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Boats on a beach in thailand.

I frequently refer to Thailand as “Backpacking for Dummies.” You don’t come to Thailand in hopes of ditching the beaten track. You come for the ease. And perhaps the pad Thai.  The first time I ventured to the infamous sandy beaches in the south of The Land of Smiles, I was meeting my boyfriend after months apart. We’d both been…

View of bowl of butternut squash and rice on a wooden block.

This recipe is a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving table, and a welcomed riff off of the traditional ultra-rich dishes. Wild rice, squash, berries, and greens were all present at the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621, making this recipe an excellent way to celebrate the season. Wild rice is rich in protein and fiber, and contains zinc, magnesium, and B…

Paper lanterns at festival floating in celebration.

November is a pretty wonderful time to travel abroad. The big summer crowds (and sky-high summer temperatures) have calmed down a bit, and tourists may even benefit from shoulder season pricing.  But being away from the States for Thanksgiving can be bittersweet for Americans. Sure, it might seem like missing out on your great uncle’s political rants is a bonus……

Plane flying over snowy mountains

The holiday season is characterized by parties, shopping, gift wrapping and family gatherings. You can also argue that this season is also notorious for waiting in line, spending, traffic and crowds. This is especially true when it comes to traveling during the holidays. Thanksgiving especially is when the traffic and crowds associated with travel hit an all-time high, with people…

Vegetarian mexican tacos with lime crema

For a lightened up twist on a comfort food favorite, this recipe swaps in nourishing vegetables for the often saturated fat heavy meat. Tacos are a mainstay in Mexican cuisine, and have been adapted and reiterated in every variety imaginable. This simple composition relies on a few quality ingredients to deliver big flavor and powerful nutritional benefits. Corn and zucchini…

Spices in bags in a market.

Cosmos (my discreetly hilarious tour guide) squeezes a quick double beep from the van as he weaves around the tight corners leading from the tropical waters of the Caribbean to the waterfall-strewn rainforest, only 40 minutes apart on this tiny island.  There is a subtle but important distinction between the quick “honk honk” meaning “what’s up brother!” and the slightly…

Bowl of Moroccan lentil dip on blue napkin on table.

This delicious and decadent tasting dip is savory, smoky, sweet, and delicious on everything from crackers to sandwiches to roasted vegetables. Lentils are a protein powerhouse, packed with fiber, iron, and compounds that help stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol. The Moroccan inspired spice mix for this dip included cinnamon, which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory in the body and…

Orange moon on black sky behind trees.

To modern Americans, Halloween might mean costume contests, booze-fueled evenings of dancing, or munching on enough pieces of “fun-sized” candy to stir up a decidedly unfun gastrointestinal reaction. But the tradition of Halloween is way older than the absurd “sexy” costumes and ubiquitous plastic pumpkin baskets kids fill by trick-or-treating. In fact, Halloween’s origins reach all the way back to…

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