India has a rich history when it comes to cuisine. Centuries ago explorers from distant lands sought the shores of India in search of an overwhelming host of pungent spices sure to send your taste buds dancing for joy or writhing in a blaze of fiery submission. Celebrated though the […]
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Bali, Indonesia. Prior to visiting, I pictured its white sand beaches as a haven for honeymooners and a hot spot for surfers. While all of this exists on the southern end of the island, there are also areas where one can get away from the sunscreen-slathered tourists. This is what […]
Undisturbed beaches nestled against warm, turquoise Andaman Sea set a majestic scene. Combine this with genuinely friendly and kind-hearted locals smiling their way into a newfound democracy — as well as highly affordable beachfront drinks and accommodation — and you have the epitome of a dream sea, sand and surf […]
Despite its location, perched upon the slopes of a mountain in Anatolia, the village of Şirince isn’t Turkish. Nor, duly, are the traditions that sanctify its popularity. Its Greek identity is one of Turkey’s best-preserved and thriving examples of what happens when you swap whole populations because of conflicting religious […]
Because of Turkey’s location and history of playing home to many ancient civilizations, it’s known as part of the Cradle of Culture. While Istanbul is full of ancient attractions — for example, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, The Basilica Cistern and Rumeli Fortress — it only paints part of the picture. […]
Aşure or Ashure, a traditional dessert in Turkey, is a pudding-like dish made with grains, fruits and nuts like cherries, hazelnuts, cashews, figs, chic peas, fava beans, raisins and rice (recipe varies by who’s making it). Sugar, orange and lemon peel, cinnamon, rose water and pomegranate kernels are other popular […]
On Tuesday night around 10pm I find myself traveling via taxi from the Regent Taipei to the Daan District of Taipei, known for its trendy nightlife and restaurants. I’m specially looking to check out Ounce, a speakeasy-style bar that I’m told by locals is a must-do in the city. Little […]
A typical dish in the Middle East, South Asia and the Balkans, kofta consists of minced lamb or beef rolled into balls or patties. The meat is usually spiced with onions, salt, pepper, cumin and/or other spices. It is often served with rice and sometimes gravy.
When in Cambodia, nothing beats the follow up to a full day of exploring the Angkor temples like an authentic Khmer meal and browsing the local markets. This must be a well-known fact in Siem Reap, because the town has plenty of both to offer. Although the town has a […]
This delicious hot pot meal features ingredients like chicken wings, pork, sausage balls, Chinese cabbage, seaweed, fish, carrots, and other meats and vegetables that are left to cook on a bubbling hot pot while you dine. It’s a tasty way to experience traditional Taiwanese culinary culture. I recommend also drinking […]