Review: Balwoo Gongyang Restaurant, Korean Temple Cuisine

I watched Netflix’s Chef’s Table season 3 Episode right when the season premiered and was immediately inspired by Chef Jeong Kwan, a buddhist nun from the Chunjinam Hermitage at the Baekyangsa Temple, South Korea. She probably came into the American spotlight when Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in NYC invited her to cook at…

Long Weekend in Seoul, South Korea

[Weekend Trip Series] Over President’s Day Weekend in February I took a few extra days off and headed to Seoul, South Korea. I had never been into Seoul itself, having only transited through the rather impressive Incheon Airport once. Over all I enjoyed Seoul more than I thought I would. I love Korean food and…

24 Hours in Paris, France

[Weekend Trip Series] In January I spent a very nice weekend in Paris, France. Simply put, Paris is magical and beautiful. This was my first time in both Paris and France. I went with rather low expectations. Here is why: Despite having always wanted to go to Paris and France, I part of me in…

24 Hours in Madrid, Spain

[Weekend Trip Series] For my first weekend journey in 2017 I spent 24 hours in Madrid, Spain. I had previously been to Spain in 2008 as part of a High School summer language immersion program. I recalled that I thought Madrid was ok, a little dirty and really not that exciting compared to some other…

China Airlines A350 Experience HKG-TPE

Over the Christmas Holidays I made a quick turnaround trip to Hong Kong to experience China Airlines’ A350. It was my first and so far only A350-900XWB experience. Unfortunately with the way ticketing worked out, I could only get the A350 on the way back from Hong Kong, however I did fly the wonderful China…

Thanksgiving Weekend at German Christmas Markets

[Weekend Trip Series] For Thanksgiving break 2016 my friend and I ventured out to Germany for the Christmas Markets. We specifically opted for Nuremberg, which plays host to one of the most famous Christmas Markets and on the Friday of Thanksgiving break was the opening night of the Christmas Market, with a special opening ceremony. We…

Weekend of Planes in St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles

[Weekend Trip Series] In November 2016 I headed down to St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles. The airport is on the Dutch side of the island, and I stayed on this side as the main goal was to spend time at the world famous Maho Beach to geek out at the plane landings and takeoffs. Needless to say the…

Weekend in Granada, Nicaragua

[Weekend Trip Series] At the end of October 2016 I spent a weekend, mostly just a full Saturday, in Granada, Nicaragua, said to be the oldest city in the Americas. We flew from Atlanta to Managua on Friday night. Managua is the only international airport in Nicaragua. Though there isnt much to do in Managua,…

Weekend in Quebec City, Canada

[Weekend Trip Series] In early October 2016 I decided to head up to Quebec City, Canada to meet up with my mom and aunts as they prepared to board a Northeast cruise trip. Multiple U.S. carriers fly nonstop flights to Quebec City from the Northeast, specifically the NYC area. I flew Delta from JFK to…

24 Hours in Barcelona, Spain

My first post in my new Weekend Series will cover my 24 hours in Barcelona, Spain over a weekend way back in September 2016. I have been to Spain before, did a wonderful 3 week home stay language immersion program in Cadiz and Madrid, which was incredible. But I hadnt been back since that program in…

Weekend Trip Series

Hi! Its been a while since I actually posted my own content as I’ve been busy settling in my new job and city and just havent fully gotten around to writing and posting. Since starting my new job, I’ve spent many a weekends away on great trips. Coming up in the coming weeks is a…

NY Times: Restaurants That Harness the Bounty of Taiwan

The New York times recently published this great article highlighting some of Taiwan’s excellent farm-to-table haute-cuisine restaurants that have really elevated Taipei’s dining experience as well as diversified its options. “Taiwan offers possibilities for farm-to-table dining that don’t exist in Singapore and Hong Kong.” What an incredibly true statement. There are five restaurants the article…