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The best craft beer in Flushing, Queens, New York

Flushing, Queens, New York is known for a lot of things. The New York Mets. The U.S. Open tennis tournament. One of the most diverse populations in the country, with particularly large Chinese & Korean communities (and with those, amazing food). The Nanny. The World’s Fair. That clip of Homer Simpson seeing a bus heading […]

The 10 best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan

There’s a reason why millions of people flock to Japan to see the cherry blossoms bloom each spring in what is known in Japanese as the sakura. The sight of skies filling with tiny pink petals truly is magical. I’m usually someone who enjoys visiting places off-season, but when I had the chance to visit […]

The best craft beer in Atascadero, California

There are three options for driving between San Francisco & Los Angeles, depending on how much time you have for the journey. Following the 101 is the middle speed option, taking a somewhat less direct route through the small cities of central California. These cities make for nice weekend getaways or stopovers along the way. […]

The best craft beer in Carpinteria, California

After spending the previous couple of days in Paso Robles, my next stop on my road trip through California was Carpinteria. Carpinteria is a nice beach town located just east of Santa Barbara, along the 101 heading toward Los Angeles. It’s a nice place for an oceanside getaway in a place that’s pretty, but not […]

The best craft beer in Pilsen, Czech Republic

Pilsen, Czech Republic is best known as the birthplace of the pilsner style of beer. The Pilsner Urquell brewery is the obvious main draw for beer drinkers in the city, with the smell of freshly brewing beer permeating the air. However, if you’ve come to Pilsen for beer, you’d be missing out on a lot […]

A visit to the Bohemia Sekt winery in Pilsen, Czech Republic

For the second straight morning of my trip to Pilsen, I started the day drinking Bohemia Sekt. The previous morning, I had joined a group of travel bloggers on a train journey across the Czech Republic as part of a press trip to Pilsen following TBEX Ostrava, during which we were treated to complimentary Bohemia […]

The best craft beer in Long Island City, New York

Long Island City has historically been known as an industrial area. Located just across the East River from Midtown Manhattan, it is now slowly evolving into more of a residential neighborhood, particularly for artists & people who want an easy commute. Several subway lines pass through Long Island City from Manhattan & Brooklyn, making it […]

A day trip from Ostrava to Opava, Czech Republic

Ostrava, Czech Republic is a nice city with a rich mining history & good craft beer. If you’re visiting and looking to get away for the day, a day trip to Opava Silesa makes for a nice getaway. Opava is less than an hour away from Ostrava. I did the day trip as part of […]

The best craft beer in Ostrava, Czech Republic

Ostrava, Czech Republic is a hard drinking town. Most mining & steel towns tend to be that way. In a sense, it’s a cousin of Pittsburgh. Ostrava’s Stodolní Street does nothing to dispel this notion, as it is lined with bars that stay open late. It’s not uncommon to find people passed out in parks or […]

Exploring the mining history of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Ostrava was the heart of the Czech Republic’s coal mining industry. As with many mining towns around the world, the mines have been closed in recent decades. This evolution is not easy. What does a city do when their heart no longer exists, when jobs are gone, and along with them, money? In the case […]

The best craft beer in Tempe, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona is a college town, the home of Arizona State University. It’s also a suburb of Phoenix. I grew up in Tempe. I lived there from when I was five or six, then went to ASU, then eventually moved away. I still go back and visit every year, usually in March for Spring Training […]