Archive for the 'Travel' Category

morocco, january 23 – 28th, 2011

February 7, 2011

morocco tips:

– head to the mountains. we only spent a few hours there at the tail-end of our trip, but the peace and (relative) quiet made me wish i could have stayed longer. (wear the right footwear,  because you’ll end up taking a hike to see the waterfalls!)

– stay at the palais des princesses riad in old town marrakech. although i suspect the staff made off with my phone, i really can’t say enough about this place. it is so beautiful and an absolute bargain (we paid between €60-70 a night.)

– make a trek to casablanca to see the hassan II mosque. (that’s it in the second picture from the top.) casa isn’t much of a tourist town, but the mosque makes it a worthwhile side trip from rabat or marrakech.

– visit the jardin majorelle. it was beautiful, and i’m convinced that (like paris) you can not take a bad photograph there. warning: again, like paris, this place is full of french people!

amsterdam food update #1

November 12, 2010

purimas (indonesian)

i am proud to say my girl CL and i KILLED this meal, all 9 courses of it. we saw other diners fall by the wayside (we were there for two and a half hours) but she and i persevered, and enjoyed every bite. the soy-braised pork was a standout.

cafe winkel

the BEST afternoon treat imaginable: appeltaart met slagroom (apple pie with whipped cream) and hot cocoa. if you are ever in amsterdam you MUST come here. they have a regular food menu as well but believe me – if you’re hungry just order two pieces of pie.

london food update #2

October 29, 2010

peppermint aero shake cravings assuaged. this is the good stuff. (though i would like the option to add creme de menthe…)

i went to this place TWICE in the span of four days. the bacon cheeseburger is really, really delicious – and the fries (NOT CHIPS!) are nice as well. avoid the monte cristo sandwich. (perhaps that’s just good advice in general.)

  • taro – brewer street

on my first visit i had the char siu ramen which was decent although the broth was not as flavourful as i would have liked and the noodles could have been more tender. my second visit saw me having prawn tempura (rare for me) which was absolutely fantastic. also, the tuna at this place is top notch.

peanut butter cookies. ’nuff said.

pleasant enough red velvet cupcakes

  • my old dutch – holborn

quite simply the biggest crepe i’ve ever seen. i really hope they have a place like this in amsterdam. 🙂


“american cupcakes and cakes in london.”  one of the best red velvet cupcakes i’ve ever had (and i’ve had a lot.)

london double header – twickenham stadium

September 5, 2010

opening game of the 2010/2011 aviva rugby premiership

clockwise: the exterior of twickenham stadium; a view of the crowd and pitch (76,000 were in attendance); the view from my seat which was only 8 rows back; wasps prop phil vickery was giving out autographs (that’s not my arm!)

i’m definitely going back to watch more matches! now i just need to pick a team to cheer for. will it be the london irish, the saracens, the wasps, or the harlequins?

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Good Find

June 30, 2010

I spied this (questionably) yummy-lookiing juice at a Tesco in Guangzhou. That store rivals any North American grocery store, believe me!

May 22, 2010