Tag Archive: USA

Long Layovers: Miami, Florida

10 hours in Miami. That’s all we have. Or is it enough? The moment we land, it feels like a leisurely episode of The Amazing Race. A quick jaunt through the Fort Lauderdale… Continue reading

Foodcation: Portland, Oregon

They say if you live in Portland, you need three things: a bike, a dog, or a tattoo; if you have all three, you’re the epitome of cool. I think there’s an unspoken quality… Continue reading

Winery Wandering: V. Sattui

  Ah, V. Sattui, a friendly welcome to Napa on a crisp Saturday morning. There’s an interesting contrast between this time of year and the summer, when the grounds are crowded with winery-goers befriending… Continue reading

PACE Art + Technology

San Francisco affords its artists the kind of creative liberties they might be less willing to risk experimenting with in a more saturated, more-closely scrutinized (and critiqued) art scene. Silicon Valley, with its… Continue reading

Casa Córdoba

A water fountain, with its subtle, merry gurgle, welcomes you into an intimate courtyard. Brilliant tables and the cheerful shades of hand-painted flourishes brighten the outdoor alcove on even the cloudiest of days. Quaint,… Continue reading

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Try the pork chop. Juicy. Or, ooh, the trout. Tasty. And look, you can top all dishes with an egg – double yay! What am I talking about? A restaurant. In Calistoga. Called Farmstead. That… Continue reading

Winery Wandering: Castello di Amorosa

    Italian Cyprus and olive trees line the winding driveway to a 13th century castello and every curve you pass on the gentle climb up affords a wider panorama of green expanse. A pale,… Continue reading

Winery Wandering: Sterling Vineyards

  Beyond Napa, the cool air of wine country breezes through Calistoga, sitting pretty in the northern hills of California’s Napa Valley. Here, we find the likes of renowned Schramsberg, lesser-known Castello di… Continue reading

NASA: Kennedy Space Center

“Space: the final frontier.” Ok, so this isn’t an episode of Star Trek, but it is still about dreams of lunar landscapes and Martian colonies, of boldly going where no man has gone… Continue reading

Washington, DC

Washington, DC. The Nation’s Capital. The Federal City. The American Rome (Don’t ask; I didn’t make up the nickname). Where, during your short workout, your hotel might have suddenly been overrun with Secret Service… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Bling at the Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum/research foundation in the world, welcomes 30 million museum-goers each year. Given the staggering numbers, it’s amazing its museums remain largely free. Not only are they conveniently gratis,… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Wonder at The Renwick

  This reminds me of a Taylor Swift song. “Are we out of the woods yet?” Or perhaps we’re heading Into the Woods of a whimsical movie set.   Inside a fashionable, yet… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Library of Congress

Are we in the United States, or in Europe? The façade of this building makes me do a double take for a second. Just a split-second.     In this split-second, the façade… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Capitol Building & Botanic Gardens

Is that the Capitol Building? Oh let’s do pay a visit. We are, after all, in the nation’s capital; it’s only appropriate we see where legislation is passed, and where transformative history has… Continue reading

The Pasadena Rose Parade

Coconut swans swim gracefully in a pond of purple orchids. Oranges and orange peels comprise the hide of a resplendent dragon. Multi-colored potatoes pave the way in an English countryside estate.    … Continue reading

The Broad: Contemporary Art in Los Angeles

The entrance of The Broad, leading up to the central exhibit area on the third floor, doesn’t take you through conventional passageways. Then again, The Broad isn’t a conventional building. It houses collections… Continue reading

Los Angeles, California

You arrive in Los Angeles and it’s getting dark. What to do? Well, since it’s the holidays (or the end of the merrymaking season), you can start by checking out holiday lights at… Continue reading

Chicago, Illinois

It often feels like I’m looking upwards in Chicago. This is no wonder considering we’re in the city where the world’s first skyscraper was built. But when I say I’m looking up, I’m… Continue reading

Willis Tower

Ever seen Chicago from 1,353 feet above ground? To see the city from different perspectives, you can walk the Pedway underground, surface in the Chicago Cultural Center for interiors, pop over to Millennium… Continue reading

Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center, also known as “The People’s Palace,” is one of the city’s most popular attractions. This building boasts an ornate interior of mosaic and Favrile – a type of glass… Continue reading

The Art in “Art & Wine (Festival)”

Who doesn’t love a good Art & Wine festival? It’s like a street fair full of arts and crafts sessions turned money-making hobbies. And you get to stroll down the street drinking wine… Continue reading

Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton

The winding road up Mount Hamilton is not for those with acrophobia, aeroacrophobia, or any fear related to high, narrow roads with no guardrails. The ride is full of twists and turns; the… Continue reading

Big Views in Big Sur

Did you know that California is 1.41 times the size of Italy? It’s also 1.41 times the size of the Philippines. Yet I’ve published many more posts for those countries than I have… Continue reading

Porsche Rennsport Reunion V

Most people think of the Monterey Peninsula and associate it with beach and ocean. Maybe they think of Pebble Beach and golf. Maybe they think of Carmel Valley and wine tasting. Maybe they… Continue reading

More! Stuff of (Car) Dreams

If you didn’t get enough from last week (obviously, I didn’t), here we are, back for more! This time, the mix is slightly heavier on collector cars. Much like dry-aged steak, you want… Continue reading

The Stuff of (Car) Dreams

Look, there’s an Audi R8. I’ve long fancied one. Oh, a BMW i8. Now there’s something I could see myself driving. A Maclaren. A royal purple Jaguar. A Maserati here and there. A… Continue reading

Wine & Cars

  Follow the wine barrel fountain outside, to the wine barrel telescopes inside, to the wine tasting experience that makes you ask yourself if you’re here for the wine or the cars. In… Continue reading

Into a WWII Bomber Plane

Mountain View is probably better known for being the home of Google Headquarters, a.k.a. The Googleplex. The city also has, however, a former naval station called Moffett Field, which now belongs to the… Continue reading

Saratoga Wine Stroll

1 cute downtown, 24 local shops, 60 wines. At least I think it was around 60. Can you blame me for not having an accurate count, considering I attempted to complete the 24-stop… Continue reading

Corkscrew Cafe, Carmel Valley

In Carmel Valley, there’s a little gem that’s off the beaten path called Corkscrew Cafe. It was (for me…and everyone I’ve brought here), love at first taste. The restaurant is quaint and idyllic… Continue reading

Made in Chocolate Heaven

Reporting to you live from Fort Mason in San Francisco…! Ok, so I’m not actually typing this live; it would have been awfully silly of me to try blogging whilst surrounded by chocolate… Continue reading

San Francisco, California: The Palace of Fine Arts

Can you guess what day it is? Show-and-Tell Monday! Can you also guess what Crissy Field in San Francisco used to be? I’d never have thunk it either: Crissy Field was formerly a… Continue reading

An Afternoon at Hakone

Tucked away in the Saratoga hills, away from the bustle of Silicon Valley, you’ll find a Japanese garden where turtles bask lazily in the sun and colorful Koi fish race under a quaint… Continue reading

After it Rains, There are Rainbows

  On an overcast day at Moss Landing, the seagulls fly low and fast over the water, flocking together in the wind. It’s been raining intermittently, and as much of a pathetic fallacy… Continue reading

Midwest Zest: Cincinnati

Cincinnati is one of those places that, in my opinion, gets an undeservedly bad rap. “There’s nothing there,” you might hear; but did you know that it was once commonly referred to as… Continue reading

A Foreign Perspective

It’s a tad cliché to talk about taking things for granted, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Sometimes you have to be reminded of beauty around you. In all its forms.… Continue reading