The information (and quotes) below are from the ‘Common Foods Index’ included as an appendix in Liu Ming’s book Santidao: The Way of the Three Treasures. There are more entries in the book than here on the blog — this limited selection includes both foods appropriate for year round use, and foods especially useful in […]
Tea Market Size
There are several telltale signs that a market is nearby. I am a hunter of the urban variety: I watch for hands clutching plastic bags, bulky food produce sticking out of baskets, mouths chewing something freshly made. The one that brings deepest joy to my heart: the sight of an old lady pulling her trolley, […]
It took a few attempts, but I finally landed on just the right texture and flavor for a beautiful “naked” wedding cake, one with no dairy. My wedding present to an incredible young woman I’ve known since she was an adolescent was to make her wedding cake. It is a great honor to be asked […]
If you love trekking through peaceful, pristine nature, then you won’t want to miss the Quilotoa Loop in the Central Highlands of Ecuador. As soon as I saw images of the glistening Laguna Quilotoa (Quilotoa Lake) online, I knew we had to visit. But, we didn’t want to simply drive to the lake – which sits at 3,914 m (12,841 ft) – we wanted to hike to it, and have the view as our reward for our efforts!
Every travel blog, guidebook, and traveller we spoke to said that we’d most likely get lost while trying to navigate the Quilotoa Loop. And, even though we love hiking and have done numerous independent treks, we get lost — often. Not only that, but the more research we did about the “loop”, the more we were confused because it didn’t seem to really be a loop after all.
We had to give it a try, regardless of what might happen.
The Quilotoa Loop is an adventure in Ecuador we didn’t want to miss — in fact it ended up being a highlight of our entire trip to the country. Read on for how to..
I want a cabbage – nothing fancy, just one of those ordinary smooth ones (NOT the crinkly type), but every time I check out the vegetable counter there are none. I fancy cabbage and chorizo with fried potato and know that, having got a cabbage, I’ll probably have to fly to Spain for the Chorizo […]
My tablet is dying. I have finally had to admit it doesn’t hold much charge, the bluetooth keyboards can not manage to stay connected (yes, I have 2 and both of them are in bad shape too). I do NOT want to do this, but Eli is pretty sure my tablet was purchased in 2013 […]
PART 2: Revenge of the Orchid My dearest reader, it is I, the cat-detective. I know you have been anxiously awaiting my return, and here I am–back, but not better. The cat has gone to bed and in the wee hours of dawn, I finally have time to write to you about my latest […]
Blast ! The festival takes place over the six towns belonging to the borough of Sandwell, West Midlands. With fellow students Allan, Kevin, Anne, Hazel, Nicola, Anna, Rod, Jenny & Paul I visited West Bromwich on Saturday 22nd June. Big thanks to Allan for organising the meeting and to photographer Stephen Burke for spending the day […]
“Lure ‘em in with candy!” one veteran author told me in regards to how to arrange a customer-attracting table during a book signing. I love that idea. Who doesn’t like candy, after all, right? The downside to that is everyone else has candy dishes on their tables by their books too. Wouldn’t you rather set […]