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Christine Manfield Pop-Up @ Eightysix | Braddon, Canberra

Christine Manfield Pop-Up @ Eightysix | Braddon, Canberra

Travelling overseas always gives you a chance to get a bit of perspective on things – I guess being removed from your usual surroundings gets rid of the blinkers that influence your day-to-day thoughts and decisions, and gives you a bit of cognitive freedom to explore new possibilities. At the same time, travelling overseas also leads to your mind wandering really aimlessly at times – especially when you’re passing time on a train or having a couple of beers in an empty bar at midday (or earlier) - and random thoughts that would normally be reserved for Hollywood’s stoner scenes start to enter you head.

So after a few weeks of travelling through Japan earlier this year, while walking up a little mountain in Miyajima, I started thinking about ethnic foods that would be fairly commonplace back home, but that would be completely foreign to Japanese people. I think it was because almost every restaurant we’d seen over the last 21 days served traditional Japanese food (not that I’m complaining), and there didn’t seem to be much overseas influence on their cuisine.

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