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Been There, Do This: Feeding Deer in Nara, Japan

Been There, Do This: Feeding Deer in Nara, Japan

In Nara, Japan, more than 1,000 Sika Deer roam the grounds of the beautiful Nara Park, stalking visitors in hopes of earning a snack. These spry creatures were messengers of the gods in Japanese mythology, and so have been protected as national treasures for hundreds of years.

Dos and Don'ts at Taiwan’s Night Markets

Dos and Don'ts at Taiwan’s Night Markets

A veteran of Taipei’s famous Shilin Night Market, my Taiwanese friend and night market guide, Evan, always goes caffeinated and prepared, clearly imagining his culinary targets and manifesting them like some sort of street-food-spirit-guru.

Eating Japanese Rice On A Stick

Eating Japanese Rice On A Stick

Popsicles, lollipops, corndogs and, as I learned recently in Japan, rice are among the foods that are best served on a stick. Kiritanpo is a local dish found mainly in the Akita Prefecture. Like other Japanese foods, Kiritanpo is simple, traditional and not fussy — the harmony of its flavors and the warming process of making it turn it into an unexpected comfort food.

Visiting Tahiti’s Vanilla Island

Visiting Tahiti’s Vanilla Island

Food is definitely a focus for residents. Tahaa is known as Tahiti’s Vanilla Island for its prolific production of the vanilla bean and vanilla extract, and most locals are employed by the vanilla industry.

A River Cruise into the China Psyche

A River Cruise into the China Psyche

The Yangtze River is not what it once was, but neither are the ships that sail it — that was the gist of my review of Century Cruises’ new ships, the Century Paragon and its now-released sister ship, the Century Legend. What I didn’t get to discuss in length was the other portion of the equation — the Yangtze River.

Tasting Thai Street Food

Tasting Thai Street Food

One of the joys of Bangkok is its street food. From early in the morning until long after midnight, pots are simmering in makeshift kitchens and eateries on the streets and in the alleys.

Visiting Modern Myanmar

Visiting Modern Myanmar

As our cruise ship slowly entered the mouth of the Irrawaddy River, I wondered what it would be like to be in a country so cut off from the world. What I discovered was that, despite the fact that there were some societal differences, it was still easy to navigate life in Myanmar