Happy Chocolate City

My last post about my favorite NOLA ice cream shop mentioned some delicious flavors. This post is dedicated to some beautiful art currently displayed there. The past few times I have visited The Creole Creamery, I noticed a strikingly beautiful painting of the city’s map. Known as the Crescent City for its obvious croissant-like shape,…

The Tragedy of Elephant Tourism

Overall, our time in Thailand was exceptionally relaxing and enjoyable. I am sad to say we did have one quite unpleasant experience, and it is something I feel the need to write about so that others can hopefully be better informed than I was. On our last full day, we were scheduled to go on…

Old Phuket Town

On our last full day in Thailand, we ventured into Old Phuket Town and thoroughly reveled in the old Sino-Portuguese and Sino-Colonial architecture, the various fabric shops along Thalang Road, a quick trip into a street-side temple, a handful of art galleries, and a delicious meal served up by 75-year-old Abdul, whose modest restaurant specialized…

Rainy Day in Kamala

Our last two days in Thailand showed us the monsoon season weather that is expected this time of year. The days were cloudy and intermittently rainy, sometimes pouring down and sometimes misting lightly. This did not stop us from exploring some more, however! Our fourth day in Thailand was supposed to have been spent touring…

A Lesson in Rattanakosin Cooking

During our third day in Thailand, we decided to take the Thai cooking class offered by our resort’s Recipe School of Culinary Arts. In the three major time periods of Thai history, the most recent one was the Rattanakosin period in which food became heavily influenced by China which brought in noodles and starches along…

The Big Buddha

On our second day in Thailand, we went out into Phuket for some sightseeing and souvenir shopping. The highlight of the day was the Big Buddha, the island’s most loved landmark. Sitting 45 meters tall atop the Nakkerd Hills, the calm face of Buddha looks out over the island with clouds and blue sky crowning…

A Thailand Anniversary-moon

This month, my husband and I finally made it to our honeymoon destination — Thailand! We jokingly refer to this as our anniversary-moon since we arrived there just a month shy of our first wedding anniversary. During my two-week vacation from residency, we spent the first few days at home in Philadelphia (highlights to follow),…

Red Baraat: a bhangra brass band!

As we strolled along Frenchmen Street last weekend, I overheard the words “Indian funk brass band” and immediately turned around to learn more. That night, Blue Nile was hosting Red Baraat, a diverse band that fuses the contagious energy of bhangra music with the joyful shake-your-hips sound of the brass bands of New Orleans, the…

Philly Friends Meet New Orleans Carnival

This year’s Mardi Gras marks the third consecutive season for me. As a resident living in New Orleans, it is easy to look forward to the revelry and good cheer surrounding this joyous time. While the rest of the country slows down their celebrations after New Year’s, NOLA keeps its spirits energized for a few…

Mardi Gras!

I cannot believe Mardi Gras is upon us again! Memories of last year’s festivities are still fresh; it was especially unique in that it was my husband’s first Mardi Gras. The weeks of parades, catching beads and trinkets (all in good clean fun, unless you’re on Bourbon Street of course), the crazy and colorful costumes…

London Travelogue: Day 5

To view all London Travelogue entries, click here. 1/2/13 After a restful and calm New Year’s Day, we hit the ground running again. We started the morning off by visiting the Tate Modern, one of four museums in the Tate group (the others being Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St. Ives). This is the most…

London Travelogue: Day 4

To view all London Travelogue entries, click here. 1/1/13 After ringing in the New Year, January 1 was a day of sleeping in and relaxing. We lounged around the house for the afternoon, and then in the evening decided to watch The Hobbit at the O2 arena, located on the Greenwich Peninsula. The O2 arena…