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…

Bao in London – is it worth the long queue?

Absolutely not, especially if I come back from a year of hiatus from food writing to write about how crappy most of their food is. After reading rave reviews of this place which was listed as one of the best restaurants in London last year, I thought the wait would be worth it tonight, especially because I didn’t want to…

A bit of a hiatus to focus more on career and family

So I am back. I have been away from blogging on this site for two years and a half since moving to London. So what happened? Life got very busy during this period. I completed my Master’s, got married, started a new job, and traveled around the world mostly visiting families. I am getting over the…

Anniversary and 30th birthday

I met Tim during my travel in Spain. Today is our first year anniversary and my 30th birthday. I do not remember what I put down on my “30 things to do before turning 30” list. But so far, life is good. To celebrate, we have decided to go to a French restaurant. It is…

Moving to London

It’s been a year since I posted anything in this travelogue that I started soon after my first trip to Europe in 2009. A lot of things have happened since my last entry about my trip in Europe. My last trip there left me a bitter taste. I got injured and subsequently lost my job afterwards….

Cheap eat in center of Paris

I went to Brasserie de ile st louis (next to Notre Dame) in 2011–this place serves American-sized Alsatian dish with great views for a good deal. I found their drinks and food excellent.