Posted in July 2012

Top Travel Tip: Sunflower Restaurant, San Francisco

Top Travel Tip: Sunflower Restaurant, San Francisco

Today’s tip: Sunflower Restaurant Sunflower is a tiny hole-in-the-wall Vietmaese restaurant in San Francisco.  They actually have two locations, one in the Mission and one in Potreto Hill. You could easily pass this place by, writing off the shabby storefronts as any other run-of-the-mill place. There isn’t much ambiance- when I brought my mom here, … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: The Fryer’s Delight, London

Top Travel Tip: The Fryer’s Delight, London

Today’s tip: The Fryer’s Delight Fish and chips is the ultimate classic British fare. And chippys are everywhere in London. They all claim to be authentic, but some are of course better than others, and I think Fryer’s Delight in Central London near Holborn Tube station, is one of the best. The small shop is … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Vintage Heaven, London

Top Travel Tip: Vintage Heaven, London

Today’s tip: Vintage Heaven I love vintage things.  The clothes, the furniture, the shapes and colors and prints of the past inspire me.  So I was delighted to find Vintage Heaven on Columbia Road in east London. Right past the famed flower market, the little shop is full of vintage dishes, kitchenware, and decor in … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Haus, London

Top Travel Tip: Haus, London

Today’s Tip: Haus Everyone likes to pick up momentos from their travels (well most people do, especially me).  Haus, a tiny design shop right on the edge of Victoria Park in east London, has some beautiful things to remind you of your time in the city. While the shop is small, it is packed full … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: The Pavilion, London

Top Travel Tip: The Pavilion, London

Today’s tip: The Pavilion London is full of fabulous parks. But Victoria Park in East London might be my favorite. Overshadowed by the more famous Hyde Park and others,VIctoria Park feels almost private a lot of the time. With vast, perfectly manicured green lawns, grand, towering trees of every texture, size and shape, walking and … Continue reading

Zipping up the suitcase again

Zipping up the suitcase again

No matter how long a visit, I have with the Englishman, I never seem to realize it will come to and end, until its time to say goodbye. This time we had a full month in each other’s company. Something of a record for the past few years. We certainly crammed a lot into the … Continue reading

What to read: Grounded

What to read: Grounded

Today’s Tip: Grounded I read this book a few years ago and found it utterly inspiring. Seth Stevenson and his wife embarked on an epic journey – with a twist. Not only did they decide to cash in their 9-5 lives in exchange for an adventure that would take them around the world, but they … Continue reading

The view from the window seat

The view from the window seat

I always like to get a window seat if I can.  Not only so I can lean my head against the vibrating wall on long haul flights, but also for the view. A few years ago, I was flying somewhere from San Francisco, I forget where, and I happened to look out the window just … Continue reading

The best kanafeh in the world?

The best kanafeh in the world?

Nablus in the West Bank in Palestine is known for a sweet called Kanafeh.  I’d never tried it, and wanted to see more of the region, so the Englishman and I hopped in the car and made the 45 minute journey north to sample what is thought of as the best Kanafeh there is. In … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: The Jane Hotel – New York

Top Travel Tip: The Jane Hotel – New York

Today’s Tip: The Jane Hotel Where to stay in New York?  The age old question.  Hotels in Manhattan are outrageously expensive.  Even crappy ones.  Its easy to pay $500 and up for a cramped, noisy, run-of-the-mill room. Enter The Jane.  Situated down quiet Jane street in the West Village, adjacent to the Meatpacking district, the … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: U Castellu – Algajola, Corsica

Top Travel Tip: U Castellu – Algajola, Corsica

Today’s tip: U Castellu Guest-rooms Algajola, Corsica is a tiny coastal town with a permanent population of around 300 people.  It embodies perfectly the combination of wild, rugged, natural, beauty and European culture that defines the French island of Corsica. Being such a tiny place, you won’t find many big hotels here, but there are … Continue reading

To coffee, with love

To coffee, with love

Coffee is an integral part of travel. It is for me anyway. From the first piping hot cup in the morning, to the afternoon pick me up, or the punctuation after a particularly wine infused lunch or dinner, coffee is a daily ritual I love to partake in.