City Guides, Food, Landmarks, Life in Asia, Photos & Video, Planning, Vietnam

City Guide: Hanoi, Vietnam

The capital city of Vietnam does not disappoint. Full of color, culture, cuisine and character, Hanoi has it's own vibe. The Old Quarter dominates the tourist attractions, but it's more than a tourist trap. The architecture and street life is unlike anything I've seen in Asia. Hanoi is a blend of colonial and modern, similar… Continue reading City Guide: Hanoi, Vietnam

Food, Life in Asia, Vietnam

Street Food Hanoi Edition

Why is it that food and community make the best memories? We joined a walking group street tour in Hanoi with Hanoi Street Food Tours with fantastic group of fellow travelers and together we were able to experience the authentic street food of Hanoi. I was already a big fan of street food tours after… Continue reading Street Food Hanoi Edition

Food, Photos & Video, Vietnam

Cha Ca Lang: Restaurant Review

One dish we were told we had to try in Hanoi was chả cá lăng, a Vietnamese fish with turmeric & dill specifically made famous in Hanoi. We found ourselves trying this famous dish at a brand new restaurant located in the E Central Hotel called appropriately Cha Ca Lang in the Old Quarter. The… Continue reading Cha Ca Lang: Restaurant Review

Food, Vietnam

HOME Vietnamese Restaurant: Restaurant Review

Home Restaurant in Hanoi is a great spot to grab meal in the city, especially if you are looking for a romantic or upscale night out. Located inside of an authentic French colonial home near the West Lake Hồ Tây, the restaurant feels like you are walking into someone’s house. It’s cozy & inviting, it’s… Continue reading HOME Vietnamese Restaurant: Restaurant Review

Food, Vietnam

Ngon Villa: Restaurant Review

Just outside of the Old Quarter, past the bustling streets crammed with tiny hotels and pubs, past the looming cathedral, you might just stumble past a restaurant in bright yellow French colonial style villa begging you to step inside. And you won’t be disappointed. Ngon Villa is a treat for the eyes and the tastebuds.… Continue reading Ngon Villa: Restaurant Review

City Guides, Food, Landmarks, Life in Asia, Photos & Video, Vietnam

City Guide: Saigon, Vietnam

Saigon, or it's current name, Ho Chi Minh City, is a city worth visiting in Vietnam. This sprawling city is much larger than I anticipated, with over 10 million residents. This explains some of the ridiculous traffic we encountered! This ancient city is historically known as Saigon, but after the reunification of the city in… Continue reading City Guide: Saigon, Vietnam

Food, Life in Asia, Vietnam

Saigon’s Street Food Scene

Within hours of getting off the plane in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, [or as it’s also called, Saigon], we hopped onto the backs of scooters for a street food tour of the city with Saigon on Bikes. Even the light rain couldn’t hold back our excitement for the tour. After living in Asia for… Continue reading Saigon’s Street Food Scene

Food, Funny & Weird, Indonesia, Life in Asia

All About the Oleh-Oleh

Several years ago, I took a test to determine my “love language”. It’s not as weird as it sounds. It’s the idea that we all have specific, and sometimes different ways, we best give and receive love. My personal love language is receiving gifts. Now, I know that makes me sound like a materialistic, gold-digging… Continue reading All About the Oleh-Oleh

Food, Indonesia, Landmarks, Life in Asia, Photos & Video

Eating Our Way Around Yogyakarta 

I could write a love story about coffee & food. A young iced latte meets a strong dark roast and it’s love at first sight, they live happily ever after at a trendy cafe that is regularly Instagrammed by hipsters. I love the search of a great restaurant or cafe, and the satisfying meal to… Continue reading Eating Our Way Around Yogyakarta