Luxe for Less

As one with first-class travel tastes on an economy budget, I’m always on the lookout for the next great deal. But not just any bargain will do: I like to know what I’m getting, so a discounter like Priceline, with its vague promises of a four-star hotel without revealing the property’s name or exact location, […]

Festive Moments

Although the production’s name escapes me, the sound of a Chinese opera I attended more than a dozen years ago as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival still resonates. For me, this fervent, yet discordant operatic style was a taste I had yet to acquire. Despite the musical dissonance,  I did feel some kind […]

Seville: Schooled on Tapas

The phrase, “eating tour,” neatly summed up a recent trip to Spain.  My partner and I made it our mission to work our way through a succession of fabulous tapas spots in Madrid, Cordoba and Seville. This sampling of staples like patatas bravas (fried potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce), tortilla de patata (potato omelet) […]