Europe

The Frauenkirche Church and Rathaus in Munich, Germany.

Four Days of Beers & Cheers in Munich

There is something universal about Oktoberfest that puts it on everyone’s bucket list — and I mean something beyond the beer. It’s so ubiquitous…

The Grossmünster Church in Zurich, Switzerland.

Traveling is Life in a Nutshell

I’m the type of traveler who makes dinner reservations in foreign cities three months in advance. My itinerary is often more akin to a…

A cup of Melange coffee at Cafe Central in Vienna.

A Guide to Coffee Shops in Vienna

Vienna is a city rich with culture and history, yet the fast-paced modern era pumps energy through its streets, creating a wonderful contrast of…

Ramen mit ente ("Ramen with Duck") at Akakiko in Vienna.

A Bowl of Japanese Ramen in Vienna

Traditions are not very important in my family.  Despite our Japanese heritage — a culture that very much emphasizes the power of traditions —…

The Hofburg Palace in Vienna.

Celebrating the New Year in Vienna

It was not the crowded, centuries-old coffee shops serving delicately foamed cups of Melange paired with beautifully flaky pastries that caused me to fall…

Door of St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague.

Doors of Prague

My obsession with doors—and their mysterious beauty—continued in Prague. Every door caught my eye during my Christmas trip to the point where I was…

Beer goulash in a bread bowl at Restaurant Mlejnice in Prague.

Where to Eat in Prague

Beer is often the first thing that comes to mind when people think of the Czech Republic. Czech beer is well-known and well-respected around…