Erin De Santiago

Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations in Belize

By Erin De Santiago | November 25, 2012

November 19 marks a special holiday in Belize — Garifuna Settlement Day. The Garifuna, or Garinagu in Garifuna, are mixed African, Carib Indian and Arawak Indian people who were deemed enemies of the British during a series of Carib Wars in the 1700’s. They were exiled to Roatan from St. Vincent, which they found uninhabitable […]

The Eternal Search for Good Mexican Food Abroad: Macho Tacos in Taipei, Taiwan

By Erin De Santiago | May 10, 2012

Since I moved away from California and its endless supply of authentic Mexican restaurants in 2009, I have spent the past three years hopelessly searching for decent Mexican food abroad — especially in Taiwan. Yeah…I know. Obviously, Taiwan is not likely to be home to some of the world’s best tacos, but I always held […]

Maya Ruins in Belize: Visiting Lamanai

By Erin De Santiago | March 13, 2012

Nearly every travel magazine and media outlet has included Belize in their round up of “must visit” destinations for 2012, mainly because the end of the Maya calendar takes place on December 21. And the recent visit by Prince Harry certainly did wonders for putting Belize on even more travelers’ radars. I guess for once […]

Getting Painted at Carnaval in Ambergris Caye, Belize

By Erin De Santiago | February 28, 2012

This past weekend was the annual Carnaval celebration on Ambergris Caye in Belize.  I had been planning a “work” trip down in February, which coincidentally just happens to be my favorite spot in the world. What I didn’t initially realize was that my trip coincided with Carnaval so I was eager to learn what made […]

Three Bizarre Foods to Try at Taipei Night Markets

By Erin De Santiago | February 12, 2012

The Taiwan Night Market scene is a huge part of the local culture and one of the more beloved aspects for travelers visiting the country.  If you tend to err on the side of adventure with your culinary travels, here are three of the more unique, and perhaps bizarre, foods to check out at the […]

Theme Restaurants: Modern Toilet in Taipei, Taiwan

By Erin De Santiago | January 29, 2012

There is no doubt that Japan is the king when it comes to intriguing and often oddball themed restaurants.  Taiwan also has its share of themed restaurants as well – the most popular, and perhaps most disturbing to many, is Modern Toilet. You may recognize Modern Toilet from a Travel Channel feature several years ago […]

Taiwanese Shaved Ice Desserts: Bào Bīng (剉冰) and Xue Hua Bing (雪花冰)

By Erin De Santiago | January 17, 2012

As I currently sit here in Los Angeles, where the temperatures are more reminiscent of summer rather than the middle of January, I find myself missing the gloomy weather of Taipei right now — but only to satiate my craving for a Taiwanese shaved ice. Growing out of the Ben & Jerry’s phase where I […]

Expat Bars in Taiwan: On Tap Pub in Taipei

By Erin De Santiago | January 3, 2012

Unlike many of its big Asian-city counterparts, Taipei is not one of the cities where you typically find heaps of English speakers traveling around.  While Taiwan is definitely working to promote tourism in non-Asian countries, there are still times we can go weeks without ever hearing someone speak English. Living in Taipei and interacting with […]

Must Try Foods in Taiwan: Xiaolongbao from Din Tai Fung

By Erin De Santiago | December 27, 2011

Whether you’ve visited Taiwan yet or not, you likely already know one of the biggest draws to the island is, without a doubt, the food.  Food is an integral part of the culture here and it figures prominently in important Chinese holidays and traditions. Although “Taiwan” is not that old (this year marks the 100th […]

Beach Bars in Belize: Palapa Bar and Grill on Ambergris Caye

By Erin De Santiago | November 22, 2011

While the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize may not have the legendary bar scene that rivals some other famed spots like Southeast Asia, there are certainly a number of nice places to kick back and enjoy a couple drinks. If you’re looking for the perfect daytime spot (and perhaps a place to catch up […]

Going Slow in Central America: Exploring Caye Caulker’s “The Split” in Belize

By Erin De Santiago | November 8, 2011

When visiting the Cayes in Belize, most travelers are quite divided over their love for either Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker. Ambergris Caye is slow and laid back, but Caye Caulker truly defines the word slow – so much to the point it’s even their motto. The small island is located about 20-30 minutes by […]

Traditional Foods in Belgium: Liege and Brussels Style Waffles

By Erin De Santiago | October 13, 2011

Belgium is one of my favorite countries for culinary travel – from the cliché of  “Mussels in Brussels”, to the frites, chocolates, and of course, the handcrafted beers, it’s one country I will never tire of visiting. One of the true culinary gems in Belgium is the waffle.  Not the American-style Belgian waffles I grew […]