Month: February 2018

Kimbob NaRa

Kimbob NaRa

In Ellicott City, Maryland, there is a strip of US Route 40 named “Korean Way.” Only about a half a mile in total, this naming recognizes Koreans’ contributions to Maryland’s economic development and cultural diversity. Although the total Asian population in Maryland is around 6…

Essential Reads: Korea

Essential Reads: Korea

The 2018 Winter Olympics has come to a close but if you are one of the many whose interest in Korea is just beginning, then you’ll want to check out these 11 essential reads. I’ve selected a mix of history, food, contemporary culture, and fiction…

XS

XS

One of the first restaurants in Baltimore that I had the pleasure of visiting is (sushi) XS, which I found out is actually just called XS. Makes it awkward when you’re trying to explain to folks where to meet up for brunch and then you…

The Wangs vs The World

The Wangs vs The World

A rags-to-riches-to-rags tale sets the stage for an intimate look into the complexity of family relationships – the unknown people our parents once were before they had us, the secret lives of our siblings, and the glue that holds us together even when we wish…

Milk & Honey Cafe

Milk & Honey Cafe

Brunch is the official meal of the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia), and Milk & Honey Cafe takes this to the next level by being a seven-day a week brunch ONLY restaurant. Milk & Honey offers a “Top Ten Brunch” menu, including salmon hash (pictured), shrimp & grits,…

Hunan Manor Restaurant

Hunan Manor Restaurant

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Adoption Links DC, a local international adult adoptee organization, gathered at Hunan Manor Restaurant to share in a Chinese feast. I have seen Hunan Manor several times before (my favorite Indian restaurant, House of India, is right around…

Birthday Book Wish List

Birthday Book Wish List

On more than one occasion I’ve been told that I am a terrible gift receiver. Don’t get me wrong, I love gifts. I love to give them, and I love to receive them… generally. But, apparently, if I receive a gift that I, in actuality,…

Mi Cuba Cafe

Mi Cuba Cafe

Hands down one of my DC favs! Mi Cuba Cafe is conveniently located a short couple blocks from the Columbia Heights metro making it easy to grab a plate to go. Of course, dining in is always an option. When the cohort bestie suggested a…

Valentine’s Day Book Gifting Guide

Valentine’s Day Book Gifting Guide

Is it just me or wouldn’t you rather have a thoughtful, personalized Valentine’s Day gift? Who needs flowers, candy, or diamonds when you can have a good book? Who am I kidding – I want all of those things. But, I do think a hand-selected…

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

In 2018, I’m committed to reading more non-academic books. I started this quest with East Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane’s recently released autobiography, aptly titled The Autobiography of Gucci Mane (2017, Simon & Schuster). First of all, let me begin by saying that I stopped being a fan…