I’ll admit that when I was invited to stay at the Chelsea Arts Club I had no idea what it was. We were at brunch with a couple of our newly made British friends in Suffolk when we announced that we would be staying in London the following night, though we had not yet booked a hotel. Everyone at the table quickly started mentally scrolling the London section of their Rolodex when one casually announced, “I’ll see if The Chelsea Arts Club has a room”, before grabbing her iPhone to make a call. The rest of the table shared a shocked expression before turning to us with an, “you better be grateful, this doesn’t happen everyday” expression plastered across their faces.
I’ve often heard of people losing lots of weight when backpacking, especially when taking on the vagabond approach, as we have. I’m embarrassed to admit that we have gained weight over our entire journey, eating every new cuisine we meet along the way. Because we house sit or rent private apartments, we tend to seek out local markets and attempt to cook everything we try in restaurants. Cooking has always been our ‘thing’, we cook together and really enjoy trying new recipes.
When the husband has a sweet tooth and you’re staying next door to an apple tree in, in the countryside of England, recipes like this one are born. I mixed a few things up to create a simple apple pie recipe from scratch that turned out so well, our host asked me to make them again for her dinner party. I made everything from scratch, of course you can buy premade pastry dough if you’d like. Lastly, because there were only two of us I chose to make four small, individual pies. If you would like to make a 9” pie, double the ingredients and follow the same instructions.
One of my favorite dishes to make, especially in the winter months, is creamy mushroom risotto. While you can add just about anything to risotto, mushrooms have become our favorite as of lately. I learned this simple mushroom risotto recipe while living in Italy last year and through several tweaks and additions have perfected it. You can serve this as a main dish or a side; it compliments chicken dishes very well. This is my go-to dinner party meal because a lot of our friends are vegetarian and I don’t like making two different meals.
We were on a journey through Central America, trekking from Nicaragua to Mexico, when we were caught in a protest in Guatemala. After an hour of an extremely bumpy ride through the countryside north of Santa Elena, Guatemala our bus came to an abrupt stop. Initially we, along with the other four passengers, assumed it was a standard stop. Then the bus driver stopped the ignition and we all began to look around curious and worried.
Another post more aimed to current or future travelers, this article details our trip from Guatemala City when we were traveling to Santa Elena, Guatemala. I highly recommend visiting this northern Guatemala city as well as Flores, which is only a mile away. We enjoyed a short stay here while we made our way to Cancun, Mexico.
After traveling through Central America you will undoubtedly fall in love with one of the many traditional dishes you will find along your journey. From the fried red snapper in Panama to the gallo pinto in Costa Rica, you are sure to desire these dishes far after your departure from Central America. One of my favorite dishes throughout Central America was plantains, cooked either salty or sweet. Below you will find a recipe for both types of plantains so that you can enjoy this tasty treat long after your journey ends.
Traveling throughout Central America often became difficult to plan due to the lack of information I could find online. I decided that I should share all of our travel routes in as much detail as possible so that others could easily find their way throughout the region, as we did. Here is a detailed account of our itinerary for traveling from Nicaragua to Guatemala. We were living in an apartment in Granada, Nicaragua when we booked flights from Cancun, Mexico to head to Europe. This is the first leg of our trek to Mexico.
Any traveler knows that the most popular places tend to be the most over populated. This is no different in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Isla Colon, also referred to as Bocas Town, is the main island in the tropical paradise, but it is surrounded by a lot of competition. All of the islands have access to the same activities and boast magnificent views, so regardless of where you choose to stay you can’t lose. When you are ready to escape the tourist traps and bad American cuisine I encourage you to travel to Old Bank on the island of Bastimentos, a true hidden gem in Bocas Del Toro.
We were living on the main island of Bocas Del Toro, Panama when we stumbled across a parade that included this dance routine by a group of young children dressed in beautifully colorful outfits. We found that Central America in general tended to have vibrant colors everywhere we went, from the architecture to the clothing styles.