In the wake of Chinese incorporation of Tibet in 1950, and a subsequent rebellion in 1959, a large population of Tibetan refugees, The Dalai Lama included, fled from their homes and settled in the mountain regions of Nepal and India. Now, 60 years later, the culture of most of the high alpine regions of the Himalayas still has a significant cultural influence… Read More Foodie Column: Tasty Tibetan Thenthuk
It’s been a wild, action-packed month since we left Chiang Mai, but the spicy-sweet memory of North Thailand still lingers. After a month of tasty-but-somewhat-boring Nepalese Dal Bhat (rice, veggies and lentil soup), I would give just about anything for a freshly BBQ’ed sausage, a sweet Thai curry, or a spicy basil melody of pad… Read More Foodie Column: North Thailand Nostalgia
Vietnam is a crazy place, especially when it comes to food. I wouldn’t recommend the standard “point-and-cross-your-fingers” method at your everyday Vietnamese restaurant or you run the risk of getting a bowl of organs, snails, duck fetus or even dog and cat parts. I’m not saying any of these things aren’t absolutely delicious (MMMMMeow), but… Read More Foodie Column: Bún bò Nam Bộ; a taste of Vietnam you won’t get at home
Malaysia is not exactly known for bread. You won’t find rolls, baguettes, or pastries like you might in Europe or America. But they do have white toast, and boy do they go absolutely nuts for it! I’d say it’s the most ubiquitous breakfast staple in the country, and I’ve spent my fair share of time… Read More Foodie Column: Kaya toast; a taste of Malaysia
The world is small nowadays. If you live in a mid-size to large city, odds are you share your city with people and cultures from all over the world. Particularly in regard to food, you will probably find restaurants ranging from Thai to Ethiopian right in your own neighborhood. However, unbeknownst to most Westerners, one of… Read More Foodie Column – Malaysia & Singapore; What you never knew you were missing!
One of the most important venues of Indonesian food culture is the warung. They are the one-stop shop Wal-Marts of Indonesia, only 100 times smaller, independently owned, and usually slapped together with mismatched pieces of wood. Need some lunch? The warung’s got your back. Just some everyday groceries? Ya, they do that. Want to book… Read More Foodie Column – The Warung (Indonesia)
Bali has long been hailed as one of the most diverse places on the planet. The Balinese people are extremely open minded and welcoming to foreigners, and this open mindedness is reflected in their culture. Balinese music, religious practices, agriculture, and cuisine is a hodgepodge of external influences from all corners of the globe, and is… Read More Foodie Column – Good Ol’ Balinese Home Cookin