Foreign Flavors

The Origins of: Mo Mo

“Think about you when I’m goin’ to bed. When I wake up, think of you again." -- Becky G, musician (Obviously talking about Mo Mo) “I’ll have more Mo Mo please!” This seemed to be a common theme throughout our time in Nepal. I think within a ten day span we each probably consumed fifty of… Continue reading The Origins of: Mo Mo

Trek & Transit

Trek & Transit: Realizations on the Road to Pokhara

The road to Pokhara is a bumpy one. A supposedly eight hour journey from the heart of Kathmandu to the mountainous, second-largest Nepali city, puts your nerves to the test. Winding gravel roads, hugging the mountain sides with mere inches to spare between two lanes of traffic and a vertical drop. The line of twenty… Continue reading Trek & Transit: Realizations on the Road to Pokhara

Trek & Transit

Trek & Transit: 16hrs to Chengdu

It’s becoming a frequent feeling, this confusion mixed with lasting excitement and frustration. A strange sensation fills my mind now that I can communicate strictly through smiles and hand motions. I have spent so much time in a place where I knew the language that when it came to traveling “backpacker style”, it feels unnatural… Continue reading Trek & Transit: 16hrs to Chengdu

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Foreign Flavors: Xi’an Muslim Quarter

Inside the ancient city walls of Xi'an, China lay wonderful and completely unexpected surprises, which is why they're surprises; you get it. A short walk on West Street from the large Bell tower, or Bird tower as I like to call it.  A gateway just past the tower opens to a glowing and lively section… Continue reading Foreign Flavors: Xi’an Muslim Quarter

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Trek & Transit: Halong Bay

The infamous rainforest covered peaks of a staggering 1,900 limestone islands pop out of nowhere in the foggy distance of Vietnam. The massive bay itself spans for 1,553 square kilometers, which to me, is unfathomable. We were able to only see a small area during our one day, one night cruise.  A small crew, including… Continue reading Trek & Transit: Halong Bay

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The Origins of: Bánh Mì

The french baguette, the pâté, a smear of cheese and coriander, cucumbers and carrots. A masterpiece in my eyes and a frequented meal by Vietnamese and foreigners alike. Although the term ‘Bánh mì” in Vietnamese means bread, the phrase sparks similar imagines in most minds (and stomachs). A perfectly toasted elongated, warm dough. Baked to… Continue reading The Origins of: Bánh Mì

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The Origins of: Geng Fak Tong

Sometime in the year 2015, I had an epic tasting experience that shaped my Thailand Peace Corps service. I was given an orange shaded curry at my school for lunch one day. In it, a thick hearty vegetable that had been boiled down to a dreamy, soft and malleable existence. The vegetable alone gave the… Continue reading The Origins of: Geng Fak Tong

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The Origins of: Sticky Rice

Pick it up with your hands. Yeah, go ahead- get in there. That’s it. Now, roll it into a ball. Nice! Okay, you see that red sauce that is chop full of chilis? Dip that glutinous ball into that sauce and prepare to have your mind blown. Flavors, texture, pure joy. That is what occurs… Continue reading The Origins of: Sticky Rice