Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Did you know that, just an hour drive south of Seattle there is a National Wildlife Refuge? It is one of my favorite places to visit all year round.

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Upon entering the refuge you are first greeted with a duck pond. Continue reading “Nisqually Wildlife Refuge”

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Sushi Kashiba

Sushi Kashiba is an upscale sushi restaurant in Seattle. It’s conveniently located by the Pike Place Market and is owned by the Seattle legendary sushi chef Shiro Kashiba, who trained with Jiro Ono back in the 1960s. Sushi Kashiba is often regarded as one of the best sushi restaurants in Seattle. Tourists and locals alike queue up outside its door before the 5 o’clock opening time waiting to get a seat at the sushi bar.

But, does it live up to the hype? Continue reading “Sushi Kashiba”

Elliott Bay Trail, Seattle

Elliott Bay Trail is a short walking/biking trail, twenty-minute walk from the touristy Pike Place Market. It is ideal for visitors of the Seattle area who wish to enjoy a great view without the crowd.

The trail starts from the Olympic Sculpture Park, goes through Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Park. There are interesting Pacific Northwest artifacts along the trail , such as a totem pole Continue reading “Elliott Bay Trail, Seattle”

Christmas in Seattle

It is true I don’t write enough about Seattle. I figured everyone else has already done that. Only this past Sunday when the rain finally stopped, I decided to venture out and play tourist for a day.

First things first, a good lunch at the Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen.

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RMS Queen Mary

This post is contributed by my friend Katia who spent four days aboard the RMS Queen Mary at Halloween last year.

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RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967. Along with her sister ship, RMS Queen Elizabeth, they were British response to the superliners built by German and French companies in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Continue reading “RMS Queen Mary”

Willows Inn

So what it’s like to dine in one of the ten restaurants in the world worth a plane ride.

Exterior:

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Autumn in Mt. Rainier

People come to Mt. Rainier, in the summer for its myriad displays of wild flowers; in the winter for its endless opportunities of winter sports.

But on a beautiful sunny day in the autumn…

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The view could be equally astonishing.

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Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Hot List 2016

Liholiho Yacht Club

San Francisco meets Hawaii at this ingredient-driven, Spam-flaunting restaurant.

                                                     -Bon Appétit

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Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Mister Jiu’s

I have a confession to make.

I love Chinese food, but I am prejudiced against Chinese fusion or any type of glorified Chinese. To me, that’s just packaging. Once you strip off the bells and whistles, there is little substance remaining. So when I came across this restaurant on Eater’s list of the Hottest Restaurants in San Francisco, I quickly disregarded it.

The day came when I missed the reservation deadline for a Michelin-starred restaurant, and I wasn’t going to brave the rush hour traffic to some other part of town, I decided to give this place a try.

I didn’t expect much. But it turned out to be one of the most SATISFYING meal I’ve had in San Francisco. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Mister Jiu’s”

Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco-ViaMichelin Part II

State Bird Provisions*

Reservations are hard to score at this dim-sum style inspired restaurant. Fortunately they set aside a good number of seats for walk-ins like us. Doors open promptly at 17:30, we arrived 45 minutes before and joined the line. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco-ViaMichelin Part II”