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Manhattan’s Very Own Tokyo

We all know Manhattan’s East Village for its bars, punks, curry, and late-night eats. But don’t forget the amazing “Little Tokyo” stretch of 9th Street where breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert can all be covered within a one block radius. Here are our picks for must-try dishes that will satisfy every Japanese food lover’s cravings: […]

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Eat Your Way to the Finish Line

Falling on the fifth day of the fifth month each year of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Jie (端午节), is one of great historical significance. Held annually for over 2,000 years, the festival commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar, Qu Yuan, who drowned himself […]

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Spray Paint Beijing

In the West, graffiti is associated with Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Lady Pink, and others featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Exit through the Gift Shop. Their image is one of vandalism that can only be performed in secret during the darkness of night. In Beijing, most graffiti remains constrained to the streets of 798, the […]

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Thailand’s Songkran Festival

Photo Courtesy of Expedia Celebrated annually from April 13 to April 15, the Songkran Festival is considered to be Thailand’s very own New Year’s Day. This festive occasion keeps in line with the Buddhist/Hindu calendar and follows a three-day celebration evolving around cleansing and prayer. During this auspicious festival, Thais traditionally return home to reunite with this families, visit temples, and sprinkle […]

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Qing Ming Festival

Photo Courtesy of China Digital Times Qing Ming Festival (清明节), also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a Chinese holiday set aside for commemorating and paying respects to one’s ancestors. Usually falling on April 4th or 5th of each year, this day is one of both sadness and remembrance as many family members travel to the gravesite of deceased loved ones. […]

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Color Your World: Holi Festival

Ever wondered why your friends were posting photos on Facebook with themselves covered in colorful power? Holi (होली), also known as the Festival of Colors, is an ancient Hindu religious festival that is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other parts of the world that have significant populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin. Typically falling sometime […]

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Slurp Away Winter Storm Jonas

With Winter Storm Jonas about to hit us hard with snow this upcoming weekend, there’s no better way to stay warm than with a hearty bowl of soup noodles. Though Japan is famous for their classic bowl of ramen, it is also known for its infamous udon, a type of thick wheat flour noodle that […]

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Asian Getaways: Seoul

Rated Asia’s most livable city in 2015, Seoul has quickly become a leading global metropolis. From age-old architecture holding ground alongside towering skyscrapers to food stalls selling a variety of traditional snacks outside Italian-Korean fusion restaurants, visitors are able to get a sense of both the old and the new just by roaming the streets of the bustling city. Here […]

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Spike Up Your Afternoon With Some Gin Tea

Afternoon Gin Tea Makes 1 Pot, Serves 2 Gin time and tea time are both entrenched British traditions, and the pair makes quite a heady cocktail. The British colonized much of Asia, and in the process, they brought over their traditions, including a proper English tea. This cocktail picks up both citrus and smoky notes from Lapsang Souchong, a […]

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Asian Getaway: Hong Kong

Having an extended layover can be a traveler’s worst nightmare. However, a long layover in Hong Kong is most definitely a blessing in disguise. Known for its skyline and deep natural harbor, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated metropolises where “East meets West”. A hub for all things dining, entertainment, and shopping means that, […]