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 […]

The 5 best things I ate: Melbourne and Sydney

5 best things I ate- Melbourne and Sydney by Expat Edna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Read more food posts here. I did things a little differently when planning Melbourne and Sydney — namely, in that I didn’t. For once, I hardly did any research into the food scenes, and Joe and I instead relied […]

Life in Shanghai: November

Life in Shanghai November 2014 by Expat Edna

My monthly wrap-ups are for me to share more of my daily goings-on; the little things that make up my life abroad. For previous months, see here.  While putting this month’s photos together, I realized: it’s been an incredibly food-heavy month. Possible side effect of Thanksgiving lead-up — or more a sign that I’m too old to […]

The 5 best things I ate in LA

The 5 best things I ate in LA by Expat Edna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Read previous posts here. When you only have 2.5 days to experience a city as happening and diverse as Los Angeles, the itinerary is pretty action-packed. When I wasn’t being shown the sights, I was being shown the food […]

The 5 best things I ate in Madrid

The 5 best things I ate in Madrid by Expat Edna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Read more food posts here. A large factor in me falling for Madrid was the city’s food and drink scene, and the friendly people behind it all (the portion sizes, the freebies, the smiling service — such a treat, […]

One day in Segovia

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If you like aqueducts and suckling pigs, boy do I have the day trip for you. Segovia is a small town outside Madrid, about an hour’s drive or thirty minutes away on the fast train. It’s one of those towns so old and full of preserved historical goodness it’s been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage […]

We drove to Belgium just for the beer

We drove to Belgium for the beer

Like many good ideas, the idea to roadtrip to Belgium for beer came about over a few drinks at the bar. It was the start of expat leaving season in Paris. I was at a friend’s going away party, and with my own time in the city quickly running out, I was ruminating on goodbyes […]

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 […]