Travel Destinations

Vegan Rice Pudding with Bananas – Cuenca, Ecuador

Rice pudding is one of my favorite desserts (or at least… it’s one of my favorite non-chocolate desserts), and it brings back memories of eating out at an Indian restaurant when my family went on weekend outings to the Big City. Finally, I’ve made yummy, creamy vegan rice pudding that can be enjoyed as a…

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Super Simple Healthy Deviled Eggs Recipe – Cuenca, Ecuador

No matter your religion, deviled eggs is a classic that’s hard to pass up. Although I haven’t celebrated Easter in about a decade, I still look forward to this time of year with anticipation. Technically, I guess I could make deviled eggs any time of year (and so can you), but… well, there’s some special…

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El Tokte Health Food Store and Salad Bar – Cuenca, Ecuador

Though small, El Tokte has some nifty goodies. Nearly all of their products are organic and locally-sourced in addition to being items that cater to the vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free communities. El Tokte also offers a make-your-own salad bar from 12:30-2:30 on weekdays. Some of the particularly unique offerings at this store include their wholly…

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Honey Coconut Cookies Recipe – Cuenca, Ecuador

Recently I’ve added whole wheat flour back into my diet, along with the occasional bit of honey. The journey to this decision was long and complex, involving a severe B12 deficiency, a bout of malaria in Southeast Asia, and my engagement to a Burmese man named Naing Naing (who currently requires honey… but someday I…

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Raw Dark Chocolate Cookies – Melaka, Malaysia

Here in Melaka my only real cooking appliances are a cute little steamer, a silicone cooking mat, three silicone cupcake liners, and a few small plates and bowls (along with a few spoons and forks). I have a couple of other random things, but no sauce pan (unless you count the steamer), blender, oven, or…

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Luo Han Guo AKA Monk Fruit – The Real Fruit – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The last time I was out grocery shopping at the Jaya supermarket in Kuala Lumpur, I made a discovery (quite by accident, as usual). I regularly use monk fruit in my recipes, but I’d never actually¬†seen the fruit. I’ve used a fine white powder from Nu Naturals to sweeten everything from chocolate cake to key…

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Aeon Grocery Market – Melaka, Malaysia

This is the second major grocery store/shopping mall that we visited in Melaka, Malaysia. When we first arrived, a quick trip to Tesco was enough to tide us over, but a new day required more staples for making delicious (and not just survival-based) foods. Aeon is a shopping mall chain in Malaysia that has its…

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Tesco Grocery Store – Melaka, Malaysia

On our first day in Melaka, Malaysia, we went to a nearby Tesco to stock up on the necessities. Below I have some photos of the store, along with coordinates, so that you can find it. To get to the store, we took a Grab taxi from our apartment in Putra Heights (a Grab taxi…

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99 SpeedMart Grocery – Melaka, Malaysia

The 99 SpeedMart was a small grocery store that we found in a strip mall next to a coworking space called Grind Shack Workspace in Melaka, Malaysia. Although there it wasn’t possible to find everything necessary at this grocery, we did find¬†some things, however. But besides that, this is one of the few small grocery…

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Sorghum “Buns” in Banana Pudding – Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I’m still tweaking this recipe, but it certainly will hit the spot for a fun dessert that’s sweet and easy to make (if you have a steamer). We found our little steamer at a store in Kuala Lumpur within Nu Sentral (a big shopping mall with all sorts of stuff). We can use it to…

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