Review: Dinner at Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok

Background Following my trip to Nepal, I had an overnight layover in Bangkok. When I booked my stay at the fantastic Rosewood Bangkok I had asked the concierge to assist in booking at table at Raan Jay Fai, the now world famous Michelin-starred, goggle wearing Thai street food queen. The restaurant opens reservation 2 months…

Review: restaurant Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse, Monte Carlo

In my previous post I wrote about my short but sweet time in Monaco and how one of the highlights was my meal at Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse. The meal was truly exceptional and quite memorable, certainly top 5 dining experiences and most definitely worth the journey to Monaco. Le Louis XV is…

Dinner at Gaggan, Bangkok: Pushing the Boundaries of Stereotypes

My 2019 culinary adventures started off with quite a bang (literally so many dishes exploded with flavors and textures at this restaurant) at Bangkok’s Gaggan, 2018 World’s #5 and Asia’s #1 restaurant. Headed by Indian Chef Gaggan Anand, Gaggan has shown the world that Indian food is complex, historic and can be refined and is…

Dinner at Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana

The summer evening of Saturday August 25, 2018 in Modena, Italy was to become one of the most surreal and unforgettable ones of my life. It would be the night, with a massive stroke of luck, that I, after two previous failed attempts at securing a reservation and giving up on the waitlist, clear the…

Muscat, Oman

Oman In May I had the chance to visit Oman, a country on the Southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman is enchantingly mysterious, rooted in its heritage and traditions, proud of its culture yet inviting to everyone. I really enjoyed Oman and together with Jordan, it is one of my favorite countries in the Middle…

Luang Prabang, Loas: Mystical and Welcoming

Sabaidee (Hello in Laos)! Apologies for the long delay in getting this particular post up. The longest portion of my Asia Trip Spring 2018 was 5 days 4 nights in Laos. By now I have visited every Southeast Asian country, on this trip I visited my last two which were Brunei and Laos. It would…

Baltic Weekend in Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania

[Weekend Trip Series] Over the 3-day President’s Day Weekend I ventured off to 2/3 Baltic States. I spent just shy of 24 hours in Riga, Latvia, and shy of 18 hours in Vilnius Lithuania. I knew next to nothing about the Baltic states or any of its cities and cultures and was quite excited I…

Weekend in Mexico City, Mexico

[Weekend Trip Series] This past weekend a friend and I ventured to Mexico City, Mexico. It was my first time in the country of Mexico and I was quite excited. 10-15 years ago you would hear about how polluted and unsafe Mexico City was. I can say that that is certainly no longer true. Sure…

Christmas Weekend in Vienna, Austria & Bratislava, Slovakia

[Weekend Trip Series] Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! For my three day Christmas holiday I chose to venture to Vienna, Austria as well as a half-day side trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. There are few nonstop flights from Vienna to the United States, which is actually a nice thing in my humble opinion because there definitely…

Weekend in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

[Weekend Trip Series] This past weekend I ventured out to the tiny landlocked European country of Luxembourg. Nestled between Germany, Belgium, and France, Luxembourg is definitely a country that gets forgotten or is barely on the radar of an North American. But it is actually quite a crucial nation, it is a global financial powerhouse,…

24 Hours in Brussels, Belgium

[Weekend Trip Series] Last weekend I traveled to Brussels, Belgium. Brussels is a great entry hub for European travel and it is worth spending a day exploring the city if you happen to be connecting through here. I decided to stay in the Brussels region rather than go by a 30 minute train ride to…