Sky 360 atop the Calgary Tower

The Calgary Tower is the third tallest structure in Calgary, and with that comes a panoramic view of this city that seems to have grown in the middle of never-ending fields.  So we just had to go have dinner at Sky 360 at the top of the tower, especially since it revolves slowly to give you a unique view every hour.

Calgary Tower

Calgary Tower

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An outing to Lake Louise

IMG_5574 Lake Louise

I’m in Calgary for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual meeting, and the biggest impression I’ve had of Alberta so far isn’t this oil-money city but rather Lake Louise, which is a two-hour drive into Canada’s version of the Swiss Alps.  With Ian Tattersall as a driver and Bob Martin as a road guide, we slowly made our way on the 90 km/hr “expressway” through rolling fields into the alpine region. Continue reading

Land in the Sea

IMG_4689 Tanah LotOn a gorgeous day, we hired the most amazing private guide from Bali Traditional Tours to take us around to some of the most notable temples on the island of Bali.  I’m normally very weary about tour guides, but we couldn’t have asked for a more knowledgeable, kind and down to earth guide than Ketut.  The second temple he took us to was Tanah Lot, which is a pilgrimage temple on a rock formation on the southwest coast of Bali.  And it was gorgeous. Continue reading

The Boarding House

Glazed pork belly with spiced apple compote and braised cabbage

Glazed pork belly with spiced apple compote and braised cabbage

It was Chicago Chef Week this past week, and we chose Alpana Singh‘s restaurant, The Boarding House, based on its fabulous four course Chef Week menu.  I mean, how can you pass up glazed pork belly?! Continue reading

Candlenut: Peranakan in Singapore

Jackfruit and pomelo topped with shaved foie gras

Jackfruit and pomelo topped with shaved foie gras

Andrew and I were very excited when my Airbnb hosts suggested that we meet up at a fine dining version of a Peranakan restaurant before we left Singapore.  When we entered Candlenut across from the Dorsett Hotel entrance, we were greeted with modern decor and the head chef, Malcolm, who came out with an amuse bouche of jackfruit and pomelo topped with shaved foie gras.  It was a delightful contrast of light and heavy, which prepared us for a delectable meal of home recipes. Continue reading

Strings Ramen

Pork loin kuro buta shoyu ramen: soy sauce and bonito fish broth with menma, scallion, nori, bean sprout, wasabi oil and boiled egg

Pork loin kuro buta shoyu ramen: soy sauce and bonito fish broth with menma, scallion, nori, bean sprout, wasabi oil and boiled egg

Ever since Strings Ramen opened in Chicago’s Chinatown, the reviews have been conflicting, and now that I’ve eaten there, I’m a bit conflicted.  But I would give their ramen another try farther down the line.  In any case, walking in, I was in awe over how clean, modern and simple the place looked, and I loved the idea of an open kitchen at an Asian restaurant in Chinatown. Continue reading

Chili Crab at Jumbo Seafood

The majority of America is going to drink the day away celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, and I’m sitting here reminiscing about the chili crab sauce at Jumbo Seafood back in Singapore.

Chili Crab

Chili Crab

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A walk in the rice fields of Bali

Rice pickers

Our tour guide (of Bali Traditional Tours) was weaving the car through the narrow streets of Bali when the scenery changed from trash filled streets and dinky shops to endless fields of rice patties and marshmallow puffs amongst a sea of blue skies.  I’m so glad our guide stopped the car for me to take some photos.  Better yet, he even led us into the rice patties, and that is an experience that I will never forget. Continue reading