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
As we’re getting off the plane, a stewardess announces that it is the International Day of Malbec, the wine Argentina–and Mendoza in particular–is known for. She tells the passengers aboard the plane that we will receive one small bottle of wine free-of-charge. As if we were going to need more wine, it is the biggest … More The Next Napa: Food, Wine, & Mountains in Mendoza
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
After arriving in Lima late, we get some sleep and wake up early for a full day in Peru’s capital city. We fly into Peru for $800-round trip. We get our tickets super cheap by buying ahead and shopping around. Getting a feel for how prices are moving is always the way to get the … More Lima is a Gritty, Underrated City with Delicious Food & Pockets of Beauty
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