Journey to Kinmen Island 金門: A Must in Taiwan

This past week I took a 3 day 2 night trip to one of Taiwan’s major outer islands, Kinmen Island. It was my first time to Taiwan’s outer islands. Kinmen is simply incredible, and has become my favorite domestic destination in Taiwan. Filled with history, tradition and true old-school Taiwanese‬ flavor and friendliness, yet fully in…

Top 5 Burger Joints in Taipei, 台北前5名漢堡店

Everyone loves burgers, even here in Taiwan a few thousand KM across the Pacific Ocean from the birthplace of the great American classic. Some like it just once in a while, some view it as a religion. I love me a good juicy cheeseburger any day. But I also take things relatively, especially when it…

Review: Paris 1930 Winter Black Truffle Tasting at the Ritz Landis Taipei

Last week we had dinner at the Paris 1930 Restaurant in the Ritz Landis Hotel, Taipei. They currently have their limited time Winter Black Truffle Tasting menu. The 11 course menu came down to around NTD$4200 (USD$125) per person without wine, which is more expensive than their usual offering and definitely expensive in Taipei but…

Review: The Tokyo Station Hotel, Tokyo Eats & Sites

My apologies, this is a bit of a belated guest post/review from my sister who stayed at the Tokyo Station Hotel in Tokyo, Japan in December 2015. December 9, 2015   The Tokyo Station Hotel just celebrated their 100th birthday on November 2, 2015.  At a century old, the hotel is full of life and grandeur….

The Marriott Taipei and Garden Kitchen Restaurant

The Marriott Taipei [Scroll down if you just want to read about the food!] Taipei’s newest hotel had its soft-opening in July this year and will officially open sometime this month (at least from the last I heard). The Marriott Hotel Taipei is located in Dazhi, right by the Miramar shopping center and across the…

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

Tonight I was very fortunate to have a meal at Chef Cesar Ramirez’s Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare. And it was by far the best meal I have ever had, beating out Bouley (Chef Cesar Ramirez’s origins), Jean Georges, 11 Madison Park, Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Le Bernardin and some others in other countries. This three…

Turkey: Globally, Historically and Uniquely Your’s

After being back in the United States for 2 months I have had plenty of time to reflect and reminisce about my 8 weeks in the nation of Turkey. It took my a few days but I finally came to an understanding of why I love this country so much now and why it is…