Costa Mesa, California: Food Heaven in Orange County

I plan my travels around eating, prioritizing my meals and figuring everything else out around that. And if you’re anything like me, then I know you will love Costa Mesa because eating is the main attraction. What may have started as an inland suburban town nestled within Orange County, has quickly become a food mecca…

NYC Essentials: 3rd Edition

About 3.5 years ago, I created a “NYC Essentials List” – the 20 places in New York City that I couldn’t possibly live without. And while I still hold the same sentiment for some of the restaurants I listed back in 2015, I can’t help but recognize that I’ve now tried so much more, and…

Southern California Essentials: 1st Edition

NYC will always have a special place in my heart, but the world is big and I’ve spent a lot of time in Southern California over the past year and a half. This lead me to create an essentials list (places I couldn’t live without) here in California as well. However, because this isn’t just…

San Francisco Travel Guide

Navigating San Francisco FAT Scale (Food, Attractions, Transportation): 8.1/10 Food: 8.7/10 Attractions: 8.7/10 Transportation: 7/10 HAPPY Scale (Hotels/Lodging, Ample Period of Time, Price, Population, Yearning to Return): 8.5/10 Hotels/Lodging: 9/10 Ample Period of Time: 3 Nights, 4 Days Price: $$$ Population: Media Gurus, Tech-Driven, Yuppies, Art-Inspired, Young Families Yearning to Return: 8/10 San Francisco, the most…

The Harrow

by michaela dunn FAT SCALE (Flavor, Appeal, Taste): 8.67/10 Flavor: 8.5                                  Appeal: 9                                    Taste: 8.5                                                            HAPPY SCALE (Hospitality, Atmosphere, Population, Price, Yearning for more):  8.3/10 Hospitality: 9 Atmosphere: 9 Population: Locals, good for intimate dining, casual, Price: 7 ($$ or $$$) Yearning for more: Absolutely, looking forward to going back to try…

NYC Essentials: 2nd Edition

Hi fam! About 2.5 years ago, I created a “NYC Essentials List” – the 20 places in New York City that I couldn’t possibly live without. And while I still hold the same sentiment for some of the restaurants I listed back at the end of 2015, I can’t help but recognize that I’ve now tried…

Philippe by Philippe Chow

by Michaela Dunn FAT Scale (Flavor, Appeal, Taste): 9 Flavor: 9 Appeal: 9 Taste: 9 HAPPY Scale (Hospitality, Atmosphere, Population, Price, Yearning for more): 7.7/10 Hospitality:  9 Atmosphere: 8.5 Population: Perfect for special occasions (anniversaries, birthdays, promotions, new jobs, date night) Price: $$$ (Pricey but worth it, but still steep for the wallet) Yearning for more:…

First Timers Guide to Navigating Tokyo’s Culinary Scene

Before arriving in Japan, I had high expectations. From all the research I did to literally everyone and their mothers telling me how great it was, I was expecting greatness. Coming out of this trip, I don’t just understand everyone’s hyperbolic sentiments, but I 100% agree with them. Take me at my word or don’t,…

Boucherie

Boucherie 99 7th Ave. S, NY,NY 10014 Boucherie Instagram FAT Scale (Flavor, Appeal, Taste): 9.2/10 Flavor: 9.2/10 Appeal: 9.1/10 Taste: 9.3/10 HAPPY Scale (Hospitality, Atmosphere, Population, Price, Yearning for more): 8.9/10 Hospitality: 8/8/10 Atmosphere: 9/10 Population: People on romantic dates, big groups of businessmen out for a fancy dinner, any group dining for a special occasion…

Best Restaurants to Eat in Maui

Guide to Maui, Hawaii My brother and sister-in-law are currently on their honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii, and I am 1) writhing with jealousy, 2) extremely happy for them, and 3) compensating for not being there by writing you this guide, hoping it will make me feel better. I travelled to Maui quite frequently as a…