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…

Review: Belmond’s Eastern Oriental Express, Restaurant Andre, and Gaggan

Hi All, The following is a guest feature from a recent journey with Belmond’s Eastern Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok including meals at Asia’s top restaurants Restaurant Andre (Singapore) and Gaggan (Bangkok). This is one family’s member second Belmond train journey and first overnight one, previously we went on Belmond’s Hiram Bingham train in…

Quick Review: Amankila, Manggis, Bali, Indonesia

In my previous post I did a quick and much belated review of Amanjiwo Resort in Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and it was so amazing I still dream about my stay. I mentioned that i was part of Aman resorts’ Bali & Beyond package and that for Bali we opted to stay at Amankila. Amankila was…

Quick Review: Amanjiwo Resort, Borobudur, Indonesia

Hi, It has been a couple months since my last post, and the next few posts coming up are all very very long overdue, but I just havent had that much time since I moved and started my new job (with the exception of Noma, that I had to blog immediately while the sensations were…

Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark: Subtle, Complex and Balanced

You have probably heard of it and him, if not thats ok too. Simply put, Chef Rene Redzepi and his restaurant Noma has won best restaurant in the world 4 times in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, with 2 michelin stars. Now, as Chef Rene says in the documentary Noma: My Perfect Storm, do they…

Restaurant Review: Taïrroir 態芮, Taipei, Taiwan

In July I had a wonderful dinner at a new restaurant in Taipei called Taïrroir 態芮. It is located in the DaZhi area of Taipei, right next to RAW Taipei, in a two building complex of international restaurants, brought in by the same family (including Chili’s, Ruth’s Chris, Aoki Patisserie…etc.). The name is curious and creative,…

Review: Restaurant Locavore, Ubud, Bali

Earlier this month I enjoyed a very nice meal at Restaurant Locavore in Ubud, Bali. Rated as #1 in Indonesia and #49 in Asia in 2016, Restaurant Locavore aims to utilize the underrated and overlooked local ingredients of Indonesia and Bali to create creative dishes that fuse Indonesian inspiration and textures with western (mostly a…

American BBQ in Taipei: Baba Kevin’s V. Mighty Quinn’s

I lived in St. Louis for 4 years and travelled across the American Midwest/ South and sampled the best BBQ I’ve ever had across famous BBQ cities such as Memphis, Kansas City, Houston/ San Antonio, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville, and St. Louis. So naturally when I returned to Taiwan one of the few American dishes that I…