There are few places in the world more magical than Lake Tahoe, California in the summertime. The unmistakable smell of hot pine needles, the enchantingly turquoise lakes and rivers, the rejuvenating effects of the cool mountain breeze—all give you the sense that you are away at summer camp without a damn care in the world. […]Read more "Truckee/Tahoe Top 12"
The Imperial City of Hue (pronounced “Hu-ay”), Vietnam. For 150 years, the epicenter of the Nguyen Dynasty’s rule. For 3 ½ weeks, ground zero of a deadly battle in the American War of Aggression. Now, Hue is a mid-sized city along with a few historic relics, a serene riverside, and a diverse selection of authentic […]Read more "Hue Too Much Food"
I feel like I’ve rediscovered Asia. I’m eating one of the most complex foods I’ve had since I touched down on this side of the Pacific. It’s called Banh Da Cua Da Lieu (Crab and Brown Noodle Soup), and it’s one of Hanoi’s most iconic dishes. Hanoi just feels so right. I’ve got a lot […]Read more "Banh Da Cua Da Lieu"
Vietnamese coffee is strong, and it’s got a bite, like Mike Tyson’s bite in his bout with Evander Holyfield strong. I order my Ca Phe black with ice (Den Da). When Ca Phe Den Da is served, the glass is only filled about 50% of the way (including the ice); it’s so strong that a caffeine […]Read more "Ca Phe Den Da"
Bangkok night markets. Not what I was expecting. Night numero uno, we wimped out and went to the “new” train market, Rot Fai, which was only 11 kilometers away instead of 23. This was the result of a scarring cab ride earlier that morning that took one whole hour to drive 5 miles to a […]Read more "Bazaar Bangkok"
Asian food. My most “Seamlessed” cuisine back home. I really love the stuff and looked forward to finally experiencing authentic dishes during my time in Asia. I had no idea what to expect of the food in Myanmar—the flavors, the preferred protein, the cooking methods—I knew nothing at all! On our first day in Myanmar, we […]Read more "An Impromptu Buffet"
You know you’ve entered drinker’s territory once your flight lands in Yangon and you order yourself a Coldilocks. By default, you’ll be served a 640ml bottle of Myanmar Beer. XL style… oh yeah. If you want to be a baby and nurse a standard 12oz. bottle or can, you’ll have to ask the waiter or […]Read more "Booze Review: Myanmar Beer"
Selamat Datang Penang (Welcome to Penang). The Crossroads of Curry. The Pearl of the Orient. We were told that Penang Island boasts the best food in all of Asia; “You’ll never eat a bad meal there,” more than a few said. When you’re traveling through foreign lands, how could you believe such a statement? There’s […]Read more "Selamat Datang (Penang: Part I)"
During our time at Taal Lake, Ka Betty, our caretaker, found a way to our hearts through our stomachs. The woman is a cooking machine. While we lounged in our tree house, hiked Taal Volcano, and did some lakeside yoga, Ka Betty was busy cooking away. 8-hour slow smoked tunas, pork belly adobo, sticky rice cakes smoked […]Read more "Ka Betty: The Batali of Batangas"
Lechon Kawali (fried pork belly): Cooked by Bergen, “like a virgin” Post by K & S Photo:Read more "Bergen: Fried Pork Queen"