A primer to Turkish Wine, secrets of La Rioja, and more
Addictions / Beer / Spain / Travel / Turkey / Wine

A primer to Turkish Wine, secrets of La Rioja, and more

I’ve been busy; lately, I’ve swirled, sipped, and delighted in copious cups of good wine (and as you can see above, tea). All, I’m telling you, in the name of ahem, research. From further afield, my insight: A guide to Turkish wine, plus wineries to visit in Turkey’s enchanting land of fairy chimneys. You must try it, … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk China
China / Expat Life / Food / Photography / Tips / Travel

Let’s Talk China

China. Zhōngguó. 中国.  It’s the Kingdom of extremes, and one that’s utterly baffling to most outside of it. For me, however, China allures as strongly as the poignant smell of Chòu dòufu (or, stinky tofu). If you haven’t been to China before, trust me on this one, it’s powerful. This country, frankly put, is like nowhere else I’ve … Continue reading

My Prodigal Summer (a season in Turkey)
Addictions / Food / Local / Nature / Olives / Photography / Travel / Turkey

My Prodigal Summer (a season in Turkey)

Before I came to Turkey, I didn’t know that I had entered into some variation of Eden. In Fethiye, fresh food abounds, but not only in markets, street corner stalls and larger chain grocery stores; the seeds of sustenance sprout up in city gardens. Chickens run amok, corn stalks shoot up, goats tend to unmowed grass, and … Continue reading

A Taste of Turkey & a Revolution, too
Food / Istanbul / Photography / Revolution / Travel / Turkey

A Taste of Turkey & a Revolution, too

Dip into Turkey and you’ll taste more than its stereotypical kebab and baklava. For starters, Turkey’s Spanish-style mezes, similar to tapas as some menus allude, are so refreshing I truly wish this took over as Turkey’s mass export to the world. My personal favorite, the yogurt dip, which is often flavored just right with fresh … Continue reading

Traveling smart (through an iPhone) in Spain
Addictions / Food / Madrid / Nature / Photography / Spain / Tips / Travel

Traveling smart (through an iPhone) in Spain

At 25, I still don’t have a smartphone. It’s alarming to some, astonishing to others, and truly a first-world problem to all. For me, it’s something that just “sort of happened”. After a stint in Chile to China to Spain, I couldn’t rationalize the purchase, especially with my constantly changing zip code. In my head, … Continue reading