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Sometimes a friend mentions that she is craving something. And sometimes it makes you crave it too. And so you go to three different stores until you can find it. Get way too giddy when you walk down a store aisle and see it staring back at you. Pick it up, along with all of the ingredients you need. Go back to your friend's place. Turn on the hot plate. And make magic....

1. I seem to have a problem in India. Whenever i go to a restaurant and order something, they don't have it. Seriously. I'd say that, on average, once a day I will tell the waiter what I want and he will say "no." Sometimes I will order again and get the same response and be so frustrated I just have to ask, "OK, what do you have?" ...

Quite frankly, two weeks of nothing but (delicious but) similar vegetables served up with nothing but the same slices of bread makes you tiresome fast. The food we ate at our homestay in Setrawa was "tasty," but when we left we needed a bit of a break from Indian food. And then we got sick. Legitimately Indian-style Delhi Belly sick. And during that escapade we had no desire to eat Indian food. No. Desire....

Soup has always been one of my go-to comfort foods. There's something about a big bowl of broth that just makes me feel at ease. Maybe it's that, often, a bowl of soup will fill me up without weighing me down. Maybe it's that, always, a bowl of soup will warm me through all over, inside and out. Maybe it's just that soup is just that good of a meal. But I think, what it really is, is that soup holds us to so many memories. Chicken soup reminds me of those sick days home from school as a child. Lobster bisque...

The first time I cooked a bowl of curry was the first time I had tasted a bowl of curry. When eating Thai food at home and, well, in Thailand, I had always avoided curries. I assumed they were too hot. I assumed they were too spicy. I assumed, I guess, that I wouldn't like the flavor. I'd instead opt, always, for a big plate of noodles or a stir fry. Give me pad thai. Give me pad see-ew. Give me cashew chicken. But never curry. My first time traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I took a Thai cooking class. At...

I learned to make this pad thai recipe at a cooking class in Chiang Mai. When traveling in Thailand, I'd often get these Thai fried noodles from street stalls, night markets, and even hostel restaurants. At home, pad thai is a frequent favorite in my GrubHub delivery cart. Pad Thai is a popular street food in Thailand with soft noodles and chewy tofu (and sometimes chicken or shrimp) coated in a sweet palm sugar and tamarind-based sauce balanced out with the hit of acidity and tartness from a squeeze of lime. There's crunch from a sprinkling of peanuts and, traditionally, bean...

One of the things that I've kept wanting to do but, for some reason, haven't been doing is take cooking classes. I love to cook and at home am always whipping up something or another for dinner, so the thought of learning to cook the specialty dishes of a country while in that country really appealed to me. When I got to Chiang Mai one of the first things I did was look into cooking classes, because Thai food is pretty much my favorite food ever. I chose to do Sammy's Organic Thai Cooking School because the woman at my guesthouse...

This is an embarrassingly bad food recap post. Because I didn't really eat much authentic Laos food while I was traveling the county. I ate a majority of my meals drunk at the hostel. Or was so drunk after a day on the river in Vang Vieng that I forgot to eat. And when I did remember to eat I forgot to take photos. Or the camera battery died because the one in my new point and shoot sucks. Or I went to eat somewhere simply because it had free wi fi. I did have some authentic Laos food, like a laap...