Twelve Grapes of Luck – Start the New Year with a Tradition from Spain

Twelve Grapes of Luck – Start the New Year with a Tradition from Spain

Good Grapes I got an email from a friend wishing me “good grapes”.  She and I had spent New Years together once and were each served a wide-rimmed glass of champagne with twelve grapes floating in it.  “It’s a tradition from Spain,” they told us. “Think of a wish for each grape. Then eat them […]

Feast in the East: Etiquette Tips for Fine Dining in China

Feast in the East: Etiquette Tips for Fine Dining in China

If you spend any serious amount of time in China, you will most likely be wined and dined by Chinese friends who want to impress (and show off) their foreign guests.  This is what happens if you’re lucky.  If you’re unlucky, they will try to accomplish this by taking you to karaoke.  In that case, […]

Introducing Dumaguete – The City of Gentle People

Introducing Dumaguete – The City of Gentle People

641 kilometers (398 miles) south of Metro Manila in the Philippines lies, what’s been dubbed as,The City of Gentle People – Dumaguete (doo-mah-get-eh), the capital of the province of Negros Oriental. A captivating hodgepodge of sun, sand, sea, food and endless supply of good vibes. Legend says Dumaguete was coined from the Visayan word “daggit,” […]

Bangkok Food Trip – 5 Fabulous Dishes to ‘Whet’ Your Appetite

Bangkok Food Trip – 5 Fabulous Dishes to ‘Whet’ Your Appetite

I just concluded a 5-day trip to Bangkok, back in Manila now and I’m missing the flavors of Thailand. Thai food is one of my all time favorites. The flavors just explode in your mouth with the right balance of spicy, sweet, salty, sour and bitter…oh and did I say spicy? These flavors dance in […]