A Critique Of Thai Cuisine

“Pad Thai is only popular with the foreigners,” said Pia, my Thai classmate. “I would rather eat something else.”

For some reason the renowned Pad Thai noodle dish has become the emblem of Thai cuisine… outside Thailand. Yet like Pia has suggested, there’s so many other dishes to try.

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Settling In: Life’s A Smoothie, With A Side Of Pad Thai, Tom Yum And More

There’s food everywhere! You can’t walk 5 meters without spotting another place to eat! It’s been almost three weeks since I arrived to Bangkok and for one, I can tell you I haven’t gone hungry.

More importantly, I haven’t dehydrated either. You’d think us Aussies would be well equipped to heat, but 33 degrees with high humidity is another ball game. Fortunately, where there’s food, there’s smoothies! And I’m talking about $2 smoothies of any fruit imaginable. I’m already a member of a local smoothie shop outside my apartment and I’m halfway through my stamp collection to receiving a free one. #savingthebigbucks

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The Biggest Festival .. You Never Knew About. Happy Songkran!

Happy New Year … In April? Sounds like someone’s a little late to the party.

But I guess in Thailand it’s never too late to party. And by party, I mean close down the WHOLE country and party, not just for one day, but for three. Until about a week ago I had never heard about Songkran (Thai New Year) in my life, but it’s so big, it brings an entire nation to a stop!

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A Critique Of Colombian Cuisine

Plantain, cheese, yuca, beans and chocolate. The main ingredients to some of the best Colombian dishes. Oh and their favourite means of cooking is deep frying. I guess you can stop reading now, I’ve pretty much covered Colombian cuisine.

But for those curious chefs, the question is, how do they use these ingredients to give flavour to Colombia…

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What Makes A Paisa

Everyone is unique. Yet there are always little traits uniting people in the same region. There is no way I could unify Rolos (Bogota), Costeños (Caribbean Coast), Caleños (Cali) and Paisas (northwest Colombia: Antioquia and surrounding areas). They’re four different regions producing very different people. However, I’m going to attempt to bring together what I feel are the ingredients for a Paisa.

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It’s So Green!

Colombia has the second highest biological diversity in the world, according to conservation and environmental inspirers and educators, Mondabay (and other sites), coming in just after Brazil. However, if you actually look at the statistics, they aren’t too far behind Brazil, while China, in third place, is obviously lower. Think about how big Brazil is in comparison to Colombia. Colombia has it all crammed into a tiny space and they still beat Brazil with the highest amount of bird biodiversity! 

Arriving in Medellin I was surprised by how green it was. A city in Medellin… one of the biggest cities in the country! Imagine the rest of the country. Considering a large portion of the country is amazon, there’s a lot of biodiversity.

So what did I do to enjoy Colombia’s biodiverse market?

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