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7 Fun/Surprising Facts About Dumplings


  (Guest post by Dr. Martha A. Brozyna of Passaic County Community College; complete bio found below) Raviolis. Empanadas. Samosas. Pierogis. Although they come from different cultures, they are all essentially dumplings. Fried, baked, steamed, fried, or boiled; they are several ways to cook them, but one thing is sure; almost everyone around the world…

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Takoyaki–Japanese Octopus Balls (Photo of the Day)

Takoyaki at Mitsuwa

I had the pleasure of trying Takoyaki (“octopus balls”), a popular Japanese street food, yesterday at the Mitsuwa Summer Festival in Edgewater, New Jersey. The festival, an Asian food lover’s delight, featured many foods I enjoy and some I had never heard of, including this truly delicious one. Crispy on the outside and soft and…

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Your Cookies or Your Life! Colombia’s Wild West ‘Tollbooths’

Guajira Tollbooth

Children, some cute as a button and others subtly menacing, come running as your vehicle approaches the leather band strung across the desert road. Tires on either side mean circumvention is impossible. Adults, parents or other family members, sometimes wait in the distance…just in case. Just in case you don’t have cookies. Cookie Tollbooths That’s right. These…

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Watermelon Vendor Cooling Off in Front of Cafe, Cartagena, Colombia (Photo of the Day)

Watermelon vendor, Cartegena

I saw this watermelon vendor, sitting  in front of Café Havana on Calle Media Luna in Cartagena, several times day while there recently. Both he and his watermelon looked sweet, and I looked forward to buying some and getting to know him. He was only there during the day, when the cafe was closed. He…

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To Eat, or Not to Eat, Big-Butt Colombian Ants–That Was the Question #ttot #food #Colombia

Colombian ants as snack

I’d read that hormigas culonas, ants with big butts, are a common snack in the Santander region of Colombia. After the wings and legs are removed, they’re roasted or fried.  For some reason, but  I was curious about what they might taste like… Not sure why, either. I’m not the most adventurous eater. Sure, I once…

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Sweet Jamaican Vendor Holding Her Basket of Coconut Goodies (Photo of the Day)

coconut drop vendor

My Jamaican minibus–from Black River to Billy’s Bay in Treasure Beach–was running late yesterday and I was in the mood for a snack. So I was glad when this particular vendor stopped by to offer me some of the goodies in her basket. She had regular cookies, which she said were made of coconut, and…

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Colorful/Wonderful Fish Tacos—Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico (Photo of the Day)

Fish tacos in Todos Santos

“You’ve got to try the fish tacos in Todos Santos,” a friend of mine told me. “They’re incredible!” I decided to take her advice and sure enough, she was right. When I arrived in the town, I asked some of the locals where to go. They all seemed to point at the same stand right…

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6 Silly (But Real) Mexican Food Challenges & Possible Solutions

Huge cinnamon roll

Mango. Tacos. Hot sauce. Peppers. Lettuce. What do each of these have in common? Well, first of all, one encounters them all in Mexico. And, in my case, it was a struggle to eat them without getting into trouble. Here are the 6 Mexican food challenges I faced recently, which you may find yourself dealing…

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Tea Time with Tom Waegook & Why Simple (#Travel) Pleasures Are Often the Best #ttot

NYC Pizza Party

I’ve had the pleasure of cyber-knowing Tom Waegook, a fellow travel blogger, for a while–thanks to Twitter and Facebook. And I was lucky enough to meet him and his partner, Namgi, in person last week in New York City. Although we only spent several hours together, we had a wonderful time! When we were making…

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Trippy Travel Photo #15: Ecuadorian Pig’s Face, Up Close and Personal


In Trippy Travel Photo Game #15, the photo was of an Ecuadorian pig–up close and personal. People followed these steps, guessed and in a short period of time, there was a winner! Here’s what they did to play the game: 1. Look at the Photo/Study the Details

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