Chicago (Alinea) 12/30/2015

Living in San Francisco and deciding to travel to the midwest for New Years was a very frigid and snowy idea. It didn’t help that I was recovering from a cold, either. Nonetheless, wind, snow, bitter cold, and sickness couldn’t stop me from making our reservations at Alinea. I had it on good foodie friend authority…

Australia and New Zealand 12/2013, 5/2015

Sydney, Wednesday 12/4/13, Lunch at Manly Ocean Foods My friend from Australia couldn’t remember the name of this place, but she strongly urged me to take the ferry from Circular Quay (that’s “Key”, not “Kway”) to Manly Beach and walk down the mall to find her favorite spot for fish & chips. Via Facebook Messenger,…

Italy 7/2014

Lessons learned in Italy: Buy bus tickets at tobacco (tobacchi) shops, which is especially important in Rome where you shouldn’t expect to find good trams or subways When you see fixtures in Rome that look like fire hydrants but with a spout like a faucet that is always on, use your finger to plug the…

Vegas 10/2012, 4×2013, 2×2014, 8/2015

Wynn/Encore, MGM Grand, and Bellagio (Picasso) 10/2012 My first time ever in Vegas wasn’t until my late 20’s for a work conference at The Wynn. Within just over a year, I had been back another 4 times… On recommendation of my boss, I booked a room at The Encore to keep a small buffer between…

South Korea 1/2009, 5/2012

My first experiences with food in Korea came in the form of one of the many nameless kimbap restaurants lining the streets in Suwon where the menu is a list of 10 items hung on the wall and Grandma Korea laughs while the two gyopo try to decipher what and how to order. My cousin…

Euro Tours 5/2013, 9/2013

My first Euro trip involved stops at 15 cities in 6 countries, and it was one hell of a ride. Lessons Learned Included: Driving a manual (or any) car, with or without GPS, around Ireland means you will barely make it to any of your destinations in twice the expected time, especially when alone (no…

Leipzig 1/27/2014

Since it’s not always proper to take pictures of your food during a business dinner, I wasn’t able to fully capture a reception at Fasskeller im Auerbachskeller, which claims to be the most famous and 2nd oldest restaurant in Leipzig and is supposedly where Goethe frequented in his time there. The food was a buffet…