Beijing: Noodling Around

It takes fifty noodles to fill a bowl for one person.  No wonder Chef Zhang’s arms look like they could move mountains — he does this all day.  We watch as he lifts his chunky, handle-less knife high into the air and swipes at an immense thimble-shaped statue of dough.  His graceful hacking shoots long, […]

Amsterdam: Eating Dutch-style, Stroopwafel to Olliebollen

Mention a trip to Amsterdam and people usually ask about the infamous coffee shops and red light district, not the food.  But this Dutch city boasts a range of eats — ideal fuel for a day of museum-hopping and canal-side strolls.  Here are some bites we enjoyed on a recent trip: Apple pie at Winkel. […]

Portland: Maple bars and Muu Yaang

My husband and I were invited to Portland, Oregon  to attend a wedding, but it was called off days before the event. Lured by the promise of fresh Northwest air, tasty beer and plentiful vintage clothing boutiques, we decided to make the trip, anyway. We felt bad for our friends but — truth be told […]

Old San Juan: Drink, Dine Island-Style

Along narrow cobblestone streets, and tucked inside brightly-colored buildings,  Old San Juan’s most interesting restaurants add to this Caribbean capital’s lively flavor. Here are some favorites from a recent visit. Dragonfly, located at the head of Calle Fortaleza in the artsy SoFo district, serves up tapas-style, Latino-Asian fusion cuisine.  The restaurant is part of the […]