A New Adventure in Thailand Starts off Spicy

My first day in Bangkok was exactly what I wanted it to be. Actually maybe just a little bit more. I came off the airplane anxious to shake 22 hours of sitting out of my body. Oh yeah, first I had to take a taxi into the city. Then I could shake it off. A…

Staycation Destination: Chinatown

Whether I”m in New York or Bangkok, the excitement of city living never fades.  In New York, most residents flee to the beaches during the summer: Hamptons, Amagansett, Montauk, Martha’s Vineyard etc. In Bangkok, Thais head up-country for a little r&r, or south to charming beach towns like Hua Hin or Samed for a more…

My Two Favorite Things

I was recently interviewed for the Village Voice blog on eating and traveling 🙂   Chatting With Del Posto Cook and Travel Writer Claire Handleman On The Joys of Eating In Thailand (Part 1)   Everyone loves to travel; not everyone, however, lives to travel. During most of the year, Claire Handleman pays the rent…

Egg Meets Grill

Eggs are the perfect food.  A perfectly designed serving of protein and fat can be cooked and manipulated in endless ways: soft pillowy egg pouches draped in an egg-emulsified Hollondaise sauce, sweet soy sauce boiled eggs stewed with chunks of braised pork, a fried egg perched atop a mountain of fried rice, soft scrambled eggs…

Wet Feet and Royal Eats

Chiang Mai is up-country.  Many Thais and expats prefer the laid back atmosphere of this charming city to the bustle and buzz of Bangkok.  My girlfriends  came to travel Thailand so we decided to head North for a bit of excitement.  But we didn’t go for the cool and quieter side of Chiang Mai…oh no,…

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…

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…

belize it!

i had no intention of going to belize.  i resisted, and persisted to stand by other travelers’ claims that’ belize is just too expensive.’  i always am very money conscious when i travel and try to stick to a predetermined daily allowance.  while in central america, i figured $30/day was a reasonable amount (which accounts…

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…