Episode 15 – Shanghai with Shiyin

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Shiyin’s recommendations in Shanghai:
Must-eat Foods
Soup dumplings at Jia Jia Tang Bao
Fried soup dumplings at Yangs Dumpling (many locations)
Braised pork belly (Hong Shao Rou) at Jing Cai Xuan (inside the Reel mall)
Mapo Tofu at Oriental House (inside the Kerry Center mall)
Pork bao (Rou Bao) or veggie bao (Cai Bao) at Babi Mantou (they’re everywhere, just walk around)
Hot Pot at Hai Di Lao (multiple locations)
Sights and Activities
The Bund – very crowded riverside walk full of colonial age buildings and ultra-modern Shanghai development, touristy but worth seeing
Yu Garden, City God Temple, and 16 Pu (Shi Liu Pu) – very walkable area to see old and new Shanghai, tons of tiny shops and food stalls
French Concession – the expat part of town, great for brunch, coffee, and nightlife. The area directly north of the Shanghai Library is pretty.
M50 – contemporary gallery district featuring scultures and Chinese and international art
Going Out
Speak Low – excellent cocktails and fun speakeasy entrance
Unico – Shanghai is not a great music city but this venue usually has solid music and dancing
Chair Club (555 Haifang Lu) – good jazz club; be sure to use the address here since searches in English can produce the wrong address
Great City Views
VUE Bar – the only 360 riverside view in Shanghai; make a reservation and it comes with one drink
Kartel Wine Bar

 

 

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Episode 14 – Japan with Ken

Ken from Japan is here to share his stories on Japan!

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Ken’s Recommendations on Japan:

FOOD:

One thing I love about Tokyo is the number of the great restaurants. Sushi, Sukiyaki, Ramen…

Top Restaurant in Tokyo: Yoroniku – The best Japanese BBQ (Yakiniku) in Omotesando area serving the best Japanese beef (Wagyu)!

Although this is BBQ, you don’t need to cock by yourself. Instead, servers will have them cocked perfectly in front of you, and they will propose you the best ways to eat them. Please note that Yoroniku is always very crowded, and you should get the reservation at least 2 weeks before.

 

ACTIVITIES:

I also like walking around Yoyogi and Omotesando area. If you’re tired from walking the busy city, you should go to spacious Meiji Jingu Shrine located right next to the Yoyogi station. This is relatively new shrine built 100 years ago, but you can feel the Japanese traditional Shinto spirits when praying at the main building surrounded by many trees.

Once you have refreshed, you can walk toward Omotesando station, the most fashionable city in Tokyo. You can enjoy shopping in the large shopping mall, Omotesando Hills, as well as tiny local shops in the back allies. This area is also really good for getting some souvenirs for your friends and families.

If you could luckily get the reservation for Yoroniku for your dinner, this is only 10 mins walk from Omotesando station.

 

 

 

Episode 13 – Italy with Giovanni

 

A TRIP TO THE UNEXPLORED GEMS OF ITALY

THE ROMAGNA REGION

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My name is Giovanni Labadessa I’m an Italian living in Los Angeles since 2005. I’m a writer, a passionate foodie. Despite being born in the South of Italy the place I choose to talk about is an area in Italy that made me fall in love again with my country: the Romagna region and a city that I love very much: Santarcangelo di Romagna.

The Romagna region is situated by the Adriatic Sea and can be a great place to stop by in your way from Florence and Venice.

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This area has both the mountains and sea offering its visitors breathtaking views, in addition to beauty for both the eyes and spirit, with a mixture of the earthy colors, the aromas and the fresh sea air. Not to mention that the Romagna is a hotbed for music, cinema and art appreciated nationally and internationally.

Traditional of the Romagna region are Passatelli, Piadina, Pasta Fresca like Tagliatelle, Cappelletti, Ravioli, Nidi Di Rondine, Strozzapreti.

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My favorite of the many great beautiful towns in this region is Santarcangelo di Romagna which is a beautiful italian post card.

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This small medieval village is recognised internationally as a City of Art and an extremely popular destination, thanks to the extravagant art and talents of its more celebrated citizens, the warmth of the Romagnolo welcome, the good food and conviviality but also because of the town’s fairs and festivals, which invariably attract thousands of visitors.

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The most famous among the many cultural events that happen though out the year is the International Theatre Festival – Festival del Teatro in Piazza.

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The festival is a major international exhibition of avant-garde theatre, which has welcomed, amongst others, the famous Mutoid Waste Company, an international group of performers and sculptors of recycled materials, which today live in a small quarter of the town by the river renamed Mutonia. This city passion for the arts has attracted several artists from all over the world making this city one of the most innovative cultural hub in Europe. The city is also home to the international film festival Nót Film Fest , several food fairs and literary events.

The old town of Santarcangelo is worth a visit by itself, all walkable with its narrow streets that climb up on top of the hill called “Monte Giove” where you can enjoy both a beautiful view over the city and the poems written on the corners of the houses.

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One of the peculiarity of the old Town are the “Grotte Tufacee”, enchanting caves dug out of tufa: these mysterious caves, whose origin is still unknown, form a labyrinth underneath the towns historic center.

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Santarcangelo is also home to several celebrated taste makers, amazing restaurant and Osterie.

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Besides Santarcangelo the Romagna Region is rich of gorgeous cities like the city of Federico Fellini Rimini, the historic Republic of San Marino, the medieval castes of San Leo, and Ravenna with its Byzantine mosaics.

Rimini

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San Marino

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San Leo

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Ravenna

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Where to EAT in SANTARCANGELO

L’Ottavino Osteria

Via Pio Massani 16 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

Pasticceria Succi

Via Felici 38 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

Ristorante Ferramenta

Piazza Ganganelli, 19/20 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

Ristorante Zaghini

Piazza Gramsci 14 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

Rosticceria Graziella

Via Molari 13/15 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

Osteria Ristorante La Sangiovesa

Piazza Beato Simone Balacchi, 14 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

Trattoria del Passatore

Via Cavour 1 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

 

Where to STAY in SANTARCANGELO

BB Agriturismo Locanda Antiche Macine

Via Provinciale Sogliano, 1540 – SANTARCANGELO

La Foresteria del Convento

Via dei Signori, 2 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

Hotel Della Porta

Via Andrea Costa 85 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

Hotel Il Villino

Via C.Ruggeri 48 – Santarcangelo di romagna

Residenza i Platani

Via Contrada dei Fabbri 8 (Centro storico) – Santarcangelo di Romagna

B&B Le Contrade

Via Dei Nobili, 38 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

Tenuta Zavaia

Via San Vito 434 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

Villa Greta

via Giulio Faini, 9 – Santarcangelo di Romagna

 

 

Episode 12 – Russia with Anya

Anya is from Russia and here to share her stories and recommendations around the country!

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Anya’s recommendations:

In Moscow
Cultural Stuff:
– Red Square is a must
– museums inside Kremlin especially State Regalia one
– Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow – my fav of all time, a lot of provocative visual art
– Tretyakov Gallery for classic fine art
Restaurants:
– White Rabbit – there is an episode of a Netflix show about it, authentic Russian cuisine
– Turandot – prepare to be wow’d by everything, royal dining experience
– Zhivago – USSR themed, really authentic
Other:
– Book a Airbnb walking tour experience to see the best of Moscow. Russians love to stroll, so streets are beautiful and pedestrian friendly. There are a lot of parks and squares with cafes and benches to relax and enjoy the view.

St Petersburg
– Hermitage
– Peterhof (takes at least a full day)
– boat tour of canals is an absolute must
– roof of Saint Isaac’s cathedral for the best view (in photos below)
– any rooftop restaurant
– St Petersburg is a gorgeous city full of history. Just walking around is great. There are bunch of historical palaces and churches. Food is great everywhere.
– Highly recommend doing it only in summer time though. It’s extremely cold in winter and a lot of beautiful sites and Peterhof are closed.

Other cool cities to consider:
– Sochi
– Nizhny Novgorod
– Kazan
– Samara
– If you have a little extra time, there is a really fascinating river cruise around what’s called Russian Golden Ring. Over a few days a cruise ship goes through small and big historical towns around European part of Russia.

Episode 11 – Brazil with Camila

Camila is born and raised in Brazil! She’s my classmate from business school and recruited us for an incredible adventure and tour of Brazil. Here is her story!

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Her guide to Sao Paulo and Rio De Janerio can be accessed here: Brazil Trip (December 2016)

 

Episode 9 – Philippines with Ted

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Ted lived in the Philippines for about 2 months exploring the area, volunteering, and living with friends for a more local, authentic experience.

If you want to enhance your audio experience check out Ted’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/tedwillistube, he documents his travel adventures and shares recommendations around the world.

In the Philippines, here are his top recommendations:
  • Divisoria Market in Manila
  • Surfing in Mati
  • Taste Balut
  • Try Sisig
  • El Nido, El Nido, El Nido

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Episode 7 – Monaco & the Riviera with Alex

 

Alex was born and raised in Monaco and now lives in the United States.

During the podcast she’ll be talking about the city of Monaco and the Riviera (with a focus on the French Riviera) Specific landmarks, restaurants, and activities she recommends includes:

  • St Paul de Vence
  • Eze (and it’s chateau!)
  • vista palace for cocktails
  • and….more in the podcast. 🙂

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