Lost in Translation

Sunset view over Mekong Delta from Saigon bridge. Language is always one of the barriers you have to deal with when traveling, especially in areas where English is not widely spoken. From the airport and on Your troubles will start from trying to get a ride from the airport to getting around to wherever you're going. I was in a taxi with a friend late one afternoon in Ho Chi Minh City in…

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Lunch specials at Tony Roma’s

OUR stomachs were already grumbling in hunger when buddy Donna picked me up for a late lunch and drove straight to Tony Roma’s in Garapan one Friday afternoon. I had always wanted to try the food at Tony Roma’s, but I thought it was pricey. If not for Donna, I would not have known that it offered $10 to $15 lunch specials. Finding a place to park even during late lunch time was…

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Yoshoku at Miyako

WHEN I got an invitation to try out Yoshoko — Miyako Japanese Restaurant’s latest offering at the Hyatt a couple of weeks ago — I said “yes!” without having any idea what to expect. - I had visions of new sushi and sashimi servings in mind, and was unprepared when I came face to face with four mouthwatering sets of “Japanized” European dishes — Western-influenced cooking that originated during the Meiji restoration which…

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Oleai Beach Bar & Grill: Your seaside dining place

 IF you’re looking for a restaurant with the best waterfront and sunset view, Oleai Beach Bar & Grill still tops the list on island.After it reopened under new management three months ago, Oleai Beach Bar & Grill has again become an ideal venue for parties and get-togethers, and a place to hang out and enjoy the food and the view.I was there on Saturday for an early dinner with a friend and we…

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Lunch at Saipan's ‘secret’ Casa

(Photos by Patrick Horton) JUST behind the Kristo Rai church in Garapan is a house which is actually a restaurant that serves a wide variety of mouthwatering Japanese, Italian and other international dishes. Casa Urashima is not a new destination for me or for some of my friends. We have frequented it for its addictive coffee, ambiance and proximity to the office, but it recently announced its lunch menu and it was something…

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New sushi and sashimi bar in Garapan

THE first thing that greeted me and my companion when we entered the smoky glass doors of this restaurant located at the second floor of the A1 Store in Garapan is the mouthwatering aroma of grilled beef, and the cozy atmosphere and spaciousness inside. I have been to the place once before, when it was still the former Myung Dong Korean Restaurant. The place is now called Garapan Restaurant, Barbeque and Sushi Bar.…

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Surprise in Every Bite at the Miyako

PUSH open the doors of Miyako at the Hyatt Regency Saipan and be in for a whole new journey into a world of authentic Japanese cuisine with the creations of its new sushi Chef Miyako Ito.   I promised myself I was just going to take photos and not eat when I went to Miyako to sample the new line of heavenly delights on Friday evening. I was planning to stick to my…

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