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EAT good food, PRAY for more good food, LOVE your life

I have to tell you, it seems as though every time I eat another meal, it becomes my favorite. The food here is so fantastic, and in the restaurants too. 😉

There is something to the little old lady serving up delicious meals to you while you sit on the tiniest plastic stools, meant for pre-schoolers in the US. The food is always hot and flavorful, and there is no pretentiousness about eating on the street. I’m seeing a new trend in street food in the future, steering away from the food truck craze to the tiny plastic seats craze.

Of course, this is not to downplay the restaurants we’ve been hitting up. In Hoi An for example, we checked out Morning Glory, a restaurant that was recommended to us not once, but 3 separate times before we even arrived at our hotel. It is one of a handful of restaurants by the same owner in the city, and just walking by the open kitchen, you can see and smell why her businesses do so well. Combining her own Vietnamese heritage with western skills the menus contain something for everyone.

Below are some shots of the delicious food and drinks we can’t seem to stop consuming.

The best part? We’re not headed home just yet! I can’t wait to see what else someone puts in front of me. 🙂

It’s Getting Riel in Siem Reap

First, I’d like to apologize about the massive delay in posting – apparently traveling non-stop doesn’t allow one to regularly post. So I’ve decided to do just one all-inclusive post on my trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. As you can imagine, there weren’t as many fashion statements made as in Bangkok – most of them being it’s the rainy season and I’m muddy. Besides just outfits though, there was a lot of Cambodian silk, which I certainly took a part of, buying some beautiful scarves. One of the interesting trends in Southeast Asia now is using exotic locations for your wedding portrait backdrop. We stumbled across a wedding party at Angkor Wat during our visit.

I’d say the highlight of my trip though, besides the amazing temples (like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, the temple from Tomb Raider), was the food. I definitely have a new favorite cuisine. Traditional Khmer curries, amok, fresh spring rolls – it was all so delicious.

There were times when we’d stuff ourselves too full and have to wander around the Old Market to burn some calories. Isn’t life just awful? 😉 There was a lovely bonding moment with our tuk tuk driver when, during lunch, one of us ate too hot of a pepper and had to resort to gulping fresh coconut milk to cool off. Burning your mouth with spicy food is definitely cross cultural. Overall, I had an amazing time in Cambodia: watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat,

the friendly staff at the Golden Banana Bed & Breakfast (including our awesome tuk tuk driver, whom you should totally check out should you find yourself in Siem Reap! http://tuktukangkorenglishdriver.wordpress.com/)

fruit and bread picnics at the temples, etc. I can see why everyone loves this place, and I’ll miss it for sure.

Healthy Eating

I told you that food would be popping up in posts, and this first is well worth it. We went to the famous Cabbages & Condoms for dinner, and it was fantastic!

Used to assist the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) in Thailand, Cabbages & Condoms promotes the benefits of using a condom to protect against disease, more specifically HIV/AIDS.The restaurant, gift shop, and bar offers all sorts of fun safe-sex oriented items from…

Condom Lampshades

to condoms at the end of dinner (note the political parties below – which one do you think is bigger?)

to a Safer Sex Wheel, wonderfully displayed by my Vanna Whites-in-training

to some quite stylish Condom Outfits – do you have your summer wardrobe picked out?

Needless to say, the food was divine and the atmosphere was marvelous. I highly recommend Cabbages & Condoms should you ever find yourself in Bangkok. There’s something for everyone – food, home design, fashion, games. And remember – their food is “guaranteed not to cause pregnancy!”

Hello World!

Welcome to Destination: Style! A blog dedicated to my two favorite things: Fashion and Travel. In the upcoming posts, you’ll probably see the different fashion trends and styles I see in my travels. Food will also most likely pop up – I find the whole thing fascinating, except actually cooking it. I’m more of a gastronome than a culinarion.

My first venture is to the Far East! I’ll be hitting up Southeast Asia pretty soon. I leave in about 15 1/2 hours! I can’t believe I’m about to leave for Asia! I never thought this trip would actually happen. I can’t wait to see what the culture is like, how the youth dresses compared to the older generations.  Luckily I’ve managed to pack everything into a backpack and purse – yay no checked bags!

Soon I’ll be landing in Bangkok, Thailand, my first stop – but not before a short layover in Tokyo! Who knows what kind of crazy fashion I’ll see! Rest assured, my camera will be ready. 🙂