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The Spice of Life

By | 2016, Asia | No Comments

Food in Thailand is some of the best food I have had in a long time. While almost everything you eat there is served on rice, with fried noodles or in a curry soup, there is still a wide variety of meal options for even the pickiest of eaters to choose from. From the spiciest dish you’ll ever try to plain fried rice with a fried egg over it, Thailand offers an array of intense yet amazing flavours that will completely blow your mind.

A delicious home cooked Thai meal.

The best dish that I tried in Thailand is the classic pad Thai. This world famous dish has an egg noodle base with fried greens, fish sauce and fried eggs and either chicken or shrimp all mixed together and topped with some crushed peanuts to add some crunch to this otherwise soft dish. This dish is usually eaten by using chopsticks to get the noodles onto a spoon; however, foreigners often prefer to opt out on the spoon as most think this is the ‘authentic’ way to eat.

One of the main things to consider in Thailand while ordering a dish is the level of spice. If there is a dish on a menu that is usually served spicy and you don’t order it with out spice, your in for a hard night (it also hurts just as much coming out as it does going in).

Papaya salad is usually served with lunch and served extremely spicy. The reason behind this is that by mid day after working all morning, the spice wakes you up and gives you an energy boost to get you through the next part of the day. Similarly to this in North America is having a mid day coffee break to get some caffeine.

Over all I would strongly recommend trying anything you can while in Thailand. As with a lot of cultures worldwide, food is a huge part of tradition and everyday life. The people there take pride in the food that they eat and if you just stick to pizza and wings while your there, then you have really missed out on one of the best parts of Thailand.

Food, Fun, and Friends

By | 2011, Europe | No Comments

One of the things that I have noticed over the past weeks of travel is how much the Europe trip revolves around food. Waffles in Belgium, Crepes in Monmatre, Pizza in Assisi, Gelato in Rome, Sangria in Spain, Beer in Germany, and the list goes on and on. Over the course of the trip we’ve eaten a lot and tried various drinks as well but I dont think it’s about the food or drink. It’s about the community or fellowship which is brought together for a brief time. In Europe everything seems to slow down, partly because you don’t have anywhere you need to be and partly because its cultural. They have no issues with you sitting in a cafe for four hours, it’s part of what Europe is. But like I said its not about the amazing sangria or fantastic crepes its about being with good friends and enjoying a good thing!

Hannah

“A dream is a wish your heart makes…”

By | 2011, Europe | No Comments

When I was a little girl, I used to dream of what it would be like to be in Italy. I imagined the incredible artwork, the amazing food and scenery, and the quintessential Italian restaurant run by a wonderful old man where I would sit and watch the bustle of people go by. But, like so many other childhood dreams, this one was forgotten as I was swept up into school and every day life in my own country.
Being here in Rome, I am becoming re-acquainted with my dreams as they are continually coming true before my eyes. Nothing is exactly how I imagined it would be (few dreams ever are), but there’s something even better about being here; it’s real. I’ve sat at perfectly Italian restaurants with the wise and friendly old men running them, I’ve tasted the most amazing food of my life, and I’ve seen some of the artwork that epitomizes the European experience.
Maybe I’m romanticizing it all (definitely) but I think there’s something about being in Europe that makes that feel okay.
– Mo.

The Euro Food Trip

By | 2011, Europe | No Comments

I have come to realize on this trip (more so than I had before)  just how important food is to me?.  When people asked me what I was looking forward to most about the trip, I would say the food.  I always thought that seemed like a trivial thing to be looking forward to but not anymore.  I just really like food, and I like eating local dishes.  Nothing wrong with that, right?  One of my favourite and most memorable experiences on this trip so far was in Florence at a small hole in the wall place.  We had just spent a few hours in the Uffizi and were hungry, so we went to a small restaurant that we had seen the other day.  It was run by an old Italian couple and their son, and the food was delicious.  We were only going to have a light lunch, but a light lunch turned into a 4 course meal.  I found out that Florentines are very well know for their steak (which I must say, was one of the best steaks I have ever had), and that they make mille-feulle almost as good as the French.  It was also just really nice to sit for 2 and a half hours relaxing and talking with friends.  The way Europeans eat is something I want to take back to Canada with me.  Meals should take some time to prepare, and take even longer to eat.  In North America we are so fast paced that we toss something in the microwave, sit down for 10 to 20 minutes, and then move on to the next thing.  Sitting and eating shouldn’t feel like a waste of time, but a perfect way to enjoy yourself and spend quality time with friends and/or family.  Food is a passion of mine, I realize this now.

Dan

celeberity like star struck awe

By | 2010, Europe | No Comments

In this short time since our departure we have seen Spain, France and Italy. Our travels have taken us to many museums, basilicas and to view beautiful architecture, but I find myself having trouble keeping track of which country Michelangelo’s “David” was in, or Dalai’s “Persistence of Memory”, because it is all happening so fast.  I know for sure I am still in Italy because I am never hungry, I find myself with at least a second serving of gelato by noon and you can find wine for 1 Euro at the grocery store. Bottom line, I never want to leave. Regardless of what country we find ourselves in there is always plenty of art (and food) to be inspired by. I’m constantly finding myself in a celebrity like star struck awe when I come across a well known piece of art that I have seen many times in a textbook, now staring me in the face. A few have given me chills and caused me to pause longer to take in what I thought I would never see in “real life”.  Among these pieces of art I found myself taking extra time with Donatello’s Mary  Magdalene statue. Even now, days later I cannot get this image out of my mind. She seemed worn out and used in every way possible, it broke my heart how sad she looked. It got me thinking about her story and her own sense of value. I would imagine that the culture and church during her time was less than inviting to someone of her profession. It made me wonder if she ever felt loved. It’s always the story behind the art that causes me to pause and think of the lives of the characters or the painter. Now that I have seen Donatello’s “Mary Magdalene” and was deeply impacted by her body language and expression, I will remember her story. I cannot wait to see more inspiring pieces of art, we have plenty of countries ahead of us and with those come new characters, artists and stories to learn about.

Cara Lehocki