About Me

As a kid growing up in a small town in the Philippines, I was already curious what far-off places are like. What are the people like, the food they eat, the clothes they wear, the languages they speak? Between the ages of 10 and 12, I spent more time in front of the outdated map we had in our dining room than watching TV as the kids my age usually do.

By twists of fate, I moved to America with my mother and younger sister on my 15th birthday. This move opened up a whole new world to me – a dream that I thought would never come into reality.

Now married with a full-time job as a marketing professional, I spend my vacation hours visiting places I have never been to. To me, the most exciting thing about traveling is that intense feeling when my brain is on overdrive trying to process all of the different sensations – smell, taste, sight, sounds –  no matter where I am.

I created this blog as my way to document my experiences and observations. From food to scenery, I share with you the colorful stories and photos of my travels. Enjoy!


4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey dasvogelicious, it’s Sam from Fairfax VA on Foodspotting.
    There are way too many choices so I will give you only a few handful of my favorites.
    1. Satay Sarinah (Indonesian, 512-A S. Van Dorn St, Alexandria, VA 22304)
    2. Bangkok 54 (Thai, 2919 Columbia Pike Arlington, VA 22204)
    3. Honey Pig Korean BBQ (7220 Columbia Pike, Ste C. Annandale, VA 22003) – not a fancy place but very fun place.
    4. Heebeen (Korean Buffett, 3600, S. Glebe Rd #160; Arlington VA 22202)
    5. Bistro D’oc 518 French 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
    6. China Garden (Dim Sum on Sat/Sun, Rosslyn, 1100 Wilson Blvd Fl 2 Arlington, VA 22209)
    7. Jaleo (Spanish Tapas, 480 7th St NW, Washington DC)
    8. Pho 75 (Vietnamese Pho only place. Cash only and very reasonable. And strongly recommended. 3103 Graham Road Falls Church, VA 22042)
    9. Bon Chon Fried Chicken (Korean fried chicken, plump and tangy and very tasty. 6653 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA)
    10. Afghan Kebob Restaurant (6357 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA)
    11. Minerva Indian (10364 Fairfax Boulevard Fairfax, VA 22030)

    I am sure your friend also knows many dining options but these are a few places I frequent to. As you can see mostly ethnic food. Since we have great choices of ethnic diversities, I tend to go to those restaurants more often). Let me know if you have any questions. When are you coming to DC area?

    • Hey, Sam! Wow, thanks so much for this list. I appreciate this very, very much. I’m flying out this coming Thursday and staying with my friend in Alexandria. It’s my first ever to visit the area, so I’m super excited to scope out the food scene along with the museums, of course. These all sound good.

  2. That’s very cool. How long will you be in town? Hope you do get to spend some time in DC. you would need at least 3 or 4 days minimum to go see many different places. Send me a Twitter message to @wsyoon then I will send you my phone number in case you have any questions. I just arrived in Orange County and return back home Tuesday night. 🙂

    • I’m only there Thursday through Monday. Quite quick, but I know I will be back. 🙂 Surprisingly I don’t do Twitter. My email address is dafny.vogel@gmail.com. I wish I can reciprocate recs for the OC, but I have not been since I was a teen. Enjoy the weather there!

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