Monday Meal Review: Spain

httpv:// The more I need to laugh, the more I hole myself up in solitude. Does that make me an introvert? This week I holed up... major. I watched my paella turn canary yellow while my husband and daughter played in the yard. The trees were budding. The birds were singing. But I stood in my windowless kitchen. I stared into the paella as it plumped up. I wondered if I could drink in the steam coming off the rice, and whether or not it would conjure up the most honest sort … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: South Africa

httpv://  "Almost doesn't fill a bowl" Zulu Proverb I've said it before and I'll say it again: a good friend makes for a great companion in the kitchen. Through the crackle and sizzle, conversation and laughter keep love flowing... right on into the meal... So, I was thrilled when my friend Janine said she'd help me figure out the food of South Africa. She's South African, so I knew I was in good hands. But then things got a little wonky. Because she's vegan, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Somalia


httpv:// Keith falls asleep quicker than I can slip under the comforter and lay my head on the pillow. Most nights, I find myself staring out the window - watching the moon arc across the sky - while Keith snores next to me. I don't know how he does it. My mind rarely clicks off... each night my head hosts a cluttered, clamoring PARTY of thoughts. Just as with the most ruckus of house guests, I'm lucky if I can control one out of ten of these thoughts. There's no … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Solomon Islands

httpv:// Ava's been saying something disturbing lately. If a toy breaks, she says "let's buy a new one." If fruit sits too long in the basket and gets mushy, she says "let's go to the grocery store." She says these things, even with a father who shows her how to build and repair her toys in the garage ... Even with a mother who teaches her how to make apple pies with bruised apples. Maybe she says it less than some children, but I'm still concerned, and I'm at a loss with … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Slovenia

"What you build easily will fall quickly" - Slovenian Proverb I rarely take the time to bake any more. Life keeps getting in the way. Meetings, obligations - the stuff of adulthood. This week, thanks to Slovenia, I had the opportunity to use my hands to shape, braid, and decorate an ornate loaf of Slovenian Heart Bread. As I worked, I was surprised to find myself overcome with relief. Working flour, water, egg, sugar, and butter together into a smooth ball felt like an old friend, come home … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Slovakia

"Everything bad is good for something." - Slovak Proverb Have you ever done something, only to find it didn't work out as you'd planned... but somehow it worked out even better? Last week I casually substituted a video for my written meal review. I thought it'd be a fun change of pace- a more visceral experience for you. Almost immediately, the comments filled with a resounding "no," - an outcry that was astonishing both in it's passion as in it's consistency. Almost every single person … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Singapore


Hi, friends! Our weekly review is now  offered to you on video. I'm realizing that telling you the story of what we experienced is far more powerful with video; if photos are worth a thousand words, video must be worth a million. httpv:// As always, I'd love your thoughts: how do you use condiments (local or global) to give your meals a boost? UPDATE:  I had no idea this new format would stir such a strong response. Please know, I’m hearing you all… thanks … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Sierra Leone


Hi Friends! This week we're trying something new with our weekly video, combining Ava's Corner with a brief review from me. I'm a little camera shy, so I thought I'd do something a little silly, like sit in a green chair, in my kitchen. Just because. Special thanks to my dear husband, Keith (a.k.a. Mr. Picky), for editing our video, as always. I'd love to hear what you think of this new format in the comments. Enjoy: httpv:// xo Sasha & family THE … [Read more...]