World Travel

Vietnam in Photos

Vietnam in Photos

Post by Ashley

In 2013 we took a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia on a river cruise down the Mekong River and land tour. This trip was really interesting seeing both the developed cities and poorer rural areas. We started in southern Vietnam in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City and traveled around and ended in Northern Vietnam in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. The food, history, people, and culture all made for an excellent trip. We had a wonderful time and wanted to share some of our favorite pictures. Keep your eye out for our post on Cambodia!

Saigon: Vietnam in Photos

Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City

 

Sofitel Saigon Plaza: Vietnam in Photos

Rooftop pool at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza

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Healthy Living

Quick and Easy Enchilada Casserole

  • 6-8 whole grain tortillas
  • 1 jar (14 oz.) salsa
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) black beans
  • 1 can (15 oz.) corn
  • 1½ teaspoons soy sauce
  • Taco Seasoning to taste
  • 1 package (12 oz.) firm tofu
  • 3 cups chopped baby spinach
  • ½ bunch green onion, chopped
  • 6-8 vegan shredded cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mash in medium bowl or pulse in food processor, beans, ½ teaspoon soy sauce,
1-2 teaspoons taco seasoning. Then add green onion and corn. Mash in medium bowl or pulse in food processor, tofu, ½ teaspoon soy sauce, 1-2 teaspoons taco seasoning.
In a 9×12 casserole dish, put 2-3 tablespoons of salsa on the bottom and spread evenly.
Place a layer of tortillas over the salsa. Spread ½ the black bean layer over the tortillas. Add another layer of tortilla.
Spread the tofu layer over the tortilla layer and spread 2/3 cup of salsa evenly over the tofu layer. Add a layer of tortilla.
Spread ½ the black bean layer over the tortillas.
Add another layer of tortillas and top with baby spinach.
Add another layer of tortillas and top with the rest of the salsa.
Bake for 45 minutes with tin foil over the dish. Add the vegan cheese to the top and bake another 10 minutes or so without tin foil until the cheese bubbles and serve. This is especially good served over or accompanied by brown rice.
Quick and Easy Enchilada Casserole
Comer Bien!
The Traveling Gals

EPCOT - Disney World 4 Parks in 1 Day
Disney

Disney World Challenge: 4 Parks in 1 Day

For those who love Disney World, a popular challenge is going to all 4 parks in 1 day. While this may sound like an impossible task, with a little planning it can be done. And it is so much fun! It is important to keep in the back of your mind that you won’t be able to do everything. If possible, try to plan some Fast Passes to coincide with when you will be in the park, just to save time. Also bring some snacks like granola bars to keep the energy levels up!

Now we routinely can do 3 parks in one day (Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Magic Kingdom). The one that can cause problems is Animal Kingdom because it is not connected to any of the other parks. You can walk/boat/bus from Hollywood Studios to EPCOT and then take the monorail over to Magic Kingdom. Because of this we suggest starting your challenge at Animal Kingdom. We also highly suggest you use Disney transportation and not your own car if you are not staying on property. The toll booth lines can get backed up and you may end up parking really far away from the entrance. You can park for free at Disney Springs and head over to Saratoga Springs to catch your first bus. (You can also try parking at a resort. If it’s not crowded they will usually let you, but don’t tell anyone that was our idea!)

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Healthy Living

Healthy Miso Udon Soup Recipe

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.

Healthy Miso Soup Recipe - check it out on thetravelinggals.com!

Please enjoy this recipe by Kary!

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Banteay Srei, Siem Reap, Cambodia - The Traveling Gals
World Travel

The Temples of Angkor: Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

Map of Cambodia - The Traveling Gals

The Temples of Angkor: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia and is bordered by Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. It is on the Gulf of Thailand and the Mekong River runs through the country into the Tonle Sap. It is becoming a popular tourist destination, particularly for Europeans and Australians. It is a bit more difficult for Americans to fly there, but as tourism becomes more popular, more and Americans are heading to Cambodia due to it being a more exotic destination. This country has a very interesting history and culture that we really enjoyed learning about and experiencing first hand. Also, just in case you were wondering, Angkor = city.

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Healthy Living

Healthy Oven Baked Fried Rice Recipe

Oven Baked “Fried Rice” – Quick and Easy

Everyone loves fried rice! This recipe is a base and can be easily customized to accommodate your preferences. It is tasty, quick and very easy. It was given the seal of approval by our whole family. Give it a try!

Healthy Oven Baked Fried Rice

Traveling Gals Tip:  This recipe is perfectly paired with Miso Udon Soup!

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups bite-sized broccoli florets or broccoli/carrot slaw chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 cup cubed extra firm tofu
  • 1¼ cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup of blister peanuts
  • Garlic to taste
  • Ginger to taste
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cook the brown rice as directed.  Combine cooked rice and all ingredients and transfer to a 9 x 11-inch or similarly sized casserole dish. Bake covered for about 45 minutes.

This is a favorite of the Gals since it is easy to make and satisfies the craving for Chinese food!  It can also be made ahead and put in the oven later for a quick and easy meal.  You can also add or subtract any vegetables or nuts.  Try the recipe and let us know your take on it!

个饱

Gè bǎo

(Enjoy Your Meal!)

The Traveling Gals

14 Romantic Destinations: Tahiti - The Traveling Gals
World Travel

14 Romantic Destinations to Visit

14 Romantic Destinations to Visit

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means lots of pictures of flowers on Facebook. Even if you don’t have a significant other, these destinations are still great to visit with friends, family, or even for a relaxing solo trip!

We personally would love if someone handed us a plane ticket (and their credit card) to one of these romantic destinations:

Paris.

14 Romantic Destinations: Paris - The Traveling Gals

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Sailing to the Caribbean
Cruising

Sail Away on a Caribbean Cruise

Sail Away to the Caribbean on a Cruise!

Every year our family goes on a Caribbean cruise out of Tampa with Royal Caribbean. It is a great way to relax and have fun in the warm tropical weather. This year’s cruise was 5 nights and stopped in Cozumel and Grand Cayman. It was especially nice because we left while Florida was having a bit of a cold spell, but the weather in the Caribbean was great.

We have been fortunate enough to go on a lot of cruises over the years and have become very loyal to Royal Caribbean due to their fantastic loyalty program, Crown & Anchor Society. You can read all about this program here.

The ship we were on this year was the Brilliance of the Seas. She is a medium sized ship that has great amenities and a fantastic crew. This is our favorite size ship to sail on.  Here is an overview of our 5 day cruise with our tips. We will also have a list of our best tips at the end!

Day 1: Tampa, FL

Brilliance of the Seas in Tampa, FL

We suggest that you head to the cruise terminal around 11am. If you go to early, the ship’s not ready and you have to wait. If you go later in the afternoon, that’s when most other people arrive so you also have to wait. Unfortunately boarding the ship usually requires waiting in a few lines, so be patient and prepared by eating a snack beforehand. Luckily we did not have to wait too long and headed straight to the buffet for lunch.

Check out our tips for first time cruisers.

We always like to take a tour of the ship to see where everything is and what’s going on. It’s good to know where the Guest Services is located, the dining room, and your room. Typically the rooms are not ready until around 1 or 2pm and your luggage should be in front of your door. If it’s not, don’t panic yet! It’s probably on it’s way. When the room is ready we like to unpack and freshen up a little before heading to the Sail Away Party on the Lido Deck!

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New Year's Russia
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New Year Celebrations Around the World

Happy New Year from The Traveling Gals!

Celebrate this year with a new tradition from around the world!

Austria – Austrian revelers burn mortars which is believed to ward off all the evil spirits and negative energies of the past, and ensure everything pleasant and positive for the coming time of the New Year.

Denmark – Danish New Year’s celebrations are raucous.  It is their tradition to save up old dishes and plates all year in order to hurl them at the doors of family and friends. The shattered glassware left littering a person’s front door represents how beloved they are, depending on how many well-wishers turned out to destroy plates in the name of friendship.

New Year's in Ecuador

Ecuador

Ecuador – Ecuadorians start the New Year literally on fire.  Each New Year’s Eve, life-sized or miniature models of public figures, celebrities or fictional characters that are believed to be “sinners” are set on fire at midnight. This is meant to banish the evil of the previous year and clear the air for the New Year.

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