Seven Reasons Why I chose Adventure 195

Adventure 195 is about to begin. You might think I’m crazy for wanting to cook my way through the cuisines of all 195 countries of the world, but I have my reasons. Eight, actually.


  1. My cooking is in a deep, no longer passable rut.  No one wants to travel on that road anymore, least of all me. Now is the time to give my taste buds some excitement! Now is time to let the beautiful world inspire me!
  2. My husband’s Picky Eater Syndrome is in remission thanks to much hard work on my part. However, I see signs that it might be rearing its ugly, boring head again. I have a theory that Global Table Adventure will cure him completely of this sad disease.
  3. My daughter, seven months old, deserves to grow up in a household where creativity, culture and good food are priorities.  On a global scale, I want her to appreciate the world and respect other cultures; I think food is the best way to do this.  Plus, I am afraid the Picky Eater Syndrome might be genetic (my step son seems to have an incurable case of it). I think if Ava eats a variety of food from around the world, she’ll have a great chance at being a good eater.
  4. Food in Tulsa. Yes, there are good meals to be had here, but I miss the variety of cuisines I experienced while living in Europe. In my six years abroad I sampled dozens of cuisines and none of them used Velveeta! Not even in queso.
  5. I got 45 new French Square spice jars for Christmas. I don’t want to be one of those people that just looks at their spices for years on end.  I want to use them before they turn to dust.
  6. I should be having dinner parties on a regular basis. I like food. I like people. I even like eating food with people.  Global Table Adventure is a great excuse to bring family and friends together around food.
  7. Lacking the resources to travel the world indefinitely, Global Table Adventure will whisk my family away for a mini vacation each week. I’m smiling already.
  8. And, finally, and most importantly, I believe we create peace when we learn about each other, when we understand one another. Let’s go eat our way around the world! :)
Stovetop travel; because I’m hungry for peace. 


  1. Michelle says

    Sasha, I think this is such a fabulous idea! What an exciting thing to do! I will look forward to reading about your journey on this blog!

  2. Megan says

    Sasha- what an incredible idea! If you need volunteers for said dinner parties I am in! Girl’s night done right! I can’t wait to hear all the recipes!

    • Thanks Megan :) I’ll be in touch…

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  3. Grammie Sue aka Mom aka susan says

    Congratulations.!! You may like the list of countries published by USPS for access to codes needed to print postage on office postal machines…I will send it to you via e-mail

    • Unfortunately, Scotland is considered part of the UK. When it comes time for the UK I’ll include a Scottish dish as part of the meal.

      • Scotland is most definitely not considered part of the UK by many Scots, and even those who call themselves British still value very much their own countries differences. I guess any country with a long history of a completely separate nationhood would do the same. Ours might be the more striking from always seeming to be consumed by larger England in the union and because as a people we seem to have more patriotism and sentimentality than even Americans do.

        There is also the fact that tends to get lost that a lot of the premier products from the UK are Scottish. England might have its roast beef and cheddar cheese but we have Aberdeen Angus beef, Loch Fynne seafood, Scottish salmon and game, crowdie and cream, some of the best soft fruit in the world due to our more rainy climate, and as well as the ubiquitous whisky and oats and soups, shortbread, dundee cake and inummerable other sweet things – we aren’t known as the Land o’Cakes for nothing. We were able set such a good table over the centuries, despite poverty, since we had such abundance of good produce on land and sea. And our cookery was, despite similarities, inherently and always different from England’s since we never had the long assimilation of Roman settlement and we had an early and long association with the French via the Auld Alliance. It’s been more similar in the last 50 odd years with convenience foods and Wimpy, McDonald’s etc.

        I hope anyone who has heard of the ‘deep fried mars bar’ speciality which Scots are all supposed to enjoy wouldn’t be misled by tabloid headlines. And it’s a pity you won’t have more time to do a full Scottish menu, only one course won’t do justice to the sheer variety of produce available. But I think yours is a great idea, especially as you are including culture and history as well as food. Very good luck with it.

        • globaltable says

          Mabel, thank you for your thoughtful comment. It breaks my heart how quickly I have to go over each country (and, sadly, Scotland is even quicker…). I know that when I am done with this project I have no choice but to return for more. There is simply too much good food in this world.

          You had me drooling over Scottish food and – don’t worry – I won’t spread rumors about deep fried mars bars… (although here, in Oklahoma, I’ve seen many a deep-fried twinkie! :) I find the passion with which people speak about their countries – the patriotism, as you say – so wonderful. We should all be proud of where we came from. Our cultural differences make this world a special place to be.

          Thank you for sharing this information,

          • Mabel says

            You are so right that the passion people can have for their country, its culture and heritage, is a good thing. I always find that passion, or my word patriotism, doesn’t have to be the narrowly selfish or supercilious or arrogant stance it can sometimes be portrayed as being, because coming into contact with it in others can open up an appreciation and a new enthusiasm for other cultures in oneself, it could also reinvigorate a lapsed affection for ones own. You obviously have that outlook by the spadeful and it shows in a wonderfully open hearted blog. I’ve been offline for a while and only just got back to catch up and find it’s lived up to expectations.

  4. Sasha, what a great idea! I watch Anthony Bourdain and always wish I could try some of the local food like that. Woohoo for starting with Asia first, I love asian food.

  5. EnadG says

    I will trick the baby jellyfish, rendering passive and trusting. Then I shall butcher the baby jellyfish for you. But I shall not eat them for it is not the way of my people.

  6. Grammie Sue aka Mom aka susan says

    Not to be a spoil sport; however, those neat 45 square spice jars need to be at least 50% colored glass (dark green or brown or blue – depending on the actual herb ) . Light quickly deteriorates many herbs & spices. Perhaps you could paint them? The alternative would be a “closet” to store them in, wood being preferable due to the organic nature of plants.

    • I’m way ahead of you! They are safe and sound in a dark, wooden drawer :) Oh, and they actually do sell colored ones – blue and green and frosted, but I read that its paint, not colored glass… so I was worried about it flaking off.

  7. I’ve been following you for ages, I think you were on your second or third week, and you remind me more and more of that girl who blogged about Julia Child’s recipes (ever see the movie Julia & Julia?).
    My kids learnt how to use chopsticks at age 2 and never had a week without a couple of faraway meals – I also think it’s one of the most important things you can teach them! You had a wonderful idea, and you’re doing it beautifully. So glad it’s a great success. Your research is fantastic, the menus are great, and your pictures are beautiful!! (which camera do you use by the way? just curious! :).
    So maybe one day they’ll make a movie about you too…
    Lots of love from snowy Austria <3

    • Sasha Martin says

      Wow, that’s so cool! I didn’t know you started so early on (and stuck with it ha ha) – I’d be interested to hear what you think of how the blog has evolved (it really has changed quite a bit since the beginning – at least I think so). I use a cannon 2ti – it’s super nice but not as expensive as some – highly recommend it. Thanks for writing and all your support :) Have a great weekend!

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