Before my plane touched down on the tarmac in Manila, I was already anticipating my first savory bite of South East Asian fare. Countless books, television shows and films had left me dreaming about the classic plastic stools, balmy fragrant air and complex flavors that are unique to this part of the world and… [Read More]
Canadian cuisine often doesn’t get the respect it so deserves. That sweet syrup on your morning pancakes is Canadian maple, many of the best wines in North America hail from the province of Quebec while we can thank Canada for the glorious gravy and cheese covered fries known as Poutine. The fact is that… [Read More]
I once read that it would take 15 years for someone to see every single item that is on display at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Similarly, with over 4,200 restaurants in New York City, there are ample options but (unlike art) not all may be worth a visit. Each week in… [Read More]
When I mention visiting New Orleans to people, many respond that they haven’t been back since Hurricane Katrina. Well, it’s been ten years and the city is back – and probably surpassing its earlier vibrancy. The city still has a trashy, sticky all-night party street called Bourbon but unless you are heading to… [Read More]
For 40 years, Elaine (whom I’ve come to refer to as The Arepa Lady) has stood on a corner in Cartagena whipping up her modest arepas by flattening and shaping the maize, tossing the arepas in a vat of hot oil and serving them alongside colorful salsas in vibrant hues of green and red.
It’s mid afternoon in Jamaica and the weather witching hour is upon us as the once spotless sky shifts dramatically to stormy weather. I am driving up a dirt road that precariously wraps itself around Free Hill; it is the type of steep drive that seems to climb up forever past lush vegetation, colorful… [Read More]
There is something about autumn that is both endearing and eerie, a certain feeling that sets in once the leaves begin to change. Similar to how the holiday spirit tends to infuse everyone and light up faces around December; autumn and the promise of Halloween bring an air of mystery that not all is as it… [Read More]
I don’t have an office, rather I have a coffee shop where my co-workers are writers and artists who set up their laptops and fuel their craft with cappuccinos and French pastries. I simply adore the little flowers that dot my “office” and the music that seems to inspire my writing as much as the caffeine that fuels it. New York City is bursting with coffee houses; consider this your definitive guide to New York’s BEST ones to sit and relax a while.
Now, in my late twenties, I can tell the mark of a good ice cream when I don’t just pick out the best parts but actually finish the whole cone. The following spots in NYC have passed my own personal ice cream test as it would be a crime to simply pick apart these treats and not devour the whole thing.