Siem Reap – Asia’s own ancient Greece

There is a place in Cambodia that rivals the beauty of the ancient Greek ruins. Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider has already been there – have you? Text & Photos by Jennifer Ellson Recognize this photo from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the movie? If you’ve seen the film, yes, the monkeys were modeled after these primates […]

Check out my guest post in LaCure Villas Magazine!

Picture this: you are in a foreign land far far away, with a totally different culture, with people speaking a language that sounds very Greek (or Japanese, or Chinese, whatever) to you, and if you’re really lucky, maybe even with food you don’t recognize at all. Not to worry, my friends, for I am here […]

Vancouver: Japan of North America

Between the peaceful Zen gardens and blossoming cherry trees, Vancouver often reminds me of Japan not only because their climates are almost the same, but also because the sights, sounds, smell, tastes and feel are very similar. Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson Vancouver: a Canadian coastal city right by the Pacific Ocean, which means an […]

Holy Week – It’s more fun in the Philippines

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is a BIG DEAL in the Philippines, which only means it is a great time to visit. Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson | Additional Photos by Tourism Philippines Lent has several names in the Philippines – Semana Santa, Mahal na Araw, Holy Week – however you call it, one […]

All Rice!

How can something so simple be this good? Fried, boiled, steamed – brown, white or wild – how much do you know about this most important staple food for a large part of the human population? Here’s what I know about my favorite food – fun trivia I’ve picked up from eating buckets of rice […]

How to eat xiao long bao, the Shanghai food you can’t live without

A Shanghai classic, the xiao long bao is probably the city’s most popular citizen. These mouth-watering steamed buns, a.k.a soup dumplings, look just like your normal dimsum, but they’re not. They are like wontons with a kick – a Bruce Lee kind of kick. .Text & Photos by Jennifer Ellson | Additional photo by Greg Torres […]

Goin’ bananas in Asia

When it comes to desserts, Southeast Asia has gone bananas! Text and Photo by Jennifer Ellson Gallivanting around Southeast Asia has taught me that despite their different languages, religions and cultures, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and most Asian countries near the equator share this common trait: they love their dolce banana!

The king of crabs

Next time you order the world famous Singapore chilli and pepper crab, be sure to ask for the Alaskan king crab, if available. Text and Photo by Jennifer Ellson Most restaurants serve the famous Singapore pepper or chilli crab dish using Sri Lankan crab (also called scylla or mud crab), which is actually pretty good. But […]