Review: Cathay Pacific’s The Pier Business Class Lounge at HKG

Maxine and I have been fortunate to experience first class and business class lounges across the world (including the Emirates First Class Lounge at DXB – Dubai Airport) but if there is one lounge that tops our list, it’s Cathay Pacific’s The Pier, Business Class lounge at HKG – Hong Kong International Airport. During ourContinue reading “Review: Cathay Pacific’s The Pier Business Class Lounge at HKG”

Airplane Food: Top 10 In-flight Meals

Last updated: May 8, 2020 In the Bon Appetit article “Anthony Bourdain Thinks You’re Crazy For Eating Airplane Food“, Anthony Bourdain answers questions about what’s acceptable to eat aboard a flight, which in fact is nothing at all…unless you’re on a long flight and in that case cheese and lots of port (emphasis on lotsContinue reading “Airplane Food: Top 10 In-flight Meals”

Books to Read Before Going to Sri Lanka

COVID-19 Update: Sri Lanka is expected to re-open to international tourism in August 2020. For more information about the COVID-19 protocols, click here. Overview: Reading literature from the country you are going to visit is a good starting point to immerse yourself into the culture and can even help you to plan other aspects ofContinue reading “Books to Read Before Going to Sri Lanka”

Hiking the Awa’awapuhi Trail in the Koke’e State Park, Kauai

This is a round trip 6.1 mile (about 10 km) hike through the Koke’e State Park to the valley rim of Nualolo and Awa’awapuhi valleys. You start the hike at about 4,100 feet and descend down to about 2,500 feet, which means it’s all uphill on the way back. Most websites and reviews categorize thisContinue reading “Hiking the Awa’awapuhi Trail in the Koke’e State Park, Kauai”

Mileage Run: 36 Hours in Anchorage Alaska

We’ve been flying on Alaska Airlines and achieving elite status for years now, but strangely enough, we had never been to Alaska. When a good deal popped up to fly to ANC – Anchorage from YVR – Vancouver through to SEA- Seattle this past May, we decided to book the tickets as it would giveContinue reading “Mileage Run: 36 Hours in Anchorage Alaska”

Itinerary: Wine Tasting in Santiago Chile

While I love craft beer, I also love wine and was very excited to have wine focused activities on our trip to Santiago Chile. When I first started drinking wine, the Concha Y Toro Carmenere was one of my favourites and I looked forward to trying less common Chilean wines with a palate that hasContinue reading “Itinerary: Wine Tasting in Santiago Chile”

Parrilla in Buenos Aires: Get Your Meat On

Some people go to Buenos Aires Argentina for the tango but we skipped that in favour of checking out parrilla. Parrilla “means grill, and can also mean a steakhouse in South American countries. An Argentine parrilla can be anywhere from 5 ft to 20ft in length. You build a fire on the side of theContinue reading “Parrilla in Buenos Aires: Get Your Meat On”

A Sunday Morning in San Telmo: Defensa Street Market/Feria de San Pedro Telmo and El Banco Rojo

Sunday morning, we set out on an excursion to San Telmo to eat the famous spicy fried lamb empanadas at El Banco Rojo. On our way there, we stumbled upon the San Telmo Market on Defensa Street which spans about 13 blocks between 10:00-16:00. While it’s not listed in many guidebooks that we read (orContinue reading “A Sunday Morning in San Telmo: Defensa Street Market/Feria de San Pedro Telmo and El Banco Rojo”

Emirates First Class: A Really Fun Thing We’ll Never Get To Do Again

OK, so I’m deviating from the standard content of this blog to share a more autobiographical post, a detailed account of my experience flying Emirates First Class from IAH – Houston George Bush International Airport to BKK – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport via DXB – Dubai International Airport in October 2016. While some people say the day theyContinue reading “Emirates First Class: A Really Fun Thing We’ll Never Get To Do Again”