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6 Not-to-Miss Markets Around the World

April 15, 2013

Whether the stock market is up or down, shopping at a local marketplace in the big city is always a good investment (not to mention loads of fun). This is especially true in metropolises like London, Los Angeles, and New York City, where local markets are a break from high-end retail and the… (more)
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6 Great Taipei Markets for Day and Night

April 3, 2013

A city constantly on the move, Taipei is a place where ancient tradition and modern pragmatism seamlessly intertwine. Superstition coexists comfortably with science, quaint colonial architecture holds its own alongside futuristic skyscrapers, and—best of all—old-school marketplaces are as popular as high-end malls. These bustling marketplaces offer everything from flowers and electronics… (more)
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The 5 Best Markets of Beijing

March 10, 2013

In the bustling Chinese capital of Beijing, gleaming shopping malls hawking the most high-end international brands have mushroomed in recent years as the economy has grown. Luckily, though, these modern retail shrines haven’t totally elbowed out the more traditional marketplaces where chaos and local color are the order of the day.… (more)
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Friday Finds: Staying Warm Indoors in NYC

January 18, 2013

With temperatures due to drop in New York City next week, we’ve rounded up some indoor activities and things to do around The Big Apple to avoid the chilly weather. You can plan a whole day around a trip to the American Museum of Natural History. The size and… (more)
Yuzu Japanese Kitchen
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A Guide to the Best Dining in Foodie Obsessed Taipei

August 4, 2012

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Anthropologist extraordinaire Margaret Mead once said, “A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to taste the food of any country … to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again.” Perhaps nowhere is that… (more)
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The Hunt – Our favorite gift spots

February 9, 2012

Global – Every week, The Purple Passport team goes out in search of a designated item in whatever city our team members happen to be in at that time. We wanted to share with you, our readers, some of our finds from around the world. And with Valentine’s Day coming… (more)
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Meet, greet, and (most of all) eat at the Farmers Market

June 27, 2011

LOS ANGELES, US – No question about it: LA lacks honest-to-goodness public spaces. Where New York has Central Park and Madrid has Plaza Mayor, LA has strip malls and, um, mall malls. Chalk it up to the sprawl, lack of public transport, and car-centric culture, but it’s difficult to find… (more)
Baozi steamers
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Hungry hungry hutong: sampling Beijing’s back alley eats

June 25, 2011

BEIJING, CHINA – Beijing and I have a dysfunctional relationship. I’m constantly threatening to leave on account of its bad behavior (dust storms, terrible internet connections, and complicated bureaucracy, I’m looking at you), but somehow…I just keep coming back for more. Try as I might to resist its charms, as… (more)
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Lakeside scenery and local color around Beijing’s Houhai

June 11, 2011

BEIJING, CHINA – Summer in Beijing can be a challenging season. Temperatures rocket up into the 90s and beyond, a hazy smog hangs in the sky, and bus loads of tourists crowd into the shady parks and tranquil teahouses that would normally offer some relief from the heat. It’s not… (more)
Spitalfields Market
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Cutting out the middleman at Spitalfields Market

June 9, 2011

LONDON, UK – One of the things I love about farmers markets is that you get to buy direct from the source. You can ask a farmer about his growing practices, which vegetable is at its peak, and what are the favored preparations for the produce he’s hawking right on… (more)
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