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Breakfast at the Hotel Tainan in southern Taiwan. posted Jun 30, 2016

Authentic and healthy foods including turnip cake and fresh mango at the breakfast buffet at the Hotel Tainan.
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Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Tainan in Taiwan. posted Jun 30, 2016

Tennis is just steps away at National Cheng Kung University across the street from the Shangri-La hotel in Tainan.
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Tokuyama Hydro Project, Japan & Best wishes for the New Year, 明けましておめでとうございま す, 新年恭喜!. posted Jul 23, 2013

The Japanese have a lovely tradition of sending New Year's cards. Unfortunately, my New Year's greeting are a bit late, 済みません, sumimasen meaning I am sorry. But I wish you a Happy New Year 明けましておめでとうございま す, Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu 新年恭喜,身體健康, 萬事如意, 心想事成, Xīnnin gōngxǐ, shēntǐ jinkāng, wnsh ry, xīn xiǎng sh chng, meaning Health, luck, and your heart's happiness in the New Year!
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Admiring Ichiro Suzuki's billboard in Tokyo. posted Nov 2, 2009

The Ginza district of Tokyo lives up to its reputation for stratospheric shopping, pricey designer labels, and mega-department stores. But there is another side to Ginza.
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Savoring the joie de vivre in The Rocks, Sydney, Australia. posted Nov 2, 2009

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Contemplating Celtic Art in Oslo, Norway. posted Nov 2, 2009

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A tall cool one in the International District in Seattle. posted Nov 2, 2009

Though the perception exists that Asians do not adequately appreciate dessert, a trip to the International District on a hot day dispels this notion.
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Cafe Paloma in Pioneer Square. posted Nov 2, 2009

The quest for the perfect outdoor dining spot ended recently at Caf Paloma at 1st Avenue and Yesler.
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Kyoho grapes, resveratrol and the quest for the seeded grape. posted Nov 2, 2009
I've been reading a lot about resveratrol and grape seed extract.
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Tamarind Tree restaurant in Seattle, WA. posted Nov 2, 2009

Tamarind Tree restaurant, located in the mini-mall behind Viet Wah on South Jackson in the International District, endears itself to eco-enthusiasts with its avoidance of disposable chopsticks.
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Lola Restaurant, Tom Douglas has another Winner. posted Feb 2, 2008


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We celebrated my sister's birthday at Lola restaurant. What a great experience!

We made a reservation (we had a party of 8). The service was great. The baked granola was outstanding as was the gravlax. And you wonder why everyone is living in Belltown. Like you step out your condo, and without parking or driving, you are in this warm, inviting place redolent with the smell of fresh espresso and pancakes.
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Personal portable eating utensils from Epcot Center in Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida. posted Nov 2, 2009

I'm still not over my disposable chopsticks obsession. While browsing gift stores in Taiwan and in Epcot Center in Disneyworld, however, I came across a great solution to the problem of those ugly, resource gobbling "conveniences" we know as disposable eating utensils.
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