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Keepin' It Real With Locals in South Africa's Cape We've been venturing into the Cape of South Africa for over a decade to visit old friends, always making new ones, and discovering places locals go from eateries to farmers markets, venturing into townships with local residents, and hitting a range of the best vineyards and distillers in the Cape wine regions.  Cultural connections in the township   Experiencing a black township first-hand is a really important aspect of coming to know South Africa, and this enduring consequence of apartheid. Having the right local guide like our man Thabang, makes all the difference. Black South Africans living in townships still don't see very many whites in their neighborhood, and many are as curious to know why we want to come as we are interested in learning about life in the township. Thabang is very sensitive and respectful, particularly to avoid making a showcase of the poverty, which is all around,...

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Wildland travelers hoofing in on the crowded Istiklal Cadessi pedestrian promenade of Istanbul. Several Wildland travelers have recently returned from our trips to Turkey and remind me how thrilling it is to walk the streets of Istanbul with Alper Ertubey, Deniz Kilic or any of our expert Turkish guides who are also culinary aficionados. The Anatolian plateau has been a crossroads of civilizations for millennia and as such its cuisine combines cultures and ingredients from far corners of the globe. Every dish in this crossroads of cultures is a luscious lesson in history as described by this Turkish poet: "Do not dismiss the dish saying that it is just, simply food. The blessed thing is an entire civilization in itself." - Abdulhak Sinasi     And, of course the street food is the most simple, fresh and diverse range of exotic taste treats that is the essence of the Istanbulli...

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"The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it." - Rudyard Kipling Floral offerings in India A destination is experienced with all senses, but we have to agree with Mr. Kipling that smell and travel have a particularly strong connection. It’s the sliver of a foreign place that you can always discern, even somewhere completely familiar and mundane; the faintest hint of jasmine in a local floral shop will suddenly conjure strong, vivid memories of balmy nights in Southern India, even if explored long ago. I like to think of it as our mind imprinting a destination by what it notices first, much like baby animals do when they open their eyes; they never forget the first thing that comes into focus. The travel experts at Wildland Adventures share some of their strongest travel/aroma associations: “Upon my first visit to Eastern Africa, I instantly picked up on...
Greetings from the tropics! Recently I invited two of my favorite Costa Rican guides (Leo Chaves and Marco “Tex” Fallas) over for a culinary breakfast adventure. It was a great time to get updated on what’s happening in the field, gather new insights about travel in Costa Rica and of course cooking with them was A LOT OF FUN! Not a single person who has tried this egg recipe has left unsatisfied, it is just too good to eat only one egg... so I recommend to serve 2 at a time. The most dangerous thing that can happen is that you won’t want to eat eggs any other way after this! I call them “Happy Tico” eggs and it is basically a healthier, fresher and vegetarian option to the famous eggs benedict recipe. The ingredients: Fresh Dill Cayenne Pepper Black Pepper Fresh lime zest High quality Butter Organic eggs Salt to...

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Turkey is a fresh-food lover’s paradise. Once you see the markets brimming with fresh cucumbers, eggplants, melons and hand-made cheeses, you will not be surprised when you taste the depth of flavor in the local dishes. Some of the most delicious meals are shared with family or friends from a large platter where you dip your torn pieces of Italian-style bread into the tomato-based sauces. For today, I give you 5.5 Turkish dishes to try on your adventures in Turkey. 1. Su boregi: Many of you may have tried one type of borek, baked pastries made of layers of phyllo dough filled with cheese, herbs, and vegetables. I recommend trying my favorite, su boregi (or water pastry). It is akin to a simple lasagna with layers of boiled dough and a mixture of feta cheese, parsley and oil. The borek is brushed with butter and baked in a brick or...
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