Wedding Weekend in Los Cabos
Apr29

Wedding Weekend in Los Cabos

Sure, I could spend the entire wedding weekend at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar — what with the five pools, four fabulous restaurants, five equally great bars, the Cactus Spa, pristine beach… why not? But, there is a bit more to explore in Los Cabos. For future Cabo travelers, I’ve laid out a nice itinerary that includes dramatic sunsets, bucolic farms, and yes, all those pools. And, depending on the time of year – maybe even a...

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Breakfast at Yung Chi in Tainan
Oct13

Breakfast at Yung Chi in Tainan

By far one of my favorite meals in Taiwan was an unexpected stop at a breakfast stand on Kaishan Road in Tainan. Yung Chi is a popular spot with the locals. For very little money you can get a very hearty, authentic Taiwanese breakfast. Here’s what I had: Yo Tiao (a savory churro type bread), pork rice (with pork liver, not my favorite), duck eggs – I preferred the soft cooked over the hard cooked; milkfish balls– think gefilte fish....

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Exploring Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake
Oct09

Exploring Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake

I awoke in my room at the Fleur de Chine after the best night’s sleep I’ve enjoyed in a long, long time. Was it the hour-long soak in my room’s mineral bath, the mind-blowing dinner in the Rainbow Cloud teppanyaki restaurant, or the low-key, yet luxurious, room overlooking Sun Moon Lake? Probably all three. I dressed again in the yukata (a kimono-like robe made of cotton supplied by the hotel that I’d worn to dinner the night before)...

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Discovering Taiwan’s Unique Cuisine at Din Tai Fung
Oct06

Discovering Taiwan’s Unique Cuisine at Din Tai Fung

The first thing I noticed walking into the original Din Tai Fung was the kitchen to the right, with table after table of kitchen help preparing tray upon tray of xiaolongbao—literally a ‘small steamer dumpling’.   The heat and humidity in the kitchen matched the weather outside and I wasn’t sure this was such a great idea. But after walking up to the fourth floor dining room while inhaling the aromas around me, eating steamed...

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General Impression of Taiwan
Sep29

General Impression of Taiwan

After eight days in Taiwan I realize I’ve only heard one car horn. And I’ve been in cities – Taipei, Tainan, Taichung – with cars and scooters galore. Not to mention pedestrians. A Taiwanese woman told me that the Taiwanese are a very orderly people. Maybe that’s the explanation for the unexpected quiet of the city streets. It’s a contrast to the energy in the air that is difficult for this LA native to fathom. I’ve always equated...

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