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Hidden Gems: Madame Pang

I’ll be honest when I looked up Madame Pang online I had zero hope for this place. I love Asian cusine in general and I don’t eat nearly enough dim sum as I should. Also Madame Pang was the only restaurant opened really late at night and I figured it was best to get something light for dinner before heading off to bed.

I boarded the tram and disembarked at St. Catherine’s station, figuring out Google Maps and meandering down the long barely lit lantern lit streets. On my way there I’d stop at about five different restaurants asking when they closed. Twenty minutes said the hostess at the first restaurant with olive green walls and wooden tables bathed in natural light. This was the perfect spot to have my last meal in Bordeaux I thought, but it was not meant to be.

Sulkenly, I made my way to the the corner of Rue du Pas St Georges and Rue de Devise looking out at the closed ice cream parlor. I stared down the side street which really looked like alleyways trying to figure out where this place could be located. There were no neon lights pointing to the location, nor any huge signs with the restaurant’s name on it. I decided to take a right, down the alleyway of Rue de Devise intent on asking the woman I saw waiting to enter a house for help on finding this place. When I approached the woman for help I realized she was part of this oddly out of place tight group of people sitting on a porch enjoying their cigarettes, drinks and having an overall great time. Stll unsure if this was Madame Pang’s or not I was drawn to the atmosphere of this place and wanted to go inside but I knew I had to find Madam Pang’s as well because I was hungry, I couldn’t face the disappointment of another restaurant closing up soon. So I asked “ou est Madame Pang?” and to my delight they all pointed to the door behind them.

Turns out behind the doors was this speakeasy sort of bar space with relaxed seating for you and your friends to enjoy dim sum. The entire space was decked out with Asian art or motifs and in the background hip hop hits from the 90s early 2000s softly filled the room. Everyone from the raucous group of friends near the front door to the couple enjoying a night out at the bar was enjoying themsleves in the cozy restaurant.

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I found my own corner and proceeded to order what I considered would be small filling portions to only have 2 heaping portions of Ar Gou and Char Siu Bao arrive to my table freshly made and piping hot. I should know because I burned my tounge on the Ar Gous. The Char Siu Bao’s were my favorites. The bao was very fluffy and the pork filling left you wanting to fill up on more, they were that addictive.

Thai Punch

I also ordered the Thai Punch drink simply becuase it was spicy. If you don’t like spicy foods do yourself a favor and don’t drop the hot pepper in the drink. If you love spicy drop it and crush it ( slightly) into the drink your senses will come alive.

Great food, atmosphere and open late in a city that shuts down at 10pm Madame Pang is a can’t miss stop on your next trip to Bordeaux. I’m glad everywhere else was closed or I wouldn’t have been able to experience this place. I’m sad I was only able to go there once but I will return on my next trip to Bordeaux and enjoy this hidden gem once more.

As always Happy Travels and Eat Well!

KJ

New Year! New Adventures!

As we start 2019 we wanted to take a look back at where we’ve been and what we’re looking to do in the new year.

In 2018 we sent clients off to their first trip to Morocco on a group tour. Another client followed their team around Russia during the World Cup. Our honeymoon couple ventured to Thailand for their first international trip as a married couple. While another group of friends treked through Scandinavia and France for their annual get together. These are just a few of the clients we helped trek around the world.

Taking a break on the sand dunes in Morocco

Taking a break on the sand dunes in Morocco

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We also partnered on some great collaborations, first and foremost with Laurelle of AR images who had the top blog post of the year on our page. If you didn’t read it here’s your chance to catch up on Creating Great Vacation Photos. Secondly we collaborated with Brianne from the blog A Traveling Life on our 5 Favorite Places to Dine in Bogota, because you know we just can’t stop talking about Colombia. If you haven’t been, now is the time to sign up for more information on our group trip in June.

Last but not least we took you on some of our own amazing advenutres. Last year we traveled to Japan and chowed on some Okiminyaki, Medellin, Colombia, Mexico and went on an Elewana Skysafari in Kenya. All four destinations had their own charm and interesting details about them, click on the links to revisit them.

Elephant seen on safari

Elephant seen on safari

What’s next?

We still love to travel and are looking towards new destinations and emerging destinations to highlight. Do you have a place you’d like to see highlighted on your blog? Leave a note in the comments and we’ll work it into our 2019 blog schedule.

Not to mention we are still creating our new tour in June to Colombia, it will be the first time that we’ve introduced a tour in June for this destination, so if you want to know more sign up for our email blast or send us an email.

As Always Happy Travels

KJ

Where to Eat!

I love to travel and I love food. Nothing beats eating well when you’re on the road and experiencing different cultures. Here’s a short  list of my favorite places to dine when travelling.

First it must be said I am a little biased to Boston and DC. I've had great experiences in both cities and need to mention them first .

Located in the heavily college section of Allston this little gem Seoul Soulongtang is my favorite when I’m looking for Korean food in Boston

If you find yourself in DC there are 3 dining options that are a must- Brunch, Dinner and Happy Hour. Not necessarily in that order but it must be done.

When I first moved to DC I fell in love with Happy Hour, a place where coworkers and I could relax, chat and get to know one another outside of work. I created many great friendships during Happy Hour which has lasted forever. Some of our favorite places include Barcode; Ping Pong Dim Sum- delicious appetizers and creative drinks. A friend and I also did a historic bar hop of DC on October night and fell in love with Off the Record at the Hay Adams. We also loved Zengo back when it was open but sadly it no longer is open.

Need Brunch?
Try Medium Rare- Unlimited mimosas/ screwdriver/ Bloody Mary and your choice of entree for $25. Loved the 18th street location

Dinner-
Try the new BLT Prime in the Trump Hotel. We hear that it is one of the best steakhouses in the District and has a beautiful setting.  Don’t forget to check out the suburbs and try Copperwood in Arlington. Copperwood is the perfect place for evening drinks and snacks. Try the Mac & cheese, we swear it’s to die for

Colombia

I love Asian cuisine and trust me when I say I was a little leery of trying Welcome in Cali. I had already gone through many bad dining experiences in Colombia and was not intrigued to try it.

Thankfully my curiosity got the best of me and went in. What arrived to my table were two heaping bowls of deliciousness. One was the Ramen filled with broth that tasted spot on. The other was Chicken Bun that tasted like every bit of the Bun I would buy at Eden Center in Falls Church, Virginia .

Every country has it’s own world renowned chef and in Colombia it’s Harry Sasson. His restaurant Club Colombia is my go to spot whenever I’m in town. It’s a really cozy restaurant with low lighting and ample space. Try to get a seat near the windows or enjoy a drink on the couch near the fireplace.  

Need more ideas, click below to see some of list of favorite places!