A a bad start on a great day of canyoneering in South Africa.
A year ago, my husband and I were invited to join some of our favorite traveling companions on a journey to Tibet. We planned, did some research, and prepared ourselves for a trip that would include both spiritual (Buddhist monasteries and culture) and adventurous (Mount Everest basecamp) experiences. Two weeks before we were scheduled to … Continued
Cubes of pork shoulder marinated over-night in milk and quartered oranges. A 5-gallon pot with pounds of lard and the pork chunks heated to the brink of boiling, and stirred every so often by a 3-foot, home-made wooden paddle. Pork that is extremely tender, has a slight crisp to the outside, and can easily broken … Continued
Each day last week, I woke to the sound of the surf and the chatter of pigeons which, like clockwork, flocked to the rafters above our window at exactly 6:30 am. Usually, I’m an early riser, but I was on vacation. Kind of. My husband and I went with the intention of working on a … Continued
I am so excited for 2012, I can’t even express it clearly. If you had a crazy 2011 – and I know of a LOT of people who did, then maybe you can understand what I’m feeling. So, wanting to help nudge the new year in a direction I truly want it to go, … Continued
Eating a meal that incorporates tradition and geographic uniqueness provides you with immediate and intimate access to a culture, its people, and local conditions. And, for me, it is one of the things I enjoy most when visiting a new place. Last month, I experienced the culinary diversity of Belize and found sweet and spicy inspiration for two gluten- and dairy-free desserts: Spicy Key Lime Coconut Bars and Mayan Fudge Brownies.
Today is the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech, the speech in which he called the American public to action with his challenge to: Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. As a returned Peace Corps volunteer (RPCV), I wonder if Kennedy’s call to action and the spirit of public service ring as true today as they did back in 1961.
Terry Hope Romero recently released her latest cookbook: Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers . Thumbing through the index, I realized she must be Venezuelan. Sure, she includes recipes from all across Latin America, but I was immediately biased when I saw the words arepas, mechada, caraotas, and cachapas.