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Live life red

The key to fabulous gingerness? Live life red.

Am I granola?

I am powerless in the face of this granola! It calls my name from the cabinet and insists I eat spoon after spoon of it every time I see the zip lock bag I lovingly store it in. Do I qualify as granola? Let’s examine the facts: My car is a hybrid prius but I […]

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Pique: Puerto Rican style hot sauce

This orange-y liquid hot sauce in a bottle is unofficially the national hot sauce of Puerto Rico. It’s vinegary, garlicky, and spicy to perfection–my kind of chilli pepper madness. Here’s my version of pique. Feel free to make your own combo of vinegar, chillies, garlic and spices that suits your palate. Traditional pique also uses […]

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Say it ain’t so

  The Cuban beer crisis is now official. State-run brewery Bucanero can’t produce enough of its two most popular beers—Cristal and Bucanero—to keep up with rising tourist demand. Bucanero is a darker beer, while Cristal is more lager-esque. The cause is obvious: When President Barack Obama eased travel restrictions between Cuba and the United States in February, […]

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Ginger with an attitude

“Having red hair is never good when you’re a kid. I was picked on alot and didn’t have many friends. But I think that gave me a thick albeit pale skin and helps to make me a spunkier ginger person.” ~Darla    

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  • Hi ya. Havin’ a good day?
  • Hi ya. Havin’ a good day?
  • Hi ya. Havin’ a good day?
  • Hi ya. Havin’ a good day?

Hi ya. Havin’ a good day?

When the first ever blanquette was made, the person cooking it knew it would be paired with a simple but satisfying red.

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Dandelion hugger

I confess. I am a dandelion hugger. Yards in April look like botanical versions of Joseph’s Amazing Technocolor Dreamcoat. In nature, as in life, beauty can be found in unexpected places. Who sold us on the idea that our yards needed to look like golf courses anyway? REMIND ME AGAIN, WHY WE DO WE HATE DANDELIONS? […]

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Grandma’s Poulet with herbs and wine

I suspect this comes as no surprise to anyone. I VERY OFTEN SIP WINE WHILE COOKING THIS CHICKEN. Equally important to the recipe, there’s only a single, correct way to eat this chicken, or any roast chicken for that matter. One cannot claim to have had a proper roast chicken, if it isn’t done this […]

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Pho Real

  I’m not sure when exactly it became cool to eat pho — the iconic Vietnamese dish of thin rice noodles in beef (Pho Bo) or chicken (Pho Ga) broth perfumed with spices. Nowadays, you’d be hard-pressed to walk down the street without running into a pho restaurant with a bad pun in its name. What […]

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Live long and prosper

  Like any major city, there are plenty of cars, trucks, bikes and buses on the road in Ho Chi Minh City (equally referred to as Saigon). Now add to that a gazillion motor scooters with one, two, three and even FIVE passengers (some carrying parcels, refrigerators or babies) zipping in and out of the […]

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You see traffic. I see gaps in the road.

Saigon is probably more famous for its motorbike traffic than for any monument or building. Apparently there are six million bikes in the city, which at peak hour might feel like an underestimate. There is a metro being built here which will be a welcome relief. Until then Ho Chi Minh City swims in a sea […]

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