Tag Archive for Food

Parmesan Heaven

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I spent some time in heaven this week when we went on a tour of a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese factory. We met our guide at a factory about 20 minutes east of Parma. Once we arrived we entered the processing room, where raw milk, starter whey and rennet combine with heat to make curd. Once the curd is formed, the 180 lb. balls of curd are gathered in the strongest cheese cloth I have ever seen. Then, they are divided in two, making a set of twins. Like my Dad and Uncle.…

A Tale of Two Cooking Classes: Thailand

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We really enjoyed our first cooking class in Indonesia and we decided to give it a go again twice in Thailand. Our first class was in Bangkok with my sister and her boyfriend, who came to visit us on our trip. We went to Silom Thai Cooking School (STCS). In Chiang Mai later on, Jeremy and I ventured to Thai Farm Cooking (TFC). I’ll put them head to head in a cooking school death match below. Both classes offered a market tour, cooking assistants who do most of the chopping…

RTW Travel Tip: Vegetarian Thailand

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As we wander through Thailand, I am loving the food. Whether dining at a cooking school on something new I learned to make or snacking at the night market, I am finding all sorts of awesome food. (That being said, I also get really excited about having my own kitchen and cooking up some of the comforting foods of home.) One of the challenges of being a vegetarian in Thailand and not knowing the language is fish. And shrimp. And oysters. Many Thai dishes involve fish sauce, dried shrimp paste…

Eating and Learning at the Green Kitchen

Mashing it all together

While I thought about titling this post “nom nom, nom nom”, I ultimately went ahead with something more straightforward. Jeremy and I decided to take a cooking class while in Bali. There was no shortage of offerings in the Ubud area, ultimately we were drawn to the Green Kitchen for three reasons: 1. They offered a vegetarian class2. They were “off the beaten track” giving us a chance to get out of Ubud and see another part of the countryside3. Their class also included a chance to visit the market,…

A Royal Meal

These were so pretty I almost didn't eat them. Almost.

Jeremy and I happened to catch an episode of No Reservations set in Australia before we left that featured the Royal Mail Hotel. You can watch the segment here. I was very intrigued and once I realized that a full vegetarian menu was offered each day alongside the omnivore menu, it became a trip must do. This trip includes some big splurges and for us and this was going to be one (especially compared to our most common meal of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches). We made reservations a few…

Mamasita

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Thanks to the recommendation of our friend April, we dined at what may be the best Mexican restaurant in Australia last night. And Mamasita did not disappoint. In fact, I shall officially declare it the best meal of the trip thus far. This declaration would be more meaningful if we could afford to eat out more often, but we save literally hundreds of dollars a week by making our own meals most of the time.  So let me be more clear, it’s one of the best we’ve had regardless of…