Ep 008: Most Decadent Burger in the World

Ep 008: Most Decadent Burger in the World

Join us as we eat the most decadent burger in the world, in the heart of Bangkok. This could get messy. On travel and food TV shows in the past, usually ones centered on New York City, I’ve seen mention of the most decadent burger in the world, or the most expensive burger in the world. The Manhattan one is something like a $100 burger. I don’t remember specifically what was on it, or what made it the most decadent burger in the world. I do remember, though, that it involved gold leaf. I always thought that was kind of a ridiculous concept. But, here we find ourselves, simple food travel bloggers, enjoying, what I would call the most decadent burger in the world, or minimally in Bangkok. We had a burger lunch at 25 Degrees, which is known for some of the best burgers in Bangkok. 25 Degrees is located on the lobby level of the Pullman Hotel G, just around the corner from our Bangkok apartment. We ate some amazing burgers there in October, just before Halloween with our friend Mr. Scott Eddy. This burger, though, took the cake. Easily one of the craziest things we’ve ever eaten, and I would venture a guess it could give those fancy New York City Burgers a run for their money as the most decadent burger in the world. Mentions: 25 Degrees Restaurant Bangkok Pullman Bangkok Hotel G Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe to the With Husband In Tow podcast on iTunes and listen to a new episode every Tuesday! If you like the podcast, leave a review! You can also...
A Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong – Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong

A Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong – Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong

I was a little dazed when arriving in Hong Kong. When we first walked into the hotel, it was about 8:30 in the morning. We landed at 7:30 am, after I accidentally booked a 3 am flight from Phuket, thinking I booked a 3pm flight. Oops. I don’t do well after a night without sleep. I’m too old for that. All I wanted was comfort and familiarity, and a little dim sum. All were provided within hours, and provided well, at our luxury hotel in Kong Kong. Arriving at Our Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong This was our fourth trip to Hong Kong, since our first visit in 2009. It’s a city that we love. During our first three visits to Hong Kong, we stayed on the Kowloon side of the Victoria Harbour. Although we’ve explored the Hong Kong side a bit, and we have a few favorite dim sum places, it’s not a side of the harbor we know well. And, when arriving after a night without sleep, I felt disoriented. I looked around the immediate vicinity of the hotel from our taxi on arrival, and wondered, where the heck am I? We took the Airport Express train, which for 100 HKG ($13) a person, deposited us at Central Station in less than 35 minutes from the airport. A taxi ran an additional 40 HKG ($5), and whisked us to the hotel, near the convention center in minutes. But, at first glance, it seemed we were in the middle of nowhere. On either side of the Hong Kong convention center was construction as far as the eye can...
Luxury in Phuket – The Amari Phuket

Luxury in Phuket – The Amari Phuket

It’s been a few years since we’ve visited Phuket. It’s a place that doesn’t have the best reputation among Thai beaches. That’s why we were thrilled to find a little bit of luxury in Phuket, and in all places, on Patong Beach. Even during our past visits to Phuket, we never visited Patong. It’s the most commercial beach area on Phuket, and has a reputation for nightlife and extracurricular activities. We always stayed in the north of Phuket, or on the east, and steered clear. During our most recent visit, though, we ended up finding a little luxury in Phuket, set just off of the hubbub of Patong’s busy nightlife scene, at the Amari Phuket. Arriving at the Amari Phuket After driving through the craziness of Patong, a pre-arranged taxi dropped us off at the lobby of the hotel. I couldn’t even focus on the massive hotel entrance. Instead, my eyes just flew upwards, at the small villas that seemed precariously perched up on the hills over Phuket. I kind of hoped that was where we were staying. Once stepping inside, though, I quickly noticed the massive, open air, lobby bar with views to the water beyond. It was like no beach hotel bar I’d seen in the recent past. Our room was not yet ready, so we grabbed an early lunch at the Rim Talay restaurant, with beautiful views of the Andaman Sea. I was craving a burger. I always hesitate ordering burgers overseas. We’ve had some bad ones. But, I looked at my surroundings, and hoped it would at least satisfy a craving. It did that, and...
Renting a Koh Samui Luxury Villa

Renting a Koh Samui Luxury Villa

Imagine waking in a plush bed, in a white walled room, surrounded by contemporary finishes. Beyond the whir of the air conditioning, it’s possible to hear the crash of the gentle waves on the beach. After stepping out through the sliding glass doors, is the reflection of the palm trees over a private infinity pool. Beyond that, the beach and the sea. To the right, a beautiful breakfast is laid out, prepared by a private chef. Yes, this is what it’s like to wake up in a private Koh Samui luxury villa. Before this trip to Koh Samui, my experience with private luxury villas was limited to what I saw in various in-flight magazines, or perhaps living vicariously through James Bond on some sort of luxury escapade. But, those never end well for the girl. We’ve certainly stayed in some luxury hotel properties, but a private villa? I always thought it was out of reach. An unattainable goal. And, yes, we received our Koh Samui luxury villa stays because of our status as travel bloggers. But, after learning more about the experiences, and the pricing, I realized it is, in fact, more attainable than I initially thought. We arrived in Koh Samui to meet up with some blogger and social media friends. We’ve always wanted to spend more time traveling with friends, rather than always being on our own. We enjoy spending time together, don’t get me wrong. But, it’s fun to spend time with other people too. And, with so many of our friends and family so far away, it’s the travel bloggers in our network who are...
Experiencing a Luxury Spa in India

Experiencing a Luxury Spa in India

After 5 months in Europe, I was craving someone else’s hands on my body. You see, while living in Bali and while traveling in Southeast Asia, I became accustomed to regular massages. Once in Europe, though, massages became a little out of our weekly price range. I was counting down the days until our arrival in Bangkok, and new exactly where to find our perfect Thai massage. But, even before that date came, we had a welcome surprise – the chance to experience a luxury spa in India. Twice. Becoming Accustomed to Massages In Bali, we had our regular spa in Ubud, Cantika Zest. It was a little out of town, requiring a motorbike to reach. Because it was hard to reach, though, these massage beds were generally filled by people in the know. Cantika offered the best, and most reliable massages in Ubud. We were there so often that we had our preferred massage girls, Juni and Sang Ayu. The best part about Cantika: the price. Massages ran about $15 an hour. It was a little more expensive than many of the tourist focused massage shops in town, but we paid for the quality, and the reliability. There were some downsides to getting a massage at Cantika. The grounds were lovely, with beds set inside open air, Balinese style huts. They were surrounded by the tropical forests. But, that meant, noise from the outdoors and neighboring rooms. It also meant occasional mosquito bites. But, for Ubud, it was pretty luxurious. When in Europe, I missed Cantika. I missed the cheap, but reliable massages. I thought I would have...
Jaipur Marriott – Luxury Travel in India

Jaipur Marriott – Luxury Travel in India

The drive from the Courtyard Marriott Agra to the Jaipur Marriott was, if nothing else, an adventurous one. We booked the car service through our Taj Mahal guide. Our driver arrived at the appointed time, and we wound our way through Agra, on the scenic route, to the highway that connects Agra and Jaipur. Escaping Agra took almost an hour on its own. I am not sure if the driver was based in New Delhi, and drove the 3 hours to Agra before our 10am departure, or if he was just plain old tired. But, about an hour into our trip, Eric found him falling asleep at the wheel. Eric repeatedly asked if we was okay, and encouraged him to have a coffee when we took a break at the half way point. We took a longer break than normal ourselves at the rest stop in hopes that the driver would take his own rest. He seemed to be more alert during the second half of the journey, and we arrived safely at the Jaipur Marriott around lunch time. Even traveling India in comfort has its own set of excitement and uncertainty. Dining at the Jaipur Marriott It seemed that moments after arriving at the Jaipur Marriott, and once we fully realized we arrived safely, we were off meeting Chef Sunil and his staff. Chef Sunil provided us a quick tour of Okra, their buffet restaurant. Similar to the JW Marriott Mumbai and JW Marriott New Delhi, Okra was a mix of International cuisine and Indian. Of course, I wanted to focus on the Indian. Even within the Indian...
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