Hello!

I’ve been thinking about creating this blog for a long time now, and finally decided to just get it started…annnnnnd that’s all it took! It’s finally a live project!

I’m super excited to have a place to document my adventures through life with the sheikh, my husband, culinary and otherwise – and believe me, we do adventure.

We love to travel! We do it as often as we can while being constrained by 9-5 jobs and short American vacation grants, and I am so grateful that we can. We end up taking lots of weekend trips (and are getting pretty awesome at seeing the highlights of any city in 48 hours)

When traveling, we try to eat at the best restaurants, as well as the street food, traditional offerings, and local specialties. So far this philosophy has forced us to expand our palates and teaches us how to engage with locals at a level that I think many tourists do not. Without it, I might not have had the guts to eat escamole, ant larvae traditionally eaten in southern Mexico.  We might have missed the fish market in Dubai, and the honor of meeting an amazingly resilient young man named Ali.

We make food such an integral part of our travel because it is such a powerful vehicle of culture. It can both preserve traditions, and showcase evolution. Food culture is so strong that we often see the influences of migrations long past still playing a part in the host country’s cuisine. Even without travel, often, our first exposure to a new culture is the food, even a simplified version of it. We’ve all had sushi, a pizza, and a curry, and have at least a vague idea of the cultures referenced by these dishes. So, when we can’t travel, The Sheikh and I love to explore while we eat.

So here we go 🙂

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