Ecuador · Food

The Cheese Festival: A Slice of the “Gouda” Life

When I was growing up, I loved to eat cheese with some good bread, in quesadillas,or simply just by itself. My brothers and sister also shared this same love of cheese to the point where we were given the nickname ratones (mice) by our mom. It's a fitting name given that we could, and often… Continue reading The Cheese Festival: A Slice of the “Gouda” Life

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Food · India

Decadent Desserts: India’s Sweets

With a rich culinary legacy that dates back thousands of years, India is no stranger to good food. For that matter it is no secret that people there have a bit of a sweet tooth, so much so that I'd wager to say that for sweet lovers India is a Mecca of sugary delight, albeit… Continue reading Decadent Desserts: India’s Sweets

Japan

Koyo: Leaves of Autumn

While the cherry blossom season in spring is a more well-known aspect of Japanese scenery, koyo (colorful leaves) also create beautifully stunning landscapes. As autumn replaces summer, Japan's trees slowly begin to shift from the dark greens of summer's rainy season to the vibrant bright red, orange and yellows that characterize koyo.The island of Hokkaido… Continue reading Koyo: Leaves of Autumn

Mexico

Castillo de Chapultepec: Mexican Imperial Palace, Military Fortress and History Museum

Sitting atop the hill of Chapultepec in the large metropolitan park of Mexico City sits the Castillo de Chapultepec (Castle of Chapultepec) which has had a diverse and colorful history throughout its existence. Its importance stems in large part to the deep connections that it has to Mexican history and the scars left by foreign… Continue reading Castillo de Chapultepec: Mexican Imperial Palace, Military Fortress and History Museum