Oktoberfest: Ja oder Nein?

Should you go to Oktoberfest in Munich? Yes. (And done. Shortest post ever. HTH.) Seriously, though… This is sort of a random time of year to post this since, if you’re still planning to go, your options might be somewhat limited. But don’t let that stop you. Where there’s a will (to drink), the Germans…

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Asian Pear Cocktail: Drinking Global at Heart

In this post, I’ll give you a drink recipe and the story behind it. Because all good drinks come with – or are the direct cause of – stories. The asian pear cocktail my friend Sam and I stirred up last weekend is a perfect example of both scenarios. THE ADDICTION BEGINS In grad school (round…

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Kitsch and Ketchup Dispensers: A Global at Heart Moment

Ok, here it is – the first official Global at Heart Moments post — my attempt at semi-real-time dispatches “from the field” while I’m traveling. I’m off to a slow start, but here goes… What’s a Global at Heart Moment? In case you need a refresher, my working definition of a “Global at Heart Moment” is “an…

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Chicago Craft Beer: North Center Brew Loop

With 65 breweries operating or about to open in the city (as of January 30, 2017, according to The Hop Review), Chicago is a craft beer enthusiast’s dream… or nightmare. How are you ever going to get that list?! :-O My approach is to break that monster down into manageable little Chicago craft beer tours you can do…

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Three Meals and Snack: Eating in Singapore

Eating in Singapore presents a world’s worth of options, from humble local street food to top-notch international cuisine. With so many cultures in one place, you can eat your way around the globe, limited only by the capacity of your stomach. Though I wouldn’t consider myself a foodie, I am an adventurous eater, and I enjoy…

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Four Reasons (and More) to Love Singapore

In July 2016, I spent 4 days in Singapore, the island city-state located just off the southern tip of Malaysia. Does it sound crazy to travel that far from Chicago for a “long weekend”? I chose Singapore because I wanted an easy solo trip and I needed an Asia fix. Though I’ve lived and traveled in Asia, I hadn’t…

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Iceland Travel Tips: In Love with Iceland, Part 3

After we returned home, I polled my friends for advice they’d give travelers planning to visit Iceland. I had no idea what I’d get, but they made some really good points, so I compiled them for this post. I hope you’ll find them helpful! Recap: In October 2016, I organized a 10-day trip to Iceland…

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