Category Archive: Restaurants

Totally Crushing on Santiago (but why I didn’t madly fall in love)

Santiago is sophisticated and polished but can also be handsomely rugged. He has an exquisite taste for fine wines and gourmet foods. He can be mysterious, who shares most of my progressive ideals, yet ironically devoutly Catholic. I am totally and absolutely crushing on him but surprisingly didn’t fall head over heels.

Oh by the way, Santiago is not a boy. He is actually a city in South America. Chile to be exact. You’re probably wondering why I did not totally fall in love with Santiago, a city that is an absolute dream boat. Well then you better read up!

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Kong: A Taste of Sex and the City in Paris

I can’t speak for all the women out there but I’m sure many of us wish we could get a little taste of the Sex and the City lifestyle. Carrie Bradshaw and her friends turned many establishments into major hotspots. An American Girl in Paris Part Une and Deux were the final two episodes filmed in Paris. In the Part Deux episode, it started with the scene at a restaurant. It was at Kong, a chic, luxurious, and uber trendy restaurant within walking distance from the Louvre. Visiting the restaurant gave me a little taste of a Sex and the City lifestyle in Paris!

Exploring Provence: Medieval Avignon@ the Palais des Papes and Pont Saint-Bénézet 

Michel asked me what I wanted to do today. I told him I want to explore Avignon by myself, something that I wasn’t able to do the last time I was here. That’s… Continue reading

Books, Chicken Wings, and Ice Cream: Portland, Day 2

I waited for the rain to subside, but it just kept pouring. I hate wasting time while on vacation so I abruptly woke up my son and told him to get ready. “But it’s still raining!” he said. “Yeah, so? I have the perfect place in mind!” I told him.

Don’t Rain On My Parade: Portland, Day 1

I’m one of those crazy people who absolutely adore the rain! The soft pitter patter of the rain is the most peaceful sound in the world. Watching each raindrop is genuinely one of my favorite entertainments. But when the rain stops, and the sun begins to show up, I always have this strange feeling of disorientated chaos, as if the sun had obliterated my zen. However, when you’re on vacation, it’s a totally different story. The rain becomes your nemesis, especially in a city where most of the activities are done outdoors

The Amazingly Weird Yet Too Cool Portland!

Another city with the “Keep It Weird” slogan: Portland, Oregon! After seeing a bearded man with a skirt, a beautiful homeless young lady with a cat, a midget hanging out by a voodoo doughnut shop asking for a spare change, and just about every person you meet has tattoos and pierced nose rings, this city is weird, but in a good, fun kind of weird. Of course there are more reasons to love Portland than just its crazy offbeat culture!

A Foodie Weekend in San Francisco 

Trying to narrow down the world’s best foodie destinations is no easy feat. I have my own list of favorites and San Francisco is definitely in the top of that list!

 Keep it weird, Austin! 

Austin may be the capital of Texas but if you are expecting Cowboys and steaks, you’d be surprised to find hipsters and vegans instead. It’s my most favorite city in Texas and if I live here, I can honestly say my life is going to be a lot more exciting.

“Huh! You like modern art?” @SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

I’ve never been a modern art enthusiast. I never understood how a chair with a sculpted hand on top of it is called “art” (just like the photo below from the Rhode Island… Continue reading

Travel the world with my Starbucks mugs

I used to collect Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts mainly because they had the names of the cities they were from on the front of every shirt. It was my way of letting people know… Continue reading