Pass the Turkey, S’il Vous Plaît: The Joys of Expat Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Paris by ExpatEdna.com-10

I often claim that the best Thanksgivings are Expat Thanksgivings.  That’s not to say that my parents aren’t great cooks, because they’re the bomb — but in terms of good ol’ American traditions, the one portrayed in Hallmark movies and elementary school pageants? …Let’s just say Chinese food set on a table for four (because […]

The 5 best things I ate in London: The Greatest Hits

The 5 Best Things I Ate in London on ExpatEdna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Boston, Paris, and more. There’s always a culinary dilemma you face when visiting a city you love: do you go to your tried-and-true favorites, or do you branch out and […]

The 5 best things I ate in Boston

Cannolis, Modern Pastry Shop, Boston by Expat Edna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from London, Paris, and more. I had a one-track mind going into my first-ever visit to Boston — and that track was headed straight for OYSTAH-ville. After all, I only had two […]

Expat Entrepreneurs: Lauren from Devour Spain

Lauren Aloise Churros

In this series, I feature expats who started their own business abroad. From food to fashion, art to tourism — these women had the guts and confidence to pursue their passions and turn it into something bigger. Check out previous interviews here. For the past three years, this series has been devoted to expats who set […]

The 5 best things I ate in London: Sept 2015

Taberna de Mercado, London by Expat Edna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Paris, Tokyo, and more. When it comes to dining options, there are very few cities that can compete with the abundance of choice like London. I could eat at a […]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: Summer 2015

The 5 best things I ate in Paris Summer 2015 by Expat Edna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Barcelona, Tokyo, and more. After two years living in Paris and regular return visits to the city, I still hadn’t tried all the “must-eat”s in the city. This summer I finally […]

The 5 best things I ate in Barcelona

5 best things I ate Barcelona by Expat Edna

In this biweekly series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Tokyo, Paris, and more. All I did in Barcelona was eat. That’s what it felt like, anyway. By the end of a week there I was teetering on the edge of a […]

Life in Shanghai: June 2015

Homecooked Shanghainese - Expat Edna on instagram by Expat Edna

My monthly wrap-ups are for me to share personal tidbits — the little things that make up my life abroad; stories and photos which may not otherwise see the light of blogging day. See previous months here. “What is this?” You may be asking yourself. “Why am I looking at a June recap? Aren’t we closer […]

The 5 best things I ate in Chengdu

Hot pot, Chengdu by Expat Edna

In this biweekly series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Tokyo, Paris, and more. Sichuan food is notoriously spicy. I have seen five-year-olds from this province easily down bowls so bright red I can barely look at them without […]

Embracing spontaneity: A magical night in Tokyo

Ie Tsugu and his guitar by Expat Edna

I wasn’t surprised that I loved my trip to Japan. You hear it all the time: Japanese people are so polite, the food is incredible, the internet is lightning fast, etc. So I won’t tell you everything I loved about visiting Japan — you’ll have heard all the reasons before (efficiency, cleanliness, vending machines: all +1). […]

The 5 best things I ate in Tokyo

Dinner at Higashi-Yama, Tokyo by Expat Edna

In this biweekly series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Xi’an, Paris, and more. Let’s set the tone straight off the bat: with only four days in Tokyo, it was obvious I wasn’t going to hit up everything. I […]

The 5 best things I ate in Xi’an

Rou jia mo, Xi'an by Expat Edna

In this biweekly series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Paris, Australia, and more. I’ve come up with a new slogan for Xi’an after my recent trip out west: Xi’an: Come for the Warriors, Stay for the Pork Buns. […]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: Spring 2015

Oysters and Pol Roger Champagne, Paris by Expat Edna

In this biweekly series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Read more food posts here. These days, trips to Paris mostly feature a return to all of our favorite restaurants and bars — we basically live at Cafe St Regis — with just a few meals set aside […]

So this is Australian wine country…

Melbourne wine tours - Yarra Valley by Expat Edna

On the great booze divide, I’m very much in the beer camp. I’ll take a good stout or blanche over a glass of wine any day. If I’m going to be really honest? I generally can’t tell a bottle of $40 wine from a bottle worth $4. I get nervous when waiters ask me to […]