How to turn 25 in Shanghai

How to turn 25 in Shanghai by Expat Edna

I am notoriously kind of very over-enthusiastic about my birthday. One of those people who celebrates allll week, and always throws a big party (see: last year’s fabulous Parisian black-and-white 50s theme party). Over the past few years I’ve toned down the hullabaloo (once I realized people’s eyes would either glaze over or start to [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: October-November

The 5 best things I ate in Paris Nov 2013 by Expat Edna

I had this silly notion in my head that whenever I returned to Paris after I’d ‘officially left’, I’d run around revisiting the favorite restaurants I missed. After all, my Paris time was now limited to the occasional weekend here and there — did I really want to take a chance on new places that [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: Extended Edition

5 best things I ate in Paris - Extended Paris edition

I found myself facing the most fabulous dilemma this summer: my job in Paris finished at the end of June, but my job in Italy didn’t start until September. (Really put the fun in funemployment, if you can imagine.) So how was I to ever pass all that time? By eating. A lot. Obviously. In fact, I [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Corsica

5 Best Things I Ate Corsica

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Once a month I feature a destination from my past travels; on the last day I recap the best of that month in Paris.  Corsican cuisine seems to be a mixture of influences: a bit of French, [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: May

5BTIA in Paris May 2013

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Each month around the 15th I feature a destination from my past travels; on the last day I recap the best of the month in Paris.  May was my last full month in Paris, but of course [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Singapore — #1: Black Pepper and Chilli Crab

Black pepper crab, Singapore | Expat Edna

In this monthly series, I’m counting down the top five things I ate in Singapore. For previous posts, check out number 2, number 3, number 4, and number 5. The countdown is over — time to reveal my absolute favorite thing to eat in Singapore: #1: Black Pepper Crab, Long Beach Seafood // Chilli crab, Mattar Road Seafood  This. Of all [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: April

The 5 best things I ate in April 2013

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Each month around the 15th I feature a destination from my past travels; on the last day I recap the best of the month in Paris.  No matter how long you live somewhere, there are always those [...]

Paris Macaron Smackdown

Macaron Smackdown 2013

The first macaron I ever tried when I moved to Paris was a caramel au buerre salé from Pierre Hermé. I’d never tasted anything like it before — the balance of salt and caramel, the texture of the meringue and the cream — I thought it so perfect that for the last year I’ve almost [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Singapore — #2: Lanzhou Lamian

5 best things I ate in Singapore - Lanzhou Lamian

In this monthly series, I’m counting down the top five things I ate in Singapore. For previous posts, check out number 3, number 4 and number 5. #2: Soup dumplings and fried tofu — Lanzhou Lamian There’s a place in Singapore that’s near and dear to my heart; a small unassuming shop slightly hidden amongst the touristy [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: March

5 best things I ate in Paris March 2013

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Each month around the 15th, I feature a destination from my past travels; on the last day I recap the best of the month in Paris.  Occasionally people will tell me, “I read your blog and can’t [...]