Colin McQuistan
I write about food mostly, though if something piques my interest sufficiently I may write about that too.

Entries by Colin McQuistan

Babymetal - Metal Resistance

(0) Comments | Posted 31 March 2016 | (17:29)


BABYMETAL's second album follows in the torrid wake of a debut so deliciously bonkers many were left wondering what on Earth the group would come up with next. Honestly? Something rather brilliant.

While comparisons with Godzilla abound around the band's destruction...

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Nyonya Chicken Curry - A Malaysian Classic

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2016 | (19:13)

Malaysia has a varied and distinctive cuisine but not a lot of people know much of the country's food is derived from the influence of Chinese immigrants during the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Kari Ayam - or simply chicken curry - is an absolutely delicious aromatic dish utilising cooking...

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6 Acts To Watch in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted 24 February 2016 | (08:14)

I wrote this blog post last year about 7 Japanese acts to watch in 2015 and was all super happy when the likes of BABYMETAL went onto become global superstars so I thought it would be appropriate to do a similar piece this year, except this time I'm...

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Ladybaby - This Was Never Intended to Be Heard Outside Japan

(2) Comments | Posted 15 December 2015 | (16:42)

By some considerable margin my favourite 'thing' last year was Babymetal. I thought the combination of cheery-poppy-happy-happy meets brutal death metal was the weirdest thing to hit the headbanging scene in decades. That is until a cross-dressing Australian beef cake wrestler and two diminutive Japanese girls destroyed whatever remained of...

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cocktails

(0) Comments | Posted 7 December 2015 | (16:56)


On a recent trip to San Francisco I had the pleasure of visiting a most intriguing cocktail bar run by a Mr Timothy Snookey, a veteran of the City's bar scene. Tim now runs the excellently styled Stookey's Club Moderne in...

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A Chat With Chef Gohei Kishi

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2015 | (11:17)


I was lucky enough to attend the excellent Hyper Japan festival this past weekend in London's East End and had a rare opportunity to talk to Gohei Kishi, Head of Asian Concepts across the Gordon Ramsay Group, based at maze in...

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Yum Yum Tom Yum Soup

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2015 | (13:34)

A few weeks back I blogged about the long but totally worth it route to cooking beef Rendang using a recipe the wonderful Lazat cookery school in Malaysia gave me. Another dish they suggested I give a whirl is Tom Yum soup.

Tom Yum is a gorgeous...

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An Interview With Miyavi

(2) Comments | Posted 22 September 2015 | (13:48)


Miyavi is probably most famous over here for his role as the sadistic prison guard Mutsuhiro Watanabe in Angelina Jolie's film Unbroken. But he is a also killer guitarist with a most unusual style. Miyavi has toured over 250...

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Perfect Beef Rendang

(2) Comments | Posted 8 September 2015 | (12:54)


I love curry. I've had more curries than you've had hot cat food dinners, which is at least 12. And on a recent trip to Malaysia I had the honour of attending the excellent Lazat cookery school for three...

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(0) Comments | Posted 30 July 2015 | (12:30)


"Can you see the Death Star from The Big Dipper constellation?" asks Eimi from (or simply Dempagumi). She is (of course) referring to a comic named North Star: "In the first of the North Star comic there is a faint...

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Sigure - A Most Enigmatic Live Act

(3) Comments | Posted 14 July 2015 | (10:37)


Ling Tosite Sigure (AKA Sigure) returned to the UK to play London's Inigo at the O2 on Saturday July 11.

"Hi everyone, we are Ling Tosite Sigure. Please enjoy our crazy Japanese sound. Thank you" announces lead guitarist and...

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The Vamps: Rock n' Roll isn't supposed to be healthy

(13) Comments | Posted 9 June 2015 | (18:29)


Not be confused with the British band of the same name, this band have been making quite an impression internationally with their unique brand of hard rock.

I caught up with them recently and asked founding members HYDE and...

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Babymetal: Album Review

(0) Comments | Posted 1 June 2015 | (19:45)


Possibly the most Marmite band around release eponymous debut June 1. Internet gives up, goes home.

Verdict: 8/10

I'll cut to the chase. I've been yapping on about this band for over a year because I think they're brilliant; the biggest...

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In Conversation With Scandal

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2015 | (11:18)


Scandal are a Japanese all-girl rock band and while relatively unknown on our shores, are bigger than the proverbial Godzilla in their home country. The group have sold out practically every leg of their current world tour, including 2 nights at...

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Anyone for Tea?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 March 2015 | (13:34)

As many readers of my Blog probably know I am a massive tearoom fan and so is fellow food luvver, Rachel Wheeler who suggested we do a quick run down of some our favourite tearooms/cafes from around the UK.

These are in no particular order and we insist...

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Can You Cook With Fairy Liquid?

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2015 | (12:24)


I was round my friend's house and saw this by the sink and was all like "I bet Fairly Liquid is a much underused cooking ingredient" and that was all the inspiration I needed for another incredible food adventure!

So what's...

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Seven Japanese Acts to Watch in 2015

(13) Comments | Posted 27 January 2015 | (13:31)

The Gazette

The Gazette's fandom in Japan is so intense that they caused part of the world's busiest station, Shinjuku, to be closed when they did an unannounced performance on the streets outside. Word got out minutes before they hit the stage, and the expected crowd of 250 turned into 7000 before the cops came and closed it down. This year the band celebrate their 13th anniversary and the release of an 8th studio album should see them move onto exciting things, including a possible return to the UK.

Salyu x Salyu

Super interesting band! And this song gives you a flavour of their eclectic style. Comprising singer Salyu and guitarist Cornelius, the band remind me at times of Stereolab's Dots and Loops phase. But you should totally make your own mind up; and if you're in Australia you can catch them on tour until January 31.


Scandal are a fairly conventional four piece but their songs are catchy and their image has made them style icons for girls across Japan. The band have already sold out some massive Japanese shows for their 2015 world tour and they play Islington Academy April 26.

Dempa-Gumi inc.

According to Wikipedia Denpa is a musical thing in Japan that is "intentionally strange and catchy. Common features of denpa songs include intentionally off-key vocals, nonsensical lyrics and an over-the-top tune". Heaven help us, that's all I can say.

Maximum The Hormone

Any band writing songs that lurch from 'jolly pop' (my own genre, 'natch) to extreme metal in the space of two minutes is going to get my vote. 2015 should see the four piece build on their considerable 2014 successes in Japan and the USA, and I pray they play the UK as soon as possible.


Allegedly Babymetal have written a new song about bubblegum, which I suppose is natural considering their last single was about chocolate. Word on the street is that it involves drum 'n bass, adorable dance moves and heavy as f*ck guitars. And it's very very very catchy. This year is going to see Babymetal go mainstream, trust me.


Necroma (as they're also known) are a deeply unsettling combination of ultra-traditional Japanese folk music and grinding black metal. Not everyone's taste for sure, but if you like your music bleak, eerie and haunting then you should certainly give them a chance. New singles are promised over the next few months and if they keep producing this kind of creepy weirdness, I think they might go...

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Perez Hilton and the Dunning Kruger Effect

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2015 | (11:38)


If you have been unlucky enough to miss all the action over on Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother recently, then you've missed some of the most bizarre behaviour ever seen from a fellow human being.

And that human being (and I...

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My Top 5 Songs of 2014

(7) Comments | Posted 22 December 2014 | (12:28)

So 2014 comes to an end and another skull crushingly dull X-Factor winner tops the charts. Yay!

But leaving Nicki Minaj's dreadfully inept Anaconda and Avril Levigne's hilariously awful Hello Kitty! aside, it's actually been a great year for music and some genuinely enjoyable songs have sailed its waves....

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Leave Science To The Experts

(8) Comments | Posted 19 December 2014 | (13:42)

Science is hard. I completed my degree in chemistry some 20 years ago and remember how difficult some of that stuff was. Memorising the periodic table and the electron configurations of all the transition metals; trying to figure where the axes of...
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