Barcelona: Tickets

  He’s a real nowhere man Sitting in his nowhere land Making all his nowhere plans for nobody Doesn’t have a point of view Knows not where he’s going to Isn’t he a bit like you and me? Nowhere Man, please listen You don’t know what you’re missing Nowhere Man, the world is at your command He’s as blind as he can be Just sees … Continue reading Barcelona: Tickets

Taipei: Addictive Aquatic Development

I love the name of this place; so contrived. In fact, everything about Addictive Aquatic Development seems deliberate and ¬†purpose-driven. Its location, for example, is brilliantly chosen. It’s located behind a commercial fruit marketplace and a commercial vegetable market. It is surrounded by butchers and fishmongers and loads of other traditional open-air meat and produce vendors. It is boxed between a highway and the the … Continue reading Taipei: Addictive Aquatic Development

Macau: Old Neptune Restaurant at the Venetian

The last time I visited Macau, it had only ONE major casino- which was controlled by the city’s one and only gaming licensee. The gambling industry was a monopoly back then, and it attracted a fair number of visitors and day-gamblers from Hong Kong. Tourists that visit Hong Kong also saw Macau as a non-gambling day trip worth visiting for its two-and-a-half historic sites and … Continue reading Macau: Old Neptune Restaurant at the Venetian

Something a food slob like me enjoys: Italian Kitchen

The size. The dimensions. The proportions. The perception. I’m not good at estimating distances or heft or volume or bigness or smallness or square footage or anything like that. Driving by Park Royal everyday and watching the workers build, decorate, furnish, and finish the tiny corner section of the first phase of its expansion abutting Marine Drive, and knowing that it was to be the … Continue reading Something a food slob like me enjoys: Italian Kitchen

Hong Kong: Michelin Star My A$$ – Tim Ho Wan

Not that I mind walking over 45 minutes in the endless subway tunnels and thrice asking smug, pseudo-friendly locals where the supposedly uber-well-known dim sum restaurant was…I completely, totally, 101% would not mind searching for the place in a torrential downpour and double-gale-force winds if the food was actually good. So what if the wait was sixty minutes two hours before lunchtime if I could … Continue reading Hong Kong: Michelin Star My A$$ – Tim Ho Wan

New and Noteworthy: Marutama Ra-men

Today I visited the newest member of the west end ramen district: Marutama Ra-men. It is the second new ramen place with the kanji character ‘maru’ in its name to open in the west end the the past few months – with the other being Maruko. Unlike Maruko, Marutama comes to us with more of a ramen lineage. It is a the first North American … Continue reading New and Noteworthy: Marutama Ra-men

Bubble Tea in West Van: Bubble Tree Cafe (cafe bubble tree)

There are a few places that serve bubble tea in West Vancouver – a juice stall in the Park Royal Mall, Chef Hung, and a fish n’ chips shop called Pisces – but I can’t say that I know of any bubble tea cafes in the area before I found out about Bubble Tree Cafe. From the exterior, it looked Bubble Tree Cafe was a … Continue reading Bubble Tea in West Van: Bubble Tree Cafe (cafe bubble tree)

Finally, Real Chinese Food in West Van: Shanghai Village

There is a lack of quality Chinese food in West Van, so I was quite excited when I found out about Shanghai Village as I drove by its front doors on my way home one day. I was even more excited when I found out that it was an established and fairly well-regarded authentic Shanghainese restaurant transplanted from Vancouver proper. As excited as I was … Continue reading Finally, Real Chinese Food in West Van: Shanghai Village