In Southern California, you can find food from anywhere in the world. Now that I am leaving to live in Europe, I will miss the abundance of Asian and Latin American foods. Here are some of my local spots around my work and home. El Habanero When I lived in Santa Ana, I get obsessed … More Leaving America II: Local Restaurants I Adore
When I found out Anthony Bourdain hung himself in a hotel room near Strasbourg, a border town between France and Germany I’ve been though, I started drinking at noon. Two slices of pizza but three beers, I watched the planes take off from the nearby airport and thought about how he would never go anywhere … More When the Travels End in Death
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
Over my many years of eating bowl after bowl of pho, I have noticed some people don’t enjoy it the way they should. For starters, the average pho restaurant in America does not come close to being what the experience should be for every noodle-and-broth lover. The Right Pho Place So start there. If you … More How to Eat Pho to Make it the Best Thing You’ve Ever Had.
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
As travelers, we are constantly looking to outside countries, cultures, and traditions to supplement our views of the world and ourselves. One of the most confusing places to grapple with this is the tiny, city-state island that is Singapore. The small, 30-mile country famously went from a poor shipping port to one of the wealthiest … More The Singapore Question