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My Week in Mai Tais

My Week in Mai Tais

Just about every bar in Waikiki offers a version of mai tai, each promising to be the best. Who kept their promises and who fell short? This investigative reporter was on the case.

Carnival's Warm Chocolate Melting Cake Recipe

Carnival's Warm Chocolate Melting Cake Recipe

In the span of two days, I managed to eat three servings of Carnival’s famous warm chocolate melting cake — that means I ate one serving before lunch time. In my defense, I had just learned how to make the chocolate cake in a private tutorial with the kitchen staff.

The ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ Championships

The ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ Championships

There was huge buzz and dancing day and night onboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Though the ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ program has been a fixture on all of Holland America Line’s cruises for some time, this sailing was particularly special.

Dos and Don'ts at Taiwan’s Night Markets

Dos and Don'ts at Taiwan’s Night Markets

A veteran of Taipei’s famous Shilin Night Market, my Taiwanese friend and night market guide, Evan, always goes caffeinated and prepared, clearly imagining his culinary targets and manifesting them like some sort of street-food-spirit-guru.

The Lure of the Christmas Market

The Lure of the Christmas Market

While my fellow travelers were obediently following the set course outlined in the daily program, my mom and I could usually be found shopping —and eating -- our way through the Christmas Markets of Europe.

Maya Tradition is Alive in Riviera Maya

Maya Tradition is Alive in Riviera Maya

Thankfully, there are many efforts underway to bring greater exposure and understanding to the Maya culture — a living, breathing culture that, even to this day, includes people maintaining a traditional lifestyle.

Driving in Huatulco, Mexico

Driving in Huatulco, Mexico

In a story in the Oct. 28 issue of TravelAge West, I wrote about my recent trip to Huatulco, Mexico, with my family. One of the activities I mentioned in that story was that we hired a private driver for the day. This turned out to be a great experience and a highlight of the trip.