These Food Museums Deserve A Place In Your Itinerary | Clozette


Not everyone puts museums in their itinerary when travelling. After all, there are many ways to experience a country's culture than just eyeing exhibits and artefacts. Truth be told, it's not everyone's cup of tea. But what if instead of traditional menageries, you focus on a different type of museum experience? Would that change your perspective on museum-hopping?


We're talking about food museums. With food enjoyed as a shared experience all over the world, many food museums have popped up in almost every region. The best part? In some of them, you can have your fill of palate-pleasers while getting some edutainment. 


So whether you're a certified foodie or just someone who wants to hit the best eats in town served with some culture trip on the side, here are some food museums all over the world that deserve a place in your itinerary. 


The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum in Yokohama, Japan



Every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen. But unless you plan to scour every city in the country to have a taste of their unique take on this national dish, we say Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is your best stop. Aside from housing nine renowned ramen shops with different regional specialities on their menus (including non-pork and vegetarian options), the 1958 replication streetscape aesthetic of the museum's basement floor — which commemorates when the world's first instant ramen was made — also transports you to Japan's Showa era like never before, making it a memorable eating and culture-tripping experience in one. The retro vibes of the place make for great 'Gram backdrops, too!


The Frietmuseum in Bruges, Belgium



How much do you love fries? Well, it seems like someone loved it enough to build a shrine dedicated to it in Belgium. Founded in 2008, The Frietmuseum is the first and only museum (at present) focused on all things potato fries. From answering typical fry FAQs like 'Is it really from France?' or 'How did fries come to be?', this multi-level museum housed in the historic Saaihaile building takes your potato history to a whole new level, with exhibits talking about its origins from 10,000 years ago. It also has exhibits on the condiments it typically gets served with from all over the world and has a sampling deck in one of its cellars. 


The Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama, Japan



If you happen to be travelling to Osaka soon, a trip to the world-renowned Cup Noodles Museum is the perfect fit for your itinerary — and your instant ramen yearning. Not only will you be greeted with a cup noodles tunnel filled with every imaginable variant from all over the world (have fun spotting one from your country!), you'll also learn about how instant ramen was made, be in awe of instant ramen-inspired art installations, and gather up some wisdom from the exhibit dedicated to Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant noodles and founder of Nissin Food Products Co. Plus, you can also sign up for a 'customise your own cup noodles' session where you get to take home a bespoke cup, complete with ingredients of your own choosing, that makes for a great souvenir. 


The Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco, USA



When we think of classic desserts, ice cream immediately comes to mind. And no matter what flavour you're into, this stop in San Francisco will surely suit your fancy. Originally stationed in New York as a small exhibit in 2016, the Museum of Ice Cream has then moved to several cities, bringing its whimsical and delectable vibe all over the U.S. Its latest and now permanent home in S.F. allows guests to live out their child-like ice cream fantasies — from swimming in a pool of sprinkles to riding cookie carousels and more. Plus, the experience wouldn't be complete without some actual ice cream eating in their Cafe 1905C.



The Coffee Museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates



Hey, coffee lovers! Of course, we couldn't miss talking about halls erected in the name of food and drinks without having something for a good ol' cup of joe. The Coffee Museum in Dubai is said to be one of the city's current heritage hubs, housing regional and global exhibits related to all things coffee. Many visitors claim that aside from learning about the vast history of coffee in its halls, its sample tasting offers and in-house café also serves some of the best cups that would pass — and even exceed — every coffeeholic's standards.


(Cover photo from: @nissan_uy; @museumoficecream)


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They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and we agree. But — hear us out — she can have more than one best friend, whether in the true essence of the word or the jewel that represents it. We’re sure you know this to be true and that you have your own lineup of best friends, too. From ones you’ve known your whole life to kindred spirits you’re more than grateful to have crossed paths with, these relationships are different but all special. We say celebrate them all! And not only with a diamond. Treat the different kinds of friends in your life with unique emblems that represent your infinite link. Ahead, our hand-picked jewellery pieces from the Friendship Collection of Goldheart we’re sure your best friends will fawn over and cherish for a lifetime.


For your first best friend




916 White Gold Pendant; K-Style Bangle; K-Style Diamond White Gold Charm


They helped us grow and want nothing but the best for us. Our mothers truly are the best kind of friends, and lucky are we that we’ve known them for all our lives. While it’s hard to repay them for all that they’ve done, a symbol of our appreciation is not unwelcome. Aside from always answering her calls and listening to her rants and stories, gift her with something that she can not only add to her collection but also wear with pride and remembrance. A trinket she can wear every day like the 916 White Gold Pendant or the K-Style Bangle which she can update with the K-Style Diamond White Gold Charm is just perfect.

For your soul sister




K-Style Bangle


From first heartaches to remarkable milestones, you’ve had her by your side, cheering you on. And while you’ve done the same for her, you also want to give her something she can have and remember you by. Can you recall when you used to make and exchange friendship bracelets when you were younger? Gift your bestie an elevated version that’s more fitting for the wise, sophisticated women you’ve become. The K-Style Bangle can be an adult version of your friendship bracelet, plus, you can add new charms that symbolise your milestones together.


For the best friend you grew up with




K-Style Love Letters Necklace (Rose Gold); K-Style Love Letters Necklace (White Gold)


You may have had your share of fights and squabbles, but nothing can change the fact that you love each other. While you share many things, you also appreciate each other’s individuality. You realise that as people, your unique qualities are what make you special. Celebrate that by gifting your sister with the K-Style Love Letters Necklace that comes in rose gold and white gold. Make sure you pick her name’s initial for that personalised touch. The fun part? You can get one for yourself, too, and match with her but still be different! If you don’t have a biological sister, this is perfect for your chosen sisters, too.

For your partner-in-crime




K-Style Tree of Life Pendant; 916 White Gold Pendant; K-Style Necklace; Wishing Bone Pendant in 916 Gold; K-Style Love Letters Necklace (Rose Gold)


Guys have girl best friends, too. If you’re a guy who has a girlfriend, wife or girl best friend you want to show your gratitude to, a piece of jewellery that complements her style is the perfect choice. They say it’s the thought that counts. We say, she’ll think of you often when she wears your gift and recalls the thought and effort you put in picking the magnificent piece out for her. As a token for how you appreciate your life together, gift her with the K-Style Tree of Life Pendant, which she can wear with the K-Style Necklace. To convey your best wishes for your favourite friend, the Wishing Bone Pendant in 916 Gold is the one to have.


For your constant companion




K-Style Diamond White Gold Charm; 916 White Gold Pendant; 916 Gold Pendant; Wishing Bone Pendant in 916 Gold; K-Style Bangle; Heart Pendant in 916 Gold


You’ve gone through everything with her and have nothing in mind but her growth and happiness. You pull yourself through. And for that, don’t hesitate to celebrate yourself. We say you deserve to indulge yourself in a present that you truly deserve. Pick out a band that shows your love for yourself and signifies your commitment to ensuring that your relationship with yourself grows stronger as time goes by. You’re spoilt for choice — so don’t be afraid to spoil yourself, too, and indulge. Take a pick from the K-Style Diamond White Gold Charm, which you can include in the K-Style Bangle. If you’d like a necklace instead, the 916 White Gold Pendant, Wishing Bone Pendant in 916 Gold and Heart Pendant in 916 Gold are wonderful choices.


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Looking for things to do this weekend? There's a lot of new launches to check out and interesting news to discuss. From the launch of an anticipated fall collection to a controversial issue about a popular tourist destination in Asia, here are the hottest news today. 


Kate Spade Fall 2019 Collection Teaser


Kate Spade Fall 2019 Collection


Following the launch of Nicola Glass' debut show, Kate Spade New York amps up their new bold and playful aesthetic with their Fall 2019 collection. While the brand's Spring 2019 looks centred around colour blocking, in the upcoming collection, prints will take the spotlight with an emphasis on animal prints and eccentric florals. "For the Fall season, I started by imagining raiding an insanely glamorous woman's closet, and the rich, eclectic mix you'd find that you could make your own," shares Creative Director Nicola Glass. We can't wait to get a piece of this delicious collection.


The latest Optimizer Voyage Trilight++ is now USB rechargeable



Skin Inc.'s bestselling Optimizer Voyage Trilight++ is now USB rechargeable! Aside from this upgrade, the award-winning beauty gadget is also given a makeover with its new platinum hue. If this is your first time to hear about the Optimizer Voyage Trilight++, you can read our review about it here


Mark Ronson x Marc Jacobs


Mark Ronson Marc Jacobs


Singer-songwriter Mark Ronson just released the video for his latest single Find U Again that's directed by duo Bradley & Pablo and shot in Los Angeles, featuring Camila Cabello. It's only the beats that will get you hooked but also the outfits worn. In the music video, Mark Ronson is wearing Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, style 357/S, as he enters the pivotal club scene to find his mysterious co-lead. Will you snag one?


Catch the jewellery pop-up showcase exclusively curated by La Putri


La Putri


Get ready to go treasure hunting at the rare vintage jewellery pop-up showcase curated by bespoke jeweller La Putri. All the pieces are timeless pieces that are from the fabulous eras of the '50s, '60s and '70s adorned with precious gemstones and gold trimmings. The event will be from 12 to 16 July 2019 at the Mandarin Gallery. 



Controversial Lempuyang Temple photos



If you're a travel enthusiast, you might have encountered photos of the Lempuyang Temple on your feed. At a glance, it looks like a majestic site with a clear pond surrounding it that beautifully reflects the surroundings. But the catch is, there's really no reflective pond and it's just a camera trick achieved through putting a glass or mirror under a camera phone. Now, people are calling it 'fake'. However, some are defending the photos as an artistic take. What do you think?


Missed the news from earlier this week? Catch up here.


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