How to Make a DIY Test Tube Spice Rack

As an avid home cook I have A LOT of spices. And as a Manhattanite, I don’t have a lot of counter or cabinet space to spare or fill with innumerable spice containers. When I moved into my most recent apartment, I immediately began looking into spice rack solution and was disappointed with my options…

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…

Spicy Bean Party Sliders

Looking for shareable vegetarian or vegan recipes for your Super Bowl party? Impress meat eaters and vegetarians alike with these no-stress spicy bean party sliders! Perfect for any gathering, but especially great for ones that involves football, funny commercials (we hope), and bar snacks. Let’s be honest…veggie burgers have had a bad rap. In my…

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…

Chocolate “Resolution” Smoothie

This chocolate smoothie has become a go-to morning beverage for me. With sweet cherries, banana, and peanut butter, it tastes like dessert, but only contains ingredients that are super healthy! That’s a win-win in my book. Click on the link for the recipe.