Paradise in Phu Quoc

After hiking through rice patties and the jungle, sleeping in stilt houses and on trains (admittedly, there were a couple of decent hotel stays in between), we were ready for a little luxury.  And in Vietnam that doesn’t have to cost too much.   We wanted a beach escape without being badgered.  And since we’d planned…

Curried Tilefish Steaks

A Google search usually turns up several recipes for almost any ingredient.  But when I looked for ideas to prepare the wild tilefish steaks I’d just purchased, practically nothing turned up. Sure there’s general info on tilefish, and some ideas for how to cook it or other whitefish.  But there was little about how to…

Chinatown/Jury Duty Lunch Spots

Since I have bound myself to do a travel post on the second Thursday of the month and this one came very early, I’m cheating.  Although a trip to Chinatown in NYC might require some of you to travel… But if not, I’m working on a post about Belgium for next week!  In the meantime,…

Exploring Belize

As you enter the airport, t-shirts adorned with sayings such as “You Better Belize It!” and “Don’t Stop Belizing!” hang from shop windows.  But a visit to this Central American country is anything but generic.  With beaches and sea life inhabiting the barrier reefs, rainforests and jungles hiding Mayan ruins, and pine forests with stunning…

A Maryland of Opportunity

That’s the punchy current state slogan.  The former was “Seize The Day Off” – so maybe the Maryland tourism board could use a little help, but you get the idea.  This month, I’m encouraging you to explore Maryland.  If you live within driving distance, you’ll be surprised at what an amazing and inexpensive adventure you…