Happy Halloween from Sleepy Hollow

A couple weeks ago I took the train up to Westchester County. Westchester isn’t very far from New York City – thousands commute between the two on the daily – but it looks really different. It’s classified as suburban, but there’s enough nature exposure in the Hudson Valley it might feel rural at points. So…

Earth, wheat, and fire at Michelin-starred Faro

Who says a Michelin-starred New York restaurant has to be expensive? Not Faro. Located in a former MoMA art storage space (seriously, how hipster-Bushwick can this get), the casual nighttime hangout puts out plates of handmade fresh pasta made with locally-sourced grains priced around $20. The menu is constantly changing to reflect seasonal ingredients, but…

Across the Sydney Harbor Bridge

No trip to Sydney is complete without walking across the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The harbor views are stunning and it’s not even a difficult walk in my opinion – you only need to climb a couple of flights of stairs to get onto the bridge, and it’s not a very long walk once you’re on…

South Melbourne Night Market

Yesterday I had dinner at the Queen Victoria Market night market, and today I made it to the opening night of the night market at the South Melbourne Market, now in its 10th year. Queen Victoria Market had an absolute riot of people and was more than twice the size of South Melbourne Market, but…

Blue Frog

Blue Frog Bar & Grill is a slick American-style pub chain known for its accurate preparations of western food. I went to the one located in the prominent Guomao shopping mall complex in Beijing, with a view of the CCTV building. However, the food was definitely the best-looking part about going to Blue Frog, and…

Chinese Pizza Hut

Chinese Pizza Huts are pretty nice, and really different from the American Pizza Hut experience. The menu is always changing so whenever I’ve been in, I end up with something new. This summer, Chinese Pizza Huts were serving a pizza topped with langoustines (like very small lobsters), Chinese chili peppers, roasted peanuts, and Buddha’s hand,…

The Repp

The Repp is located along the main street of Snohomish, Washington, a small town mainly known for its many antique shops. While The Repp’s interior is rather tacky, combining “fancy” and “quirky” fabric and wood elements that look like they were picked up pre-distressed from Pier 1 Imports or Cost Plus World Market, the food…

Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Ice House Bar

Central and Eastern Washington, where Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Ice House Bar is located, is often written off as a uninterestings desert compared to western Washington, home of Seattle and all the stereotypes about rain, tech companies, liberal politics, and grunge music. Central and Eastern Washington aren’t the Pacific Northwest, not being on the Pacific…

Shanghai Beer Factory’s take on “American”

From just stopping by, checking out the menus, and looking around, we could see that Shanghai Beer Factory promised beautifully prepared American food in a trendy setting. The food was excellently prepared in terms of ingredient quality, presentation, and cooking technique, and the service was good too. Unfortunately, the otherwise-amazing food was made much less enjoyable by…

Disconcerting atmosphere, sublime food

The first review from Shanghai, where I’ll be until the end of the year! With traditionally-prepared dishes with a bit of experimentation in the ingredients, eating at La Vita in Shanghai’s Jinqiao area is a great choice for those looking for really good Italian food prepared the real Italian way, not the American comfort food…