I had the best tasting beef (of life) in Toba, Japan

Living in Taipei, I have a lot of friends and co-workers who always rave about Japan. For myself, I never made Japan a goal destination. However, I recently had the chance to visit Toba in Japan – and a surrounding island called Toshijima. (Toba is approximately 3 hours away from Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and Toshijima…

[LINK] Hello Kitty Shabu Shabu in Taipei

Hi Googlers, Sorry I’ve been a bad website updater. I’ve been writing, have you been reading? Here’s something fun I wrote: Hello Kitty Hot Pot Restaurant Gives Visitors Warm Welcome in Taiwan I will try updating more frequently.

American Thanksgiving 2012

After I took this photo, I zonked out in a “short nap” on the bed. For this Friendsgiving, we had hot pot. The BFF and I took the train into Chinatown where we overstuffed my old lady trolly with hot pot ingredients. (But so thankful we didn’t have to carry it all by hand.) Not…

American Thanksgiving 2011

This was my first American Thanksgiving. (My jschool friends and I, all non-New Yorkers, decided to go see the infamous Macy’s Day Parade. We braved the crowds and stationed ourselves at 59th Street, right in front of the Columbus Circle Whole Foods.) At night, my BFF and I booked a turkey dinner at one of…

Riverside Park

Living a block away from Riverside Park meant running there whenever I wanted. A great trail, flat ground and designated running path looking onto the Hudson. This was taken when I was catching up on my New Yorker issue on a hill in the park, facing the Hudson. I also ran my first 5K race…

College Walk

Near the holiday season, this is what the Amsterdam gates at Columbia look like. I’m always mesmerized by appropriate lighting. #TBT #NYC

Posto

Posto Thin Crust Pizza 310 Second Avenue NY, NY 10003 http://www.postothincrust.com I’m not a pizza lover even though I know loving pizza is as trendy as loving Lebron James or Kanye. And especially New York pizza, which to me is far too sloppy, cheesy, gooey — everything someone wants in a slice of za. But…

Ruby’s

Ruby’s 219 Mulberry St New York, NY 10012 http://www.rubyscafe.com There was this one time in the office, when I was interning in SoHo, that Shannon and I planned on going for lunch. We were office brats, eager to go out for a walk and get some fresh air. (The day before she dragged me onto the blocked…

BCD Tofu House

BCD Tofu House 5 W 32nd St, New York, 10001 http://www.bcdtofu.com BCD Tofu House has a cult following, and not just with drunkards stumbling into ktown after a night out. (Hello, open 24 hours!)

Nom Wah Tea Parlour

Nom Wah Tea Parlour 3 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013 http://www.nomwah.com Nom Wah is hidden in the nooks and crannies of New York’s Chinatown. Even after walking through these allies in daylight several times, I still get lost and rely on extra time to get me there. They boast to be Chinatown’s first dim…

Congee Village (Allen Street)

Congee Village  100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002 http://www.congeevillagerestaurants.com There’s nothing more comforting than congee, scalding in temperature, for when you’re feeling sick. Cantonese congee is boiled for such a long period of time that each millet of rice has melted into a porridge state. The balance of the rice’s earthiness and salt is…