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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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Tokyo’s Best Sushi You’ve Never Heard Of: Sushisho Saito

Don’t confuse Sushisho Saito, a tiny, hushed sanctuary for the serious sushi aficionado, with the 3 Michelin-starred tourist haven Saito. Though the latter has received much international press, our destination, Sushisho Saito is where the real foodies go. Like many of Tokyo’s hidden gems, the restaurant is located on the second floor of a nondescript office building, in Akasaka. “Sho” …

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Tokyo by Night, a Foodie Fantasy

Tokyo is a city of fantasies, from the current cosplay rage (dressing up in costume, in public, mostly anime characters) to hyper-sexualized maid cafes. When I called the “Tokyo Fixer” Shinji Nohara, I had my own specific fantasy in mind (albeit a foodie fantasy): a wild night of izakaya-hopping. An izakaya is a Japanese gastropub, churning out a variety of …

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Meet Japan’s Food Expert: The Tokyo Fixer

Following A Food Expert’s Guidance on Tokyo’s Best: Tastes of Ramen, Tonkatsu Fried Pork and Late-Night Organic Fare Every great adventure has a jumping off point, but where does a foodie even begin in Tokyo, the world’s largest metropolis; a city housing more than 100,000 restaurants? Because of spoken and written language barriers, it’s difficult to immerse one’s self in the …

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Cheap Eats and Traditional Bites in Osaka, Japan

Osaka, Japan: a sprawling metropolis that makes up the country’s third largest city. Osaka is like Tokyo’s bolder (and grittier) little sister with an affinity for junk food and punk rock. I was planning on skipping Osaka altogether on this foodie trip, but was convinced to change my itinerary by a friend who had recently spent a year in the …

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Tokyo Restaurant Review: Tapas Molecular Bar

There’s nothing like some serious molecular gastronomy to soothe one’s creeping jet lag after flying for 18 hours. From the moment our wheels touched down at Tokyo’s Narita Airport, I was on a foodie mission to make my reservation time at Tapas Molecular Bar. The Michelin-starred eatery is housed inside the main bar at Tokyo’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel (opened in …

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How to Turn Shanghai’s World Expo into a Drinking Game

Shanghai, China: home to the 2010 World Expo Thanks to the incredible generosity of a fellow frequent traveler/international foodie, I snagged a sold out, impossible-to-get ticket to the Expo on one of China’s National Days. Because all of China would be on vacation at the same time, record-breaking attendance was anticipated, and ticket sales were limited. I knew that every …

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Dadong: Where to Eat Beijing’s Famous Roast Duck

Seeking out the best Beijing (or Peking) style duck in Beijing, China is like asking a group of New Yorkers where to find Manhattan’s best pizza. Currently, the most buzzed-about restaurants serving up Beijing’s namesake duck are Quanjude, Dadong and Made in China. I chose Dadong. The restaurant currently has three locations, and it’s universally agreed upon that “Number 2”, …

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Weird and Wild Food at Beijing’s Night Markets

Some of Beijing’s most fascinating foodie destinations are the night markets of Wangfujing and Dong Hua Men. Beneath swaying red lanterns, these streets are lined with vendors selling everything edible, from typical local cuisine to the exotic and often bizarre “tourist bait.” For the hungry, the choices are both endless and exhilarating in this delicious, dizzying mix of sights, sounds, …

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A Bed & Breakfast Hideaway in Historic Beijing

Stepping off the plane in Beijing, I thought, “I finally made it.” It was my first time in Asia. I was traveling alone, on a culinary mission and I had no idea what to expect. After clearing the airport’s body-temperature scanners and visa control, I met Angela, the owner of my bed and breakfast, at arrivals. I chose to spend my …

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