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Global “Running” Club

While on Easter Island, we drove our rented ATV up the steep slopes of Rano Kau, a volcano near the main town of Hanga Roa. We came around a bend and eyed a dude ahead of us, running at a quick clip. Blake pulled up beside him. “Sir, are you okay? Is someone chasing you? Are you in distress?” He looked confused, and only at that point did we realize he was running by choice—jogging, if you will. It takes all kinds. We, meanwhile, strictly limited our running to once a location in order to bring you our trip in roughly 90 seconds:

The UPDATED Best Restaurants in the World: A Definitive Ranking by Blake MacKay, Master of English Literature and Professional Expert

(JK. But not about the Masters part.) I am on a four-and-a-half month, ’round-the-world “honeymoon” with my wife, hence this very blog. I’ve worked in the restaurant industry in New York City for seven years and when I travel, I care about nothing more than my meals. Below are the top ten restaurants I visited in the first three months of my trip, up through the end of our time in South America. (See the first installment here.) I will update again when Spain and Turkey inevitably squeeze out two-thirds of this list. See snapshots at @wearethemacks and @blakewmackay on Instagram and hit me up at heywearethemacks@gmail.com.) 1. Huen Muan Jai (Chiang Mai, Thailand—formerly #1): It’s been three months since we set off on our trip and two months since we were in Chiang Mai, and still no dining experience (emphasis on the dining experience, as opposed to a single dish or bite of food) has left as much of an impression on my culinary imagination as Huen Muan Jai. Its #1 ranking is undoubtedly …

The Best Of What We Ate: Asia

With all the food we’ve eaten on our trip thus far, it’s a wonder there’s any left for the rest of y’all. And, like the hook from any Iggy Azalea song, there are some things that we just cannot get out of our heads. (And, like Iggy tracks, some of these dishes didn’t make us feel good about liking them.) We honor them here; below, a list of the best single items we ate in Asia. We’ve excluded specific dishes from our favorite restaurants (check out Blake’s list of those here) so, for the most part, these skew in the cheap eats direction. Sea grapes, Okinawa, Japan The caviar of the sea! …The vegetarian caviar of the sea! We had these at Booten in Naha. Drag them quickly through good soy, done. Beef Bowl, Ishigaki, Japan If you are a reader of this blog, you may or may not be sick of hearing us go on about Ishigaki Beef. Well, TOO BAD, because we never knew beef could taste this good and thusly cannot stop …

The 5 Best Times I Went To The Dentist in Bangkok

Four days into our four month trip, Blake started experiencing pain in tooth #19, her second-from-the-back molar on the bottom left side. At first the pain was light, and she was in a state of denial as deep as her molar roots, which is DEEP, as it turns out. It took her two days to even tell MacKenzie that it was bothering her because if you ignore problems, they usually go away. Unluckily, it got worse, as tooth pain tends to do. The only silver lining of this terrible experience is that the pain first struck when we were a few days away from the Bangkok leg of our trip. Bangkok is a medical tourist paradise, and there are as many dental clinics as there are creepy old white guys with young Thai ladies. A Bangkok-based friend of a friend recommended Promjai Dental, so what follows is Blake’s ranking of her experiences there, best to worst. 1. Fitting the permanent crown (visit #5): My fifth and final visit was my favorite trip to Promjai in …

The Best Restaurants in the World: A Definitive Ranking by Blake MacKay, Master of English Literature and Professional Expert

(JK. But not about the Masters part.) I am on a four-and-a-half month, ’round-the-world “honeymoon” with my wife, hence this very blog. I’ve worked in the restaurant industry in New York City for seven years and when I travel, I care about nothing more than my meals. Below are the top ten restaurants I visited in the first five weeks of my trip (Bangkok street food not included cause that just wouldn’t be fair to anyone). I will update the list about once monthly through the end of the journey. See snapshots at @wearethemacks and @blakewmackay and hit me up at heywearethemacks@gmail.com. 1. Huen Muan Jai (Chiang Mai, Thailand): Everything that is good and right about Northern Thai cooking is housed at Huen Muan Jai, a restaurant from an Iron Chef Thailand contestant housed in a traditional Lanna house/garden setting. The khao soi and Northern Thai pork sausage are beyond, and I will dream about them until we meet again someday. (Spread in photo above.) 2. Nahm (Bangkok, Thailand): Currently the top restaurant in Asia—at …