Reading Leslie’s writing at the whole plate and seeing Luke’s and Natalie’s photos at him + her inspired me to write about the small things that bring me joy in Bangkok. I’ve been working a lot and feeling dull. It has been too long since I’ve posted.
I’ve fallen in love with mini Asian eggplants. They are full of tiny seeds. Once fried, they burst with flavor. We live a couple of blocks from a beautiful fresh market with so many vegetable choices. Each day I have to resist coming back to the apartment with arms full of cabbage, cilantro, okra, basil, and green, yellow, and red chilis.
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Photo Credit: Sericea
Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, particularly for nature lovers. Below are my top ten favorite sights and activities in Cape Town and the surrounding suburbs.
E. found these water flowers in the produce section in Cape Town and suggested that we try them for dinner. I was hesitant since the flowers looked like they had recently been sitting on lily pads, but I stepped up to the challenge.
We arrived in Cape Town nearly two weeks ago and found a quaint neighborhood to reside that is close to a good string of restaurants on Long Street. Cape Town’s neighborhoods creep up hills against Table Mountain in the center, each of the homes seeming to jostle others for a better view over the city, mountain, and harbor. It is a great location for hiking, beach living, and city life and has a positive vibe in general. There are good culinary options due to such a mixed population of races.
One of our first side trips was to see the Cape Point nature reserve and to take a rail car to Cape Point.
No matter where we live, my favorite comfort recipe is chocolate banana bread. It has to be the most simple and quick dessert to prepare. After bringing a loaf to a get-together in Buenos Aires, the girls asked me to e-mail the recipe in Spanish. It took me a while to get around to translating it, but I finally sent it out. Please let me know if you make it!
Special thanks to my friend Melissa who is the world’s best banana bread baker. The following English and Spanish translations were inspired by a recipe on Elise.com.
No importa donde viviamos, mi comida favorita que me hace muy comoda es el budín de chocolate y banana. El budín tiene que ser el postre mas sencillo y mas rapido para preparar. Despues de llevar un budín para una fiesta en Buenos Aires, las chicas alla me pidieron por la receta por e-mail. Me tardé por traducirla, pero finalmente la envié. Por favor, avisame si lo haces. 🙂
Gracias a mi amiga que se llama Melissa quien es la mejor chef de budín de bananas y chocolate. La receta que viene fue una inspiración por una receta de Elise.com.
The Tango Goddess suggested that we meet at Buenos Aires Verde for lunch last week. It’s a sweet little organic cafe that opened after we left in December.
I have the homesick blues recently because of the cold weather and gloomy gray of Santiago. I thought it would be fun to describe the things I miss from my pre-expat lifestyle.
Some things I miss most about the United States include:
- Powerbars and Lunabars. These are so great for on the go.
- Dependable customer service.
- Drip coffee. (Starbucks does make it here, but I like to support smaller cafes or make my own.)
- Smoothies. There are a few smoothie shops named Boost, but they are far away from the city center.
- American-style yogurt (like Stonyfield brand).
- Seitan and other vegetarian friendly food products.
- Sunday brunch.
- Shopping at Target.
- Edensoy original soy milk.
- Spicy Mexican food.
- A firm handshake hello.
- Being closer to my family and friends, of course.
I’ve made due without a lot of them. For instance, E. and I started making peanut butter to get a PB&J fix. Without some of the processed food fallbacks we were using before the move, I’ve actually learned how to cook better by using whole foods like beans in place of soy meat.
Also, I have been fine without these things for a year and a half. It’s not a tragedy that I live without them.
Are there any customs or foods that you would miss if you left your country for an extended period?
If you are an expat, what do you miss about your native country right now?
Shelly at Musings from the Fishbowl is hosting a Sweet Freedom cookbook giveaway. Don’t forget to enter by June 27!
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