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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Montreal bagels, smoked meat & poutine: Bon Appétit!

If New York has its cheesecakes, Philadelphia has its cheese steaks and Chicago has its pizzas, then Montreal has not one but three ‘must try’ specialties: bagels, smoked meat and poutine. Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson | Additional photos from Tourism Montreal (Originally published in Food & Travel Singapore) Celine Dion is not the […]

Take it slow in Slovakia, don’t be a brat in Bratislava

Walk slow and absorb the picturesque views of 18th century rococo buildings in pastel colors, with the backdrop of castles, then sip a cup of hot cocoa at a street corner cafe. Welcome to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson The best thing to do in this capital city, and […]

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!

New York: Eat & Run in the City

Move over Jamie Oliver and Wolfgang Puck, for here comes New York’s elite street food cart vendors to give the celebrity chefs a run for their money. Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson | Additional photos by Zach Brooks (Originally published in Food & Travel Singapore) Who says the finest food is only served à […]