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Snacking on Ants in Santander

Me Eating Crunchy AntsUpon arriving in Bucaramanga, Santander’s capital city of a million people, I was under the impression that I’d get to try some sort of ant dish delicacy I’d read that the state of Santander is known for their unique cultivation of Hormigas Culonas or Big-Ass Ants, for human snacking.

In Bucaramanga, I was told that ants were out of season, that the harvest is in March and April. 

I had almost forgotten about this potential insect sampling opportunity when I arrived in San Gil, a much smaller city also in Colombia’s Santander state, just two and a half hours from Bucaramanga and on the road to Bogotá. 

Addas: A Taste of Sudan

Me Eating Addas With Tamees or Warm Pakistani BreadAfter only a few days in Riyadh, I wandered into a little dive restaurant not far from my hotel. Despite the language barrier, I managed to understand that the food is from Sudan.

As food is more important than ambiance to me, the term dive often has a positive connotation.

In a blog entry four months ago,  I mentioned and showed a photo of a Sudanese lentil dish. This was after eating it only once and hardly knowing anything about it. Since then,  I’ve consumed this gastronomical wonder at least 15 times, maybe 20.

A Taste of Egypt

My Personal Egyptian Spread In my last cuisine post, food aficionado Mark Wiens asked about a dish he’d tried in Egypt.

Because Saudi’s capital boasts a seemingly endless array of ethnic eats, I inquired about an Egyptian eatery.  I easily came across Al Feshavoy, an authentic Egyptian restaurant.  It’s only half an hour by foot from my hotel.

Cuisine Scenes From Saudi

Enjoying Delicious Saudi Arabian Food Now, after being in Saudi’s capital for just over two weeks, it feels like much longer. Because the Middle East is new to me, I feel like I’ve seen and witnessed so much. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been to this part of the world, and that my introduction to the region is being viewed from its most stringent land.

I’ve learned a handful of Arabic, yet I’m coming to the realization that I may never become fluent. To do that I’d need full immersion. It’s hard to become fully immersed when I’m often conversing with Filipinos who speak Tagalog, or Pakistanis who speak Urdu, and many other foreigners , many of whom have at least a functional knowledge of English.

A Letter to My 70 Plus Subscribers and Anyone Else Reading

Dear esteemed readers,

As you can see, things have changed a little bit.  You’ve been redirected to my exclusive domain and with that, a smoother theme and new host.

Things were supposed to go relatively smoothly, until they turned disastrous.  That’s an exaggeration.  It’s turned into something between disaster and perfect bliss.   I was overly optimistic about the change process, until Murphy’s Law came into play more than I’d expected it to.

3 Tropically Exotic South American Fruits

Tropical destinations remind me that everything grown isn’t exported. There are more fruits than us four seasons dwellers know of. Although those of us that don’t live in tropical zones can get imported coconut, mango, papaya and pineapple, there are other delectable fruits that we don’t come across.

Many say that fruit is the single best type of food you can eat. Our bodies crave and love it. I try to eat multiple servings per day. While it’s easier while I’m situated in one place for a bit, I still manage while on the road, especially in the tropics. There, I can’t help but notice fruit all over the place.

Gone are the Hotel Nights That Include Breakfast

25,000 right.”

Actually it’s 35,000.  But that’s with breakfast included.”

I thought: Breakfast is nice.  I read somewhere online that it was 25,000 but . . .  Prices go up.  Bills need to be paid.  It’s not super easy to make a solid living off of running a little place of accommodation.

25,000 Colombian Pesos = $14.  35,000 is $19.50.  I shouldn’t have been spending that much each night in Manizales.  At the time I justified it being a good value because I had my own room and a home cooked breakfast was included.

Peruvian Cuisine

Ages ago I wrote a post entitled Nicaraguan Cuisine. Nicaragua was the first foreign country that I’d started blogging in.  Now, after a drifting escapade through Perú, the ninth land that my virtual publication has seen outside of the US, I’ve decided to dedicate a post to a country’s cuisine again.

There’s a consensus among aficionados in the Americas. Many believe that Perú possesses preeminence in the category of cuisine.

There’s good food everywhere.  But in Perú, it’s easier to find.

When in Medellín: A Traditional Sunday Dinner

For a while now,  I’ve been loosely thinking about doing a weekly cuisine series.  I didn’t want it to sound cliché or like any of the million blogs out there that are already doing something similar.

Yesterday, while throwing my vegetarian ideals into an amoral abyss, I devoured a typical slab of Colombian steak and all of its accompaniments.  It was during that feast when the idea came to fruition:  When in Medellín: My Traditional Sunday Dinner.

On occasion, I’ll seek out a traditional dish from the local area I’m in.  Ideally it’s healthy and therapeutic local fare.  However, because this is a flesh consuming land, the main focus for now is to eat something traditional that the locals eat.

Fashionable Fruit Creations in Udaipur

While traveling in SE Asia and India over the last few months, a mantra has been popping into my head.  It’s not my own catch phrase though.

At the Backpacker’s Inn in Managua this past January, I spoke with a gregarious Canuck from Saskatchewan.  He was eating breakfast that he’d brought from home while we were chatting about healthy eating and exercise.  He had some sort of fiber-laden cereal concoction.  I said:

Is that healthy?  Is there sugar in it?”