Marrakech, Morocco: An introduction to Africa, and markets galore

I was so excited about Marrakech I can't even tell you. But I'll tell you. Because it was a place I had wanted to see for some time and never thought we would, until we finally did. I was intimated. I didn't feel like I had traveled enough to be considered a savvy traveler, ready …

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Things that could have gone better on my birthday

I like writing reflective entries every year around my birthday (see my 30th). This year, however, it seemed like the universe decided that the theme for my birthday was "Murphy's Law"--a rather creative and unconventional theme, if you ask me--deeming it difficult to look past numerous incidents for me to write something pensive about growing a year …

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Hanoi, Vietnam: Bustling foodie city with a magnificent Bay

Southeast Asia is notoriously known for its hot, hot, hot days all year round, but not Hanoi. The coolness and fog from our first day reminded us of San Francisco's constant cool weather. And of course, we weren't really prepared with enough warm clothing. I didn't know what to expect from Hanoi, aside from the …

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An Immigrant’s Experience with Craving and Making Food from Home: Nasi Lemak with Tempeh Rendang

This year for Merdeka, Malaysia's Independence Day, I decided to cook up a feast. Partly because I was craving it, partly because I was slightly homesick, partly because I thought it would be fun. The food in mind was nasi lemak, Malaysia's so-called national dish. I've made this several times before, so I was confident …

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An Immigrant’s Experience with Craving and Making Food from Home: Kuih Seri Muka

I like kuih* Seri Muka, enough to have served it at our Malaysian wedding reception. It's one of those treats that I usually forget about when I'm back home, and only remember when I come across a stall that's selling some. Then suddenly, I really want it. That's sort of what happened this time, but …

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An Immigrant’s Experience with Craving and Making Food from Home

I get strong food cravings every week or so. These cravings usually culminate with me getting what I want, and most importantly, making it from scratch. Why? I don't know...There's some soft of self-fulfillment I get from making my own craved food, and because it's fun and makes me feel accomplished. I get inspiration for …

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