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Eating the Century Egg
I always have to remind myself that if I explain cheese, that amazing delicious substance I love and cherish from my home state of Wisconsin, it probably sounds rather disgusting…
Cleaning Your Camera’s Sensor in Bangkok
At first I could ignore them. A couple of vague spots might show up in the clouds on a wide shot or were hidden inside darker images. I could always…
The Best Airport Restroom Ever – Tokyo Haneda
If there is one thing I hate – and believe me, there is way more than one – it’s the airport restroom. Especially when traveling alone and you have no…
Eating Japan: Roll ‘em, Roll ‘em, Roll ‘em, Raw… Horse
Eating 馬刺し (Basashi) It seems every time I go to Japan, I try something else a little off the beaten culinary path. There was that raw chicken meal last fall…
Taketomi Island and the Mystery of Water Buffalo Bowel Evacuation
I’m staring at the large rump of a water buffalo and questioning why I’d wanted the front seat in the big cart. I’m on the little island of Taketomi, just…
Hasan is my fixer, my concierge, my tour guide. He is the protector. When I am in Istanbul – or wherever else in Turkey he and I might be at…
Among the list of best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City over at TripAdvisor is a street food cart. But there aren’t too many restaurants on that list offering food…
The common form of dress in Myanmar is the longyi, a form of long fabric wrapped around the lower body like a skirt, for both men and women. But make…
I say it every year: I love winter. I really do. I am a four seasons person and winter is an important part of annual closure and finding time to…
I love to eat street food and do so without much fear. Trips to China have made me a bit more cautious as food scandals in the newspapers there seem…
It’s been another busy year, especially travel-wise as I flew twice one-way all the way around the world on the usual extended work trips. 14 countries this year, adding three…
Posted on December 31, 2013 | 4 CommentsThe first thing to do when I head to Chiang Mai is run for a restaurant for khao soi. This is one of my favorite Thai curries/soups. Our last trip...
Posted on December 30, 2013 | 2 CommentsMost travelers to far away foreign lands can tell you stories of songs they never expected to see or hear, in places where few might possibly know what the words...
Posted on December 29, 2013 | 1 CommentLooks and anticipation can be deceiving. The raw chicken I ate in Japan actually wasn’t half bad. But this was much harder to stomach just by the thought of it...
Posted on December 3, 2013 | 2 CommentsMichigan’s Best Beer Guide is finally available and my book tour of brewpubs is about to begin. The book, a roadtrip guide to the breweries of Michigan, is a hefty...
Posted on November 24, 2013 | No CommentsJust outside and to the east of Osaka Station, high above the high-rises, stands this bright red Ferris wheel on top of a shopping mall. At its highest point, you...
Posted on November 23, 2013 | No Comments(October 2013) My 10-day Japan trip – the third trip this year – ended in Osaka. Missed an earthquake by a couple hundred miles, and a couple of typhoons by...
Posted on November 2, 2013 | 2 CommentsA couple months ago when I was booking my hotels for Osaka, I initially couldn’t find anything at all that was available. What on earth is going on? I wondered....
Posted on November 1, 2013 | 3 CommentsSo I check in to the Hotel Granvia in Osaka, right inside Osaka Station, for my last night in Japan. I know to expect small rooms in these places, but...
Posted on October 29, 2013 | 13 CommentsAnother night of throwing myself into the dining scene of Okayama. I found a place packed to the gills – there are indeed actual gills in the aquariums up front...
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