Chana Masala & The Remarkable Quest of Chris Guillebeau

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Psst... Be sure to enter the giveway at the bottom of this post! I want to tell you a story about Chris Guillebeau - a man who traveled to every country in the world. It took him 10 years.  He's not the first to do it, and he won't be the last. And yet his quest is remarkable. Let me explain. From Quest to Calling I stumbled across Chris' journey a few years back  when he had about three years left in his quest. I read with amusement about his jogging escapades on strange terrain, … [Read more...]

A Pilgrimmage to Love Your World

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  Nearly four years ago, when I set out to cook a meal for every country in the world, I didn't know I was embarking on a pilgrimage. I just had a bout of wanderlust. A picky husband. A baby I wanted to raise with an appreciation for the world's inherent beauty. I wanted her to love the world (and I wanted her world to love her!).   I cooked, cooked, cooked. I took thousands upon thousands of photos. My husband, Keith, filmed Ava, week  after week. I was … [Read more...]

Interview with Sophie Herbert

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"Me, me, me" is most certainly not Sophie Herbert's mantra. Sophie's passion for social activism on a global scale shines like a bright light. Everything she does is for the benefit of others - from yoga, to singing; from films, to writing. She's been to India 8 times, spending a total of about 14 months there as a volunteer and yoga instructor.  She's also taught yoga in Kazakhstan for 3 months. Sophie writes for Whole Living Magazine, is an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a charity dedicated … [Read more...]

Interview: Dan & Audrey from Uncornered Market

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Imagine if this was your view... Imagine if you could be in these places... Imagine if the world was your back yard. You're in for a real treat today - Audrey Scott and Dan Noll from Uncornered Market are here to answer a few questions. They live a life I can only dream about. They explore the world for a living. The world is their back yard. That's right. In 2006 left their corporate desk jobs, got rid of their belongings, and went off to... well, wherever the wind blows them. They … [Read more...]

Interview with Laura Kelley

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Today I'd like to introduce you to author Laura Kelley. For the last year I've happily enjoyed her blog The Silk Road Gourmet, where she pens the most fascinating articles. Curious about the history and traditions associated with Valentine's Day? She'll tell you. Want to check out a cauldron of 2,400 year-old soup? Sure thing.  Finally, what if a scientist went out to eat and realizes the food on their plate is a new species? She shares the story. This Harvard alumnus knows her stuff. When … [Read more...]

Interview: Six Questions with David Lebovitz

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David Lebovitz lives a food-lover's dream in Paris. His site is full of personal stories, incredible recipes, impromptu foodie tours, and insight into the blogging world. His gorgeous photography will make you hungry for brown bread ice cream, salted butter caramels, and strawberries turned into frozen yogurt. And that's just the beginning. With David you can pick your poison. Want candied bacon ice cream? You're in luck - he's posted a recipe for it. Too tame? How about a scoop of … [Read more...]

Interview: Amanda Hesser

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A couple of weeks ago Amanda Hesser, from the New York Times and Food52, came to Tulsa. To Tulsa! She brought her smile, stories from her life as a New York Times food writer, and an appetite for Chicken Fried Steak. Also available? Several hundred copies of her latest achievement, The Essential New York Times Cookbook. This incredible tome catalogs the best recipes published by the New York Times in the last 150 years. To be exact, Amanda pinpoints 1,400 recipes from our American … [Read more...]

Interview: Karen Coates

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While I was once a world traveler, my life is now all about raising Miss Ava and quietly celebrating my family. Even if the travel bug has to wait a little longer, I can still get my travel fix in the kitchen or on travel web sites like Karen Coates' The Rambling Spoon. The list of reasons I love her web site is long - her writing is at once beautiful, funny, tragic, and heartwarming. And her husband, Jerry Redfern takes killer photos. Who is Karen Coates? Karen Coates has spent a dozen … [Read more...]