Mai Chau Valley Vietnamese Cooking Class

Mai Chau Lodge Activities

The Mai Chau Valley in northern Vietnam is a beautiful and serene place to visit. It has all of the picturesque elements that you think of when images of Vietnam come to mind. But what we didn’t expect during our visit was to have the opportunity to spend most of the day with a local … Read more

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

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

Crazy Fun Cooking Class In Rio

Cook in Rio Cooking Class

I read the email twice. It said “You will have a great time with Chef Simone, she is crazy fun.” That’s a lot to live up to (or down to, depending on how you define crazy). Our Chef, we learned, specializes in cooking with alcohol, flambé style. Whether she also cooks with alcohol IN her is … Read more

The Wine Drinker’s Survival Guide to Prague

Prague River Bar

Prague is a beer city. The Czech Republic is the largest consumer of beer in Europe, and the beer is good, cheap, and plentiful. Pilsner beer is named after the city of Pilsen, just over 50 miles from Prague. But, what do you do when you’re surrounded by beer, but craving a glass of wine? Fear … Read more

Getting A Taste For Budapest

Danube River, Budapest, Hungary

Have you ever eaten chocolate spiked with tarragon? Or gone to a restaurant where you get a canister of carbonated water that you are supposed to use to mix with your wine? Or eaten cottage cheese covered with chocolate? Then you haven’t been to Budapest. And until recently, neither had I. A Walking Food Tour of Budapest … Read more

Hungry in Hungary? Traditional Cooking in Budapest

Chef Parade Budapest

Before heading to Budapest for the first time, I decided to track down a cooking class. This wasn’t unusual in itself. It’s always a good way to learn about the culture and the food in a new place (and get great restaurant recommendations from the chef – they always know where to eat). But in … Read more

Getting the Best Tastes of Prague in a Day

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In my opinion, there are a few elements that are necessary to have a fantastic day in a new place. The first includes being able to get out on foot, and take in the sights and sounds to get a feel of the place. Next, I like to find some of the foods that the … Read more