Thursday, September 18, 2014

I GO: Maine Part 2 (Barnacle Billy's)

So this " I GO" post would probably be better classified as an "I GO/EAT" post, because the majority of this post is dedicated to a restaurant called Barnacle Billy's in Ogunquit, Maine. Ogunquit is a 50 minute drive away from Portland, but the food at Barnacle Billy's was so good and the area around it so precious we actually dropped by again the next day on our way back to New York. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I EAT: The Seafood Market, Kennebunkport, Maine

If we're being completely honest, the main reason I wanted to go to Maine was to eat copious amounts of the freshest and cheapest lobster around. The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, Maine is supposedly one of the best lobster shacks in Maine. The shack itself was closed when we visited in April, but the adjacent sit-down restaurant (The Seafood Market) was open and ready to feed four very hungry visitors from New York.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I GO: Maine Part 1 (and Why I Love my Friends)

Growing up, my family visited the United States at least once a year, but we spent most of our time traveling around the West Coast. When L and I drove Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles last year, I realized how much of America I had yet to see. It's really such a huge country, and each pocket of it is so distinct. I hadn't really explored New England, so way back in April, L and I went on  a weekend double-date getaway to Maine with one of my favorite couples, C and A. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I EAT: Sukiyaki at Chinya, Tokyo

After wandering around Senso-ji, L and I decided to grab lunch at Chinya, a sukiyaki restaurant that's been around since 1880 and is housed in a building built in 1975. You could probably find cheaper options for sukiyaki, but if you want high-quality food and a lovely, traditional dining experience, go to Chinya. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I GO: Tokyo Part 3 (Fortune-telling and Snacking in Asakusa)

One of my favorite neighborhoods to wander in Tokyo is Asakusa. It's home to the famous Senso-ji temple, but the area around Senso-ji has some of the best souvenir, knick-knack, and snack shopping.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I GO: Tokyo Part 2 (Gettin' Nerdy in Akihabara)

As some of you may already know about me, I am quite the anime and video game enthusiast. Not quite so hardcore as to have amassed an encyclopedic knowledge spanning all mangas, animes, or games ever created, but you know, enough to dedicate entire weekends binge watching/playing. Thus, Akihabara was a sort of mecca for me. Its streets are lined with multi-story arcades and shops peddling mangas, DVDs, collectible figurines, and a whole host of character-inspired paraphernalia you would never think necessary until face-to-face with it.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I GO: Tokyo Part 1 (All Things Traditional in Akasaka)

I am a large fan of the traditional Japanese design aesthetic. Be it a ryokan, Zen garden, tea ceremony, or ikebana arrangements, there's a paradoxical complexity in the simplicity of the design. Some ikebana arrangements might look like sparse, especially when contrasted with the seemingly prevailing "big is better" trend in flower arrangements, but it's because its beauty relies on precise specificity rather than distracting clutter. 

Based in the Akasaka neighborhood of Tokyo, the Sogetsu Foundation is dedicated to the elegant art of ikebana. They teach a lot of classes, and on Mondays, they run an ikebana class for non-Japanese speakers. So, on our first day in Tokyo, L (being the good sport and curious soul he is) and I traipsed on over to try our hand at ikebana. 


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