The Comeback Kid

The southern coast of Sri Lanka was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and much of the country’s 35,000 fatalities (the second-highest death toll of the disaster) were incurred in the south, especially in beach towns like Unawatuna, Thalpe, and Mirissa.  Six years later, the south seems to have bounced back nicely and … Continue reading

Fort Focus

Sri Lanka is an island country of just 25,000 sq. mi. and 21 million people, but it boasts a history varied and rich enough to rival any nation in Asia.  Among its various governing coalitions, which include 8 medieval kingdoms and 3 colonial powers, were the Dutch, who wrested control over Sri Lanka from the … Continue reading

An Asia Foodie: Shanghai Edition

Xiao long bao, soup dumplings, were invented in Nanxiang, a village outside Shanghai.  So, just as Chicago tourists head to Gino’s East to eat deep dish pizza and Memphis tourists get their fingers dirty eating ribs, Shanghai tourists line up for hours for steamers of thin-skinned tongue-burning xiao long bao.  I was lucky to find … Continue reading

An Asia Foodie: Beijing Edition

During my pre-Beijing internet food research, I stumbled upon a Chowhound thread in which the poster Yi Chi Wei Rong stated: “if you like oily, salty and doughy, then Beijing is the place for you.” Although 30 degree temperatures and gray skies do get me craving a plate of boiled (doughy) jiaozi dumplings, I struggled … Continue reading

Déjà Vubud

One of my favorite things about Bali is the way gardening, painting, dancing, dress, music, food, farming, everyday life, and even the tourist industry feed off each other.  Balinese garden and painting aesthetics have developed in tandem for years—frangipani and hibiscus trees, lily pads, and birds of paradise are frequent sightings in Ubud gardens and … Continue reading

An Asia Foodie(s): Lot 10 Hutong Edition

An Asia Foodie(s): Lot 10 Hutong Edition I met my mom in KL a few days ago, and we celebrated Diwali with 2 amazing meals at the “Hutong Heritage Food Village” food court in the high-end mall Lot 10 in Bukit Bintang.  We were among the first people there for brunch when the food court … Continue reading