To escape the hotel one day, Domingos and I headed over to Annapolis, which is only a short 30-minute drive away. Our first stop was the Vida Taco Bar, which had an excellent and diverse lineup of unique taco combinations. You can order each taco with a flour or corn tortilla, or a large lettuce leaf. On Sundays, house margaritas are only $6, so we indulged with a couple each while enjoying some incredible tacos. Continue reading “Annapolis”


We’ve been back in the States for a week, so I guess it’s time for an update! I’m finally over the jet lag and I’ve made it through most of my PCS to-do list, at least everything I can do before our household goods and storage are delivered. I’m thoroughly sick of hotel living, but it is what it is. We had a very long day of travel last Saturday, but we survived and no one hassled me about my viola, so I count it as a win.  Continue reading “Transitioning”

Bangkok Food Tour

A 30-hour layover in Bangkok on our way to Bhutan? Sounds like it’s time for another food tour! Unfortunately, this tour was one of the more lackluster ones that we’ve done. There was some good food, but no real feeling of immersion, no real cultural or sightseeing stops (we briefly paused to look at the exterior of one wat), and no single food that really blew us away. I’m still glad we did it, as it got us out of our hotel and into the city center for a couple of hours, but it can’t hold a candle to the food tours we’ve done in Rome, Seoul, and Chiang Mai. Continue reading “Bangkok Food Tour”

Food Coma in Hongdae

Last week, I met a friend for lunch at Ciuri Ciuri, a fantastic Italian restaurant in Hongdae. It’s run by a Sicilian couple, and the owner himself waited on us and told us about all the dishes. I can’t wait to go back and try more of the menu! We shared an arancine to start, which is Sicily’s version of this fried rice ball that is found all over Italy (I had a version called suppli in Rome and first fell in love with this food). The rice mixture was a creamy risotto, fried perfectly, and the inside was a prosciutto and béchamel sauce. Ridiculously good!

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