The motherload Kafe salad bowl!

The main flavors in Balinese dishes are shallots, garlic, chili, coconut, palm sugar, lemongrass, ginger and turmeric. In a day when we took a cooking class from a local family, we made coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut crème and roasted coconut – needless to say, I was in heaven and my love for coconut only grew. In the class we made 7 traditional dishes, each sweet and savory in their own unique way, but nothing drove my tastebuds crazy like the coconut chicken curry. It’s on the top of my list to make when I get home. The other new…

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After 5 weeks in Australia/New Zealand, it’s time to bid farewell. Looking back, it was a rocky start arriving in Australia. After a month of SE Asia and Fiji life, I got quite familiar and comfortable with the simplicity of non-westernized culture. The first couple weeks I suffered from some unanticipated culture shock– thankfully my travel buddy, Annex2, was ever patient and understanding as I worked to manage the shift. Now sitting on a plane leaving the country feels so bittersweet – another example of the constant emotional roller coaster that travel is. I spent the past couple days solo…

Lake Wanaka

Queenstown is reminiscent of some of my favorite holiday towns… Whistler, Chelan and Tahoe with an adventurous spin; it is after all, the adventure capital of the world. I managed to last 2 days in town without jumping off a bridge, jumping out of an airplane or doing the shot over jet around the lake – not out of lack of desire, but when you’re traveling on a budget you really have to weigh out your pricey activities. After the disappointment of being grounded on my first attempt to skydive due to the cyclone in Harvey Bay the morning of…