My Favorite Signs in Southeast Asia

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I guess you really can’t trust anyone else to roll your sushi these days.

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Thai and You Will Succeed: The Battle to Perfect Pad Thai

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How to Cook Thai Food in Thailand: Cooking School Chiang Mai

To toot my own horn a bit, I can cook. I cook well. But the one dish that I love to eat, but always botch up in the kitchen is Pad Thai. Over the years, I’ve found at least fifty different recipes listing fifty different sets of ingredients. They’ve all been wrong. So when I came to Chiang Mai, Thailand, I knew that a cooking class was mandatory. Not only would I finally learn how to make Pad Thai, but I’d get my wife to increase her recipes by five. (Before our Thai cooking class, she knew zero recipes.)

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Riding Elephants and Visiting Hill Tribes in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Elephant Riding Chiang Mai Thailand

Our tour guide released us from the back of the songthaew, those flatbed trucks converted into passenger vehicles. We had reached the first site on the tour, just outside the Thai city of Chiang Mai. Gone were the exhaust fumes of city traffic, replaced by a bucolic countryside overrun with buses, vans, and a flood of camera-snappers.

“This is the orchid farm and butterfly exhibit,” the guide said. “But there’s no butterfly that much. You can just drink some coffee at the cafe. We be about twenty minutes.” Read more

The Best Dim Sum in Hong Kong

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Best Dim Sum in Hong Kong

It was Sunday morning in Hong Kong and Ka Ho, a dim sum restaurant on Lok Ku Road, was packed, mostly with elderly locals who sipped bitter black tea and read their newspapers. There were a few hundred people inside, but my wife and I were the only two Westerners. Old Chinese women in red coats and red handkerchiefs wrapped around their heads pushed carts loaded with towers of steaming bamboo baskets or rattled past with stacked ceramic plates. Hidden inside the covered baskets were mysterious dumplings; the plates were loaded with noodles, greens, and croquettes.


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Hong Kong’s Top 5 (and Least Expensive) Views

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Best Views in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a city of great views, but these panoramas often double as tourist traps. To experience Hong Kong’s best views, without feeling like you’ve been scammed, here’s a list of lookouts my wife and I visited during our city adventures: Read more