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Asian Dumplings Cooking Class Online with Elaine from Dash of Soy, Seattle

Over the last few months, everyone’s lives have changed in one way or another. I’ve had a new found love for Online Experiences by Airbnb, striking the balance of living in isolation yet also still feeling somewhat socially connected with other people. Whilst searching Airbnb, I stumbled across an experience listed as: ‘dumpling making from my family recipe’. It had a solid 5-star rating, already garnering 50+ positive reviews – which I thought was pretty good. You can’t go greater than 5-stars, so surely this cooking class must be an experience to try?! A few days later, my online cooking class is scheduled to start, so I sign in to a Zoom meeting and get connected with a bunch of newly acquainted cooking buddies. I’m met by Elaine, our host and chef for the day, the founder and creator of Dash of Soy Culinary School, based in Seattle, USA; a group of college friends who have joined from different locations around the US; a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary; families preparing this meal together; and …

Central location: Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber

We stopped via Honolulu for three nights to attend a friends’ wedding en-route to Canada.  As you know, Honolulu accommodation can become quite pricey when you’re on a budget, so after a few good searches I actually booked a great rate directly through the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber. Let’s face it, if you’re only in a city for three nights and restaurants and nightlife is what you’re after, then location is very important.  The Holiday Inn Resort, Honolulu is located on Kalakaua Avenue.  It is right next door to the International Marketplace and very close walking distance to Waikiki Beach (less than a 3-minute walk). To name a few more; Jimmy Buffett Restaurant, Macy’s department store (adjoining the hotel entry), the Cheesecake Factory (literally across the road) is all within walking proximity. I’m telling you now, you won’t be disappointed by the location of this hotel and you’ll have the best of most worlds – eateries, retail shopping and a quick dip in the ocean if you have time. The staff was very friendly and …