Singapore Hyatt Straits Kitchen buffet

Singapore’s Straits Kitchen: An Untraditional Buffet

Until now, I’ve never appreciated a restaurant for the food it didn’t serve. Straits Kitchen is a buffet in Singapore’s Grand Hyatt hotel. Because it is both a buffet and located in a large international chain hotel, you might expect uppity foodies to turn their noses up at it. Many travelers, including me, usually prefer dining at more “local”… Read more »

Lombardi's pizza NYC

Lombardi’s Pizza, NYC

Lombardi’s Pizza–in the trendy Manhattan neighborhood of Nolita–has the distinction of being America’s first pizzeria. I was oblivious to this as I finally settled into my table after a long outside wait during a chilly New York fall day. Looking back, I feel bad about that. I’m normally a nerd about food history and places of culinary significance…. Read more »

Florence, view, skyline

Piazzale Michelangelo: An Unmatched View of Florence

My driver dodged a pair of bicyclists as we made our way up a hill on a winding road, flanked by bare trees and fallen leaves. As we crested the top of the hill, the trees pulled away like a stage curtain and revealed the city below. It had been five years since my last trip… Read more »

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Bucatini Amatriciana in Rome

Bucatini all’Amatriciana wasn’t born in Rome, but it’s become a fixture on local menus through sheer popularity. After one bite, it’s not hard to see why. Like many great dishes, Amatriciana has humble origins as a staple for shepherds around the village of Amatrice, about two hours north of Rome. It consists of a tomato-based sauce… Read more »

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Climbing the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

Simon Peter—or St. Peter, as he is now commonly known—brutally died hanging upside down with nails driven through his flesh and bones. One of Jesus Christ’s original twelve disciples, Peter was crucified in such a way because he deemed himself unworthy of dying in the same manner as his teacher. He was buried just a few hundred feet from the spot where he… Read more »

Sydney tower buffet desserts

Sydney Tower Buffet: A Review

A month ago, I landed in Sydney with my family to board a 14-day cruise to New Zealand. Within hours of arriving in the city, we decided to have lunch at the buffet atop Sydney Tower—the tallest structure in Sydney. I was hesitant about going. The price and location practically screamed “TOURIST TRAP!”, and that… Read more »

La guerrerense clams

*Updated* La Guerrerense: Fresh Tostadas in Ensenada

I’d read enough stories about the savage cartel violence tearing through Mexico to tell myself that I’d never go back. I travel to explore and relax…not to end up on a Liveleak video getting my head slowly sliced off with a kitchen knife. But, as fate would have it, I ended up in Baja a… Read more »

Taormina, Sicily

Taormina

Taormina is a charming little Sicilian town. It sits high above the Mediterranean Sea, and provides a gorgeous view of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. It is also my last stop for this cruise.

Savoca, Sicily

Savoca, Sicily

After sailing from Malta, my ship still had one more stop to make before returning to Rome: Sicily. We sailed into the port of Messina pretty early in the morning, and the sunlight helped produce some nice photos.

LAX Tom Bradley new terminal

Tom Bradley International….Reborn

The terminals at LAX (that’s Los Angeles International Airport, in case you don’t know) have always been a bit…bland. The decor is dated and lacks personality. Amenities, aside from a newsstand here and an overpriced sandwich shop there, are practically non-existent. Compared to the sleek, aesthetic, modern international airports located in cities like Tokyo, Hong… Read more »

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  • Singapore Hyatt Straits Kitchen buffet

    Singapore’s Straits Kitchen: An Untraditional Buffet

    Until now, I’ve never appreciated a restaurant for the food it didn’t serve. Straits Kitchen is a buffet in Singapore’s Grand Hyatt hotel. Because it is both a buffet and located in a large international chain hotel, you might expect uppity foodies to turn their noses up at it. Many travelers, including me, usually prefer dining at more “local”… Read more »

  • Lombardi's pizza NYC

    Lombardi’s Pizza, NYC

    Lombardi’s Pizza–in the trendy Manhattan neighborhood of Nolita–has the distinction of being America’s first pizzeria. I was oblivious to this as I finally settled into my table after a long outside wait during a chilly New York fall day. Looking back, I feel bad about that. I’m normally a nerd about food history and places of culinary significance…. Read more »

  • Florence, view, skyline

    Piazzale Michelangelo: An Unmatched View of Florence

    My driver dodged a pair of bicyclists as we made our way up a hill on a winding road, flanked by bare trees and fallen leaves. As we crested the top of the hill, the trees pulled away like a stage curtain and revealed the city below. It had been five years since my last trip… Read more »

  • DSC_8650a

    Bucatini Amatriciana in Rome

    Bucatini all’Amatriciana wasn’t born in Rome, but it’s become a fixture on local menus through sheer popularity. After one bite, it’s not hard to see why. Like many great dishes, Amatriciana has humble origins as a staple for shepherds around the village of Amatrice, about two hours north of Rome. It consists of a tomato-based sauce… Read more »

  • DSC_1435

    Climbing the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

    Simon Peter—or St. Peter, as he is now commonly known—brutally died hanging upside down with nails driven through his flesh and bones. One of Jesus Christ’s original twelve disciples, Peter was crucified in such a way because he deemed himself unworthy of dying in the same manner as his teacher. He was buried just a few hundred feet from the spot where he… Read more »

  • Sydney tower buffet desserts

    Sydney Tower Buffet: A Review

    A month ago, I landed in Sydney with my family to board a 14-day cruise to New Zealand. Within hours of arriving in the city, we decided to have lunch at the buffet atop Sydney Tower—the tallest structure in Sydney. I was hesitant about going. The price and location practically screamed “TOURIST TRAP!”, and that… Read more »

  • La guerrerense clams

    *Updated* La Guerrerense: Fresh Tostadas in Ensenada

    I’d read enough stories about the savage cartel violence tearing through Mexico to tell myself that I’d never go back. I travel to explore and relax…not to end up on a Liveleak video getting my head slowly sliced off with a kitchen knife. But, as fate would have it, I ended up in Baja a… Read more »

  • Taormina, Sicily

    Taormina

    Taormina is a charming little Sicilian town. It sits high above the Mediterranean Sea, and provides a gorgeous view of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. It is also my last stop for this cruise.

  • Savoca, Sicily

    Savoca, Sicily

    After sailing from Malta, my ship still had one more stop to make before returning to Rome: Sicily. We sailed into the port of Messina pretty early in the morning, and the sunlight helped produce some nice photos.

  • LAX Tom Bradley new terminal

    Tom Bradley International….Reborn

    The terminals at LAX (that’s Los Angeles International Airport, in case you don’t know) have always been a bit…bland. The decor is dated and lacks personality. Amenities, aside from a newsstand here and an overpriced sandwich shop there, are practically non-existent. Compared to the sleek, aesthetic, modern international airports located in cities like Tokyo, Hong… Read more »