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Product Review: Royal Hawaiian Orchards Fruit & Macadamia Crunches

Disclaimer: In exchange for two samples of the Royal Hawaiian Orchards Fruit & Macadamia Crunches, I am writing this product review. Although the Rainforest Crunch Bar (ok, and Reese’s Pieces) was my holy grail of sugary snacks, there are fortunately … Continue reading

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Event Review: LUCKYRICE™ New York Feast

Disclaimer: I am writing this event review in exchange for one VIP entry ticket. On September 22nd, the 36th floor Mandarin Ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental New York (entrance on West 60th between Broadway and Columbus Ave.) near Columbus Circle … Continue reading

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Oreos: Omnipresent, Overzealous, (Un) Original?

These days, Nabisco’s diminutive Oreo might be a mainstay in supermarkets, convenience stores, and vending machines. However, these black-and-white sandwich cookies received great inspiration from the Hydrox, the original, introduced by Sunshine Biscuits in 1908, four years earlier than the … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: Shangri-La Bangkok, Thailand

Disclaimer: In exchange for this hotel review, I received a stay in Bangkok, Thailand in one of the Shangri-La’s deluxe river view rooms. Although my usual visits to Bangkok involve staying near Sukhumvit Soi 3 (the Arab/pan-African part of town), … Continue reading

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Airline Meals, Part Eight, Modern Art, Part One?

Since my first flight with them in 2002, Japan Airlines has consistently been one of the more tolerable airlines to choose.  OK, so I find their flight attendants a wee bit too obsequious with Japanese passengers, their in-flight announcements (in … Continue reading

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The New York Grill at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan

Disclaimer: Disclaimer: In `exchange for lunch at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, I am writing this review. It seems I can’t get enough of this hotel.  Could part of that be because I once made Bill Murray laugh by uttering … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Bengawan, Keraton at the Plaza, Jakarta, Indonesia

Disclaimer: In exchange for this restaurant review, I received one lunch at Bengawan, located on the 7th floor of the Keraton at the Plaza hotel, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Though the disappointing aspects were few and/or trivial, before getting into the … Continue reading

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