Paris

Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Tanioka’s

Whenever you mention Tanioka’s to local people, they get crazy and start salivating like Pavlov’s dog. Never mind that they’re all the way out in Waipahu; people seek them out for their fried chicken, poke, musubis, and assorted plate lunch…

Last day in Paris ~ À bientôt

I spent my last day in Paris — Christmas Day — in a similar fashion to the way my family used to always spend it: lazing around. If you are there on Christmas, don’t be afraid to venture out, as…

Christmas eve in Paris

Although it would have been nice to have a white Christmas in Paris, I was actually glad that it was unseasonally warm during our time there. The air was a crisp 50 degrees, cold enough to get you in the…

Paris: Wandering the Marais

Every time I go to Paris, I have to allot some time to wander the Marais district, which is full of unique shops and restaurants. Back in the day (and I mean far back), the king decreed it a place…

Bonjour from Paris

If you’re following me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, you already know that I’m in Paris for Christmas. My three hapa nieces —Ahnya, Cymri, and Morgen — have been traveling around Europe for the last few months, and their plan…

Europe Tour: Paris

After London, I ventured off to Europe’s City of Love, Paris. The journey to get to Paris was quite interesting. My cousin, her boyfriend and I had to ride a bus from London to Dover. Then when we arrived in…

Your dream destinations for 2011

Every January I look forward to the New York Times’ list of must-see places that year.The newspaper picked 41 locales for 2011, ranging from little coastline town of Sopot in Poland to the historic town of Pingyao in China. Even…

Love traveling, hate flying

It’s no surprise that most folks hate flying.I mean, what’s to like? You’re stuck in cramped quarters, virtually rubbing elbows with strangers without enough room to pass your neighbor to get to the bathroom, which is smaller than most closets…

Top 10 best memories of Europe

It’s nearly impossible to narrow down my favorite 10 things I saw, did and ate in Europe.There were just too many.From seeing the famous Rosetta Stone in the British Museum to noshing on paprika-flavored chips (or crisps) while waiting for…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Last days in London

It’s hard to believe this nine-day, whirlwind tour of France and England is about to end.It feels like we’ve been here for weeks — considering all the things we packed into this relatively short time — but it also feels…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Au revoir, Paris

It’s hard to believe it’s been just 36 hours in Paris.In a way, it feels like we’ve only just arrived. But then again, seeing how much we were able to cram into a day-and-a-half, it almost feels like we’ve been…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Paris

I had heard so much about Paris — good and bad — I actually didn’t know what to expect.People have said it’s dirty, it’s romantic, it’s expensive, the people are rude. Some have touted its vibrant cultural and art offerings;…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Leaving Avignon

I’ll be honest. I didn’t know much about Avignon, France until I got here.And even now, I don’t feel like I truly understand the city’s place in European history.Here’s all I know: the small city about three hours south of…

Dish Does Europe: Almost there!

Airports are lonely places.Even now, as we wait for our connecting flight to Minneapolis on our way to Paris — France, not the hotel in Vegas, though that wouldn’t be a bad alternative — I’m looking around a fairly uncrowded…