Wandering Traveler

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Top 6 Tokyo Meals

Tokyo: not since Rome, my favorite international city outside the US, has a city captured me so wholly, immediately and fully. To arrive the first night was to plot, with the Renaissance Man, when we could return. Japan is a game changer, even for the seasoned traveler. More difficult and closed to outsiders — especially for a city with the… Read more →

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Hong Kong by ferry at night

10 Top Hong Kong Meals

Hong Kong is a fascinating city — one showcasing Chinese culture in a sophisticated, worldly way that often feels more international than it does expressly Chinese. It’s an easy city to get around in, both in terms language (English is widely spoken) and in navigation, from Hong Kong Island and Central to the short distance across the Bay to the… Read more →

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Okakita Kyoto-Virginia Miller

Wandering Traveler: Edible Kyoto

Where Tokyo is expanse, towers, lights and endless depth, Kyoto is the stillness of gardens and temples bearing a silence unlike anywhere else, encompassing and lush. It’s the charm of an ancient village, shockingly intact, yet with the offerings or range of a mid-size city. Amsterdam meets Japan in Kyoto’s canals (particularly magical at night) and its temples, gardens and… Read more →

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Transported to another time, another world at classic Y&M Kisling

12 Tokyo Bars For Exceptional Cocktails & Shockingly Rare Whisky

This article I wrote for Food Republic, originally published on February 18, 2015. The article and all photos below are all by Virginia Miller. Tasting at several Tokyo bars, I was able to educate myself on now-defunct distilleries and decades-old vintages of Japan and Scotland. I learned quickly that most whiskies are also available by the half pour. When a… Read more →

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Best of Orange County 2014

Restaurants TACO MARIA, Costa Mesa Taco Maria is the kind of humble-yet-modern, “food first” kind of restaurant that made me fall in love with San Francisco when I moved there nearly 14 years ago — and I couldn’t find much of real quality in my old Orange County stomping grounds over the years. But times are finally changing in at… Read more →

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