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#tbt to that time I was in Africa petting the wildlife. #intrepidtour #lions #africa

#tbt to that time I was in Africa petting the wildlife. #intrepidtour #lions #africa

Why is it that people are willing to spend $20 on a bowl of pasta with sauce that they might actually be able to replicate pretty faithfully at home, yet they balk at the notion of a white-table cloth Thai restaurant, or a tacos that cost more than $3 each? Even in a city as “cosmopolitan” as New York, restaurant openings like Tamarind Tribeca (Indian) and Lotus of Siam (Thai) always seem to elicit this knee-jerk reaction from some diners who have decided that certain countries produce food that belongs in the “cheap eats” category—and it’s not allowed out. (Side note: How often do magazine lists of “cheap eats” double as rundowns of outer-borough ethnic foods?)

Yelp, Chowhound, and other restaurant sites are littered with comments like, “$5 for dumplings?? I’ll go to Flushing, thanks!” or “When I was backpacking in India this dish cost like five cents, only an idiot would pay that much!” Yet you never see complaints about the prices at Western restaurants framed in these terms, because it’s ingrained in people’s heads that these foods are somehow “worth” more. If we’re talking foie gras or chateaubriand, fair enough. But be real: You know damn well that rigatoni sorrentino is no more expensive to produce than a plate of duck laab, so to decry a pricey version as a ripoff is disingenuous. This question of perceived value is becoming increasingly troublesome as more non-native (read: white) chefs take on “ethnic” cuisines, and suddenly it’s okay to charge $14 for shu mai because hey, the chef is ELEVATING the cuisine.

— One of the entries from the list ‘20 Things Everyone Thinks About the Food World (But Nobody Will Say)’. (via crankyskirt)

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The happiest donkey I’ve ever seen!

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Quinoa quiche recipe. Get creative! Mine had leftover chicken burgers, orange and yellow peppers, white onions, cherry tomatoes, snow peas and cheese. I used 6 eggs this time and half a pkg of PC brand quinoa. @rosebeefe @capnallegra @reim_tyme

Quinoa quiche recipe. Get creative! Mine had leftover chicken burgers, orange and yellow peppers, white onions, cherry tomatoes, snow peas and cheese. I used 6 eggs this time and half a pkg of PC brand quinoa. @rosebeefe @capnallegra @reim_tyme

Christmas Beach Beers on Koh Samui

Christmas Beach Beers on Koh Samui

We left Ko Tao and hopped the ferry over to Koh Samui which was much smoother than the ride from Chumpon by far. A good portion of the trip was spent outside on the deck since the inside of the ferry was insanely cold and I didn’t have my scarf nearby to wrap around myself.

It was Christmas Eve and we weren’t sure what to do with our time in Samui, so we did what we always do – find a market, eat…

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Spaghetti squash dinner!

Spaghetti squash dinner!

Niagara Falls bev break #NiagaraFalls #beer #americanfalls  (at Edgewater’s Tap & Grill)

Niagara Falls bev break #NiagaraFalls #beer #americanfalls (at Edgewater’s Tap & Grill)

After the falls #NiagaraFalls #HornblowerBoat #touristtime #gopro  (at Niagara Falls)

After the falls #NiagaraFalls #HornblowerBoat #touristtime #gopro (at Niagara Falls)

Just a bit wet #NiagaraFalls #HornblowerBoat #gopro  (at Horseshoe Falls)

Just a bit wet #NiagaraFalls #HornblowerBoat #gopro (at Horseshoe Falls)

First time doing the boat trip! #Niagara falls #BeingATourist #gopro

First time doing the boat trip! #Niagara falls #BeingATourist #gopro

Time to be a tourist!  (at Niagara Falls)

Time to be a tourist! (at Niagara Falls)

Night all! This kid must be getting old… Couldn’t even go out to party tonight. Niagara falls tmrw!

Night all! This kid must be getting old… Couldn’t even go out to party tonight. Niagara falls tmrw!

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Great Danes are gentle giants.

Do want.

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…hello…

…hello…

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Thanks #authenticweather, that’s exactly the information I needed.

Thanks #authenticweather, that’s exactly the information I needed.