Red Beans Give You Wings….Or Something Like That

While in Seoul, Seouyoung and I have been on a quest to find the most delicious red bean and shaved ice dessert.   Pat Bing Soo is the name of this luscious and refreshing Korean style sweet. I first had this dessert in Korea Town in New York with Seoyoung.  Now that I’m in Korea, I…

Jakarta: The Big Durian

The Big Durian is the nickname lovingly bestowed to Indonesia’s largest city, Jakarta.  I had no idea what to expect from this city, but I do know one thing: I love durian.  Of course the moniker is really referencing Jakarta’s stinky and rough qualities but I prefer to think of the city in regards to…

Tangy, Fishy and Curiously Intriguing

As I was walking down the street tonight on my way to pick up my regular evening salad, and thinking to myself, “Should I have cucumber? Long Bean? or papaya tonight?” I spotted a newcomer.  Or at least, she hasn’t been there since I’ve had my eagle eyes on the road. She was an older…

The Perfect Papaya Salad

Thailand has a seemingly endless variety of food stuffs to wade through.  On my block alone, every 2.5 steps there is a different street vendor–one sells roasted bananas, another rocks a cleaver preparing a Hunan chicken dish, while a young lady sells a fresh veggie soup made to order and her neighbor rolls out sticky…

Singapore’s So Slick

Singapore has the largest percentage of millionaire households in the world.  While the rest of the world has been in flux during the crisis, millionaires are just sprouting up left and right in this small country of less than 4 million  people. Driving the streets of Singapore feels a bit like Monaco.  Flashy Lamborghinis, Ferraris…

There’s No Place Like Nahm

Yesterday I ran around Bangkok and tried not to look at the grilled chicken satays, or the zingy papaya salads, or the roasted bananas…or any of the enticing food offerings that tempt with seductive scents.  We were going to David Thompson’s Nahm at the Metropolitan Hotel for dinner and I did not want to spoil…

The Other Version of Bangkok’s Weekend Market

I’ve been to Thailand more times than you can count on two hand.  I love traveling the world, but somehow, someway, I always seem to end up back in Bangkok.  Sometimes I’ll blame it on the fact that it’s just a great hub city.  I can catch a flight to most places in Asia from…

IPA

Indian Palate Awareness Tamarind, tumeric, garam masala, asafoetida, coriander, cumin, bitter melon, kalonji seed and chaat masala.  These flavors will make your taste buds sit up and take notice.  India is not a country to tip-toe around the food markets nor by-pass the street vendors.  If you dive in, you will be rewarded with culinary…

blow your budget in bangkok

not really.  you can easily sleep, use public transportation and eat to your heart’s content for $10-$$15 a day.  and eat well you will. south east asia is easily my favorite place to eat in the world (thus far, but i still have quite a few countries to knock off my list!). eating street food…

taste tanzania

by the time we hit tanzania, the doldrums of eating had begun to sink in.  it takes a lot for me to get tired of food because i can usually find something interesting in anything i’m eating.  whether it be the cooking method, the ingredient, combination of flavors….i like food, but i do need some…

south africa is lekka

in afrikans, lekker (pronounced lekka)=really good. when i was thinking of traveling from capetown to cairo, i quickly dismissed south africa as the country that i would be least interested in spending time in.  the plan was to move quickly through the country and linger in the the countries heading up the east coast.  i…

omo valley, the real o.g.

i started my ethiopian adventure solo because irena got a bug in her eye (and slept with her contacts in) while we were in malawi.  as a result, she got a terrible terrible eye infection.  after several doctors and ineffective treatment, she had to fly to south africa to get treatment.  i continued north through…