Finding West Africa in Harlem

I spent a week this month catsitting for my friend while he went to Europe on spring break. I stayed in his Morningside Heights apartment near Columbia University, where he is a student. Right next to Morningside Heights is Harlem, which is a much more interesting neighborhood, at least in terms of culinary matters. The…

Three words: Self. Serve. Boba.

Along with basically every other young Chinese person, I love bubble tea/boba. I wish the drinks didn’t frequently come out to 600 calories and $6, but that is another issue. It is hard to have a bad boba experience, but some experiences are better than others. Conieco, in Seattle’s U-District, stands out because of the…

10 Corso Como brings Milan to New York

10 Corso Como is an aggressively fashionable network of concept stores combining art, design, fashion, music, culture, and cuisine. Each 10 Corso Como is unique, but inspired by the consumer culture of Milan, Italy, where the brand was founded. Stores are expansive and can be divided into different sections. It’s not just shopping, it’s an…

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…

The Osprey

For visitors to Shanghai, the Bund is a must-visit attraction. It’s a waterfront area on the historic side of Shanghai (Puxi). Across the Huangpu river is the newer half of Shanghai, Pudong (literally administered as Pudong New Area). Pudong is home to the modern skyscrapers featured in the famous Shanghai skyline; to get the best…

Style over substance at BoCaphe

For my friend’s birthday, we went to BoCaphe in SoHo. All of New York’s SoHo area is trendy, and BoCaphe’s location, mere meters away from Jack’s Wife Freda and down the block from the mothership Supreme store, may have reflected in its menu too much. Visually, the place was stunning. The atmosphere of the light-filled…

Flower jelly at La Floraison

Calling itself Sydney’s most Instagrammable cafe, La Floraison is a pretty underground space located in Sydney, Australia’s Regent Place Shopping Center. The very, very trendy Regent Place is a smallish urban mall dominated by East Asian eateries and shops, including places selling matcha ice cream, ramen, jianbing, sushi, and taiyaki. There’s even a maid cafe,…

Ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory

  I’m currently spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Australia, where it is their summer and very hot, so I thought I’d write a post about some cold food (carrot cake ice cream). I had a “cool” experience in Tillamook, Oregon, at the Tillamook Visitors Center. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I…

Marmite at Chophouse Row

Chophouse Row is the new development on Capitol Hill right now, itself the hippest part of Seattle, also known as the place with an actual nightlife and good independent music/fashion/food shopping options of the density of a Big City. Marmite, one of the glitzy tenants in the gorgeous block of Chophouse Row, wants to be established as…

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…

When in Canada, eat poutine

The town of Golden, in British Columbia, is home to the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada, Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge. It’s pretty much the main tourist attraction of a one street downtown area, and measures 151 feet spanning the Kicking Horse River. There are some informative signs on the bridge that tell the…