The Korean Cram

With family and friends in town, my past two weeks have been a pants-expanding, late night devouring, cocktail imbibing and all around omnivorous experience. It began by meeting my father and baby brother (at 23 he’s still a baby, right?) in DC for a weekend with my uncle. My uncle is always sending me updates…

Staycation Destination: Chinatown

Whether I”m in New York or Bangkok, the excitement of city living never fades.  In New York, most residents flee to the beaches during the summer: Hamptons, Amagansett, Montauk, Martha’s Vineyard etc. In Bangkok, Thais head up-country for a little r&r, or south to charming beach towns like Hua Hin or Samed for a more…

The Perfect Papaya Salad

Thailand has a seemingly endless variety of food stuffs to wade through.  On my block alone, every 2.5 steps there is a different street vendor–one sells roasted bananas, another rocks a cleaver preparing a Hunan chicken dish, while a young lady sells a fresh veggie soup made to order and her neighbor rolls out sticky…

Singapore’s So Slick

Singapore has the largest percentage of millionaire households in the world.  While the rest of the world has been in flux during the crisis, millionaires are just sprouting up left and right in this small country of less than 4 million  people. Driving the streets of Singapore feels a bit like Monaco.  Flashy Lamborghinis, Ferraris…

There’s No Place Like Nahm

Yesterday I ran around Bangkok and tried not to look at the grilled chicken satays, or the zingy papaya salads, or the roasted bananas…or any of the enticing food offerings that tempt with seductive scents.  We were going to David Thompson’s Nahm at the Metropolitan Hotel for dinner and I did not want to spoil…

The Other Version of Bangkok’s Weekend Market

I’ve been to Thailand more times than you can count on two hand.  I love traveling the world, but somehow, someway, I always seem to end up back in Bangkok.  Sometimes I’ll blame it on the fact that it’s just a great hub city.  I can catch a flight to most places in Asia from…

sichuan spicy

chengdu, the capital of sichuan province, was probably my favorite eating while i was in china.  china was a super quick trip for me.  i spent 6 weeks making a huge loop around the country.  it felt pretty rushed, considering it’s one of the largest countries in the world.  i was only in sichuan for…

Xi’an mouth surprise

xi’an is worth visiting for the street food alone.  the muslim quarter is an attraction for both international and national tourists.  in this chinese muslim neighborhood, you’ll find narrow streets lined with watches, scarves, incense and wood boxes.  much like the crap you can buy in your united states hawker parts of chinatown.  focus on…

mementos de mexico

last winter i traveled through central american.  i started in mexico and worked my way south to nicaragua.  these clips are all from the first few weeks.  we met an amazing couple from couchsurfing.com who turned out to be major foodies.  they took me and my friend sam around mexico city wanting to show us…