When thinking of Brazil the first thoughts that cross my mind are of the Olympics, the Amazon River, rain forests, and the dazzling spectacle of Carnival. The images are colorful, full of lush tropical plants and beautiful men and women dressed in every color of the rainbow. Perhaps that is why the novel Symphony in … More A Symphony in White
It’s time for some Vietnamese cuisine. Throughout the novel The Sympathizer the narrator frequently refers to the popular dish named pho, pronounced fuh. This is a steamy hot bowl of broth centered around beef or chicken with various spices and rice noodles. When we lived in Northern Virginia my sons became great fans of this spicy soup. … More To Pho or not to Pho
At the heart of the novel The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen lies the Vietnamese communist motto, “nothing is more precious than independence and liberty.” Many wars and conflicts have been fought over these ideas throughout humankind’s history. One could make the argument that indeed the American Revolution had this idea at its heart. But what is … More Nothing is More Precious than Independence and Liberty….
Hi everyone, Just a quick post to let you know I’ve been taking a short break. Will be back on Tuesday, September 13 with a review on Pulitzer prize-winning The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Then we will take a look at the beautiful country of Vietnam by examining its food, culture, and natural beauty. After our … More On Vacation
Indonesia is an archipelago made up of over 13,000 islands located in Southeast Asia. More than half of its 258,000,000 people live on the island of Java. There are more than 300 ethnic groups resulting in over 700 languages and dialects. While this nation is well-known for its tropical climate, amazing beaches and some of … More A Land of Incredible Beauty
When I was researching Indonesian food I kept coming across rendang daging. It was even voted the number one dish of the World’s Most Delicious Foods by the readers of CNN International. So of course I decided to make this meal for my Indonesian selection. The dish originates from the Minangkabau ethnic group from the island of … More Rendang Daging-Beef Rendang
Now that my adventure of trekking the world through books is well underway, I have received several recommendations for books that lend themselves to travel. Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan, suggested by my daughter, was the perfect selection to immerse oneself in a far away culture. With an outstanding translation by Annie Tucker this … More Beauty is a Wound