So, craft beer is a thing in Bhutan.

It’s time to talk about what’s going on in the magical mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan has craft beer. In fact, Bhutan has very good craft beer, both traditional beer and modern American-style craft beer, and yes, it’s surprising because no one thinks of Bhutan when they think of beer. The depth of Bhutan’s indigenous…

Highlights of the Persian Gulf

One of the things we love about traveling is experiencing contrasts, especially the contrasts between tradition and modernity or between nature and urban life. Big cities offer some the world’s most intense contrasts–Mercedes Benzes weaving around ox carts in Mumbai; street stalls side by side with tablecloth restaurants in Singapore; luthiers and lapidary located a block from Lululemon in London. Persian Gulf cities…

Overpriced, but Not Overrated: Raw Fish at the World’s Most Famous Fish Market

We opted out of the 5AM tuna auction, instead heading to the Tsukiji fish market after the bustle of the wholesale event subsided.  Throngs of tourists from all over the world purchased overpriced raw fish–often grossly overpriced–from the vendors and restaurants in the sprawling outer market that surrounds the more famous indoor wholesale section. I only slightly regret…

The Most Surprising Things About Japan

We expected Japan’s complex and diverse food culture, modern conveniences, Hello Kitty, polite social norms, and ubiquitous robots. But the following things came as a bit of a surprise: There are no trash bins, but streets are spotless. You are expected to carry garbage with you in your pockets or bags until the appropriate time. You never need…

So What is Japanese Ramen Really Like?

It takes years of training, a lifetime of commitment, a bellyfull of emptiness. That’s what it takes to eat a healthy bowl of real Japanese ramen. Top 5 Ramen of Japan: Kikanbo Spicy Ramen (カラシビ味噌らー麺 鬼金棒)! Loved everything about this ramen! It’s the bees’ knees. The boss hoss. And word up–they have a Tsukemen-only joint next door!…

Cuba in a Thousand Feelings

Being in Cuba may awaken in you strange sensations. None of the typical things you feel when traveling, such as awe or wonder. Instead, you may feel a combination of compassion and despair that creates something akin to numbness. It resembles the symptoms of shock. Before I go on: I’m from Miami. I have Cuban family. I grew up eating…

“Going where I list, my own master total and absolute.”

Cultivating a home base for two years has been rewarding, but the universe is calling, like the blossom calls the bee. It’s time to hit the road. After returning from Japan this June, we will pack our things and go. Coincidentally, a friend sent me this poem today, Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road.” I’m sure all travelers can relate…

A pop-up blog about laksa!

If you want a distraction from whatever it is you’re doing, check out my new pop-up blog about laksa. It’s got pictures of laksa, reviews of laksa, and that’s it. Simple. Delicious.  

Why I Might Not House Sit Ever Again

Notwithstanding friends and family, this is our second house sitting gig. It basically involves taking care of a house and usually pets + plants, and instead of payment you get a free place to stay.  While there are many obvious benefits to house sitting, after our experiences, I think the drawbacks outweigh them and I’m…

Earth Day 2015

Enjoy the Earth today and every day!Live simply and peacefully. There’s a lot of us here, of many different types. Learn to appreciate the crowds as much as the solitude. When you know what it is you want, don’t be afraid to leave the comfort of your perch to go get it. And remember to relax…

Seeking to be plausibly ordinary? Get a Canadian passport.

I have two passports, an American one and a Canadian one. Thank goodness, now I know which one to flash when I’m on espionage missions. Canada’s is the passport of choice “for spies, state-sponsored assassins, terrorists and just about anyone else seeking to be plausibly ordinary across a range of languages, ethnicities and religions.” However, the Canadian…