Platanos en Tentacion

Panama isn’t a place known for their beaches, but it is known for the Canal. Interesting tidbit I learned when I was there – the canal was originally supposed to be in Nicaraguan. Huh?! They’re also known for their rainforest. Where I stayed, it was located right beside my hotel so there were many interesting looking creatures fluttering…

Arroz verde

I am not a huge fan of plain, white rice. It’s bland, it’s boring and it’s just extra carbohydrates on its own. The only exception I can make to this is when there is a lovely stew, curry or sauce to mix it with. However, when it’s flavoured rice it’s a different story. Biriyani, fried…

Pork Pastor – Qué?

Upon my travels in Mexico, I came across something called Pork Pastor. I had absolutely no idea what it was. All I saw was a tray of shredded meat and rice mixed together. I thought perhaps there was an interesting story behind the intriguing name, somehow in relation to a church pastor. Silly me. It actually just…

Tortilla Soup

Soup is a lovely thing, especially when it’s cold outside and Mother Nature is just screaming at you to stay indoors. Whether it’s rain or snow, soup is like a warm hug from the inside out. This is probably why I enjoy eating all types of noodle soup in the winter. Originating from Mexico, there’s something…

A World of Ceviche

Ceviche is a fresh and delicious Latin American appetizer that always leaves you tantalizing for more. It is made by cooking small, chopped up pieces of raw fish or seafood with lemons or limes. I lightly say cooked because heat isn’t involved, but rather the acidity of a citrus fruit. This acid chemically burns the seafood and changes the texture and properties of…

Food-on-a-Stick = Fun!

There’s always something intriguing about putting food on a stick. Although it is frequently found at carnivals, food-on-a-stick is popular in restaurants, food trucks and street vendors too. Think – corn dogs, tornado potatoes and shish kebab skewers. It makes food more fun, like these fruit skewers I saw in Panama.  I remember when I was in…

Roasted Guinea Pigs, Anyone?

Travelling opens up your eyes to a world of things that you may never come across in your own country. It’s getting to experience, see and taste things that may be completely out of your normal realm. When I was in Ecuador, I learned that they serve a specialty made with guinea pig. Yes, guinea pig….

Word of the Day: Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a classic Argentinean sauce that is a thick, green sauce made of olive oil, vinegar, chopped parsley, oregano, onion, garlic and spices. It makes a great marinade and can be added to different dishes, like this deliciously tender grilled steak I had in Mexico. It’s that thin strip of green sauce on top of…

Piranha Fishing – Wait, What?

When I was in Ecuador, I had the pleasure of doing a retreat into the Amazon (or as they would call it, Amazonia). It was an excursion that was so deep into the rain forest that we were isolated from civilization. That means no electricity, no hot water and no WiFi (though jokingly, there was a…

Jarritos

Mexico is infamously known for producing some of the finest tequila, but there’s also alternative options for the non-drinkers out there too. Jarritos (which translates as “little jugs”) is a type of fruit flavoured cola bottled into cute little glass “jugs”. These are delicious colas that were created back in 1950. They come in a bevy of flavours, including strawberry, guava…

Congee – The Asian Equivalent of Chicken Noodle Soup

Soup, hot beverages, loads of vitamin C – all of these are great options when you are feeling under the weather, like me right now! I remember when I was in Mexico, I got laryngitis and happened to stumble randomly into a much needed soup that was so homely and comforting to eat. It was similar…

Salsa Fried Rice (Recipe)

It’s exactly what the name says it is – Salsa Fried Rice. I won’t take full credit because a relative of mine actually introduced this recipe to me, but it’s super easy to make. Like most recipes, adjust the measurements based on your preference and taste buds. 🙂 Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef 3 tbsp of oil…