Let’s talk about shopping and bargaining. This is one of those areas that is very influenced by our own cultural backgrounds and experiences. I grew up in the Philippines, where haggling is part of the process of making a purchase, but is done in a very polite way– because shaming or manipulating someone will disrupt […]
Why, oh why do I have to buy spices in jars or little packets, so far removed from their origins? One of my favorite things about shopping in Turkey was just admiring the spice shops. In these shops, you can feel, smell, and taste before you buy. The spice vendors also make special tea blends, […]
What trip to Paris is complete without lovely French pastries? Tarts! Looking at the picture now, I really wish I had tried one of these… I settled for a croissant filled with almond paste, with an espresso, of course. SO delicious! Focaccia with tomatoes, herbs, arugula and olive oil. Tres Bien!
I have a real soft spot for open markets– when I was a little girl in the Philippines, I used to get up at 5 a.m. and go with our helpers to the market, and watch them haggle over the day’s ingredients. I love the bright colors, smells and exciting energy. And, of course, I […]