Monday 19 August 2019

The loves of my life: Fiona Uyema, Japanese cuisine expert

Fiona Uyema, Japanese Cuisine Expert
Fiona Uyema, Japanese Cuisine Expert

The Japanese food expert on the loves of her life, especially the man and boys in her life.

The person

My husband, Gilmar. We'll be married 10 years this August. We've been blessed with two beautiful boys, who make us smile every day

The memory

The birth of my two boys

The moment of the day

When I'm woken up in the morning by my four-year-old boy cuddling me in bed

The song

The Blower's Daughter by Damien Rice

The movie

Jiro Dreams of Sushi - This is an inspirationaltrue story of a man's passion for food

The hero

My uncle Chris

The book

The Harry Potter collection

The outfit

Skinny jeans and comfortable shoes

The accessory

Big sunglasses

The gadget

My smartphone! I can't live without it!

The pet hate


The friend

I have to mention my sisters, who are the best friends you can have; but also one friend called Lynda. We met in college, and although she's been living in Japan for many years now, we can always pick up where we left off

The beauty product

Liz Earle cleanser

The holiday

Travelling around Brazil with my husband, and visiting Brazil's white sandy beaches, the Amazon, Rio and the Iguazu falls

The piece of advice

Just be yourself and try not to worry too much about what other people think

The drink

Matcha green tea

The hotel

The Cliff House Hotel in Waterford. The sea view from the bedrooms is spectacular. Excellent service and food. I love the cliff walk next to the hotel

The bar

Kavanagh's, Naas, Co Kildare

The vice

Japanese tempura

The hobby

Yoga. It helps me to escape from the busy world, and forces me to slow down!

The part of my body

I've been told I have nice hands

The celebrity

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman. They are such an adorable couple, and seem to be able to keep some element of privacy in their lives although they are in the public eye

The virtue

Honesty and hard work

The smell

Walking along the beach and smelling the ocean

The taste

Sitting at a sushi bar in Japan and watching the chef make sushi as I order it. So fresh, it nearly melts in my mouth! I finish with a warm bowl of miso soup

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