Cape Town Jackpot

I realized it the moment I stepped off the airplane and onto the tarmac. The smell: Despite the engines just being turned off, I didn’t smell the expected kerosene…. it was fresh, clean, salty ocean air. No dust. Blue skies. No dust. Bright sunshine, blinding. I hopped in a taxi and the driver got me to […] Read More

Epic Thali

As a vegetarian, Indian food is one of my favorite, and I had some really great food experiences here in India. The Palak Paneer, the Chana Massala, the different Nan, the curries, the Dal, the Jeera Rice, just to name a few of my favorites…. But the Rajdhani Thali Restaurant in Connaught Circle in Delhi beat it […] Read More

Sunset at Wat Arun

The Temple of Dawn, or, by its full Thai name Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan is a Buddhist temple – a wat – on the Thonburi bank of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. It’s probably Bangkok’s most photographed sight, and I had to go there, too. I first wanted to see all major temples and the […] Read More

Bangkok arrival

My flight was easy, and I arrived in the late afternoon at Daria’s place. It turned out to be one of the most impressive and sought after apartment towers in Bangkok, on the renowned Langsuan Road. It’s like entering another world, guards open the door and salute, the entry hall alone is impressive with its […] Read More

Hong Kong Dumpling heaven

I try to post less food pics here, as people have complained 😉 Not really.  But this one has to be: I found the perfect Dumpling places in Hong Hong, and enjoyed some great Ramen. I love dumplings and Dim Sum, but for a vegetarian they are kind of tricky, as you never know what’s […] Read More

Sai Ying Pun

I’m on Hong Kong Island, an area called Sai Ying Pun. It’s a bit west of the center and downtown, but high-risers are everywhere. In my case it is more residential high-risers than office glass towers. But it’s dense nonetheless, after fall they need to fit those seven million onto the island, somehow. Sai Ying Pun seems […] Read More

The rainy city

Not talking about Brussels. I mean Chicago. The once Windy City presented itself today in one continuous downpour! I arrived in the early afternoon, took the metro and the bus towards Boystown, where I had my hotel. I had opted against an easy airport hotel and preferred to be in town for the day. I […] Read More

Comida mexicana

It’s not as hard as I feared to be a vegetarian in Mexico. I have found enough to eat, and I can always get a vegetarian version of traditional Mexican food. I always mix up the names; with all the tortillas, tacos, empanadas, sopas, tostadas, flautas or sopes… To me it all seems to be a […] Read More

Sleepless in Seattle

As I’m currently offline in the Nevada desert, here’s a blast from the past, my best-of from Seattle: Best part/scene/place: Capitol Hill. Seattle has many great neighborhoods, but nothing beats the Hill with its bars, restaurants, quiet green side streets, parks… Best drink (alcoholic): I just sampled all the local beers. I can’t really remember all the […] Read More

Countryside

As Renato and Dennis had a rental car, we decided to make a road trip out of Montréal and into the Quebec countryside, towards the US border. There, Quebec starts to become anglophone, and has a rich history between the US and Canada. Some of the towns there were founded by English loyalists, who were […] Read More

Over eaters

Lisa, Brian, Marisa and I started the day in a cute diner on Mont Royal: Beauty’s Luncheonette, a Montréal institution since 1942. While waiting for our table, we chatted with the host, a 94-old weasel who made sure everyone was seated. He had passed on the torch of cooking to his son long ago, but he’s probably […] Read More

Is it kosher?

I am a vegetarian. Ovo-lacto. So I do eat eggs, drink milk, I love cheese. No fish though. It’s not a plant. I love Mediterranean cuisine… The vegetables, the olive oil, the pasta, the tabbouleh, the meze…. keep ’em coming! And there’s always a falafel place somewhere close-by. And here I love the kosher version of […] Read More