Food

  • Feb 18, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_2078" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dai pai dong. Photo by Diana O'Gilvie[/caption] Dining out in Hong Kong is second nature to locals. Meals are cheaply priced and richly flavored with a wide variety to suit any palate. Many restaurants stick to one dish that they do well, like barbequed goose or snake soup. You will often find

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  •   [caption id="attachment_1760" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Rice terraces in Tegalalang, Bali[/caption] Happy New Year!  Thanks for rocking with me even though my blog posts have been so few this year.  I was hesitant about writing about 2013 highlights because it felt a bit pretentious and touting to do that.  I mean who really wants to see m

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  •   I needed to try something different.  I was going through some personal issues and needed to cut through the clutter and get away to the mountains.  A co-worker referred me to the Bali Silent Retreat in Batukaru, an hour and a half from Ubud.  The premise of the silent retreat is no talking, no phones, no gadgets, no computers and non-violence. 

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  • Sometimes I get a craving for thin crust pepperoni pizza, red velvet cake and a bagel and cream cheese.  I am happy to say that I have found two places in Kemang, south Jakarta to soothe my bagel and red velvet cake cravings.  However the thin crust pizza has been elusive. Kemang is a far way for me to drive to from north Jakarta, but today I made the hour

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  • Kota Tua is the Old City in Jakarta.  The area is bustling with museum visitors, street musicians, dance performances and my favorite, street food.  It is here I tried kerak telor. The best way I can describe it is it's like an omelette with a rice base. I opted for the duck egg instead of chicken because I had never tried duck eggs before.  The young man

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  • Apr 8, 2012

    "FRESH GRAPES 50 P!" "SWEET ORANGES!"Shouted dueling fruit sellers. London's Dalston Market is an assault on the senses. Colorful flags from the Caribbean and Africa  billow in the unseasonably warm English breeze providing a bright spot underneath the grey sky. Aromas of incense mingling with food splay my nostrils. I entered Dalston's Market and discove

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  • Oct 4, 2011

    I was determined to find the Camionette, the only food truck in Helsinki.  I diligently waited until I could get some free time from the pre-arranged itinerary of the press trip to go explore.  Finally, at 4pm we had a few hours of free time and I decided to walk to the food truck.  I checked the address I had written down on an envelope and looked forlor

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  • Sep 26, 2011

    The food truck craze has hit Orlando.  Every weekend, gourmet food trucks gather and set up shop in different neighborhoods and residents are delighted.  This past weekend, the trucks parked in Avalon Park and I went on my virgin voyage to try out affordable gourmet dishes.  The air was cool and moist and the clouds were steel gray and hung low over the p

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  • Sep 21, 2011

    I just wanted to share my interview with Xavier Murphy from Jamaicans.com, the leading website for all things Jamaican.  My film, "The Jamaican Jerk Tour" is a labor of love and I am happy for the publicity.   http://www.jamaicans.com/articles/primeinterviews/JamaicanJerkinterview.shtml   [vimeo http://vimeo.com/25777660]

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  • Aug 29, 2011

    Locals call it “Goodies” and say it as if there were an exclamation mark at the end. Goodies! I had a Houston layover and went to Goodies for lunch.  The restaurant is a short walk from the crew hotel on Bartlett and Kirby.  It was 11:30am and the parking lot was full.  The first thing I noticed was the sea of men wearing blue shirts sitting outside o

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