Eating Well: Argentina 5.16.17

After months of photos about excellent food I thought an update on exercise might be appropriate. Prior to travel, I worked out regularly at a gym or outdoors. When I made the decision to long term travel, I accepted that exercise as I practiced it at home would not be a part of my routine…

Eating Well: Chile 4.25.17

Two thoughts on food for this Eating Well installment: Shared kitchens are a common part of hostel life in South America. From Chile onward, every hostel I stayed at had cooking facilities. In contrast, the standard for hostels in Asia was to have a kitchen and bar located on the premises. Off the top of my head,…

A Visit with my Chilean Family 4.19.17

In 2008-09 I studied abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile. When I reflect on how I decided to travel for a year and why I feel comfortable with this life, I am not surprised to realize my experience abroad in college contributed to my current reality. Studying abroad I developed resiliency and self-sufficiency, personal skills I rely on daily and that are also…

NYC & a 30th Birthday 4.14.17

In early March I enjoyed a week in New York City with friends and family. This visit enabled me to transit from Asia to South America without spending an outrageous number of hours in airports and on airplanes. More importantly, traveling through NYC allowed me to visit special friends and celebrate my birthday with people who matter in…

Eating Well: Myanmar 3.18.17

  Tea leaf salad is a traditional food from Myanmar. The salad usually includes a crunchy bean or nut, tomatoes, a type of lettuce or other green vegetable and a dressing made from pickled tea leaves. I liked the salad because of the mix of flavors and textures and the innovative-to-me dressing made with tea leaves….

Eating Well: Thailand 3.10.17

A common flavor in Thai food is tom yum, a combination of hot and sour flavors. I ate pizza, drank cocktails, and ordered soups and salads with this flavor profile. Tom yum is made from fresh ingredients including lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal (similar to ginger), lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chili peppers. I think the flavor is especially tasty because the herbs are so fresh. I…

Eating Well: Thailand 2.13.17

Pictures of food from my first three weeks in Thailand. The Once Again Hostel cafe in Bangkok served tasty food and eating here was a convenient option. With three stays in this hostel over more than 10 days, I ate a lot of caesar salads and egg omelettes. When I needed a snack during the day, the ubiquitous 7-11…

Eating Well: India 1.11.17

I will miss the food in India. Easy access to vegetarian items, liberal use of ghee and cream,  and amazing breads are a few of my food highlights. During these two months I did not always clean my plate, but I never left a meal unfinished because I did not like an ingredient or a flavor. When I return,…

Eating Well: India 12.25.16

The food I ate these past few week is not the usual holiday goodness but it is just as delicious. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! And peace to all this holiday season. Chai and a samosa at a roadside stand in Rishikesh. A collection of meals eaten in Rishikesh including dal fry (lentils) and naan, pecora, a…

Eating Well: India 12.3.16

If you told 7-year-old me I would LOVE Indian food in about 20 years, I would have called you a liar. I may have said your pants were on fire too. You, however, would be speaking the truth. In India I am in food heaven. Food here is mostly vegetarian (veg. is the word Indian people use). Cheese, creme and butter are…

Eating Well: Cambodia 11.21.16

It has been a whirlwind week! I am in India now and had a spectacular, incredible experience as a guest at my first Indian wedding. The three day affair was better than anything I could imagine. Photos and updates to come.   Using the restaurant tips from the ex-pat friends I made in Siem Reap,…

Eating Well: Vietnam & Cambodia 10.29.16

I am not sure the cause, but the food I am eating in Cambodia is mostly western style. It is not pictured, but in Phnom Penh I could not pass up a stop at both Krispy Kreme and Domino’s Pizza. Super tasty! Curries are common Khmer food and two well-known dishes are amok and luk…