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Guatemala

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I’ve recently returned from an amazing and eye-opening trip to Guatemala. And, boy, do I have lots to show and tell!

But what better way to recap than to simply show you a mass of vivid photographs and tell you a compiled version of the “7 Things You Must Know about Guatemala,” according to my own unforgettable experience. Continue reading

Homemade Pizza

Remember the last time you were on a deadline and desperately pressed for time or just way too exhausted from work or life to even remotely consider mustering up the energy to look through the fridge (except to retrieve that last ice-cold beer you saved for yourself behind the carton of milk – oops! sorrry, honey!), let alone make dinner? Remember the last time you picked up your phone just to call your friendly neighborhood pizza place to rescue you rather than calling your significant other to let them know that dinner is ready to be served? I do. In fact, it seems as though it’s all I ever do lately.
I grew up loving pizza. I don’t know anyone who didn’t. It was, in my opinion, a luxurious reward for good behavior. In other words, it was a parent’s laziness or lack of time resulting in a most marvelous treat of a meal for us as kids, and even as adolescents. In most cases, it was the meal succeeding a busy day of fun to which everyone would gather around for a slice or two.

However, instead of having to call for an instant pizza, I can now proudly say that I can make my own – albeit, not quite as conveniently. Pizza is a most wonderful thing. Endlessly versatile, it’s hard for anyone not to love some variation of it. Now, pair that gourmet handmade pizza of yours with a bold glass of wine or better yet, a homemade sangria and this, my friends, is what being a mature adult is all about.
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Loaded Banh Mi Sandwich

During the whole stuck-in-limbo-at-an-airport ordeal, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches seriously ameliorated the unfortunate situation at hand; now, I’m hooked. While I’ve always loved the distinct and contrasting flavors and textures of these sandwiches, they only became a craze when I had the perfect banh mi sandwich – hitherto unrivaled. It was the classic and unmodified version, the image of sandwich perfection. It was love at first bite.

The sandwich is packed with amazing flavors that distinguish it from all other sandwiches. It typically consists of some sort of meat, garlic aioli, cucumbers, pickled daikon and carrot matchsticks, cilantro, and thin slices of jalapenos. It’s spicy, sweet, salty, cool, tangy, soft and crunchy all at once. You get the whole package all between a warm and crusty french baguette. Per history, these Vietnamese sandwiches exemplify French influence with an Asian twist. How can you resist?
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Backyard Barbecue.


In a place where dreams are reality, a backyard barbecue would happen every other day or so. Sadly, this is certainly wishful thinking, seeing as I don’t even have a backyard. I do, however, have a terrific and spacious lanai. Although, even then, it can only be used as our dining table as an excuse to feel ‘outdoors’ for our deliciously-cooked-in-the-oven barbecue meal. Mind you, it was still just as fabulous as the real backyard deal.

Nothing screams summer (albeit nearly over) like barbecued ribs. I swear, it has to be universal. I’m sure everybody has their own form of barbecue that epitomizes the sunny summer season. If this isn’t the case, it needs to be because otherwise they don’t know what they’re missing out on! Continue reading