Food Experiences

5 Food Strategies for Affordable European Travel

This is Part One of a two-part post on the subject of Frugal Food Strategies.  During 2017–18, I spent thirteen …
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We Travel to Cook: Coconut Sambol

When I travel with my daughter, Rebecca, it is all about the food. She has been passionate about how food …
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Shopping…Cooking…Eating: My First Pittu

 Turning my favorite pastimes into thematic travel possibilities provides a way to engage with the culture and meet people. Learn …
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The Simple Yet Useful Samovar

Tea is a huge part of the culture here in Central Asia. Whenever I order tea with a meal, for …
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Jyrgalan…The Phoenix of Kyrgyzstan

Jyrgalan is the most eastern village in Kyrgyzstan. It is in the mountains at about an altitude of 2260 meters …
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Preparing Borsok with Altynai

I am fortunate enough to find myself as a guest at arguably the best guesthouse in Karakol, Happy Nomads Yurt …
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Dealing with Airport Taxi Paparazzi and Strategies for Market Shopping

I arrived in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan yesterday morning. I hate overnight flights! I can no longer sleep on an airplane, no …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: Day 20

La Vega de Sariego—Oviedo     16.8 miles 11 October 2017 This would turn out to be mostly a long, uninspiring day …
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Camino de Santiago del Norte: Days 12–13

Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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Shopping…Cooking…Eating: Chapter 2: Causa

Panchita’s Causa Last year when Rebecca (my daughter) and I visited Lima, I had the opportunity to have Causa a …
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From Coca to Coffee and Cacao: Part 2

This blog post has been archived at: http://travelblog.cathleenshands.com/2015/04/from-coca-to-coffee-and-cacao-part-2.html Sorry for the inconvenience …
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From Coca to Coffee and Cacao: Part 1

This blog post has been archived at: http://travelblog.cathleenshands.com/2015/04/from-coca-to-coffee-and-cacao-part-1.html\ Sorry for the inconvenience …
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Shopping…Cooking…Eating: Chapter 1

A few years ago, I had a romantic notion of going to Mexico for a few weeks, renting an apartment …
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The Cheese Shop

I have now arrived in Huarocondo, a small village 37 km northwest of Cusco. It is really out of the …
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Smoothies? You ain’t Seen Nothin’

The Juice Ladies of San Camillo One of the highlights of the San Camillo market in Arequipa, is the long …
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Shopping…Cooking…Eating: Tamales! En Peru!

One day a couple weeks ago I asked my host, Adela if she knew how to make tamales. “Claro!”—of course …
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Yendo a Comprar en los Tiendas y el Mercado

*Going Shopping in the Shops and Market I went shopping one day this week and here is what I bought:  …
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Food: Chapter 2–Chinese-Peruvian Fusion: It’s Nothing New

Last night at dinner at my guesthouse, Adela made a traditional Peruvian dish, lomo saltado. This is a fusion of Chinese …
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The Benefits of Coca

Last Sunday, Blanca, Manuel’s sister showed me her package of pulverized coca leaves that you can purchase in specialty herb …
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Food: Chapter 1–Avoiding McDonalds in Arequipa

A lot of cool things happened to me today, but I will save most of them for later because I …
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