Traveling for food is such an important aspect for learning about a culture. Not only do we try to find the best local food to try, we look into the history, and we bring home a recipe or two.

How to Eat Shabu Shabu

While we were living in South Korea, the “English” teachers, took Devon and I to this fantastic restaurant and introduced us to Shabu Shabu; it quickly became our favorite Korean dish. This meal supposedly originally came to Korea with the invading Mongols.  All of us had had Shabu Shabu in Japan, and in theory it could be the same dish, but this is definitely one item that trumps the one from Japan.  In Japan, the waitress brings you a plate of mushrooms, vegetables, and meat, you dump the whole mess into a pot of boiling clear, unseasoned broth, and when you are ready, you eat it.  It’s not bad, in fact it’s pretty good, especially on a cold winter’s day.  …

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Traditional Bulgarian Food Guide & 5 Dishes You Must Try

This photo of the Bulgarian Food Guide shows 4 photos of traditional dishes: yogurt, french fries with cheese, shopska salad, and bean soup.

I really didn’t know what to expect as far as Bulgarian food goes. Maybe a cross between borscht, gyros, and kofte. To be honest, even though I was looking forward to trying it, I really didn’t have high expectations. After living in Turkey, where the food is never, ever bad, I just didn’t think Bulgarian food would rate. Boy, was I wrong. It was amazingly delicious. What we didn’t expect was the proclivity towards yogurt and cheese! After having visited Bulgaria twice now, I rate their food pretty high up on the list of reasons to go. How could I not, I love all the things they do–cheese, meat, and yogurt. We’ve listed all the foods we loved during our …

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Khinkali Recipe – The Dumpling from Georgia

Khinkali Recipe - Georgian Dumplings

On my way to Georgia, I was on a mission. I had researched the local dumpling, khinkali, and was fascinated by it. I love the way it looks, the way people eat it. I definitely wanted to learn how to make it, but could not find a cooking lesson advertised anywhere. Jump to Recipes Simple Dough Meat Filling Potato Filling Cheese Filling Upon our arrival, the first thing we did was pick up our rental car. Jim always makes those reservations, and I didn’t realize that it wasn’t just a rental place, it was a full on tourist agency. While we sat and did all the paperwork, which was more time consuming than usual since we were taking the car to Armenia …

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Harvest Mushroom Soup Recipe

Mushroom Soup Recipe

When the wind starts blowing, and the leaves start falling, there is just nothing that warms you up better than this. I like to highlight foods I’ve found while traveling. Usually, it is something that is not very well-known in the States, but many people eat mushroom soup in the U.S.A. Hopefully this is a new twist on an old recipe. Mushroom soup is such a warming comfort food! We first had this soup in one of our favorite restaurants in Misawa, Japan. Northern Japan can be very cold and snowy, so every now and then during those long winters we would head down to the Russian restaurant for this delicious warm up. The chef and owner of the restaurant had …

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Dumplings Around the World – An Eating and Cooking Project

The Dumpling Project

Dumplings. I love them. My grandmother made them and taught my mother. My mother made them, although not very often, and she taught me. It’s one of those down-home foods that bring back memories of a steamy kitchen, messy cooking, lots of laughter and lots of love. Jump to Chicken and Dumplings Recipe Did you know that every culture has some form of dumpling? They do, and I’m on a mission to seek them out, eat them, learn to cook them, and share them with you. Thus my Dumplings Around the World project was born.

Tunisia Olives from Tree to Table

From tree to end product, this photo essay is all about those delicious olives! Tunisia olives are world renown, and surprisingly, it is one of the world’s leaders in olive production. Traveling around the countryside, especially during the olive harvest, you can witness the entire production from tree to market or even to the table. From Bizerta to Ichkeul, and from Carthage to El Kef, the roads drive straight through olive orchard after olive orchard. During the harvest, you will see whole families working together to collect the olives, prune the trees, and bring the olives either to market or to the oil press factory.  These families were always friendly and welcoming and we stopped many times to watch the …

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The Best Hummus in Israel

Hummus with Mushrooms

One of the things I was really looking forward to when visiting Israel, was the food. Especially the hummus and felafel. I love hummus, and I’m a pretty big fan of felafel. As you know, we rented a car and drove around the country. One of the big problems with this is timing. Sometimes it’s easier to wait until you are at a good stopping point, or you are just trying to get somewhere and you forget to eat. We did this on our way to the Roman ruins of Caesarea or Kaysaria. It’s a little south of Haifa where we were staying and we really wanted to see the ruins so he had to backtrack a little. Meantime it’s …

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Camp Recipes – Banana Boats

banana boats

Camping Season is here! There’s no better campfire treat than Banana Boats!   It’s one of my favorite camp recipes! Campgrounds are opening all over the northern hemisphere, camping season has arrived! I love camping and have done so all over the world. I love sleeping under the stars, or in a tent, or when we lived in Alaska in our camper. I love setting everything up, and having conversations, singalongs, and lots of food by the campfire. We have plenty of camp recipes and I thought I would share a few here as I get ready for making my shopping list for our camping trip through France and Spain this summer. One of my family’s favorite campfire treats is the …

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What’s for Norwegian Breakfast?

norway breakfast

While in Norway, we ate a delicious breakfast everyday. When I’m at home, I normally sit down to the same breakfast every day, but in Norway, there is variety built right in! Staying with friends, we experienced a Norwegian morning, from taking our fish oil to eating all kinds of tinned foods on the hearty dark bread. When I was a kid, I always heard on the radio or TV how in the “olden” days kids had to take Castor Oil every day to keep them healthy. Well, in Norway, it is fish oil or Tran. The tran I tried was lemon-flavored and didn’t taste all that bad. They are a healthy people, so there might be something to it. …

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Bak Kut Teh and Friends, What Could be Better?

Bah Kut Teh Friend

A night out with travel friends…does it get any better than this? Traveling brings people together, especially when it comes to food.  A few years ago, I was eating in my absolute number one favorite Turkish restaurant, Dibek in Cappadocia.  It’s a cozy place where customers take off their shoes and sit on the floor.  There are wooden banisters to separate the tables from each other, but the banisters do not hide the other customers or block their conversation so each time we’ve gone, we’ve struck up conversations with people from all over the world.  On this particular night we met three Singaporeans, Jaclyn, Chris, and Richard.  We talked and talked.  We talked about Singapore and how much it had …

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Finding the Best Hawker Centers in Singapore

hawker centers sinapore

Arriving in Singapore, we all had food on our mind! We arrived at Singapore Airport late in the evening, and by the time we had met up with Devon and found our way into the city on the MRT, we were beyond hungry. We usually like to ask for food suggestions from the people we come in contact with so it was no surprise to hear Corinne start in on a conversation with the hostel clerk about hawker stalls. Out came the map and the other two workers on late night duty. Most of the discussion was between the three of them; what would still be open, what would be the best food for us, how long would it take …

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