Otto’s Cantonese Restaurant

This is my favorite restaurant in Beijing. Seriously, this is where I went my last night before going home and the first place I visited on a two day layover. It’s the only place in the world I’ve had ginger yogurt and ginger yogurt is delicious. If you love ginger or yogurt it’s worth a… Continue reading Otto’s Cantonese Restaurant

Cambodia: More than Angkor Wat

Recently I’ve heard fellow travelers state they didn’t enjoy Cambodia and left the country earlier than expected. Whenever I hear this I always ask “Where did you go?” The answer is always the same: Siem Reap, Phnom Phen, and Sihanoukville.  Now don’t get me wrong these cities are great but they’re tourist towns. There’s a… Continue reading Cambodia: More than Angkor Wat

Jungle Trekking in Khao Sok

The tour group hopped on a long tail boat headed to a jungle island in Khao Sok National Park. We arrived at the densely bamboo lined shore 20 minutes later and stepped onto a rain soaked jungle floor. My first jungle trek was about to commence. Our Smiley Bungalows guide, a clean cut Thai man… Continue reading Jungle Trekking in Khao Sok

#1 – The Great Smoky Mountains

   Growing up my family took summer road trips when we could. We drove from Illinois to South Carolina to visit family in a conversion van. I had two favorite road trip activities. The first sitting with my face pressed against the glass trying to capture a photo on my neon pink Le Clic 110.… Continue reading #1 – The Great Smoky Mountains

Traditional Chinese DumplingsĀ 

Stella and I carried bags of groceries through the narrow alleys of Hefei, a capital city in the centrally located province of Anhui. I felt excited to spend a few days with a Chinese family during the Chinese New Year and Stella had agreed to teach me how to make Chinese dumplings. Snow fell as… Continue reading Traditional Chinese DumplingsĀ