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This place gets busy so expect a wait. Fortunately, the hubs and I were willing to sit at the bar and were seated immediately. Service was courteous, drinks were delicious, and food was fantastic. The Bloody Mary was a variation of my beloved Canadian Caesar (think Bloody Mary with clam juice), and to take it over the top, my cocktail was garnished with a fresh shrimp and oyster. It was spicy and refreshing and salty like the sea all at once. The hubs and I shared the clam chowder fries

Ever since my visit to San Diego where I gave a TEDx talk at UCSD, I’ve been involved with Aira, a start-up that uses smart glasses to connect blind and low vision users to live human agents for visual and navigational assistance. The above YouTube video shows me using Aira technology for the first time last year. Like the pace of most successful technology companies, Aira has grown immensely and exponentially every year since I first met Sumon the CEO in 2015. Now, Aira has partnered with AT&T for the

My last visit to San Diego was first and foremost to meet with Aira, a start-up service enabling the blind and vision impaired to navigate the world more independently. But more on Aira later. Let’s talk about what else I did in San Diego. Day 1 in San Diego La Puerta Juniper & Ivy We arrive in San Diego and walk to a nearby restaurant, La Puerta, to catch happy hour. The hubs and I order local craft beers on draft and some tacos and guacamole to share. Then later

Blood sausage. It sounds gross, but it’s delicious. Many cultures have a version, from the English black pudding to the Cajun boudin. Koreans have their own blood sausage, too, called soondae. The Korean version is chewy thanks to the inclusion of sweet potato noodles. The first time I tried soondae at a Korean grocery store’s food court in Houston, I thought it was just okay: nothing special, a little dry. Then I had it in Dallas from a little Korean deli. I dipped it in the salt, which enhanced the

Bossam is one of my favorite Korean dishes. I don’t get to eat it often, so it’s always a special occasion when I do get it. Bossam consists of tucking pork belly and usually a thin slice of sweet pickled radish or even kim chi into a lettuce leaf or a thin sheet of rice cake, and then dipping it in either sesame oil with salt and pepper or doenjang, fermented soybean paste (my personal prefernce). One of my earliest memories having bossam was in Seoul—after a long night of

There are multiple locations of Ham Ji Park: one on W. 6th Street, one on W. Pico Boulevard, and one in Buena Park. The hubs and I were told to go here for gamja tang, a comforting Korean pork neck and potato stew. This stew is one of the hubs’s favorite—he says it’s best after a night of drinking soju. But this time, since the in-laws joined us in L.A., instead of a late-night snack, we had the gamja tang for early dinner. The stew was very good, but I’ve

My in-laws love visiting L.A. because they feel right at home in Koreatown—you can virtually get by with only speaking Korean. Day 1 in Los Angeles Ham Ji Park Griffith Observatory For lunch, we hit up Ham Ji Park, which was recommended by a friend for their gamja tang, a Korean pork neck and potato stew usually consumed late night after much soju. After lunch, the mama-in-law wants to shop for Korean ingredients—red pepper flakes for making kim chi, to be exact—so we wander over to a Korean food boutique

Because I live in Houston where there’s a United Airlines hub, I frequently fly United. I thought it would be fun to shoot a series on my YouTube channel in which I do a true blind taste test of the three snack boxes available on UA flights. [Embed]https://youtu.be/Y6YWzny6pzM[/embed] I taste each item, guess what they are, and then give my rating. When my stomach growls thirty thousand feet above ground, these snack boxes are my go-to purchases—I like the variety inside (remember my palate gets bored easily. [Embed]https://youtu.be/Pshfa7rR3z0[/embed] They may

This place was so good, we had it twice. I would describe Dishoom as a modern south Asian bistro. It’s one of my favorites in London. It’d be the one stop I make if I had a Heathrow layover. Yes, it’s that good. The hubs and I stopped by the Covent Garden restaurant for the first time during breakfast, and while the place was busy, we were immediately seated. We ordered a bacon and egg naan roll (£6.90)—think breakfast taco with Indian flair. The bacon was dry-cured for five days,

I love me some tapas. My palate gets bored easily so the best way for me to dine is to have a variety of dishes from which I can nibble. Three bites, and I’m ready to move on. Barrafina fulfills all my food fantasies. A Spanish tapas restaurant located in the hip neighborhood of Soho, Barrafina is a small tapas bar serving thoughtful, unfussy food. The service, too, is quick and thorough. There’s nothing not to adore about this place: attentive servers delivering well-executed small plates in a quiet, unadorned,

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