Walks in the City: Central Park Edition

One of the few things we are allowed to do in NYC right now is walking, whether for essential errands, to walk the dog, or for exercise. I don’t go out often, but on some weekends I’ve chosen to get my exercise by long strolls around the city. And without quite being conscious of it,…

Grilled Eggplant & Halloumi Salad

These days I go back and forth between eating super healthy and eating junk food. Sitting at home all day, stressing about the end of the world, it’s just an emotional eating disaster. But our bodies are at their best when we feed them nourishing, nutritious meals and while there’s no scientific proof that healthy…

A Healthier Loco Moco (Hawaiian Plate Lunch)

How’s everyone doing? It’s safe to say that wherever you are, it’s been a rough week. And although I wrote about coronavirus last week, I’m not going to turn this into a corona-chronicle (the world has enough of those). No, I’m going to focus on what I do best…making food. After all, it’s a great…

How I Visited Victoria Falls by Myself

The first views of the falls. Realizing that the water spray was so heavy in February that a poncho was not optional (unless of course you wanted to look as though you’d walked out of the shower). Having lunch at The Lookout Cafe, overlooking the stunning Bakota Gorge while zipliners whooshed across. A relaxing sunset cruise where I made new friends and even a professional connection. A quiet morning on the Zambian side where there were more baboons than people, where I saw the best rainbows, and where I took some of the most incredible photos ever. It was worth all of the obstacles to get here.

Paraguayan Hot Chocolate (Mate Dulce)

When I left home for Peace Corps Paraguay, I packed one sweatshirt. Paraguay, I reasoned, was hot and my research showed that even in the coldest times of year it was in the 50s-60s. With limited space and the daunting task of packing for two years of my life, I opted for one and only…

How to Spend a Week in Myanmar

Last Updated February 16, 2020 What is Myanmar and why should I visit? Myanmar is a country in Southeast Asia, slightly smaller than Texas with a population of 54 million people. It sits between Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, Thailand, and the Indian Ocean. You might know it by its colonial name, Burma. Myanmar is one…

Burmese-Inspired Coconut Noodle Soup (Ohno Kauk Swe)

This week was gray and rainy in New York, with a bitter wind whipping through the streets. There’s no better time of year for a comforting soup. What I like most about this coconut noodle soup is that it brings Burmese food into your kitchen using only ingredients you can find at your grocery store,…

How to Hike The Narrows in Zion National Park

Imagine that the only sound you hear is the flow of a gentle river. You gaze up at the towering red canyon walls. A thick layer of fog hangs overhead, with light barely breaking through. You notice that some snowflakes have managed to fall through the cracks, dissolving in the Virgin River. The water rushes…

Homemade Nando’s Peri Peri Sauce (South Africa)

Have you ever tried to recreate something by taste only? I recently had this experience after discovering Nando’s peri peri sauce for the first time. I love going to grocery stores in foreign countries to see what products I can find that are different from home. So when I arrived in Cape Town, South Africa,…

How To Visit The Grand Canyon in Winter

Last updated 1/30/2020 I recently visited Grand Canyon National Park during the week between Christmas and New Years. I had a lot of doubts about going in the winter, and so many questions, so I’ve written my experience and research here for you! What is the Grand Canyon and why should I visit? This section…