Archive | 2014
Bi-Rite organic grocery in San Francisco's Mission District.

5 Smart, Free Ways to Change the Way You Cook

Hit the specialty stores. One day at Hana Japanese market in DC, I found myself loading up on ingredients that I either don’t normally use or cannot find at my regular grocery. This one act resulted in a totally different style of cooking, at least for that week, and later led me to latin American markets, […]

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I [Heart] New York

I love New York. Even Times Square. Even the fact that I can’t wear flip flops without my feet turning black. I love the 40$ salads, the scaffolding on every block, and the piled up heaps of trash that make you wonder how the city even works. I love the bum in the pink tutu who […]

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The mountain god (or Apu), Salcantay

The Other Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Nevado Salcantay

If you are an adventurer, chances are that you either dream of hiking, or have hiked, the famous Inca Trail. Did you know, though, that there are many “Inca Trails”— thousands of kilometers, in fact — that lead into and around the ancient city of Machu Picchu? If you are seeking quick passage or an […]

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The Amazon Rainforest in Peru

The Pleasures and the Pains of the Amazon Rainforest

When you ask a traveler where in the world they’d like go next, they could tell you it is a single country — Australia, China, South Africa. Or perhaps a great geographical feature — the Grand Canyon, the Himalaya, or the Adriatic Sea. Or it could be an entire region of the world — the […]

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The dunes at Dead Vlei in the Namib Desert, Namibia

The Thunderous Roar of Deafening Silence — Sounds From the World’s Oldest Desert

I hadn’t heard such a silence as far back as I could remember, so thunderous that the pressure of it weighed upon my ears with the same tonnage as I imagine a scuba diver must feel diving at the bottom of a deep dark sea. It hurt my head. Three of us sat alone in […]

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Real Joe: Greek Coffee

Real Joe: Greek Coffee

A short background, facts and fables, and how to make traditional Greek coffee. The Mediterranean is known for long, lingering meals — a tradition dating back to the Ancient Greeks. Early recordings storied feasts — appetizers of olives, figs, cheese or dried fish; main courses, pastas and desserts and wines — that would start in the morning […]

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Hadza warriors of East Africa

A Tale of Three Tribes: the Maasai, the Hadza Warriors and the Totoga “Tree People” of East Africa

As a child, I favored field trips to lesson plans. As a high school graduate, instead of heading off to a dorm room, I put it all in a bag and moved to a city where I could explore anonymously. I worked hard through my twenties as a digital nomad and beyond that function, traveled […]

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Pin-speration! A Real-Life Translation of Using Pinterest

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Traveling Photographer? Sightseeing? Research Restoration Projects in Advance

The photo that makes the cover of a guidebook serves two purposes: to visually represent the soul of a region, and to sell a place as a traveling destination. The image sits next to countless others on a shelf attempting to stand out, all for the sake of inspiring window shoppers to plan their next […]

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