Recipe: Veggie-packed pasta in fresh tomato sauce

All Recipes, Non-Avocado, Recipes | August 29, 2017 | By

Whenever my husband Titus and I can’t think of what to cook, we rely on this pasta recipe. In our house, it’s dubbed Pasta à la T. I know it says here that this one is for four to six persons, but to be honest, we will eat this for days on end until the last morsel with just the two of us. 

A healthy, hearty dish chock-full of nutrients and goodness suitable for all seasons! 

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Rain or Shine: 7 things to do in London

Summer in London: an ambiguous phrase. The dates for summer are set, but the weather has a mind of its own. Still, going to London is always a good idea, just be prepared for all sorts of weather conditions!

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Recipe: Green papaya and pineapple salad with shrimp

Recipe Green Papaya and Pineapple Salad

On honeymoon in Vietnam, the food was excellent throughout the trip. However, one dish was particularly memorable. It was a green papaya with pineapple dish at Orivy in Hoi An. Back home I recreated it for a lunch with colleagues, and people loved it. It is an even more tropical spin on a classic Thai spicy green papaya salad. In my book, it is a winner! 

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Brittany’s magical inland forest of Brocéliande

Moss in Brocéliande forest

All Europe, Europe, France | May 26, 2017 | By

King Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, knights and fairies. Who hasn’t heard or read about these legends? The French forest of Brocéliande (la fôret de Brocéliande, Paimpont) is the place said to have inspired these tales. Covering a vast area in the center of Brittany (Bretagne), it is a mystical place that up to the present day still attracts many visitors wishing to feel some of the magic that sprouted from the pages of literary classics such as Wace’s Roman de Rou and poems by De Troyes. I spent a few days there with my husband and an old friend, and was (almost!) transported to ancient times, or at least, it felt like it with no internet!

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About that time I went to the horse races with an Indian doctor

Race course

All Asia, Asia, Europe, India | April 23, 2017 | By

Ten years ago I went to Kolkata (Calcutta), India, for the first time, on one of my first work-related trips to India. There was a conference I would attend. My stay in Kolkata took an interesting course after I went sunbathing on my day off. Read on to find out what happened.

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A weekend under the Valencian sun

Plaza De La Reina Valencia

All Europe, Europe, Spain | March 22, 2017 | By

Every year for our anniversary, my husband and I like to take a city trip in Europe. This time we chose Valencia in Spain. A city known for its oranges, the modern architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences, and its picturesque old town.

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How to dress like an Indian lady

All Asia, Asia, India | March 1, 2017 | By

Saree

Sari

India: a country that tickles all the senses. From beautiful landscapes, bustling metropolises and iconical cultural sights to delightful food and colors. Indian women love colorful clothing; if you feel brave enough on your next visit to India, you may want to consider dressing in Indian style.

I have been visiting India every couple of years for the last decade. The first time was when I went to a conference in Hyderabad in 2007. It was a complete culture shock: the honking cars, the hordes of people everywhere, such a massive city! It took me a few days to get into the flow of things. The pivotal point for me came when a bunch of us conference attendees were waiting for a bus for about an hour and I realized I should just relax. If the bus comes now, fine, but if I have to wait here for a bit, it is also fine. Something clicked then and I connected with the Indian pace of life. 

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Vietnam North to South 2-4 week itinerary

Streetside dining in Hanoi

All Asia, Asia, Vietnam | February 1, 2017 | By

The decision to go to Vietnam for our honeymoon was mainly motivated by the prospect of excellent food. I also know from an earlier trip that people are very kind and smile easily, and the country boasts beautiful landscapes and bustling cities.

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A weekend of indulgence in Dublin

Ha'Penny Bridge Dublin Ireland

All Europe, Europe, Ireland | January 9, 2017 | By

“What can you do in Dublin?,” people ask. Well, there’s a few sights, but in my opinion the city is best enjoyed indulging in Irish food and drinks. Especially in fall or winter. When it’s cold outside, there’s no better activity than huddling up in a bar with your friends and a Guinness close by.

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Recipe: Arugula pesto

Arugula Pesto ingredients

So, I grew two big pots of arugula in my windowsill and used the harvested leaves of one pot for days in salads, on sandwiches and as pizza topping. I used the rest to make pesto. Check the recipe here. 

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