I couldn’t tell you when the first time I had dim sum was. Dim sum has just always been prevalent in my life. Rooms smelling of tea and steamed Hong Kong dishes. Glistening food reflecting light as if it were made of the same ceramic as the tea kettles. Uncle catching the attention of someone pushing a trolley and giving them what seemed like a long list of requests.
It was at these tables where I felt most attuned to my mother’s Hong Kong heritage.
Let me state the obvious: South Georgia is not known for its Chinese food.
I first found the power of Vietnamese food in a bowl of pho. It was the warm hug my belly had been longing for.
Delicious and nutritious, pho has become one of the most sought-after bowls of soup on the planet. I have fond memories of driving an hour outside of my hometown in America to the nearest Vietnamese restaurant. There is a certain spot in the stomach it seems that only pho can hit.
So imagine my surprise when after visiting Vietnam, I left with an undying hunger for banh mi.
The banh mi sandwich looks like a simple…
Why, oh why, did I decide to travel alone?
For all the articles that hype up traveling alone, they don’t tell you what to expect. After years of having others to travel with, how does one transition to traveling alone?
This was a question I was forced to answer myself underneath the relentless Taiwanese sun in the summer of 2018.
For all my life, I’ve always wanted to live in the city. All I could do in my youth was gaze at endless fields of trees and suburban homes and think of the day I finally got to leave. Now that I live in Seoul, South Korea, it seems like I’m always planning ways to get out.
For a friend’s birthday, our group took a weekend trip to Gangneung beach. Gangneung is a pretty common area to visit for residents of Seoul. The roughly two-hour train ride offers a quick weekend getaway out of the city. …
I first moved to Seoul a few years ago after deciding I was done with the American bible-belt lifestyle. After jumping through immigration hoops, which has probably resulted in brain tumors I had yet to find out about, I finally made it to Incheon International Airport, South Korea. It would be in the Land of the Morning Calm that I would discover how fierce my devotion to good food could be.
Now, if you think my first meal in South Korea was authentic Korean food, then you’d be wrong. …
The hike I’m on in Korea keeps going up the side of a mountain and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.
I hate hiking. Every time I’ve been hiking it was because I had been convinced by friends. They say things like, “it’s easy,” “it’s peaceful,” or “it’ll be better than last time. I’m always tired before I hit the halfway mark, I’m stressed from the constant climb, I always realize that I was correct about how much I did not like being outside of air-conditioned rooms.
At least, that’s me during the hike. Despite my dislike…