Curry, Satay, and Rendang: Savoring the Flavors of Malaysia

When you step into Makan you are quickly transported to the tropics of Malaysia by the smell of fish paste and curry permeating the air, the simple wood tables and chairs, and the cucumber green walls. It only takes moments for your stomach to catch on that it will soon be fed some enticing and exotic food. Step into the smells of curry, fish paste, and coconut permitting the...
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A Journey to the Congo – Global Grubbing Cooking Class

Is there anything more satisfying than the smell of fresh cut onions and peppers, seasoned meat baking in the oven, and plantains frying on the stove? I don’t believe so, especially when you are surrounded by people who have a love and passion for travel, culture, and food, and a host that is so warm and inviting you just want to linger a little bit longer than you should… ...
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Keeping Traditions Alive – Finding Community in Our Holiday Rituals

Rituals, Christmas, Traditions, Cultures
In the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, holiday parties, cookie exchanges, and shopping, sits the traditions and values that glue our families together during this time of year. Each year as we began the cycle of the holiday season, I am reminded of all the unique traditions celebrated by various people and cultures. As I child, I never fully understood the impact...
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The Day of the Dead Celebrations (Dia de los Muertos)

Holidays, cultures, and traditions from around the world are something that truly intrigues me. I’m fascinated by how much our small families and communities as well as our larger culture and country influence who we are as people and how we live our lives. When I notice an event around a holiday or tradition from another culture, I love to attend and learn more about wh...
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A Greeting of the Heart and Soul

While I often tout social media as being a place where I get lost in the abyss of things I don't need to know about, every once in awhile I stumble upon a message that touches my spirit. That was so this week, when I saw an image that spoke about the Maori greeting done in New Zealand. The image immediately spoke to me (similar to the one in this post). I am mesmerized by t...
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