You may remember a previous post where we introduced you to our longtime family friend Carol D’Anca and her website Food Not Meds and books she has written on living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Carol also takes people on trips to Italy and she has a trip coming up in May 2017! Of course we wanted to share this with you because Italy is all about the food and culture. Carol’s family origins are in Naples and this trip will take you through Naples and the Amalfi Coast. You will get to experience Italy from a local perspective and enjoy all of the fresh foods and wine. Can’t forget the wine!
The trip is 4 nights in Naples and 4 nights on the Amalfi Coast staying at 4-star hotels. You will get to see all the sights as well as meet local people. A highlight of the trip is the cooking class with the trained Neopolitan chefs at your hotel. There will be plenty of time for shopping as well!
Some of the biggest cultural faux-pas’ are made at the dinner table. Different cultures have different etiquettes and this handy infographic gives you the tips to make sure you are a gracious guest! Thank you to The Dunloe for providing us with this great guide!
Again, thank you to The Dunloe for this infographic!
Have you ever accidentally done something that was considered rude while traveling? Let us know in the comments!
Miso Udon: Tofu, Vegetables, and Noodles in a Spicy Broth
It has been a little chilly here in Florida lately, so this is the perfect time to have soup! Also, after the success with Sweet and Sour Tofu, we really wanted to try another tofu recipe. For some of the ingredients, we visited the local Asian market. There are two Asian markets nearby and they were very interesting. Although primarily Vietnamese, they offer other Asian items too. There are so many interesting ingredients that you can’t find at regular grocery stores.
The easiest way to make bad nutritional decisions while on the road is by not being prepared and giving into temptation by the airport or gas station snack options. This applies to a day trip or a month long journey. Vacation is a good time to splurge, but only in moderation and only when it is really worth it.
Traveling Gals Tip: Prepare snacks in advance of any trip. It may take extra time beforehand, but is well worth the effort!
Bring the potatoes to a boil in a large pot. Once boiling, add the seasonings, onion and other vegetables, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 25 mins. While boiling, take the cashews with soaking water and blend until smooth. After the 25 mins, stir the cashew blend into the pot. (*Drain any excess water prior to adding cashew blend). Add the peas and beans and simmer for another 5 mins or so.
We <3 Afternoon Tea! By all accounts, in the 1800’s the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna was a prominent figure in London society and a close friend of Queen Victoria. She complained of having that “sinking feeling” in late afternoon and wanted something small to tide her over until dinner. From this, the Afternoon Tea… Read More
Autumn Pumpkin Rice Pumpkin is so popular, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon with a healthy and yummy recipe! This is a basic recipe adapted to plant based that is full of flavor and feels like fall! Traveling Gals Tip: Don’t be afraid to change ingredients in any recipe to meet your needs or… Read More
Grilled Sweet and Sour Tofu “Shrimp” from Australia I am always looking for ways to take great recipes and make them healthy. This adaptation is from the Grilled Shrimp served at the Australia booth in this year’s Food & Wine Festival. All the ingredients are healthy and while I will eat seafood on rare occasion,… Read More
Peanut Noodles a la Kona Café After a wonderful Labor Day Weekend at the Polynesian Village, I wanted to recreate my favorite meal from the Kona Café, the Pan Asian Noodles. This is one of my favorite dishes at Disney. It is perfect for the Hawaiian vibe and a somewhat healthier option. Traveling Gals Tip: … Read More
Vegan Burger Inspired By a Special Request at the WAVE I recently had lunch with my Mom (the first Traveling Gal!) at the Wave in the Contemporary Resort. I had a taste for a burger (but Vegan of course!). The Wave has the bison burger on the menu, but no alternatives listed. I asked our… Read More