Adventure Travel Blogging
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For many years now I’ve been a lover of sticky rice, but on a recent trip to Cambodia I experienced a new take on this delicious dessert. In the streets of a very small and remote town, a man hovered over a large fire meticulously rotating stuffed banana leaves. Our guide handed the man some coins and two very charred pouches were handed over, still steaming hot from the fire. Inside I found a perfectly crisp, golden brown lump of sticky rice. I was amazed and inspired by the taste and texture of this treat and decided I needed to find a way to make it at home.
The ingredients and supplies needed for this sticky rice are as follows:
1 C Thai Glutinous Rice
1 C Canned Coconut Milk
1/3 C Organic Sugar
1 Bag Frozen Banana Leaves
You will also need either a rice steamer...
Samosas are one of India's most iconic appetizers. Religion, food, temperature, language change drastically as you travel throughout India but samosas are perhaps the most ubiquitous street food in this diverse nation. What's not to love? These fluffy, flaky, handheld pockets hide mounds of spiced vegetables and are super addicting. Good luck eating just one!
Dimple and her husband Terun run the Kanha Jungle Lodge. They’re wonderful friends of ours here at Wildland and while we love searching the dense jungle with Tehrun or talking birds with their son Jai another reason we cherish our visits to Kanha Jungle Lodge is for Dimple’s spectacular cooking. She’s an artist in the kitchen, tries to use as many fresh and seasonal ingredients as she can, and creates culinary delights you would never expect in the jungles of India.
Dimple’s samosas are always a crowd favorite. They’re light and crispy on the outside...
Two of our alumni travelers just returned from a customized Manu Wildlife Safari adventure in Peru and share their thoughts on several aspects of the trip below:
The one day KM 104 hike up to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate was the perfect way to enter the site for the first time. Hardly any one else on the trail, plenty of interesting info from our guide as we hiked. Great experience as one finally gets to the top and suddenly looks down on Machu Picchu. The macaw clay lick was also exceptional...a very unique wildlife experience.
Both our guides William in Manu and Reuben in the Sacred Valley were excellent...Reuben in particular. I really enjoyed the fact that they shared information about their own lives and experiences with us. Both shared their experiences with the Shining Path, for instance. Lots of jokes and laughter
When the Kaplan family traveled to Tanzania on our Serengeti Family Safari in June they knew that they were in for some great wildlife. What was unexpected was the people that they met and the cultures that they experienced along the way.
"The entire trip was fabulous. The highlight was actually the cultural encounters that we had. I expected the animal part of the safari but our visit with the Bushman was beyond anything I could imagine and my kids loved playing soccer, volleyball, and frisbee with the locals.
Our guide Dominic was unbelievable. He was incredibly knowledgeable but was also a truly amazing person. He kept everyone engaged and let things be spontaneous, making time to add to our itinerary where beneficial. We LOVED him!
My favorite experience was hunting with the Bushman and learning about their culture. We also had a great interaction with some women in the...
Banteay Chhmar is a group of villages in northwestern Cambodia, just 20 km from the Thailand border. Currently among the top-listed sites for nomination to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Banteay Chhmar (The Citadel of the Cats) is one of the great architectural masterpieces of Southeast Asia and the Khmer Kingdom’s epic Angkorian Period. The vision of Global Heritage Fund’s Banteay Chhmar Conservation Training Project is "to save the last great Angkorian Temple in Cambodia that remains unstudied, unconserved and unprotected and in doing so hand back the conservation of their heritage to the Cambodian people."
Community involvement in the conservation project is integral to its success and ‘’Visit Banteay Chmar" is a community-based tourism organization that is helping to make this happen. This CBT offers local, English-speaking guides who lead detailed temple tours, boat trips and community tours. Other services enable visitors to explore the local area, including a silk...