Lontong tahu

Less than a week after I arrived in Indonesia, I was dropped off at a home I had never seen before, in a village I had never before been, to live with people I have never before seen or spoken to. I was nervous. Living with a host-family was easily my biggest anxiety in joining … Continue reading Lontong tahu


Tasty Tuesday Chewy, crunchy, oily and savory. Awug is a snack for when you really don't know what you want. Relatively tasteless, it's a traditional Sundanese treat found at bus stations and in vendor's baskets.  This is a weird one. It's so oily, after eating more than one, I feel sick. Yet, I can't help … Continue reading Awug 


Tasty Tuesday For a classic Sundanese street food snack, look no further than the peculiar surabi stands. Surabi is a Sundanese pancake that can be either savory or sweet. Think, french toast and pancakes had a very squishy and delicious baby. It is similar to the other Indonesian staple, martabak, but is thinner and chewier, which … Continue reading Surabi

Ibu Shields

Even in adulthood, and especially in foreign countries, I continue to utilize the biggest rule of stranger danger: when in doubt, find a woman, especially one with a child. This has helped me on numerous occasions in Indonesia, even more so than other places as Indonesian women have the ability to put so much energy … Continue reading Ibu Shields

Khanom bueang

Tasty Tuesday  Throughout the near-month I toured Thailand, khanom bueang became my white whale of street food. I saw it constantly within my first two days in Bangkok, but suddenly, just as I decided I needed to try the puzzling snack, it disappeared into the depths of food streets nation-wide. Khanom bueang drew my attention … Continue reading Khanom bueang

Thai tea

Tasty Tuesday Nearly every day, for the past three weeks, I have woken up, tied back my hair, thrown on a tank-top and Chacos, and ventured out into the dry heat of Thailand (or Cambodia, for a brief period.) The one thing that makes this heat worth it for a cranky morning bear like me … Continue reading Thai tea

Phong neng

Tasty tuesday I have now been in Thailand for over a week and am enjoying the food adventures that have nothing to do with green curry or pad thai. The ample options of street food can spin your head and make you want to live in Thailand the rest of your days. There's even street … Continue reading Phong neng

Host-parents: they’re just like you!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m incredibly lucky when it comes to Indonesian host families. I have been blessed with two absolutely stellar groups of people opening their homes to me, teaching me how to be Indonesian and listening to my mangled Bahasa Indonesia with patience. Without all of my families’ … Continue reading Host-parents: they’re just like you!

Ode to Bertha

Bertha is the mom who ends up carrying everyone else’s things because they’re too tired to carry it themselves. She’s the mom who always seems to have remembered to pack an extra sweater for the person who forgot. She is the mom who always has an extra arm to lend a hand or hold down … Continue reading Ode to Bertha

Grilled bananas

Tasty Tuesday  Hello from Bangkok! I've spent my time in this gorgeous city of temples and food drowning in options and food comas, it's impossible to decide what exactly the best food I've eaten in the past two days.  From street food to riverside restaurants, curries to cocktails, my body is in culture shock and … Continue reading Grilled bananas