Simply the Best: April 2014

Friday saw a huge jump in traffic with my announcement that I’m going back to Flint, Michigan. To capitalize on that action and my recent addition to Prior2Boarding, the beautiful sister of the original beauty BoardingArea, I am continuing the series of publishing my Top 7 posts of each month in The List section. The blog started way back in March and the top 7 for that month can be found here. And as soon as I catch everyone up, I’ll also have a “Why did you miss it?” link for posts that should’ve received more attention but slipped through that impossible to crack Facebook algorithm. The one from April is at the very bottom.

April had a lot of dandies!

1. WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE BEST CHINESE FOOD IN THE WORLD? FLINT, MOTHERF$@KING, MICHIGAN.

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Home of the best crab cheese, American steamed dumplings (that the waiter likes to remind me even though I’ve been there 1000 times, takes fifteen minutes to prepare), hot and sour soup, New York egg rolls, curry shrimp, and most notably, princess chicken, Empress of China has something for everyone.

2. 30 DAYS TO MALDIVES: STEP 5

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If you’ve made it this far, then you’re well on your way to the Maldives.

3. “IF YOU DO GO TO A RESTAURANT WHERE THE WINE IS OUT OF YOUR BUDGET, DRINK BEER!”

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Predictably, the Malbec came and it was as bold as a Screwdriver with extra pulp. After a few more swirls, a few more sniffs, I had no choice but to call the waiter and send it back.

4. #9: TRICK OR TREAT? HONG KONG PHO HALLOWEEN

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Finally, I had found the comforts of home. It was a cathartic experience to squeeze the Siracha and Hoisin sauce into the steaming hot broth in preparation for a relaxing meal.

5. THE UGLY HUNGRY AMERICAN

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Challenge: Four Big Macs in 15 minutes. Result: Four Big Macs in 7 flat.

6. “IT’S LIKE RIDING A BIKE.” THOSE WORDS HAVE HAUNTED ME FOR YEARS.

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The mission: Visit the best wineries in Mendoza, Argentina. The reward: Endless Malbec. The obstacle: The bicycle.

7. THE KAMA SUTRA OF AIRPLANE SLEEP: SURVIVING A 17 HOUR FLIGHT

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So how do you pass the time when there is no WI-FI, a movie selection that is uninteresting (seriously the episode of “Friends” and “How I Met Your Mother” needs to be changed), and your best efforts pleading for an upgrade to business class have been denied? The answer is sleep. But that is easier said than done.

Why did you miss it? Bonus Post “YOU CAN GET ANYTHING YOU WANT HERE.”

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Singapore is a country of rules. Rule #1: No fun*.

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