Author: Jen Balisi

Pho Up | A new spot for Vietnamese food in Hong Kong’s SoHo District

Walking down the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator, it’s hard to miss the big, bright red and yellow neon star hanging from the window of Pho Up, a brand new restaurant in Hong Kong’s SoHo District that comes from the same team as the beloved bar 65 Peel. The star is appropriate given the restaurant’s prime location on […]

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Where to Eat in Oahu | Bakeries & Dessert Shops

After a few spam musubis or a Hawaiian poke bowl, you’re bound to be craving something sweet. We had a LOT of dessert and pastries in Oahu to satisfy our sweet tooth, from donuts to cheese tarts to local shave ice. Here’s a roundup of our favorite dessert shops and bakeries in Oahu. Leonard’s Bakery

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Los Sotano | Hong Kong’s latest underground den for tacos & tequila

Located underneath Cali-Mex Taqueria in Hong Kong’s bustling Lan Kwai Fong nightlife district, Los Sotano is a speakeasy style lounge serving up Mexican fare and a wide selection of mezcal and tequila. What looks like a giant tequila barrel against an alley wall is actually the entrance – just push and the door reveals itself. […]

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Millennium Hilton New York Downtown – Epic views and the best downtown location

Standing in that windowsill, I felt like I was watching the heart of downtown Manhattan beating. Looking straight ahead, the blurred reflections of passing clouds and buildings appeared on the mirrored facade of One World Trade Center. To the left and in between the skyscrapers of Brookfield Place were ferries cruising down the Hudson River, […]

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Mahina & Suns | Where to Eat in Oahu

This casual yet trendy semi-outdoor restaurant inside the Surfjack Hotel in Waikiki has great vibes to go with its island influenced menu. We dined for brunch, which offered an eclectic menu of both brunch classics and unique items like our favorite dish, the pork adobo fried rice. It takes the Filipino pork dish and combines […]

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Reef Bar & Market Grill | Where to Eat in Oahu

Grilling a steak by the beach with Diamond Head behind me is definitely not one of the things I expected to be doing during my time in Oahu. But there I was, standing behind a hot grill with a giant spatula, flipping a ribeye steak while looking out the windows to see the sun setting […]

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The Best Pizza Slice Joints & Restaurants in NYC

If you’ve been following me on Instagram at all, you know that pizza is my one true love. I regularly grab a slice as a snack and eat it while walking to my next meeting. I order extra slices to keep in the freezer so I always have it on hand (or in a recent […]

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Where to Eat in Oahu | Hawaiian Food & Local Favorites

ALOHA! It’s officially 2018, which means a new year for me to use as an excuse to post more on my site 🙂 I just came back from an amazing trip to Oahu, which also gave me a 12 hour flight back to NYC followed by a 16 hour flight back to Hong Kong, so […]

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Musubi Cafe Iyasume | Where to Eat in Oahu

My fellow Spam lovers, Musubi Cafe Iyasume is the place for you. Spam musubi is the Hawaiian version of Japanese omusubi that takes marinated grilled spam and rice and wraps it with nori, or seaweed. The result is a super addictive item that can be eaten any time of day, as a snack, or as […]

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Romy’s Kahuku Prawns and Shrimp | Where to Eat in Oahu

Garlic shrimp can be found on the menus of food trucks & restaurants all over the North Shore of Oahu. It’s listed as shrimp scampi, and served with rice and sometimes macaroni salad and pineapple. While we didn’t get to try as many of the vendors as we would’ve liked, we loved the garlic shrimp […]

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