Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats

Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats

Hanoi is a jolt to the senses. It welcomes you in with its intoxicating smells, exotic and strange sights. At the same time warning signals go off, cautioning you to hold the place at a distance. There are the dense traffic with an endless sea of motorbikes seeming to follow absolutely no observable rules and … Read more

Bangkok’s Best Flavors Brought Home

Silom Cooking School Bangkok

Some cooking classes that I’ve attended are memorable because of the food. Others linger in my mind because of the giant personality of the chef. This particular class at the Silom Cooking School in Bangkok, Thailand stands out because it had a large, delicious serving of both. Our chef for today’s class was Jay. From the … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Istanbul Street Food

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Istanbul is a food city. Thousands of restaurants serve delicious Turkish specialties, from a huge array of mezzes (appetizers) to delicacies like stews cooked in clay pots or salt-baked fish. However, some of the best food can be found on the street, hawked by vendors calling you over as you walk in their general direction. We’ve gathered … Read more

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Completing the four-day hike to Machu Picchu was like everything, and like nothing, that I thought it would be. I read about the journey, attended the orientation, and talked to a number of people before setting off for the trek. During that process I received a lot of conflicting information. None of this detracted from … Read more

Top Things To Do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Redeemer Statue, up close

We recently spent a month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before we got there, we had heard all of the things that most of you have probably heard: it can be unsafe, dirty and full of partiers. And to be honest we did find some of those things. But after spending some time there we have … Read more

Turkish Hospitality in Istanbul, On Fire

Flaming Fish Baked in Salt

Sometimes the best experiences that we’ve had while traveling are unplanned and unanticipated. They always involve an element of surprise, a little bit of wow, and in the best of all world show us how wonderful and welcoming people can be. The other night was one such night. Dinner in Istanbul We were in a crowded … Read more

Istanbul: Back Doors and Hidden Places

Hidden Istanbul

This is the second part of our day-long challenge to see the Best of Istanbul in a Day. Seems like a huge task, but so far we’ve covered the Hagia Sophia Museum, The Basilica Cistern, The Blue Mosque, viewed the ancient Obelisk of Theodosius, and had a feast fit for a Sultan. For the second half … Read more

The Best of Istanbul in a Day

Istanbul's Blue Mosque

Istanbul is an expansive city with a  rich, complex history that stretches back thousands of years. It’s the only city whose boundaries lapse over two continents (Europe and Asia). But what if I told you that despite all the ground to cover, you can actually experience the very best of Istanbul, in one day? Ok, maybe one busy day. In order to accomplish … Read more

Grit, Spice and Delights in Istanbul

Istanbul Food and Market Tour

Our arrival to Istanbul was less than ideal. Just after stepping out of the airport after about 30 hours of travel and getting into the queue for a taxi almost everyone started to pull out their cigarettes. Ugh. And then there was the hair -raising cab ride to our Airbnb apartment. (Sean leaned over and … Read more