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Apr 09 2016

Where to eat in Penn Quarter and Chinatown D.C.

It seems every week there is at least one new restaurant in D.C. Some last longer than others, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t hundreds of amazing spots to choose from. The Chinatown/Metro Center area is full of examples. If you’re attending an event at the Verizon Center, visiting one of the museums in the area or just looking for a great neighborhood for meals, don’t skip this location.   One of my favorite things to do when I visit The District (and when I visit anywhere) is eat. My most...

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Feb 06 2016

San Francisco Chinatown Food Tour

There are few things we love more than to explore a new city’s cuisine. While we had heard mixed reviews of San Francisco’s Chinatown (it’s overrated; really small) we knew we couldn’t miss it. So we were really excited to find a food tour on Tinggly that included a walk through Chinatown and beyond into North Beach led by a local.   We met our guide at Chinatown’s gate and set off towards our first stop: Eastern Bakery, the oldest bakery in San Francisco. We got to try a sampling of savory and...

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Jan 13 2016

A Day of Wine Tasting In Downtown Napa

Eric and I spent an amazing week in California where we spent 4 nights in the Napa Valley. While we usually travel with just the two of us, we were excited to be joined by our friends Allie and Andrew, especially since we are all wine lovers. We spent our first full day in downtown Napa, setting off from The Inn on Randolph with way too many free tasting cards.   We began the day at Vermeil tasting room where we sat in a room with a panoramic photo of the vineyard and...

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Sep 03 2015

An Adventure Along The Columbus Ale Trail

I recently took a weekend to escape the hot humid summer here in Virginia and traveled over to the trendy city of Columbus, Ohio, to check out the booming craft brewery scene. It had been a busy few weeks for me so I was excited to relax, sip on some cold brews, and learn a bit about beer.   [gallery type="rectangular" ids="4809,4811,4813"]   I hopped on a short flight from IAD to Port Columbus Airport and to my surprise, I received an upgrade to United first class. This doesn't mean much on a commuter...

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Feb 14 2015

Sala Mae Rim Restaurant Review, Four Seasons Chiang Mai

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is located farther from the city than we thought. In fact, it’s in the artsy and more rural Mae Rim, the next city over. The location is no mistake, and makes for peaceful setting. Sala Mae Rim, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai's main restaurant, overlooks rice paddies surrounded by the resort’s luxurious villas. We arrived just in time to watch the sun disappear behind the mountains. We started our meal with spring rolls, pork, chicken and shrimp satay with peanut sauce and spicy papaya salad with...

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Dec 14 2014

Red Sky Bar : Sweeping Views Of Bangkok

On our most recent trip to Bangkok we met up with some friends from back home for a day of shopping and to try out some bars that we missed on our first trip. After a long morning wandering Chatuchak Weekend Market followed by an afternoon exploring the maze of stores in the gigantic Central World Mall, we decided that we needed to relax for an evening of drinks. We happened on Red Sky Bar by a bit of a happy accident. I had heard that Zense Rooftop Bar had a good view...

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Dec 09 2014

Mandarin Oriental’s Cherry Garden Restaurant

Singapore is known for its large variety of cuisines and top notch restaurants. During our visit, we tried to squeeze in meals at a wide variety of fine dining and off the beaten path locations so we could try a lots of different dishes. Part of our culinary explorations led us to Cantonese cuisine at the Cherry Garden restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="2522,2517,2516,2518"] Cherry Garden offers an a la carte dim sum during the week, but we attended the dim sum buffet which is only offered on the...

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Dec 05 2014

Lunch at Table by Rang Mahal: Naumi Hotel Singapore

On the last day of our exciting visit, we were invited to lunch at Table by Rang Mahal at Naumi Hotel Singapore for an authentic Indian gastronomy experience with a modern flair. Our lunch was one of the best meals we had in Singapore and will not be soon forgotten. Table is a contemporary styled restaurant located on the first floor of Naumi Luxury Boutique Hotel. Naumi offers unique luxury rooms with clever designs, including Coco Chanel and Andy Warhol themed suites. The entire Naumi experience is designed to be personal...

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Sep 23 2014

Basil Cookery School: The Thai Home Cooking Experience

We can’t rave enough about Thai food. We loved it at home in the States and we have tried so many new things here in Thailand that have only made us like it more. While it is easier and usually less expensive to run out and grab dinner every night, we are still excited to learn to cook for ourselves so we can share authentic Thai food with our friends. Our second Thai cooking class was with Basil Thai Cooking School in Chiang Mai. After our host, Apple, picked us up...

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Sep 18 2014

Asia Scenic Thai Cooking Class: Cooking on an Organic Farm

One of the main draws of traveling to Thailand is the amazing food. What better way to take that experience home than to learn how to cook it yourself. Chiang Mai offers lots of opportunities to take a Thai cooking class and we decided to do our first course with Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School. We were excited about their philosophy of sustainable tourism and their classes offered on their organic farm. The owner and one of the class instructors, Gayray (or Gay for short), has traveled the world learning about...

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Sep 02 2014

Anantara Resort and Spa: Chiang Mai

Our stay at the Anantara Resort and Spa in Chiang Mai was thoroughly enjoyable. The pleasant and engaging staff, serene grounds and delicious food made us not want to leave the property at all during our stay. At night, the lotus flowers decorating almost every surface in the entire resort are replaced with candles, giving the property a quiet, romantic feel. The resort has become famous for its high tea and we can see why. Whether you are looking for some relaxing time to yourself or a tailored romantic experience,...

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Aug 31 2014

Fern Forest Café: Chiang Mai

Fern Forest Cafe was the first breakfast place we stumbled upon in Chiang Mai and we just keep going back. We were actually looking for (and not finding) another restaurant when we saw the sign for Fern Forest with an arrow pointing down a side road. We decided to give it a shot, and it has quickly become one of our favorite spots to work and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. The seating is all outdoors and as you may have guessed, there is a forest of ferns with a small waterfall...

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Aug 30 2014

Good Morning Chiang Mai Café

We read about Good Morning Chiang Mai on several travel blogs that we follow. It came highly recommended so we were excited to give it a try. When we walked in we really wanted to like it. The decor is cozy and the treehouse layout has lots of little nooks to settle in, get comfortable and write or just enjoy a cup of coffee. We chose a couch upstairs and sat looking forward to a western breakfast. The indoor walls are almost completely made up of propped open windows and the loft...

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Aug 23 2014

Thai Spicy

“We like spicy foods,” we told our host. He laughed and said “Ok, we’ll talk in a few days.” I assured him we understood that spicy here meant put-a-hole-in-your-mouth spicy, but that we were prepared, and really, we do like dishes with a kick. Somehow we were still unprepared. Last night we ate at a small restaurant around the corner from our temporary apartment where the owner didn’t speak any English. After a series of hand gestures, nods, and lots of smiles, we ended up with two plates of a yellow...

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Jul 10 2014

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream: Charleston

We were lucky to arrive when there wasn’t much of a line, but that isn’t the norm. By the time we sat down to enjoy our ice cream, there were people lined up out the door and around the front of the store. Jeni’s takes pride in their natural ingredients and I can see why. With flavors like poached pear riesling, salted caramel and cherries kickapoo, they know you’ll never be able to choose just one; the smallest size is two flavors. I always have a small amount of guilt when...

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Jun 25 2014

Make Your Own Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta Cheese

If you’re anything like me you could eat cheese and fruit for dinner every night. Goat, cheddar, pepper jack, gouda, doesn’t matter it’s all delicious. One of my favorites is ricotta because it’s so versatile. It’s a great dessert, it’s delicious on pizza and everyone loves it with pasta! You know what’s even better than ricotta? Ricotta you make yourself!

It’s way easier than you think. And everyone will be super impressed with your culinary skills. Follow this easy ricotta cheese recipe for some a delicious snack:

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Mar 21 2014

Poplar Travels Takes On Bacon Infused Bourbon.

I have always had an unhealthy obsession with bacon. From bacon and eggs, to bacon wrapped beef tenderloin with bacon balsamic glaze, I always love cooking and eating bacon. My drink of choice with these bacon meals and otherwise, tends to be a good whiskey neat in a glass.

It is only natural that the next step would be to combine the two…

 

Bacon Bourbon board

 

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