Ultimate Experience 189 – Ultimate City Breaks: Paris, France

A most curious thing happened as M and I were polishing down a sumptuous Oeuf au plat Champignons and Carpaccio de Boeuf at L’Avant Comptoir, a hip little hors d’oeuvres bar located in the heart of Paris. A young woman, presumably American, walked up to the bar and asked the server, “Do you have the menu in English?”; to this he blankly replied, “Quoi?” She repeated the question, this time stressing menu and English. He shrugged and pointed at the ceiling, where the entire menu hangs, in French, on small illustrated placards. M and I exchanged looks, puzzled. Why was the server, who only moments ago was chatting with us in fluent English, pretending not to understand her? I think I may have figured out why. Continue reading “Ultimate Experience 189 – Ultimate City Breaks: Paris, France”

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Baotou: Taking a Train to the Gobi Desert

The Gobi Desert had been on my bucket list since I was a kid. Last year I realized it had been a while since Iโ€™d been to a desert, so when my parents invited me to join them on a trip to China, which would involve stopping at the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia, I jumped at the opportunity.ย  Continue reading “Baotou: Taking a Train to the Gobi Desert”

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Ultimate Experience no. 1000 – Hottest Places in the World: Bangkok, Thailand

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Between my best friend’s wedding and some much-needed beach-bumming we had scheduled for later, we had about three days in this vibrant, sprawling city. Here’s what we did. Continue reading “Ultimate Experience no. 1000 – Hottest Places in the World: Bangkok, Thailand”

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How to eat your way through the Xiโ€™an Muslim Quarter in China

 

China is huge, so regional variations in cuisine are not only to be expected, but also delighted in. While Xian is more popularly known for the Terracotta Warriors, its Muslim Quarter dedicated to street food is a wonder in itself. Thereโ€™s too much here to cover in one post, so Iโ€™ll just include visual snippets from our visit (such as the giant flower shaped candy floss pictured above). At night the Bell Tower and Drum Tower light up, there are people EVERYWHERE, and yet it is still the food that continues to be the star of the show. The greatest challenge for any visitor is deciding on which gastronomic delights to indulge in- there really are too many. ย ย ย  Continue reading “How to eat your way through the Xiโ€™an Muslim Quarter in China”

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Ultimate Experience 628 – Most Lip-Smacking Street Food: Poutine, Canada

This one came with sour cream, onion, and bacon on top.
This one came with sour cream, onion, and bacon on top.

This was easy enough since I’ve lived in Canada for a couple of years now. The fries+gravy+cheese curds combo is greasy and delicious, but it isn’t something I find myself craving too often.ย If you’re visiting the country though, it would be a shame if you didn’t give it a try! Bring napkins.

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New York I Love You

Remember that jewelry store where Audrey Hepburn had breakfast? We strutted in there wearing sunglasses and clutching croissants. Nobody else has ever thought of doing this.

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Exotic Fare at the Buckhorn Exchange

When you get tired of chicken or fish, why not try some rattlesnakes? Or maybe you’d prefer some yak? Mmmm.

Look at the herb butter melting down the side of that yak tenderloin. Glorious.

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