• San Francisco’s Taquerias & Outkast & Finding Common Ground

    Aquemini, ATLiens, Southernplayalisticcadillacfunkymusic: El Farolito, La Taqueria, Cancun. The items in the first set are albums by legendary hip-hop duo Outkast, and the second set are taquerias in San Francisco. The values of both sets depend on taste, both literally and figuratively, in the musical and culinary arts. In...
  • Traveling While Vegan & Staying Sane

    Bring snacks This is absolutely essential. Before you leave town, stock up on easy-to-carry healthy(ish) emergency snacks. Energy bars, dried fruit, trail mix, nuts. (If there’s a Trader Joe’s near you, you’ve hit the motherload.) On short trips (10 days or less), get one snack for each day you’ll...
  • Johannesburg: Nom Nom + Chug Chug

    While these are some of my favorite places in Johannesburg, it’s important that I tell you that customer service in South Africa is…well…hmm…lacking. Not everywhere, but in more places than not. So show up knowing this, and you shouldn’t have a problem. Although, most of these places are top...
  • My Ten Mudda Pho-King Pho Spots!

    I’m in love with the pho bowl. Sriracha sauce! We got Sriracha sauce! It’s certainly no secret how much I absolutely love pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles called bánh phở, a few herbs, and meat, primarily served with either beef or chicken. That...
  • Becoming A Drug Mule & Other Ways To Make Money Abroad

    I talk often about the benefits of hostels. I’ve learned the art of coexisting in limiting spaces, I’ve made amazing friends in strange places who invite me to visit them in their home and I invite them to mine, and most recently I’ve learned the art of hustling and...
  • Montreal: Sex, Food, and Fika!

    Oh the mighty mighty works of Couchsurfing.com. Before arriving in Montreal, as I do before going to any city, I placed a discussion on Couchsurfing, inviting locals to dinner, drinks, good times on the town, and more. The amazingly talented Swedish singer and engineer, Sarah, wrote me, and I...
  • Hyattsville location of Busboys and Poets

    Busboys and Poets: Rendez-vous Extraordinairé

    A fabulous DC staple is the restaurant, lounge, and community arts venue Busboys and Poets. I first went there in 2006, about a year or so after it opened, and I was immediately hooked. The first location to open is what I call its signature location at the corner...
  • Here Comes Nobu

    If you ever travel to Washington, DC – or if you live in the area – word on the street, according to Washington Business Journal (WBJ), is Nobu, one of the most renowned Japanese restaurants around is coming to town. The proprietor is master chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (known affectionately as...
  • Close To Vietnam: Some Kind of Pho Recipe

    When I travel, the food is just as important as the stamp. And if you know me at all, or at least if you’ve ever asked me to suggest an eating spot, you know how much I love Pho. One winter day in DC, I wanted some badly, and...