A Rough Guide to Climate and Festival Seasons
It’s impossible to picture India without the country’s iconic annual festivals. There are many colorful art and dance festivals across the land. Whatever the festival, Indians are very inclusive and will welcome you to join them and be a part of their festivities.
One of my favorite travel activities is to take a cooking lessons during the trip. Have you noticed the subtle differences between curries from different countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and India? Not to mention the variations in color and taste in the palette of red, yellow, white and green curries? How about the difference among rice dishes from Italy, Spain, China and Vietnam? You can learn by watching cooking shows on TV and reading cook books. But there is nothing like learning cooking from a local expert!
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Laos is often overlooked by travelers visiting its heavily traveled neighbors Thailand and Vietnam. This is unfortunate as Laos would surprise them with its many wonderful attractions, from wildlife-filled forests, numerous breathtaking waterfalls in the north, mysterious ancient past to its interesting colonial heritage.
With lots of everything from stunning landscapes to fascinating history, epic cuisine and pulsating energy, Vietnam is a feast for the senses and dazzles you from all angles. Peaceful paddy fields give way to frenetic urban centers like Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi. Boutiques fill the French colonial buildings in the enchanting old quarters of the big cities. Around Vietnam, lush jungles and jagged karst peaks beckon the adventurous.
Sri Lanka is a relatively small yet incredibly diverse nation. It is an outstanding destination for great adventures, good food and pure relaxation. This country is a teardrop shaped island off the southeast coast of India that is bursting with cultural heritage like you wouldn’t believe. Its cuisines are mouthwatering with spices and influences from countries from around the globe. There are numerous ancient cities to visit, and no matter where you turn you will see spectacular wildlife, lush green tea plantations and an innate sense of luxury. It’s no surprise that Sri Lanka is on everyone’s bucket list.
Punch was invented in India by British sailors in the 16 century and then spread to many countries. The name punch is borrowed from Sanskrit (pañc),meaning ‘five’, as the drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices.
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Did you know a jack tree can produce up to 100-200 fruits a year? Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit and can weigh up to 80lb. Each jackfruit is actually a multiple fruit, composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers, and the fleshy meat is actually the petals of the flowers.
Kerala is the largest producer of jackfruit in the world. It is the national fruit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and the state fruit of the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
After the British brought tea production into India, many Indian spices were incorporated into tea. Masala means ‘a blend of spices’ and ‘chai’ simply means ‘tea’. So, Masala Chai is literally ‘spiced tea’. Chai Tea is a mislabeling meaning ‘Tea Tea’.
Masala Chai is made using different formulas, depending on the region where it is being consumed. Commonly used Masala Chai ingredients include black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper and clove. Masala Chai is good for you with its high antioxidant load. It also improves digestion, enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. It has also been suggested that chai has anti-bacterial and anti-cancer effects.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees. It is used widely, from savory dishes, baking goods to Greek cinnamon liqueur.