On the overnight bus from Glasgow to London, I meet a young English artist called Keanu. We share a bottle of wine and talk for a few hours about life and art before going to sleep. For once, I make it through the night, arriving groggy at London’s Victoria station. Since my flight is tonight, … More Returning to London for Pints and Food
Hey everybody! Just got back from my trip to South America and will be posting about that soon. As you probably know, I hit up coffee shops all around the world and some are certainly better than others. Often, something is lacking or incorrect. I was just remarking about how the coffee could be better … More Brew Better Coffee!
While elsewhere in the world has recently become acquainted with the term barista, Italy has had the concept since the fascist years of Mussolini. Even before that, Italian bartenders were not only serving alcohol, they were serving coffee drinks, non-alcoholic drinks, and everything in between. Now this coffee culture is threatened by the globalizing world. … More The Dying Art of the Italian Barista
Los Angeles is a boundless city, county, region of numerous neighborhoods and no shortage of things to do. When people come here, they think Hollywood. The walk of fame. Universal Studios. You couldn’t be further from the LA atmosphere and closer to the cliches than those sights. Here are five much better things you can … More 5 Things to do Off-the-beaten-path in Los Angeles
After getting laid off at the end of my trip to Colorado where my dad lives, I have plenty of free time and want to save some of the money I have while unemployed. Simultaneously, I am missing my friends who moved to San Francisco as a group. So I decide that since I have … More Finding Pieces of Home in San Francisco
Many people around the world have experienced a tumultuous year in 2016. One of the most brutal years of the Syrian Civil War were met with scores of refugees overwhelming Europe and facilitating a climate of anti-immigrant rhetoric and political instability with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Politics aside, Westerners mourned the loss … More Incessant Adventure Despite the Turbulence of 2016 (Here’s to 2017)
Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second most populous city, wouldn’t be described as sprawling. The pace is slow and the buildings are dwarfed by Bangkok’s financial districts. As we fly in, the mountains roll above the city, covered in a lush green. The languid streets come alive at night as the former capital of the Lanna empire turns … More Chiang Mai: Food and Culture in a Green Mountain Wonderland