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 […]

Is Vienna sausage the same as a Wiener, or a Frankfurter?

The sausage was invented by a butcher from Frankfurt, who had moved to Vienna, which is why in Vienna it’s called a frankfurter, but in Frankfurt it’s called a wiener (Viennese). Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson Try to order a frankfurter in Frankfurt, and you’d most likely get a blank stare. But ask for […]

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 […]

Where in the world is the real Disney Castle?

It is real, but there’s no enchanted spinning wheel awaiting to prick your finger and lull you to a deep sleep that would last for an eternity. Text and Photo by Jennifer Ellson Indeed, there is a real ‘Disney Castle’ once owned by a real king! It’s called the Neuschwanstein Castle, or Schloss Neuschwanstein in […]

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!

Where in the world is this nudist beach?

Where in the world is this wilderness-like, clothing-optional beach featuring 7 km of sandy stretches of naked beauty? Where women enjoy long… uhm… walks, and where men gets wowed by both small and nice big … waves. Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson Everybody’s welcome at the Wreck Beach: small, medium, large, natural or enhanced. […]

Where in the world is the real X-Men and Luthor Mansion?

Where in the world is this castle?

Where can you find the Hatley Castle, which you might recognize as Xavier Institute/Professor X’s mansion in X-men films, or the Luthor Mansion on the hit TV show Smallville?

Clue: It is where you can have the classic afternoon tea at the iconic The Empress. It is also home to the second oldest Chinatown in North America – dimsum, anyone?

Photo by Jennifer Ellson. All rights reserved.