has ingrained itself into my mannerisms and accent. Anyway, enough of my words - allow my food photography to do the talking.
January 20, 2015

Chinese Afternoon Tea at Le Chinois, Millennium Hotel, Knightsbridge

On Sunday me and several bloggers were treated to a Chinese afternoon tea by Joe Blogs at Le Chinois  in the exclusive setting of Slo...

Interiors: My artist studio - too much, too soon

Jasiminne Yip's Bermondsey artist studio

Today I present an interiors post on a space of mine that many have been asking about for a while - my artist studio. 
January 18, 2015

Interiors: My artist studio - too much, too soon

Today I present an interiors post on a space of mine that many have been asking about for a while - my artist studio. 

Kouzu


There's a gorgeous new Japanese upstart in the prestigious white columned streets of Belgravia and it is Kouzu. 
January 17, 2015

Kouzu

There's a gorgeous new Japanese upstart in the prestigious white columned streets of Belgravia and it is  Kouzu .  

Dotty Bag Lady - What's In My Handbag


I may not yet be worthy of the accolade of 'bag lady' but if there is one thing I love it is a classic handbag with a twist - an artist collaboration.
January 12, 2015

Dotty Bag Lady - What's In My Handbag

I may not yet be worthy of the accolade of 'bag lady' but if there is one thing I love it is a classic handbag with a twist -...

Tweet & Eat


For the obsessive-compulsive documenter of all things photogenic and delicious - the two must go hand in hand! - there is nothing more welcoming than dining with your own tribe - that is, bloggers - where you can all tweet and eat throughout your meal without any judgement. Well, there is one other thing - to do all of the above at an establishment that actively encourages such interaction. DF/ Mexico is such a place. Ever since their arrival to Brick Lane, East London last summer I have been actively engaging DF/ Mexico in some serious Twitter banter. Bloomzy too fell for their flirtatious charms - all 140 characters of it - and so it was at our favourite Mexican diner that she organised a catch-up dinner for us blogging types. Question: What is a collective noun for bloggers? Answer: Hashtag. A hashtag of bloggers. Certified and authenticated by yours truly. 
January 08, 2015

Tweet & Eat

For the obsessive-compulsive documenter of all things photogenic and delicious - the two must go hand in hand! - there is nothing mor...