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The Sacred Valley- A Pisco Cocktail

June 14, 2014
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My husband and I recently spent nine days in Peru, our first time to that country and our first trip to South America. This visit marked our travels to our 6th continent (someday Antarctica, someday…).

We had a fantastic time exploring the Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley, including the incomparable Machu Picchu and wandering the streets and markets of the colonial city of Cusco and the vibrant capital of Lima. We spent our time eating and drinking as much as possible of the best Peru has to offer; we ate ceviche, alpaca and even tasted guinea pig. We had a 15 course Japanese-Peruvian fusion meal to rival the best Michelin starred restaurants in the world and an fragrant, life affirming, bowl of chicken soup at a market stall which cost about $2. And we drank Pisco, lots and lots of Pisco.

What is Pisco? Besides

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Tummy Tamer Soda Syrup; Orange, Mint, Ginger and Anise

January 10, 2011
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For all I love to eat and travel, my stomach does not. I wish I could boast of an iron clad gut as many travelers do, but alas I’m easily afflicted with tummy trouble. It doesn’t really matter how careful I am or how much or how little I eat on the street, any change in my usual diet can result in distress, even at home. This can be the result of over-indulgence of rich foods in places like Rome or Paris, or over-indulgence in spicy foods in South East Asia or my local Thai restaurant.

My travels have led me to try many a local remedy. In Morocco, a carpet salesman sold me a small vial of orange oil which he told me was medicinal. He said I should put a few drops in some water or open it and smell it if I was ever feeling sick and …

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Home Made Key Lime Syrup and Posting on Auto Pilot

October 12, 2009

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Posting on auto pilot? What’s that all about?

Well folks, this girl is enjoying the dolce far niente in bella Roma this week but I went ahead and put together a little something for you in advance so you wouldn’t go wanting or miss me too much. There’s a nifty feature of most blogs which allows one to schedule a post in advance. Who would have thought?

A couple of weeks ago I was in one of my favorite local markets and came across a bag of key limes. They were so cute and cheap I bought them, with no real plans as to what to do with them. Time passed and they kept looking at me, like, “well, what are you going to make with us Miss Fancy Pants?” Yes, my food taunts me and yes, it can be rude too!
I could have made the typical Key …

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Homemade Ginger Syrup and the SodaStream Soda Maker

September 13, 2009
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Over a year ago I was reading an article in the LA Times about reducing the carbon footprint of the food we eat. It occurred to me that the Pellegrino bottled water we loved to drink is shipped here all the way from Italy. Suddenly I had a vision of a giant cargo ship stacked with shipping containers filled with green glass bottles chugging its way across the ocean. I was horrified at the thought and vowed right then to stop buying it.

But there was a problem. We love our bubble water. So, we switched to buying carbonated water from Trader Joe’s which comes in plastic bottles and is manufactured locally. Still, I felt bad. We would drink almost a bottle a day, and even though we recycled the bottles, it seemed like a lot of plastic going in the bin, not to mention the cost adds up after …

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