{Julie Sayo, Encounter El Salvador}

In order to uphold my blog name, I should emphasize my love for food through mouth watering posts about my experiences with meals around the world. With parents in the food business and a personal vow to try anything (at least once), I cannot help but have a special relationship with all things edible. One of the novelties of traveling to a new country, or region, is sampling the traditional dishes and exposing your taste buds to unfamiliar textures and flavors. I have eaten things I cannot pronounce, cannot describe, and cannot fathom trying again. I have noshed on things that I wish I could devour every day and truly believe come from heaven's kitchen. From the Macau Food Festival to a South African Braai to Thai street vendors, I have consumed a variety of traditional cuisine I

cannot

be more grateful I did.

For almost two years after returning from my time in Thailand, I lived the life of a vegetarian. I still agree with all of the reasons for living a vegetarian lifestyle. However, I felt as if it occasionally held me back from the experiences of sampling the foods the world has to offer. There is certainly a stigma attached to vegetarians (which I wish would cease) because most people see it as a sacrifice of taste for healthy,

bland

habits

.

If you know what you're doing, being a vegetarian can be

delicious

. If you're a meat eater, please don't judge vegetarians for their choice. You would likely be one too if you knew the truth behind what we find on our plates these days (in America, at least). But I am not here to influence anyone's habits, just share my encounters with foreign delicacies.

When I move to Colorado, I swear to myself to become a better cook. As a college student, I did not exactly chose to spend my money or time on improving my culinary skills. Recently returning to Mom's cooking and the family food business has also challenged my motivation to foster my inner Rachael Ray. With inspiration from one of my favorite blogs:

Cupcakes and Cashmere

 I have decided to weave edible experiences throughout my blogging endeavor.

Lastly, as I am about to embark on my path to helping others, I cannot help but reflect on how fortunate I am to have food available to me every day. Not only do I have access to it, but I have an abundance of options. When

they

say, "there are starving kids in Africa

," they

 aren't kidding. It's shocking how juxtaposed our society is when it comes to hunger and wealth living in unison in this country, as well as other nations around the world. There is a very well made video called, 

Strength in Numbers

, that shares a powerful message about the 12.4 million children at risk of hunger in America. Check it out and then scroll down to see some pretty unique foodables. Thanks :)

{Street vendor, Bangkok, Thailand}

Can't say I tried this, but it certainly grabbed my attention

{Bangkok, Thailand}

Rambutan: Thai fruit. Tastes close to the same as a grape.

{Thailand}

One of those things where you just don't want to depict what's happening in your mouth

{Bangkok, Thailand}

Singapore takes their ice-cream sandwiches very seriously (and literally). Potato bread?

Bunny chow: consumed in Mozambique, but also served in South Africa. 

To best describe it, I would say they hollow out a loaf of bread, concoct a stew of sorts (chicken, prawns, potatoes, vegetables, etc.), and fill the loaf.

Panera has nothing on this bread bowl.

{Tofo Beach, Mozambique}

Platter of exotic African animals: ostrich, crocodile, kudu, springbok, and a mixed meat sausage.

{Mama Africa, Cape Town, South Africa}

THE best pap I have ever tasted, mainly because it was attacked with my hands. The use of utensils is judge-worthy.

{Bus rank at border of Lesotho/South Africa}

Bet you never knew how coconut gets shredded. Thanks to this guy, we have Samoa Cookies.

{Fruit market, Brunei}

Freshest, drool-worthy fruit and vegetable assortment.

{Brunei}

I was certainly surprised when I discovered Malaysia has the juiciest 

supply of strawberries I've ever encountered.

{Cameron Highlands, Malaysia}

Ketoprak: the chips taste like styrofoam but it perfectly complements 

the steamed banana leaf, sprouts, tofu, sliced cabbage and peanut sauce.

{Labuan, Indonesia}

No, they're not rubber.

{Labuan, Indonesia}

Thai vendors have the most ludicrous assortments of mystery foods I have ever seen

{Vegetarian Festival, Phuket, Thailand}

Southern Thailand seemed like the South in the US...they fried everything!

{Vegetarian Festival, Phuket, Thailand}

My FAVORITE dessert in the world. They tasted like peanut butter balls.  Almost impossible to describe other than heavenly.

{Vegetarian Festival, Phuket, Thailand}

 2008 Macau Food Festival:

Sorry, Wilbur.

Crikey! It's croc!

{Dan Anderson}

I will give you my first born child if you can tell me what this is.

Salted, fried chicken feet. Want fries with that?

South African Braai: typically include boerewors, kebabs, steaks, and sausages 

(ours were fresh from the farm of the family we stayed with).

{Cilliers Family Home, Bloemfontein, South Africa}

Nothing like washing down a full plate of mystery with a Hunter's Gold.

{Bloemfontein, South Africa} 

Chip twisters: coolest invention in the world. A potato is placed on a stick, spun rapidly against a blade, unraveled along the stick, fried, and flavored. It's like a bag of chips on a stick. Incredible.

{Bloemfontein Weekend Market, South Africa}

Delicious veggie burg-coction. Still not sure what was in it, but I'd give it a thumbs up.

{Cape Town, South Africa}

First Costa Rican dish upon arrival: chips, rice, chicken, vegetables, spices, herbs, perfection.

{San José, Costa Rica}

Don't be deceived. Although it looks great, whatever the green thang is covered in sauce tasted

...not good.

{San Salvador, El Salvador}

One of the most memorable meals of my life. 

An fully dressed fish was served to us on our luxury junk boat in Halong Bay.

{Vietnam}

"Don't worry, be happy." - Big Mouth Billy Bass

{Halong Bay, Vietnam}

Love and Laughter, Kelsey 

{My favorite street vendor, "Pork Guy," Bangkok, Thailand}

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