GO: Hello, Chicago!

I moved to Chicago a little over a year ago and took almost as much time off blogging. Oh, WordPress, how I have missed thee. Kicking it back off with a series on my favorite Chicago sights/scenes/foods/more. Chicago resident and tourist recommendation #1 : 1. CHICAGO RIVER ARCHITECTURE TOUR A little more than an hour… Continue reading GO: Hello, Chicago!

Bakesale for Japan

This weekend! What: A simultaneous national bakesale hosted at some of our favorite bakeries, restaurants, and other businesses featuring baked goods made by some of the most talented professional and amateur bakers around. Where: At locations across the country! When: Saturday, April 2nd from 10am-2pm Who: Professional and amateur bakers, cooks, artists, artisans, and musicians… Continue reading Bakesale for Japan


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DRAGON PHOENIX at Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

I usually spend all my time in Shanghai in Xuhui or Luwan. The Bund area, often overrun with tourists, is not somewhere I spend a lot of time. On my last night in Shanghai this year, I found myself with two friends wandering around the Bund at 9pm looking for a good restaurant. Unfamiliar with… Continue reading DRAGON PHOENIX at Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

SHANGHAI: Getting There, Pt. 1

Obtaining a Chinese Visa Entry requirements do change. Be sure to verify information with the State Department or the Chinese Consulate website before you begin planning for your trip. Unless you hold a passport from Japan, Singapore or Brunei, you’ll need a visa for the People’s Republic of China. If you’re a citizen of the… Continue reading SHANGHAI: Getting There, Pt. 1

SHANGHAI: Quick Intro

When learning of Shanghai’s past you’ll often hear the words colorful, scandalous, glamourous and decadent. Spend some time in the city and it’s no wonder why it was referred to a “Paris of the East”. Once upon a time foreign governments were given areas of land to build and enforce laws as they saw fit.… Continue reading SHANGHAI: Quick Intro


The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists at studio prices. Admission is free and so is parking.… Continue reading BREWERY ARTWALK, Oct. 9-10


I’ve heard about GUGLHUPF for a while but haven’t had a chance to stop by myself until this year’s trip to Durham. The restaurant was much larger than it looked from the outside; plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. I opted for the half sandwich and salad combo– grilled ham and cheese and house salad.… Continue reading GUGLHUPF BAKERY, PÂTISSERIE & CAFE, Durham, NC


Last year, I spotted the SCRATCH table at the Durham Farmers’ Market but didn’t get a chance to sample the much-lauded fare. Then I heard that chef/owner Phoebe Lawless opened up a brick-and-mortar shop in Downtown Durham. It was no surprise these tasty sweet and savory treats would have lots of fans. They recently made… Continue reading SCRATCH, Durham, NC