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Shi Shi: Hike to a pristine Washington beach

In this photograph taken Saturday, July 6, 2013, a young boy riding a block of styrofoam is pushed into the waves by a man at Shi Shi Beach in Washington state's Olympic National Park. One of the most pristine beaches in Washington state, Shi Shi provides blissful disconnect to hikers and campers at the beach. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

SHI SHI BEACH, Washington — First there’s a drive through windy seaside and tree-lined roads. Then there’s a peek at the farthest northwest point in the lower 48 states. Finally, after a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) hike along a wilderness trail with a descent down a 150-foot (46-meter) bluff, the reward is one of the most pristine spots on the coastline of Olympic National Park: Shi Shi Beach.

Posted: August 5th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Same-sex couples in Washington taking wedding vows

James Griener, left, and Paul Harris finish their paper work to get a marriage license at Vancouver's Public Service Center on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Vancouver, Wash. Harris is a manager in the records department and arranged that the pair, who have been together for 39 years, could be first to get the paper work that will allow them to marry anytime after a 3-day waiting period. Washington state now joins several other states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage. Because the state has a three-day waiting period, the earliest that weddings can take place is Sunday. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Randy L. Rasmussen)

Same-sex couples in Washington state began reciting wedding vows at events across the state Sunday, on the first day they could marry after the state’s gay marriage law took effect.

Posted: December 10th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Chef Jose Andres to teach class on power of food


Acclaimed Spanish chef Jose Andres is heading back to the classroom.

Posted: October 29th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

The best places to eat in Vancouver


After Singapore, I headed to Vancouver, Canada, to attend my son Arturo’s high school graduation. On the plane, my wife Tessa and I were already planning the restaurants to visit in Vancouver. Tamarind Hill was on her list, since it has the best Malaysian-Singaporean cuisine in Lonsdale of the North Shore. It’s Kirin Sushi in […]

Posted: June 9th, 2011 in Food,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »