Kampa Park, Prague

One word—ultra-delicious. Service from the manager wasn’t good and felt a bit pretentious–but our waiter was excellent. It is the number one restaurant in Prague on TripAdvisor. A-list celebrities dine here. So if you are bored of the Charles Bridge view from the restaurant, you still have a high chance of getting a celebrity view….

Madeira bird of paradise

By yours truly. This is my first watercolor painting I painted in 2013 and four years later, added pencil/pen outlines to make it look more distinguishable.  

Café Louvre–Einstein’s hang-out in Prague

I love Cafe Louvre that I came back two days in a row while I was in Prague. It was efficient, quick, clean, generous, delicious and reasonably priced. Perfect for budget-conscious people who want a quick and filling breakfast. I came back daily for this once I discovered this gem. I was seated promptly and each…

Gluten-free experience with chocolate fondant

So I started gluten free diet a couple of weeks ago, to see how I feel. I certainly felt energetic and more alert in my first week of gluten free diet, until the second week, when I got ill and exhausted after tasting chocolate mixture containing raw eggs used for making a gluten-free chocolate fondant….

De Kas, Amsterdam’s Michelin-starred organic restaurant

As De Kas is recommended in National Geographic’s Food Journeys of a Lifetime as a kitchen garden experience that must be savored when in Amsterdam, I decided to try out this restaurant when I was in town. This is actually a greenhouse restaurant that grows organic produce on site.  The fixed price Mediterranean menu changes…

Whitstable Oyster Festival Opening Day 2017

I went to the opening day of the Whitstable Oyster Festival on Saturday, July 22. The festival started off with blessings of the first catch of oysters by the Church of Canterbury, followed by a procession from the beach to a hotel on the seafront. The day ended with an oyster eating challenge that started…

Eating around Rome

Nothing spectacular about the food in Rome. I had better Italian food elsewhere. Tartufo (chocolate truffle ice cream, pictured in main) at Tre Scalini  Overrated and overpriced for a small tasteless ice cream that was not spectacular enough to warrant it’s price and fame. I will never buy it from this cafe again, nor step…

Safety net series: Should the US embrace paid parental leave?

US is the only developed nation in the world that does not offer a guaranteed paid parental leave on a national level. This has some serious implications in health and wellbeing. US has the highest infant mortality rate and percentage of children living in poverty in developed nations. Also overall, US’s educational, health and social…

PHO Kingston

So I had been back in London for about a week when I started to recover from a stomach flu. Craving for something light, I decided to try a new Vietnamese restaurant called PHO in Kingston-Upon-Thames. I had pho tai lan (pictured) and it was decent. I added as much sriracha and chili pepper as I wanted…

Mr. Bao

On Chinese New Year (January 28), I went to Mr. Bao, a Taiwanese eatery in Peckham Rye, London. Compared to Bao in Soho, Mr. Bao has better food, value, service and ambiance (as it is more spacious, relaxing and attractive). The wait staff were very friendly, and even the bill had a personal touch on it. I felt full…

Wally’s Cafe, immortalized in WALL-E

I just came back to London a week ago and I am sorely missing the food at Wally’s Cafe. I definitely will return to this place when I am back in the Bay Area. Situated in Emeryville, a few blocks from Pixar office, like other Pixar employees, I have fallen in love with the food…

Columbia Road Flower Market, East London

♥ Creative and vibrant. I’ll definitely come back to Columbia Road Flower Market and Shops earlier next time before the crowds. Now I am working in London, I finally have free time to write and travel to the flower market more often. This is one of the finer things in life I missed out on while I was previously working  two hours…