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Tasty Danish Tacos – Hija de Sanchez in Copenhagen, Denmark

Tackling a tasty taco is an easy endeavor if you find yourself in, say, Mexico City or Tijuana. You can even find impressive options in cities like Los Angeles and New York City stateside, but you won’t accidentally bump into the best taco of your life in Copenhagen… that is unless someone points you in the direction of Hija de Sanchez.

 

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Tacoliciousness at Hija de Sanchez in Copenhagen

 

One doesn’t expect to find a chef alum of Copenhagen’s famous Noma restaurant (which topped The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list not once, but four times) behind a taco stand, but then again you don’t expect to sidle up to a taqueria in Denmark. Instead of opening a jacket required restaurant Rosio Sanchez, Noma’s former pastry chef, decided to dive head first into taco territory. It’s not surprising when you consider that Sanchez is a first generation Mexican-American who grew up on the Southside of Chicago eating tacos de lengua. What is surprising is that she decided to open her ode to the humble approachable taco in Copenhagen. Denmark isn’t typically known for its Mexican cuisine nor is it likely you’ll encounter grab and go grub in the happiest country in the world. In fact, one of the most common dishes you’ll find in cities like Copenhagen is smørrebrød (open faced sandwiches) …and even then you’re likely to see Danes wielding a knife and fork.

 

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An adorable puppy molcajete at Hija de Sanchez in Copenhagen. No wonder Denmark is the happiest place on Earth.

 

Hija de Sanchez’s settings (both at the original location in Torvehallerne Market which opened in June 2015, and its Kødbyen outpost which opened its doors in April of 2016) are casual, but the tacos at both spots are elevated to the pinnacle of great cuisine without the wallet busting pain of your typical high end restaurant. All of the corn Sanchez and her team use is Mexican and her pastry prowess shines through given the delicate flavor in each tortilla. The Al Pastor is a standout because its juicy spit roasted marinated pork marries perfectly with the sweet tang of pineapple, onion and cilantro. The Barbacoa made with beer braised beef, pickled red onions, and cilantro also holds its own. In terms of uniqueness, its hard to beat the El Paul which consists of crispy fish skin, gooseberry salsa, onion, cilantro and avocado. The offerings vary daily depending on availability.

 

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Hija de Sanchez’s Mouth Watering Crispy Fish Skin, Barbacoa and Al Pastor Tacos

 

In addition to tacos, Hija de Sanchez also offers quesadillas, homemade chips and guacamole as well as salsas in quirky variations like gooseberry. On a hot day, paletas (sweet Mexican treats that are similar to ice pops) in unique flavors like avocado and hibiscus can cool you down. Sanchez’s knack for crafting well prepared reasonably priced Mexican food over in Scandinavia has been well received. Who knows, perhaps in a few years taking a taqueria pilgrimage to Copenhagen just might become de rigueur.

 

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Hija de Sanchez’s Torvehallerne Location

 

Hija de Sanchez
Original Location in Torvehallerne Market: Frederiksborggade 21
Copenhagen, Denmark
Hours: *Open Seasonally April Through October* Monday – Thursday 12:00pm to 7:00pm, Friday 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm to 6:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Kødbyen Location: Slagterboderne 8
Copenhagen, Denmark
Hours: Open Year Round Monday – Thursday 11:00am to 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm
Phone: +45 31185203
Email: info@hijadesanchez.dk
Pricing (All in Danish Krone) – Tacos DKK 37.00 to 42.00 each, sides DKK 15.00 t0 85.00,
beers are DKK 45.00 and non-alcoholic beverages are approximately 35.00 per drink.

Home of the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Roll – Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California

Sushi is amazing for approximately 501 million reasons, the number one reason being that it tastes so darn good. At Cupcake Sushi in Key West, Florida you can chow down on sweet dessert versions like the Snickers roll or the sea salt caramel roll. If you head to Copenhagen, Denmark you can indulge in sushi/sandwich hybrids known as “smushi” at a spot called the Royal Smushi Cafe. If you’re a staunch traditionalist, you might prefer to dine on the omakase and sashimi at a spot like Sushi Tomi in Mountain View, California. Needless to say, we’ve encountered quite a few different takes on sushi over the years, but nothing prepared us for the golden hued glory of the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roll you can nab at Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California.

 

Have No Fear - 'Consecotaleophobia' (the Fear of Chopsticks) Isn't Permitted at Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California
Have No Fear – ‘Consecotaleophobia’ (the Fear of Chopsticks) Isn’t Permitted at Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California

 

Before we talk about that hot mamma, we should give you a bit of background. Sushi Confidential is the brainchild of Randy Musterer who is best known as Sushi Randy to most folks in downtown Campbell. Musterer and his crew opened Sushi Confidential’s doors almost six years ago and business has been booming ever since. In fact, there are actually two Sushi Confidential locations, one in Campbell and the other is located inside San Pedro Square in San Jose, California.

 

I Wanna be Jalapeño Business - Delicious Spicy Tuna Jalapeño Boats at Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California
I Wanna be Jalapeño Business – Delicious Spicy Tuna Jalapeño Boats at Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California

 

We kicked our meal off with quadruplets, or more specifically, four spicy jalapeño boats. The boat presentation has changed over the years (note to Sushi Randy, we’re digging the latest iteration), but the taste remains just as delightful. Tempura jalapeños are stuffed with cream cheese and spicy tuna then topped with green onions, tobiko, macadamia nuts, spicy spy sauce and unagi sauce.

 

We're Hopeless Ramen-tics - A Bowl of Tonkatsu Ramen at Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California
We’re Hopeless Ramen-tics – A Bowl of Tonkatsu Ramen at Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California

 

Next up was a bowl of ramen. It’s a bit of a hidden secret that Sushi Confidential has ramen. If you don’t see it on the menu, don’t be too concerned. Just ask your server about it. On rainy Silicon Valley days, you’ll be glad that most people in the Bay Area aren’t aware that this sushi joint serves up steaming bowls of goodness. (If everyone knew that Sushi Confidential makes a mean ramen, we’re pretty sure there would be a line out the door on drizzle days.) The tonkatsu ramen you’ll find at Sushi Confidential consists of a creamy pork broth made with marinated pork belly. One of our favorite parts of this dish is the soy marinated egg they pop in your bowl. If we had an extra stomach, we’d be tempted to add an additional marinated soft boiled egg into the mix, but we need to stay focused. Remember, we’ve still got a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roll coming up. The standard ramen also comes with black chili paste, mushrooms, red curry pickles, green onions, bean sprouts, adorable little fish cakes, pickled radishes and chili oil. Each bowl is garnished with kaiware sprouts and shredded nori.

 

In addition to Sushi Confidential, here’s a list of other neat little local spots you might enjoy checking out in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Blisters that Feel Good - The Shishito Kamikaze Roll at Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California
Blisters that Feel Good – The Shishito Kamikaze Roll at Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California

 

We’re kind of obsessed with shishito peppers, so we also ordered the shishito kamikaze roll. We thoroughly enjoyed the blend of spicy tuna combined with blistered shishito pepper tempura and cream cheese. The roll is crowned with even more tuna, spicy spy sauce, unagi sauce and jalapeño slices.

 

Is it Hot in Here or is it Just You? Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California Serves Up Some Heat - A Bowl of Tonkatsu Ramen, a Flamin' Hot Cheetos Roll and a Shishito Kamikaze Roll
Is it Hot in Here or is it Just You? Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California Serves Up Some Heat – A Bowl of Tonkatsu Ramen, a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Roll and a Shishito Kamikaze Roll

 

At first blush we were concerned the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roll was bound to, well, flameout. That being said, we’ve dined at Sushi Confidential a bunch of times before and we’ve never been disappointed by the omakase (chef’s special) rolls we’ve ordered in the past. Clocking in at a relatively steep $16.00 (slightly more than the cost of two California rolls at Sushi Confidential), we really didn’t want this roll to let us down. We crossed our fingers and toes and hoped for the best. We were ready to resign the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roll to the list of things you have to try once, but never add to your regular rotation… until we bit into it. The Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roll is amazingly good. Like so good, we’ll probably be ordering it again even though our wallet is not going to like that idea very much. The roll consists of shrimp tempura surrounded by cream cheese and avocado topped with spicy crab, spicy spy sauce, jalapeño and, of course, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

 

Soy Awesome - Sushi Confidential's Playful Decor is Designed by Dennis Baldwin Interiors Also Based in Campbell, California
Soy Awesome – Sushi Confidential’s Playful Decor is Designed by Dennis Baldwin Interiors Also Based in Campbell, California

 

Since we haven’t kept our experience at Sushi Confidential even the slightest bit private, we’ll let you in on another secret, happy hour. Every day both restaurant locations feature a dual happy hour from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and then again from 10:00pm until they close. Happy hour means that items like the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roll go down in price from $16.00 to $13.00. Tempura avocado, a house special that is normally $8.00, drops down to just $5.00. There are also other grub deals and specials on cocktails, draft beer, hot sake, house wine and sake bombs too. Sushi Confidential even serves a number of vegan options (sizzling teppan, donburi rice bowls, etc.) all day long. Since we’re a bit concerned that our Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roll obsession could be long term, chances are we’ll be saving money right along side you during happy hour.

 

Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California
Sushi Confidential in Campbell, California

 

Sushi Confidential
Address: 247 East Campbell Avenue
Campbell, California 95008
*A second Sushi Confidential location can be found in San Jose, California. 
Hours: Monday Through Saturday 11:30am to 11:30pm, Sunday 9:30am to 10:30pm
Phone: (408) 596-5554
Email: michael@sushiconfidential.com
Pricing (All in USD): Starters $5.00 to $16.00, Nigiri and Sashimi $5.00 to $13.00, Sushi and Sashimi Combinations $15.00 to $27.00, Signature Nigiri $9.50 to $10.50, Signature Sashimi $16.50 to $17.50, Confidential Rolls $13.00 to $24.50, Classic Rolls $5.00 to $15.00, Cooked Rolls $10.00 to $17.00, Vegetarian Rolls $10.00 to $14.50, Gluten Free Rolls $13.00 to $17.00, Tonkatsu Ramen $16.00 (Additional Toppings Are Available), Salads $7.50 to $20.00, Hot Entrees $18.00 to $24.00, Sizling Teppan (Hot Griddle) $13.50 to $17.00, Udon $14.00 to $17.00, Donburi (Rice Bowls) $12.00 to $15.00, Kid’s Menu $4.00 to $8.00, Sides $3.75 to $5.75, Beer $5.00 to $10.00, Wine $5.00 to $42.00, Top Secret Cocktails $11.00, Confidential Cocktails $12.00, Sake $8.00 to $28.00, Sake Bombs $5.00 *Prices on some items may be reduced during lunch and happy hours.

 

 

Ornaments of a Different Kind – Norway Designs in Oslo, Norway

Norway is a country full of surprises. There are hikes with fairy tale worthy names like Trolltunga (troll’s tongue) and pizzas topped with kjøttboller (meatballs) at tasty dives like Hell’s Kitchen in Oslo. It’s also a country that’s revered for its design. In Norway you can spy timeless elements like the sleek furniture that’s coming out of Norwegian design house Fjordfiesta and also nab the perfect bauble to sport at your next soirée. Either way, whether you’re on the hunt for artwork, ceramics,  glass, fashion, jewelry, kitchen utensils or even stationary you’re bound to bump into at least one stunning design element or accessory that you’ll lust after when you’re exploring the land of the midnight sun.

 

Norway Designs in Oslo, Norway is a Purveyor of Fine Nordic Designs for Little Kids and Big Kids
Norway Designs in Oslo, Norway is a Purveyor of Fine Nordic Designs for Little Kids and Big Kids

 

Norway Designs is a treasure trove filled with Nordic designers and it’s located in Norway’s capital city, Oslo. You’ll find this wonderland filled with home design elements and neat artwork tucked off of bustling Stortingsgata. The shop has been open for 60 years and is an epicenter for all things Norwegian design. It was opened by Per Tannum, a Norwegian businessman who had a passion for all things related to Nordic design and handicrafts. (Tannum passed away in 1994.)

 

Quirky Scandinavian Brands Like Nomess Copenhagen Are Among Great Finds at Norway Designs in Oslo
Quirky Scandinavian Brands Like Nomess Copenhagen Are Among Great Finds at Norway Designs in Oslo

 

You’ll find small local individual artists represented in Norway Designs, as well as major Scandinavian design brands that have gained global popularity.

 

Hooked - Neat Designs From Nomess Copenhagen at Norway Designs in Oslo
Hooked – Neat Designs From Nomess Copenhagen at Norway Designs in Oslo

 

One of our cult favorites is Nomess Copenhagen, an organization brand specializing in containing everyday items that was created by Suzanne Potts. The only other store we’ve bumped into Nomess’ awesome aesthetically pleasing containers during our travels is at Akkúrat (another fantadesign focused shop in Reykjavík, Iceland).

 

Northern Lights - Bright Pops of Plexiglass Color From Norwegian Jewelry Artist Toril Slokvik at Norway Designs
Northern Lights – Bright Pops of Plexiglass Color From Norwegian Jewelry Artist Toril Slokvik at Norway Designs

 

During our visit, we were completely dazzled by the array of tropical colors Norwegian designer Toril Slokvik pops into her delightful plastic and plexiglass Ura Smykker designs. Her work could easily have been inspired by the colorful cocktails you’ll find in Cuba or Miami‘s eclectic street art. It’s surprising to see Slokvik’s fluorescent furor in a country that’s known for dreary dark winters, but then again, Norway is known for Mother Nature’s bright auroras, the Northern Lights.

 

I'm Close Friends with 25 Letters of the Alphabet, I Don't Know Y - Design Letter's Arne Jacobsen Line at Norway Designs in Oslo
I’m Close Friends with 25 Letters of the Alphabet, I Don’t Know Y – Design Letter’s Arne Jacobsen Line at Norway Designs in Oslo

 

At Norway Designs you’ll find things like funky letters you can hang on your wall or a child’s room by Denmark’s Design Letters. (Design Letters was created by Mette Thomsen, a former copywriter and journalist turned designer.)

 

Miles and Miles of Aisles - You Could Spend a Full Day Exploring Norway Designs in Oslo
Miles and Miles of Aisles – You Could Spend a Full Day Exploring Norway Designs in Oslo

 

There are also teapots by Finnish design house Marimekko and even oak cutting boards for your kitchen from Norwegian based Trefjøla. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect souvenir or a gift for a loved one, the lovely collections on display at Norway Designs are bound to be the beginning of an auld lang syne with Scandinavian design.

 

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Norway Designs in Oslo, Norway

 

Norway Designs
Address: Stortingsgaten 28
Oslo, Norway 0161
Hours: Monday Through Friday 10:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Phone: +47 23 11 45 10
Email: post@norwaydesigns.no
Pricing (All in Norwegian Krone or NOK): Prices Range From 40 (for Stationary) to 4,750 (for High End Design Pieces)

 

 

Buns of Cinnamon – Brauð & Co. in Reykjavík, Iceland

Iceland has no shortage of incredible vistas and amazing places to discover. Many Nordic countries are known for their hefty traditional dishes, like Sweden’s toast skagen. Iceland stands apart from its Northern European brethren in that it isn’t afraid to part with tradition and add a modern flair to dishes. From the scrumptious coffee + milk bars you’ll find at Omnom Chocolate in Reykjavík to the volcano pizzas you can dive into at Kaffi Krús in Selfoss, Iceland covers all the comfort food bases and then some. In that respect, Iceland’s food scene is much closer in relation to the new Nordic dishes you’ll find sprinkled across Copenhagen, Denmark. The mothership of Icelandic baked goods and cinnamon buns (known as kanilsnúðar) the size of Princess Leia’s head is Brauð & Co. in Reykjavík.

 

Stop Loafing Around and Grab Some Fresh Bread at Brauð & Co. Bakery in Reykjaviík, Iceland
Stop Loafing Around and Grab Some Fresh Bread at Brauð & Co. Bakery in Reykjaviík, Iceland

 

The original bakery location on Frakkastígur opened its doors in April 2016. It is a place where you’ll find viking daily-breaders and tourists alike all clamoring about for the freshest find from the oven. Two additional locations sprouted up in 2017, on Fákafen and Hlemmur Mathöll, perhaps as a testament to the massive influx of hungry visitors Iceland has seen in recent years.

 

I Need You to Knead Me - Fresh Bread Gets Ready for the Oven at Brauð & Co. Bakery in Reykjavík, Iceland
I Need You to Knead Me – Fresh Bread Gets Ready for the Oven at Brauð & Co. Bakery in Reykjavík, Iceland

 

There are also loaves of fresh bread and other pastries like croissants available. Brauð & Co. has a plethora of baked goods, but most people come because of their irresistible kanilsnúðar which are similar to cinnamon buns.

 

Brauð & Co. Bakery in Reykjaviík, Iceland is on a Roll With Its Fresh Kanilsnúðar (Cinnamon Buns)
Brauð & Co. Bakery in Reykjaviík, Iceland is on a Roll With Its Fresh Kanilsnúðar (Cinnamon Buns)

 

On any given day you’ll see an exotic range of flavors on display in the shop’s trays.

 

In addition to Brauð & Co., here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across Iceland.

 

From traditional vanilla and cinnamon to rhubarb and blueberry licorice versions, it’s hard to snag a sniff and not purchase at least one of the buns at Brauð & Co.

 

I Soda Think You're Cute - Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri's Rabarber Frisklavet Brus (Rhubarb Soda) at Brauð & Co. Bakery in Reykjaviík, Iceland
I Soda Think You’re Cute – Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri’s Rabarber Frisklavet Brus (Rhubarb Soda) at Brauð & Co. Bakery in Reykjaviík, Iceland

 

While happily munching on our traditional cinnamon flavor and Icelandic licorice cinnamon buns (you’ll find licorice everything as you travel across Iceland), we washed them down with a refreshing Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri rabarber frisklavet brus (rhubarb soda). Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri is a farm brewery based in the old port town of Ebeltoft, Denmark.

 

Butter Me Up Buttercup - You Can Watch the Bakers Work Their Magic at Brauð & Co. Bakery in Reykjaviík, Iceland
Butter Me Up Buttercup – You Can Watch the Bakers Work Their Magic at Brauð & Co. Bakery in Reykjaviík, Iceland

 

One of the best things about this little local bakery chain is its open layout. (For the record, we also adore the pastry viewing areas at Mirabelle in Copenhagen and Voyageur du Temps in Los Altos, California.) As you queue up for your order at Brauð & Co., you can watch the bakers hard at work.

 

Clearly we’re big breakfast fans. Curious about some of the other crazy brekkies we’ve taste tested around the globe? Here are some of our favorite brunch places in the world.

 

We love this arrangement because it makes it easier to endure any long lines you might encounter. We highly recommend that you pop by Brauð & Co.’s original location whether it’s to catch a whiff of something wonderful or to snap a photo of its funky graffiti dressed building.

 

Brauð & Co. in Reykjaviík, Iceland
Brauð & Co. in Reykjaviík, Iceland

 

Brauð & Co.
Address: Frakkastígur 16
Reykjavík, Iceland 101
*Two additional locations of the bakery can be found at Fákafen 11, 108 Reykjavík and in Hlemmur Mathöll at Laugavegi 107, 101 Reykjavík.
Hours: Monday Through Friday Early Morning Until 6:00pm, Saturday and Sunday Early Morning Until 5:00pm
Phone: +354 456 7777
Email: Braudogco@Braudogco.Is
Prices (All in Icelandic Króna or ISK): Many Treats Range in Price from 300 to 490, Loaves of Bread from 890 to 1,190

The Best Kind of Men Are Ramen – Fat Ramen in Helsinki, Finland

When we set out for an adventure across countries like Denmark and Finland one thing we weren’t expecting to encounter were delicious Nordic twists on international fare like ramen and tacos. While we anticipated indulging in tasty regional Scandinavian dishes like toast skagen in Sweden, we never imagined we’d be raving about tender barbacoa tacos from Hija de Sanchez in Copenhagen. We had a similar reaction when we stumbled upon a fresh take on Japanese style ramen at Fat Ramen in Helsinki, Finland.

 

Hietalahti Market Hall in Helsinki, Finland is Home to Fat Ramen and Other Local Food Purveyors
Hietalahti Market Hall in Helsinki, Finland is Home to Fat Ramen and Other Local Food Purveyors

 

Tucked away in the corner of Helsinki’s Hietalahti Market Hall, Fat Ramen combines Asian and Nordic flavors and whips them up into some pretty rad noodle bowls. Co-founded by Marcos Gois and Otto Sarpaniemi Fat Ramen isn’t simply trying to mimic traditional Japanese ramen. Instead Fat Ramen focuses more on developing it own unique style with a focus on making everything from scratch using local seasonal ingredients. Starters and sides at Fat Ramen range from kimchi and wakame salad to a romaine salad with chickpeas “hozon” and edamame beans with dill oil.

 

Fat Ramen Has Cornered Helsinki's Ramen Market
Fat Ramen Has Cornered Helsinki’s Ramen Market

 

Ramen bowl offerings include, “the fat,” which is made with tonkotsu broth, pork belly, pork neck and one half of a pickled egg. There’s also a chicken lemon bowl, ginger salmon and even a smokey duck bowl. (Vegeterian options like the Jalotofu are also on the menu.) We arrived for a late lunch and swooped in on Fat Ramen’s spicy garlic tonkotsu. Our bowl was filled with tonkotsu broth, handmade noodles, a generous portion of pork belly and a nice dollop of spicy homemade Sriracha sauce that some serious bite to it.

 

Foodie Paradise - Fat Ramen is One of the Many Food Stalls in Helsinki, Finland's Hietalahti Market Hall
Foodie Paradise – Fat Ramen is One of the Many Food Stalls in Helsinki, Finland’s Hietalahti Market Hall

The fast casual noodle bar is in a prime spot for people watching. Hietalahti Market Hall has plenty of foot traffic and food stalls to keep you entertained during your lunch hour.

 

The Second Floor of Helsinki, Finland's Hietalahti Market Hall
The Second Floor of Helsinki, Finland’s Hietalahti Market Hall

 

If seating is a bit crowded, you can pop upstairs for tables with an eagle’s eye view of the market activity.

 

Foodie Watching - A View From the Second Floor of Helsinki, Finland's Hietalahti Market Hall
Foodie Watching – A View From the Second Floor of Helsinki, Finland’s Hietalahti Market Hall

 

Fat Ramen’s noodle bowls put a decidedly Nordic twist on a traditional Japanese dish. The bowl offer you an easy way to fuel up quickly while also affording you the opportunity to soak in some of Helsinki’s foodie culture.

 

 

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Fat Ramen in Helsinki, Finland

 

Fat Ramen
Address: Hietalahti Market Hall
‍‍‍Lönnrotinkatu 34, Helsinki
Hours: Monday Through Thursday 11:00am to 4:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 4:00pm and 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Phone: +358 400 988 511
Email: info@fatramen.fi
Prices (All in Euros): Kimchi €3,50, Salads €4,00 to €5,00, Edamame Beans €6,00, Ramen Bowls €11,00 to €14,00

A Trip to the Far East in the Far West – China Live in San Francisco, California

Having haunted many a food hall and marketplaces around the globe, we were over the moon when we heard the news that San Francisco would be welcoming its very own Asian food emporium this year. We love exploring foodie meccas like Torvehallerne Market in Copenhagen and even the many delightful stalls in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, but China Live is different. It’s a foodie temple dedicated to Chinese cooking located near the entrance to the Broadway Tunnel. China Live is nestled in the thick of the action since it’s centrally located on the border of San Francisco’s historic Chinatown and bustling North Beach neighborhoods.

 

Fortunes Decorate Parking Spots at the North Beach Garage in San Francisco's Chinatown
Fortunes Decorate Parking Spots at the North Beach Garage in San Francisco’s Chinatown

 

The Bay Area, and San Francisco in particular, has always had an appetite for foreign foodie fare. It’s no secret that there are loads of fabulous Chinese Asian fusion options in SF like Dragon Well in the Marina District and Pejiu Wu Betelnut (often referred to simply as Betelnut) in Cow Hollow. China Live is the brain child of founder George Chen and is a megaplex dedicated to exotic Chinese flavors. China Live isn’t Chen’s first culinary rodeo. He was also the creative force behind Betelnut when it first arrived on the scene with its distinctive Asian style street food back in 1995.

 

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Best Seat in the House – The Dim Sum Service Area at China Live in San Francisco, California

 

First things first. If you plan on dining at the China Live Market Restaurant making a reservation online ahead of time is a wise decision. Second of all, the best seat in the house hands down is at the dim sum bar beside the service area. We had a tough time not reaching out and grabbing every amazing dish that whizzed passed us.

 

All That and Dim Sum - The Dim Sum Counter at China Live in San Francisco
All That and Dim Sum – The Dim Sum Counter at China Live in San Francisco

 

China Live offers a plethora of craft cocktails. From the honey on the South Side (a mix of Apóstles yerba matte gin, lemon and matcha honey, muddled peppermint and basil mixed with seltzer) to the unbound (made with Paul John whisky of India, Kavlan Taiwanese whisky & Famous Grouse scotch that gets shaken with coconut rum, fresh lemon and a house made ginger syrup), you’ll likely find something that will wet your whistle.

 

I Love it When You Call Me Big Poppy - A Gold Mountain Drink Made with Greenbar Distillery's Grand Poppy Liqueur at China Live in San Francisco, California
I Love it When You Call Me Big Poppy – A Gold Mountain Drink Made with Greenbar Distillery’s Grand Poppy Liqueur at China Live in San Francisco, California

 

We opted for a gold mountain which is a mix of Bender’s 7 year rye stirred with Camus V.S. cognac, coconut sugar, house made iron Buddha bitters and a bar spoon full of Greenbar Distillery’s Grand Poppy Liqueur. It was a delightful beverage for watching the dim sum production behind the bar.

 

This Bud's for You - 8 Treasure Tea Made with Rosebuds at China Live in San Francisco, California
This Bud is for You – 8 Treasure Tea Made with Rosebuds at China Live in San Francisco, California

 

If booze isn’t your thing, the tea selection at China Live is quiet lovely. We went with a pot of the 8 treasure tea made with lotus seed, longan, jasmine pearl tea blend, hawthorne, goji, jujubee date, rosebuds and rock sugar. It was so stunning we almost didn’t want to pour it.

 

Nice Buns - Pork Belly Lotus Buns at China Live in San Francisco, California
Nice Buns – Pork Belly Lotus Buns at China Live in San Francisco, California

 

For dinner we barely ventured out of dim sum territory. It’s hard not to taste test all of the dumplings and pot stickers if you’re seated at the dim sum bar. Our first foray into China Live’s menu was with the pork belly lotus buns which were served with a delicate pao tsai cabbage and a spunky peanut glaze.

 

In addition to China Live, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

 

Chen’s mouthwatering buns were so good, we could have just kept ordering more, but we figured we ought to give the rest of the menu a chance.

 

I Like Big Baos and I Cannot Lie - Xiao Long Baos at China Live in San Francisco, California
I Like Big Baos and I Cannot Lie – Xiao Long Baos at China Live in San Francisco, California

 

We were glad we decided to stray. Six of China Live’s xiao long bao (XLB) arrived in front of us piping hot and filled with a rich consommé. A side of vinegar and ginger was provided for dipping.

 

Handcrafted with Love - Sichuan Working Hands Dumplings at China Live in San Francisco, California
Handcrafted with Love – Sichuan Working Hands Dumplings at China Live in San Francisco, California

 

Next up we tried eight of the Sichuan working hands dumplings bathed in a lovely sesame butter and a spicy peppercorn chili broth. Make sure you scoop up the broth from the bottom of the dish and place it on your dumplings, otherwise you’re liable to be licking your bowl in an effort to savor every last drop.

 

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Soft Serve on the Inside – Durian Ice Cream Topped with Roasted pineapple and Caramelized Sunflower Seeds at China Live in San Francisco, California

 

After sneaking a peek at the dessert menu before ordering our mains, we though it would be wise for us to save room for dessert. We went big and ordered both the durian soft serve ice cream and the passionfruit milk chocolate cream puff. The durian won hands down. Not only was it unique and unlike any other dessert we’ve ever tried before, but those dang caramelized sunflower seeds ought to be labeled as human crack. If China Live sold bags of the caramelized sunflower seeds in its marketplace, we’d be in big trouble.

 

Pretty as a Picture - A Passionfruit Milk Chocolate Cream Puff at China Live in San Francisco, California
Pretty as a Picture – A Passionfruit Milk Chocolate Cream Puff at China Live in San Francisco, California

 

The passionfruit milk chocolate cream puff was perfectly okay, but if we had to do our dining experience at China Live all over again, we’d likely swap out the cream puff for more of those amazing dumplings.

 

Next Time, and There Will be a Next Time, We're Ordering China Live's Signature Sheng Jian Bao (SJB) Pan Fried Pork Dumplings
Next Time, and There Will be a Next Time, We’re Ordering China Live’s Signature Sheng Jian Bao (SJB) Pan Fried Pork Dumplings

 

All in all our dining experience at China Live was excellent and we’re looking forward to popping in again sometime soon. The service was excellent and the decor throughout the building is quite lovely.

 

Getting Cheeky with the Guests - China Live's Funky Bathrooms in San Francisco, California
Getting Cheeky with the Guests – China Live’s Funky Bathrooms in San Francisco, California

 

From the saucy bathrooms…

 

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Signs From Above – Even the Ceiling at San Francisco’s China Live has Character

 

…and the elegant art…

 

Front and Center - Lovely Table Arrangements and Artwork Decorate China Live's Restaurant in San Francisco, California
Front and Center – Lovely Table Arrangements and Artwork Decorate China Live’s Restaurant in San Francisco, California

 

…to the peaceful front seating area, there’s a lot to love about China Live. One of our favorite spots in the building is China Live’s marketplace. No visit would be complete without a wander through the massive building’s shopping area.

 

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Wok the Wok – China Live’s Marketplace in San Francisco Offers Free Demonstrations and Tastings

 

While we didn’t have time (or the extra stomach required) to partake in any of the tastings that were on offer…

 

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Chef’s Delight – A Peek at the Many Home Goods on Offer Inside China Live’s Marketplace

 

…we did thoroughly enjoy peeking at all the foodie goodies in the shop.

 

Spice Things Up Back Home - China Live's Signature Spices at the Marketplace in San Francisco, California
Spice Things Up Back Home – China Live’s Signature Spices at the Marketplace in San Francisco, California

 

Visitors to San Francisco might opt to pick up some of China Live’s fresh Sichuan small hot chilis or a package of Asian smoked tea rub. Small, compact and not liquid means that China Live’s spices make for excellent souvenirs.

 

For Your Significant Other Who Loves Spooning - The Perfect Gift at China Live's Marketplace in San Francisco, California
For Your Significant Other Who Loves Spooning – The Perfect Gift at China Live’s Marketplace in San Francisco, California

 

If checking a bag, or having something sticking out of your luggage is an option, the giant wooden spoons sold in China Live’s marketplace are sure to be a big hit with the foodies in your life. We couldn’t resist the adorable, “I’m all that and dim sum,” shirts China Live sells from the quirky Southern California brand Bad Pickle Tees. (In fact, we may just have to add Bad Pickle’s, “Duck duck confit,” tee to our holiday wish list this year.)

 

Food Love is True Love - A Selection of Foodie Gifts on Display at China Live Marketplace in San Francisco, California
Food Love is True Love – A Selection of Foodie Gifts on Display at China Live Marketplace in San Francisco, California

 

Whether you’re in the market for the perfect pair of chopsticks or an enjoyable meal, China Live is a welcome addition to the SF foodie scene for locals and visitors alike.

 

China Live in San Francisco, California
China Live in San Francisco, California

 

China Live
Address: 644 Broadway
San Francisco, California 94133
Hours: Monday Through Thursday 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday 11:00am to 11:00pm, Saturday 10:30am to 11:00pm, Sunday 10:30am to 10:00pm
Phone: (415) 788-8188
Email: Info@ChinaLiveSF.com
Pricing (All in USD): Starters $5.00 to $24.00, Big Plates $12.00 to $60.00, Beer $6.00 to $12.00, Rice Dishes $2.00 to $21.00, Noodles and Soups $12.00 to $19.00, Cocktails and Drinks $13.00 to $15.00, Fine Teas $3.50 to $15.00, Other Non-Alcoholic Beverages $4.00 to $7.00, Desserts and Pastries $6.00 to $10.00

Michelin-Starred Dilliciousness – Dill in Reykjavík, Iceland

The Northern Lights aren’t the only thing that twinkle in Iceland. The food scene in the land of fire and ice is quite simply on fire. From 17 Sortir’s delicious baked goods to Omnom’s scrumptious chocolate, we were floored by the plethora of foodie options available in the country’s culinary epicenter, Reykjavík, and across the entire island nation for that matter. Prices across the board are sky high in Iceland (for burgers, for hotels, for rental cars and the list goes on), but at least your satiated belly will help you swallow those volcano sized checks a bit easier than if the grub was bland.

 

One of Dill's Most Decadent Dishes is its Hearty Malted Barley and Wolf Fish
One of Dill’s Most Decadent Dishes is its Hearty Malted Barley and Wolf Fish

 

This year was the first year that a restaurant in Iceland earned a coveted Michelin star. That trail blazing restaurant is Dill in Reykjavík, Iceland.

 

The Scene is Set - A Table for Two at Reykjaviík, Iceland's Michelin Starred Dill Restaurant
The Scene is Set – A Table for Two at Reykjaviík, Iceland’s Michelin Starred Dill Restaurant

 

Since Dill plays host to some of the most coveted tables in the entire country of Iceland, we actually weren’t planning on dining at Dill at all. We figured we simply wouldn’t be able to get a table. We had tried Dill’s online reservation system, but sadly for us the restaurant was either closed the days we were in Reykjavík or a table wasn’t available during the date we wanted. Midway through our trip we tried sending the restaurant an email per the recommendations on the site. By the last day of our two week trip, we still hadn’t heard a peep. What to do?

 

 

Seeing as how it was our last day (which was a Thursday) we figured we’d swing by and say hi. We arrived at ten past six (ten minutes after service began and ten minutes after we drooled on Dill’s window while gazing at delightful concoctions like blueberry moonshine). We were cheerfully greeted by a hostess who informed us that Dill had a table and it was ours for the taking. Victory. Never underestimate the power of popping by a sought after restaurant in-person with a warm smile, you never know when there is going to be a last minute cancellation.

 

Bite Sized Snacks - Just a Few Amuse-Bouche Courtesy of Dill Restaurant in Reykjaviík, Iceland
Bite Sized Snacks – Just a Few Amuse-Bouche Courtesy of Dill Restaurant in Reykjaviík, Iceland

 

With surroundings as breathtaking as the landscapes and vistas you’ll come across in Iceland, it should come as no surprise that Dill’s owner, Gunnar Karl Gíslason, and his team take their cue from Iceland’s backyard.

 

In addition to Dill, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across Iceland.

 

Gíslason is pals with Copenhagen’s famous Noma clan (in fact, René Redzepi, Noma’s chef and co-owner wrote the forward to Dill’s cookbook).

 

Breaking Bread - Tasty Sourdough Bread with Skyr Butter and Sea Salt at Dill Restaurant in Reykjaviík, Iceland
Breaking Bread – Tasty Sourdough Bread with Skyr Butter and Sea Salt at Dill Restaurant in Reykjaviík, Iceland

 

Dill’s menu is in a constant state of flux, which is a very good thing. When we were there last week, Dill was on menu #154.

 

You'll Eat Your Veggies if They're From Dill Restaurant - Pickled Carrots, Parsnip, Celeriac and Turnips
You’ll Eat Your Veggies if They Come From Dill Restaurant – Pickled Carrots, Parsnip, Celeriac and Turnips

 

There are ingredients you’ll be familiar with like ocean perch, smoked haddock, beef brisket and rutabaga.

 

Ocean Perch, Celeriac and Pickled Vegetables - A Dish at Reykjavík, Iceland's Dill Restaurant
Ocean Perch, Celeriac and Pickled Vegetables – A Dish at Reykjavík, Iceland’s Dill Restaurant

 

But alongside those familiar mains you’ll encounter local favorites like kelp, ash roots, skyr (similar to yogurt, but oh so much better), sea truffle, cod chin and an ingredient you’ll find in many Icelandic dishes around your travels in the country, angelica.

 

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Beef Brisket Paired with Sunchokes and Angelica at Dill Restaurant in Reykjavík, Iceland

 

One of the many lovely things about Dill is the attention to detail the owners put into selecting the dishes.

 

I Spy a Fire Rose - One of Kristbjörg Guðmundsdóttir's Dishes on the Table at Dill Restaurant in Reykjavík, Iceland
I Spy a Fire Rose – One of Kristbjörg Guðmundsdóttir’s Dishes on the Table at Dill Restaurant in Reykjavík, Iceland

 

A delicious, almost chowder like smoked haddock, potato and skyr dish came served upon a stunning piece by one of the most talented ceramists in Iceland, Kristbjörg Guðmundsdóttir.

 

Bubbles Galore - Iittala's Ultima Thule On-the-Rocks Glass at Dill in Reykjavík, Iceland
Bubbles Galore – Iittala’s Ultima Thule On-the-Rocks Glass at Dill in Reykjavík, Iceland

 

Even the glassware at Dill sparkles. We spied an incredible Iittala ultima thule on-the-rocks glass that we instantaneously coveted as soon as it landed at our table. (Iittala is an insanely talented Finnish design house.) But it isn’t just the attention to detail, the spotlighting of Icelandic artistic talent or Scandinavian design that secured Dill its star.

 

Wondering what the fork you should eat for dinner tonight? Curious about some of the other amazing grub spots we’ve tried around the globe? Here are some of our favorite restaurants around the world.

 

We’re fairly sure that was due in large part to the warmth in Dill’s kitchen. Heck, the best seats in the house have to be the three chef’s table stools you see as soon as you walk through the door.

 

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Beautiful Imperfection – The Cracked Window at Dill Restaurant in Reykjaviík, Iceland

 

We think the star must have been granted because of the warmth and generosity that emulates from each server and sommelier you encounter. It’s said that the crack in the window at Dill arrived naturally one day, a result of the bitter Icelandic cold bumping up against Dill’s fiery kitchen. For now the crack is left the way it naturally formed, another elegant naturally formed Icelandic landscape you get to soak in.

 

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Something Sweet – Dry Cake, Rhubarb and Whey Ice Cream at Reykjavík, Iceland’s Michelin Starred Dill Restaurant

 

If you’re looking for a tasty start (or finish) to your Icelandic adventures, Dill just might whet your appetite. The new Nordic cuisine in Iceland is so diverse and mouthwatering throughout the country that we hope many more Icelandic restaurants will soon begin accumulating the Michelin stars and the culinary accolades they deserve.

 

Dill Restaurant in Reykjavík, Iceland
Dill Restaurant in Reykjavík, Iceland

 

Dill
Address: Hverfisgötu 12
101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:00pm
Phone: +354 552-1522
Email: dillrestaurant@dillrestaurant.is
Prices (All in Icelandic Króna or ISK): Five Course Menu 11.900 (Wine Pairing 9.900), Seven Course Menu 13.900 (11.900)

Let’s Give Them Something to Taco About – Tacolicious in Palo Alto, California

Whether you like to snag your tacos in Copenhagen or Mexico City, opting to go fork free is an excellent option almost anywhere… including Silicon Valley. Once upon a time (in 2009), in a land far far away (let’s call it California) a foodie fanatic (his name is Joe Hargrave) decided to craft a terrific taco destination known as Tacolicious. What began as a small stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco has now mushroomed into a local chain of five fabulous Bay Area restaurants.

 

An Interior Shot of Tacolicious Restaurant in Downtown Palo Alto, California
MexCellent – The Festive Ambiance at Tacolicious in Palo Alto, California

 

In addition to brunch and dinner options, Tacolicious also has a happy hour menu (on weekdays from 3:00pm to 6:00pm). There is also a, “Taco Tuesday for Two,” special on you guessed it… drumroll please… Tuesday. Every Tuesday starting at 5:00pm you can acquire an old school ready to assemble taco kit for just 15 bucks equipped with six crispy homemade taco shells, seasoned beef, shredded romaine, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and house made taco sauce. A pitcher of margaritas on Tuesday will run you $29.00. Normally a margarita de la casa pitcher (made up of frozen or on the rocks blanco tequila, lime juice and agave) would set you back $41.00.

 

Friendchips - Fresh Homemade Chips at Tacolicious in Palo Alto, California
Friendchips – Tacolicious Gets Acquainted with Customers by Serving up Fresh Chips as Soon as You’re Seated

 

Our foray into tacoliciousness began with complimentary fresh chips and house salsa.

 

A Margarita, a Sangria and Salsa at Tacolicious in Palo Alto, California
When Life Gives You Limes, Garnish Your Margarita – A Margarita, a Sangria and Some Serious Salsa at Tacolicious

 

For hydration purposes we added in a margarita and a glass of sangria because, well, our salsa was looking a little lonely and we hate the idea of sad salsa.

 

A Bowl of Chile Con Queso at Tacolicious in Downtown Palo Alto, California
My Cheese, Nacho Cheese – Just in Queso You Don’t Know, It’s Best to Order a Bucket of Tacolicious’ Chile Con Queso

 

Next up we mowed down the chile con queso (aka Tacolicious COO Mike Barrow’s cheese dip). How could we possibly resist a snack that has the following description, “Sustainable? No. Local? Nope. Delicious? Yep.”

 

Lovely Sunflower Floor Tiles at Tacolicious in Palo Alto, California
Flower Power – The Pretty Floor Tiles at Tacolicious in Palo Alto, California

 

After a sip of our margarita and some cheesy goodness, we glanced down from our table and saw the stunning shoefie-rific floor at Tacolicious.

 

Eight tacos Sit on a Plate at Tacolicious in Downtown Palo Alto, California
Forks are Overrated – Tacolicious Tacos in Palo Alto, California

 

Feeling inspired after staring at the lovely floor, we proceeded to tackle our tacos. We ordered eight in total and six different kids of tacos. For our readers’ sake we taste tested the Baja style Pacific cod, the chicken chile verde, the house made chorizo, an asparagus and potato veggie taco, a guajillo chili braised beef and the beef cheek taco of the week.

 

In addition to Tacolicious, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

 

Aren’t you glad we didn’t make you try all those yummy tacos by yourself?

 

A Baja Style Pacific Cod Taco at Tacolicious in Palo Alto, California
Hungry for Tacos and Adventure – Tacolicious’ Terrific Baja Style Pacific Cod Taco

 

All the tacos were tasty, but if only one taco could take the crown it’d have to be the Baja style Pacific cod. We thought surely one of the meat tacos would win, but the Baja style Pacific cod was so delicate and crispy topped with cabbage and cumin crema that we became completely entranced by its downright beachy vibe.

 

Avocado, Chipotle and Habanero Salsas at Tacolicious in Palo Alto, California
The Three Muskateers – From Left to Right – Avocado, Chipotle and Habanero Salsas at Tacolicious in Palo Alto, California

 

All of the tacos at Tacolicious come with a trio of house made sauces. There’s a creamy green avocado salsa, a red chipotle and then a delicious yellow habanero salsa that we were tempted to douse on just about everything on the table. Just in case you aren’t intrigued by Tacolicious after reading this post, we figured we’d provide you with a bit of gratuitous food porn.

 

 

Ew, gross, stop drooling on your keyboard and head on over to Tacolicious. Trust us, the real tacos are tastier in person than our virtual tacograms.

 

Tacolicious in Palo Alto, California
Tacolicious in Palo Alto, California

 

Tacolicious
632 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, California 94301
Hours: Sunday Through Wednesday 11:30am to 10:00pm, Thursday 11:30am to 11:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am to Midnight
Phone: (415) 649-6077
Email: info@tacolicious.com
Pricing (All in USD): Brunch Dishes $9.00 to $15.50, Snacks $9.95 to $14.95, Trio of Hard Shell Tacos $10.50, Soft Tacos are One for $4.95, Four for $17.95 or 10 for $39.95, Sides $6.50 to $8.50, Non-Alcoholic Drinks $4.00 to $6.50, Beer on Tap $6.00 to $8.00, Cocktails $7.00 to $13.00, Wine $9.00 to $12.00, Desserts $9.00

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The Motley Fool, 10 Hobbies You Can Turn Into a Side Hustle

“It’s incredibly rewarding when I hear that someone had a great trip to Cuba because they visited one of the spots I wrote about and then to also get a note from that small business owner saying thank you for spreading the word about the business they created,” says Krista Canfield McNish, founder and chief discoverer of FoodWaterShoes.

New York Magazine, The 16 Best Travel Pillows

“For many years I simply didn’t want to sacrifice the space in my bag and I also didn’t want to risk looking like the Linus of the airport by lugging around an extra U-shaped pillow,” says Krista Canfield McNish, founder of FoodWaterShoes. “In my mind, the best travel pillow has to be compact, comfortable, inexpensive (in case you lose it or it just doesn’t pan out for you).” Her personal favorite is this one with the airplane safety graphics. As loud as it is, she says, it folds up and takes up less space in your luggage than a magazine.

Vanity FairHow the Polar Ice Caps Became the Ultimate, Limited Edition Luxury Destination

Like Ou and Wang, Silicon Valley-based Krista Canfield McNish and her husband, Ian, have put their jobs on pause to travel the world. A few years ago, the polar regions wouldn’t have made the cut, but now they’re high priorities out of concerns that they may soon be “unrecognizable,” or even gone. That adds a level of complication for those, like the McNishes, who weigh planetary and cultural concerns when it comes to planning their trips.

“We knew the likelihood that at some point in our lifetime, tigers might be gone,” says Krista about a trip to India. “The fact that we may not see the Jungle Book critter anymore is a crazy thing to ponder.”

But they also try to be mindful of not doing more damage. “We always try and balance that with the other side [that] some of these places are becoming popular, and because they’re becoming popular and accessible, [there’s] the risk that actually too many people are going to go and make it leave faster,” says Ian.

Dow Jones Moneyish, How taking extended time off makes people like Simone Biles even better at their jobs

“It’s important to take time to press pause, press the reset button, and remember what’s most important in life, since you don’t get a chance to do a do-over,” she said. Plus, it kickstarted a new career. “Traveling and taking time off gives you time to expand your network. I was able to have more in-person meetings with different people,” she said, which led her to opening her own public relationships consultancy and her FoodWaterShoes travel site.

SHAPE Magazine, Why a Surprise Trip Might Be the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Mental Health

“Giving up control of your travel plans to someone you love gives you an opportunity to connect with them in a completely different way,” says Krista Canfield McNish of FoodWaterShoes, a 35-year-old based in San Francisco who often plans surprise trips for her husband and vice versa. “If you’re open to it, you’ll be presented with a rare opportunity to discover what the person you care about values in an experience and that in and of itself is a priceless gift.”

OrbitzThe best comfy-but-stylish travel shoes, according to world travelers

La Manual Alpargatera or Un Pie en Versailles
According to: Krista Canfield McNish, founder of FoodWaterShoes, and a nomad who has explored 10 countries over the past 10 months, including Cuba, India and more.

Why they’re great: “Spanish espadrilles are my travel shoe ‘solemate’ because you can dress them up or down. The thick soles on Spanish espadrilles mean your feet won’t be weary after a day of pounding the pavement or cobblestones when you’re exploring a new city. I bought my first pair at La Manual Alpargatera in Barcelona. Despite the fact that they look absolutely nothing like my reliable Mammut hiking boots, I comfortably broke my first pair of espadrilles in during a multi-hour hike around the rugged Montserrat monastery. Earlier this year I bought a gorgeous new pair in Madrid, from Un Pie en Versailles. I couldn’t resist wearing them right away and hours later my feet were still as happy as clams, and they look more chic than if I were to stroll around in sneakers.”

HertzA California Road Trip: Sequoia & Kings Canyon to Death Valley

“The landscape in Death Valley is so incredibly remote and desolate,” says Krista Canfield McNish, founder of the travel blog FoodWaterShoes. “Throughout the park you’ll see deserted old mines and camps. I came away from our experience respecting the Native Americans and pioneers who made their way through this tough terrain.”

Insider8 things you can do to make wearing high heels more comfortable

Buying good heels isn’t enough, you also have to take care of them. “If you treat really good heels well, they’ll be nice to your feet over time,” Canfield McNish said. “We do things like getting our oil changed for our car, we get our hair trimmed regularly, but shoes are important too, especially if you’re on your feet all day.”

Forbes, It’s Time For Travel Companies To Explore Shopping Tourism

Increasingly hotels are incorporating shopping into their guests’ experiences travel blogger Krista Canfield McNish tells me. Like Paris’ Hotel du Petit Moulin, the boutique hotel designed by Christian Lacroix, which offers a shopping package that includes a three-hour personal shopping tour of Le Marais in cooperation with Localers, a custom tour company.

Reader’s Digest, Fascinating Ice Cream Traditions Around the World

While you reveal a lot about yourself when you order ice cream, you mostly say that you love fun when ordering New Zealand favorite, Hokey Pokey. Krista Canfield McNish, founder of FoodWaterShoes, an international food site, says that the blend can vary, depending on which shop you visit, but mostly it means plain vanilla ice cream mixed with generous heaps of honeycomb toffee. The outcome is a super rich, creamy ice cream—and it’s delicious, says McNish. It’s popular throughout the North and South islands of New Zealand and even available at grocery stores, with a leading brand called Tip Top’s Hokey Pokey.

MSN, Travel: The Not-So-Good Ideas

AAA, 5 Of the Best European Vacations That Need To Be On Your Bucket List

What’s been hiding in plain sight in the land of fire and ice is some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Europe, says Krista Canfield McNish, founder of FoodWaterShoes.com.

“You’ll encounter stunning landscapes and waterfalls like those in places like New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland,” said McNish. “What makes Iceland special are all the nooks and crannies you can get into.”

POPSUGAR, Where to Travel Based on Your Favorite Drink

France is known for its Champagne and Napa, CA, is known for its wine, but Spain is the place to go if you’re looking to down a cool glass of cava. “Spanish sparkling wine often hails from Catalonia and comes in white or a rose color. It makes the perfect team member for all those delicious spicy Spanish tapas dishes. Unlike pricey Champagne, cava is usually more moderately priced but still high quality, ensuring each sip will go down smoothly,” says Krista Canfield McNish, founder and chief discoverer of FoodWaterShoes.

Verily Magazine30 Women Over 30 Told Us What They’d Tell Their 20-Year-Old Selves

“Don’t wait for tomorrow. If there’s a challenge you want to tackle or a summit you want to climb, do it today.” —Krista C.

The Cheat Sheet, Flight Attendants Reveal the Things They’re Silently Judging You for

We all wish we had more space on the plane. However, violently reclining your chair won’t make more space magically appear. McNish tells The Cheat Sheet, “In this day and age, legroom isn’t a given. Slamming your back into your seat chair in the hopes it sprouts wings and gives you an extra inch only gives the person behind you bruises on their knees.” Additionally, Czink — the etiquette expert — advises The Cheat Sheet that before you recline your seat, “Ask first, ‘Would you mind if I recline my seat a little?’”

You might be irritated about the lack of legroom. But as McNish notes, “Flying is only as stressful as you let it get. Being angry doesn’t usually get you anywhere faster, so just try your best to be nice to the other folks on your flight.”

“My year off was about so much more than knocking places off a bucket list. I realized you only get one chance, one life, to really experience the people, cultures and creatures that make up this world. My moments with our relatives also taught me that, while money and work are important priorities, so is the time you get to spend with family.

What my husband and I ultimately didn’t want to happen was to wake up five, 10 or 15 years from now and wonder what could have been. Life can change in an instant, and we didn’t want to regret not having our great adventure.”

“Throughout her life, Krista Canfield McNish has been lucky enough to scale plenty of world-renowned hikes, including the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, The Circuit in Torres del Paine in Patagonia in Chile, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, but it’s not the hardest hikes that stand out the most in her mind. Instead it was a series of intense climbs that she labels the most “epic” in her trail book. In July 2013, her then-boyfriend, Ian, decided to do an intense hiking challenge for their first trip together.”

AccuWeather, Snow blindness: How snow, the sun’s UV rays can temporarily damage your vision

“When Krista Canfield McNish hiked up to Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit with her friends, she was already aware of most of the trek’s potential dangers. “We’d had some pretty bad avalanche conditions that were there; there have actually been some deaths along that area of the trail before,” said McNish, the founder of the FoodWaterShoes lifestyle blog. However, the threat that impacted McNish on the hike was one that she didn’t expect.”

AirHelp, How To Beat Jet Lag with Science, Technology and Experience

“My favorite tip for sleeping well on an airplane is to spray rose water or a fruit extract mist on my face after I brush my teeth in the bathroom. My go to is the Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Spray or Reviva’s rosewater spray (you can find the rosewater spray at almost any Vitamin Shoppe or make your own version at home). The spray keeps my skin hydrated without making it feel greasy the way some lotions do, plus the light scent is quite soothing.” ~Krista Canfield McNish, founder of FoodWaterShoes

Behind the Blue/ValPak, 7 Holiday Travel Tips To Save You Money

3. Lunch Menus and the Bar Are Where You Find Value at High-End Restaurants
If you’re like me, you research the restaurants in the city you’re visiting for the holidays and salivate over Michelin-starred menus that are way out of your price range.
Don’t think that those prix fixe menus are your only option at a best-in-the-city type restaurant, said Krista Canfield McNish, founder of travel site FoodWaterShoes.
“High-end restaurants often have affordable lunch menus you can indulge in,” she said. “even the finest Michelin-starred spots may offer a seating in the afternoon that can be much more palpable on your wallet.”

The lunch menu is the only way to get good value at a great restaurant, though. Getting seating at the bar – a common offer when you don’t have a reservation – is an excellent way to enjoy incredible food at modest prices.

“While the number of appetizers, small bites and plates is often scaled down, so are the prices,” she said. “If you opt to nosh on a limited menu with the bartender, your tab is usually significantly lower than if you had a table reservation.”

4. The Best Chefs Aren’t Always at the Most Expensive Restaurants
Another sterling way to enjoy world-class food without making your wallet cry? Research kitchen staff.

The world’s best restaurants tend to produce amazing talent, talent that, at some point, leaves the famous kitchen to start their own. And when they do, particularly in the cities McNish will visit, she knows about it.

Take Copenhagen’s Noma, regarded by many as one of the top three restaurants in the world. Getting a table at the restaurant is difficult, but not nearly as difficult as coming up with the money to pay for it.

When McNish was headed to Copenhagen, she did some research on where various Noma kitchen staff have gone to other parts of the city to start their own restaurants.
“Snagging a coveted reservation at Noma is nearly impossible, but there are loads of chefs who have paid their dues in Noma’s kitchen and are now serving fabulous fare at other lesser known (and lower priced) establishments,” she said.

HappyLuxe, Unique Travel Stories: The 19 Best and Worst Flight Experiences Ever

I was waiting for a redeye JetBlue flight from California to NYC on August 14, 2011. It was delayed for almost two hours because of bad weather. I shrugged, figuring a delay was par for the course, until a fellow passenger used our delay as on opportunity to watch a movie… at full volume with no headphones.

I took to Twitter and someone at JetBlue replied by saying snacks and drinks were coming. Our airport “angel” even asked if it might help if they had a gate attendant offer the offending passenger headphones. Once the grub came, everyone’s least favorite flyer put his movie player away and we were all able to rest our ears. ~Krista Canfield McNish, founder of FoodWaterShoes

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Krista makes an important point about how hiking. She says, “Hiking and taking big trips can make or break a relationship. You get a crash course in the other person—Are they a morning person? Do they prefer to lounge or be on the go? How do they handle stressful situations?” In addition, no electronic distractions such as cell phones, tabs, and laptops mean getting more personal interactions with fellow hikers. Overall, she says, one gets to experience the real self of that person much better than just a dinner date or a movie outing.

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Volcanoes & Ice Cream
“Iceland is a land of volcanoes and ice cream. It’s chock full of caves, glaciers and volcanoes you can explore. There’s an elevator that descends deep into Thrihnukagigur volcano and trekking through the caves in Europe‘s second largest glacier, Langjökull is like entering a real life ice palace. The food in Iceland is expensive, but incredible. Driving around the island you’ll bump into tons of local farms that serve homemade ice cream in quirky flavors like birch, dandelion and liquorice.” – Krista Canfield McNish, founder and chief discoverer of FoodWaterShoes

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