Buildings in Old Forte, Galle, Sri Lanka

Colonial style architecture and decor. I love it. It reminds me of my first first to Florida and the Caribbean. So a happy memory of sorts, as those places were always synonymous with vacation. I visited Galle in Sri Lanka for the first time not too long ago, where I visited the old city center or […]

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Fushimi Inari Shrine

So when you think of Japan, Geishas come to mind, right? I think most people who read the book or saw the film adaptation of “Memoirs of a Geisha” have a bit of an fascination with the orange gates so vividly shown. A couple of year’s back New York’s Central Park was home to a […]

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Izakayas of Japan

While in Japan, you have to visit an Izakaya – a must while in Japan. They are everywhere and are the equivalent of the go to after work spot for many of us in the west. Casual places for  after-work drinking and socializing. This was one my my favorite while In Kyoto. Unfortunately, I do no […]

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A Taste of Americana in Kyoto

Matsunosuke, Kyoto Japan Fluffy American style pancakes in a kitsch setting reminiscent of America’s New England. In Japan? Did you ever? Well, yes, Matsunosuke Cafe in Kyoto offers just that. The American flag and apple pie included. I visited this cafe for breakfast on my last morning in Kyoto before heading back to Tokyo. Matsunoskue […]

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$15 For Toast?? — Only in Tokyo – Centre Bakery, Ginza

  Now, I know what you are thinking…. $15 for toast? Are you out of your mind or as my mom would say, “Did You Ever?” But, yes, and I am ashamed to admit. I paid $15 for toast in Tokyo. But this my friends, is not your ordinary toast. First, to give you some […]

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Hidden Craft Beer Shop – Central Hong Kong

Craftissimo – A Quaint Craft Beer Shop In addition to offering a wide selection of local and global craft beers. The quaint shop located at the end of an alley also sold other local products such as chocolates (although, I am not too sure how chocolate would pair with beer), but hey you never know. […]

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Hong Kong and Coffee

Nov Coffee &  Roaster – Hong Kong Great cites and great coffee go hand in hand. Right? Well, at least I think so.  On a recent visit to Hong Kong, I came across a number of options to get your caffeinated fix. Close to LKF and Hollywood Blvd and just off the main path was NOC Coffee […]

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A Hidden Coffee and Whiskey Bar in Seoul

Lazmoo, Itaewon, Seoul, South Korea   I did not know what to expect when I visited Seoul, South Korea. Truth be told, I was a bit skeptical with being that close to N.Korea (I am American afterall). Nevertheless, it is a city that is simply just that – a city – robust and lively. Or […]

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Cherry Blossoms in Japan

In late March, I visited Japan for the first time. I  decided to go during cherry blossom (sakura) season. I’ve seen the cherry blossoms in Washington DC in the past, but was always there either too early or late in the season. The timing never worked and I never really go to see them in […]

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