Friday, August 22, 2014

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: LA's Best Pizza

My other article for the September issue of LA Confidential is also Italian-themed, though this one focuses on a specific dish: pizza!

Who doesn't love a good pizza? Well, apart from the lactose- and gluten-intolerant? But even they can't seem to resist this delicious dish - hence all the spelt-crust, nut-cheese varieties you'll find around town. For my article, though, we decided to focus on some of the truly gourmet options out there in Los Angeles (including Milo + Olive, South End, Terroni and Stella Barra) and when you read it at the link below.

LA's Top Places For Gourmet Pizza

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thrillist: 12 LAX Airport Hacks

LAX is like my second home. Over the years, as I've caught flights everywhere from Phoenix to Perth, and San Francisco to Santiago, I've gleaned a few useful hacks that save time, energy and money when traveling through my sprawling home airport.

So for my first Thrillist post, the editor asked me to write up a story with my best LAX travel hacks, and I threw all sorts of stuff in, including how to get lounge access (and free cocktails!), where the best restaurants are, how to get a discount on parking, and how to navigate the fastest security lines in some of the airport's 9 teeming terminals.

Get the benefit of all my wisdom, minus the hours of standing in line and the expense of testing various parking options right here: 12 Game-Changing LAX Hacks

Monday, August 18, 2014

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: Regional Italian Dishes in LA

For the September issue of LA Confidential Magazine, we decided to cover Italian cuisine as the dining feature, and I personally wrote up a roundup of some of the best regional cuisine to be found in they city.

The interesting thing about Italian food is that, really, it is a made-up idea. There are so many regional variations, that there are, in fact, many different Italian cuisines depending on where you are (and where you eat!).

Included are some of LA's best-known Italian eateries, such as Valentino, Angelini Osteria and Drago Centro, as well as RivaBella, Mr. C Beverly Hills and more. Check out the full article here: Italian Food by the Region in LA

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Points Guy: What to do at Inle Lake, Myanmar

Although I did not originally intend to visit Inle Lake during my visit to Myanmar, after speaking with a few friends who had recently traveled there, I decided to change my plans and spend a few days there instead of in Mandalay. I'm so glad I did.

Inle Lake is in the central part of the country, and feels like stepping back in time to visit a more traditional way of life among the stilt villages and ruined temple complexes that line the lakes reedy waters.

This was truly one of the most interesting places I've been lately, and I spent a couple days out on the water meeting everyone from silk weavers and traditional fisherman, to Buddhist monks, rice cracker cooks, and more. Definitely worth spending some time here if you visit Myanmar yourself.

For all the details on what I did and how I booked it, check out my full post on The Points Guy here: Longboats, Monasteries and A Winery - Inle Lake, Myanmar

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Points Guy: What to do in Bagan

One of the destinations I was most looking forward to visiting on my recent round-the-world trip was the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar.

This historic sight is home to over 4,000 Buddhist stupas stretching across a dry plain along the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy. It's surely one of the wonders of the world, and I was looking forward to exploring it in depth over the course of a few days.

I had the chance to wander the ruined temples there, see two glorious sunsets - one from the temples and one from the river - and then head farther afield to explore the mountain villages of Mt. Popa. It was really a highlight of my trip to a fascinating country.

Check out my full article on The Points Guy here: What to do in Bagan, Myanmar - Temples, River Cruises and Hikes

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Points Guy: Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

You might not recognize the name Yangon, but it is actually the current name for the city of Rangoon, the largest city and former capital of Myanmar, which you might know better as Burma.

It was my first stop in the country as part of my recent round-the-world trip, and I spent two fascinating days there exploring its sights, meeting locals and getting a feel for Burmese culture.

Read about all there is to see and do in this bustling yet little-visited Southeast Asian city in my Points Guy post here: Things to do in Yangon

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Quest Magazine: Credit Card Tips for International Travel

Though much of what I cover for Ker & Downey's new quarterly magazine, Quest, is about experiential travel and the fabulous destinations I've gotten to visit recently, for their latest issue, they wanted to tap into my knowledge of the credit card industry to give readers a few tips on things they should keep in mind (and the cards they should carry) when traveling internationally.

Included are some obvious ones like using a card that does not levy foreign transaction fees, and finding an ATM card that won't charge you an arm and a leg for making withdrawals abroad. However, there are some less obvious ones as well, like checking into the purchase protections your card provides and getting a card with a smart chip in it to ease transactions.

Find out all my good advice by reading the full article here: 5 Ways To Stay In Charge Of Your Money

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Points Guy: Tips for Traveling to Myanmar

For my next post on The Points Guy, I wrote about one of the other destinations on my round-the-world trip, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and my experience preparing to travel there.

The country is only just opening up to international travelers after nearly two decades of sanctions, and this presents both opportunities and obstacles, so it pays to know a few things before you go, like how and when to get a visa, whether you need to visit a travel doctor, why you have to bring cash in US dollars with you, and more.

Get all my advice and plenty of helpful hints in my full article here: Useful Tips for Traveling to Myanmar