I had two firsts last night – watching the Amazing Race and eating Peking duck.
It's ironic that I've seen a ton of reality shows, yet I have always passed up the one about international travel where the contestants carry all their stuff all on their backs.
The only reason I decided to start watching this all-star season is that I got to know Rob and Amber, a popular married couple who have been on Survivor, through another show they shot last year.
Ok, I admit that I mostly watch for Amber because she's hot! Rob makes a good sidekick.
At any rate, they came in first on the leg last shown last night from Miami to Ecuador.
I can appreciate their competitiveness and think I'm in for the full race.
The Peking duck was enjoyed at Peking Gourmet Inn, a Chinese restaurant frequented by Presidents Bush Sr, Bush Jr, the Clintons, and tons of other politicians and foreign leaders.
You can tell because there are a few hundred framed and signed photos on the wall, taken with the restaurant owners.
It's located in northern Virginia, about five miles from me. I went out with my parents for the Chinese New Year.
The place was packed, and as we were leaving around 7 pm, about 20+ people were weaving along the tight hall and lobby all the way out the front door.
I had a chef's special, the garlic sprouts with chicken and rice.
The Peking duck was my parent's dinner, of which I partook of course.
I also used the occasion to let my parents know I wanted to move in with them this November, during the few weeks after my apartment lease is up, and before I leave for New Zealand.
Dave is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Go Backpacking and Feastio. He's been to 66 countries and lived in Colombia and Peru. Read the full story of how he became a travel blogger.
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