Asia

246 Common: A Wild Encounter with Tokyo’s Food Trucks

‘ Tokyo, Japan has officially embraced the international food truck craze, “international” being the key word. Throughout the city, mini restaurants-on-wheels dish out increasingly popular alternatives to traditional Japanese cuisine, from tacos to jacket potatoes to pizza. In Minato City, hungry locals head to 246 Common, Tokyo’s hottest food trailer park serving international hipster cuisine from purveyors like Brooklyn Ribbon Fries, …

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Angkor Wat: Come for Sunrise, Stay for Breakfast

You’re in Siem Reap, Cambodia to explore the ancient Angkor temple complex and immerse yourself in the rich Khmer culture. Watching the sunrise in the shadow of Angkor Wat is inevitable. Sure, you have to wrench yourself awake before dawn and fight your way through mob-level crowds to that perfect viewing spot, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Trust me; it’s …

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Where to Eat in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I can’t stop thinking about Phnom Penh. Many travelers to Cambodia use the capital city as a brief stop-off point – a place to shed their jet lag and acclimate to the country’s searing temperatures – before heading off to the temples of Siem Reap or the beaches of Kep, but I found Phnom Penh to be a worthy travel destination, especially for …

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Bangalore India: A Delicious Wedding Feast

I feel as though I’ve stepped into the fantasy world of Pandora from the film “Avatar.” The lush, landscaped gardens of Bangalore’s Taj West End hotel dazzle with tiny white lights, some dripping from trees like willow branches. Sitar music fills the air. As I move down the lit walkway, I’m handed a glass of strawberry lassi, a sweet, refreshing …

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A Traditional Wedding Ceremony in Bangalore India

To attend a wedding in India is a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list kind of experience. Whether Hindu or Muslim, Indian matrimonial traditions are steeped in rich culture. The celebration of two people coming together isn’t just between families and friends, it extends to an entire community. Today, Farakh and Qurrath are getting married. Though weddings take place over several days, this …

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A Bangalore Wedding: Gifts, Tricks and Treats

The first public festivities of my friend Farakh’s wedding are called the shukrana, which literally means “thanksgiving.” We gather in a room at Bangalore’s chic St. Mark’s Hotel, where the wedding gifts are on display. These are the jewels and clothing that the bride, Qurrath, will receive from Farakh’s family. They are presented alongside an incredible, colorful spread of fresh …

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In Bangalore: The Best Dosa Ever

It wasn’t until I had settled into my second trans-oceanic flight within twenty-four hours that I realized a four day trip to Bangalore, India was a slightly more ambitious undertaking than anticipated. The immense distance seemed so much shorter on the route map of my inflight magazine. The thing is, when you’re invited to an Indian wedding in India, you do …

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