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Hong Kong Travel Guide


Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic places that I have ever visited, a city you can spend your whole life in and still not fully grasp.  The cosmopolitan area most frequently broadcast to the world is just a tiny fraction of the city.  Much like the New Yorker who refuses to leave Manhattan,…

Gastrolusting: Yung Kee’s Roast Goose


It’s hard to imagine how a massive restaurant like Yung Kee, with its two floors of dining rooms packed nightly to the brim, consistently serves such amazing eats. But it’s famous roast goose is practically a tourist attraction here in Hong Kong, with many visitors packing up a bird or two to take home (thus earning itself…

Tian Tan Buddha

tian tan

Lantau Island, the largest island in Hong Kong, is a relatively undeveloped area but what developments exist on it are new, modern and almost comically exaggerated.  Located next to the reclaimed island where Hong Kong airport sits, Lantau is home to Hong Kong Disneyland, Inspiration Lake (the largest artificial lake in the city), and leisure…

Exploring Kowloon: Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden

Nan Lian

If you find yourself doing a little cultural tour of Kowloon, Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden are quick and easy stops within short walking distance of each other.  The two are located off the Diamond Hill MTR stop, much less of a hike from the train station than the less visited Kowloon Walled…

The Mysterious Man of Kowloon Walled City Park


Humidity enveloped my clothing in a blanket of sweat as I trudged from the subway stop, taking great care to follow the path delineated in my Kowloon walking tour map.  Halfway through a week in Hong Kong and its surrounds, I was ready to throw in the towel.  My feet hurt from several days of walking,…

Simple Pleasures


Sometimes all you want is beer and cake.  Not necessarily at the same time. Eugene, Oregon has just want you want. Perhaps just what you need. Ninkasi Brewing Company (map) 272 Van Buren St. Eugene, OR 97402 541.344.2739 Sweet Life Patisserie (map) 755 Monroe Street Eugene, OR 97402 541.683.5676

Portland. Keeping it weird.


Portland is a lot like that cool uncle of yours, the one with the tattoo and the longish hair who used to show up at family functions with stories flushed with innuendos about hot girls and smoking pot, which only sounded mysterious and cool as a seven year old.  Also, he bought you Mario Bros…

Coffee & Doughnuts the Portland Way


Coffee and doughnuts. The Northeast does Dunkin. The South does Krispy Kreme. Canada does Tim Horton’s. And Portland? Well, Portland doesn’t do chains. Unless of course they are locally owned, organically grown, artisanally focused and, of course, quirky to the fullest.

The Call of the Pacific Northwest

pacific northwest

Over the years I’ve made occasional weekend trips to Seattle for this, that or the other, but never had I spent any significant time up there.  So in lieu of planning my typical exotic vacation this spring, I hit the open road: Portland to Vancouver and everywhere in between. I’m no stranger to road trips,…

The Art Institute of Chicago – A Whole New Perspective


I always find it amusing when people (myself included) go to art museums and take pictures of the art.  What exactly is it that we’re hoping to capture?  Proof that we saw the art firsthand? A miniature replica to frame for the mantle? I recently revisited the Art Institute of Chicago in spring.  Prior to…

Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour


Occasionally it can be fun to be a tourist in your own city. A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to take a tour of the borough I call my home with Slice of Brooklyn, a bus tour of downtown and south Brooklyn complete with stops at two great pizzerias: Grimaldi’s and L&B Spumoni Gardens.

A Thousand Words: Falling Up


The Empire State Building on a blustery Sunday night. Am I falling down, or looking up? The metaphor is just too close to home.

Bastardizing the Glamping Name

Al Maha

Everyone in the tourism sector loves a buzzword, and in this century, it has been markedly environmental. Sustainability. Eco-tourism. Green hotels. So when “Glamping” hit the scene circa 2007, the travel industry was beside themselves at this untapped opportunity to exploit so many things that White People love.

Hong Kong Park’s Urban Oasis


Hong Kong Park truly takes urban oasis to a whole new level, its sprawling grounds protected by the fortress of skyscrapers that comprise Hong Kong’s renowned skyline. The park is flanked by two of Central’s most famous buildings, the iconic Bank of China tower and the geometric Lippo Center.

Sai Kung’s Hoi Pong Square


Our group was right in the thick of Hoi Pong Square, a renowned “seafood street” in the fishing village of Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Treasure troves of exotic sea creatures surrounded us from all angles, their colorful and sometimes naughtily-shaped bodies beckoning to our stomachs like sirens of sea.