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30

Jun
2014

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In Cambodia
Travel

By kanannie

There’s More to Siem Reap Than Temples

On 30, Jun 2014 | No Comments | In Cambodia, Travel | By kanannie

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If you’re bored of temples you can try cow tipping, but it’s not a nice thing to do so this cow might gorge you.

I would venture a guess that 99.99% of the people who visit Siem Reap come for the temples. It makes sense. The temples are fascinating and unlike anything you’ll see, but after two full days of exploring these historical monuments in the blistering heat, you’ll probably want to do other less sweat-inducing activities. Surprisingly (Well, I was surprised, but maybe that’s because I’m ignorant.), there are plenty of non-temple things to do in this fun little city.

Siem Reap monks

Monks on a scooter

We were pleasantly shocked to find that the food variety and quality was excellent in Siem Reap. Due to its large expat community you can find great Western food in addition to traditional Khmer cuisine. If you’re only traveling for a couple of weeks finding a good Western food establishment might not be so exciting, but if you’re roaming around Southeast Asia for several months you’ll start imagining how tasty that cow would be between a toasted bun with a side of fries. Mmmmm I can haz cheezburger? Of course you will pay a little more for Western food, but it won’t break the bank. There’s also an ice cream chain that has traditional flavors as well as more “exotic” flavors like ginger, black sesame, and durian. It’s wonderful ice cream and a delightful treat in the Cambodian heat.

Siem Reap food

We’re New Yorkers. We need good pizzer. This is good pizzer. (Il Forno)

Siem Reap food

We tried to use the flashlight from our iPod to get proper lighting on this pizza, but we need to work on our technique.

Siem Reap food

Khmer sour soup

Siem Reap food

Traditional Khmer amok fish

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Another traditional Khmer amok fish

Siem Reap food

Blue Pumpkin’s ginger and dark chocolate ice cream

Siem Reap food

Blue Pumpkin’s ginger and durian ice cream on a cone

Siem Reap Market

Mmmm sauteed crickets….


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29

Sep
2013

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In Food
Italy
Travel

By kanannie

Milan Munchies

On 29, Sep 2013 | No Comments | In Food, Italy, Travel | By kanannie

Duomo.

The Milan Duomo at night.

With our Schengen visa quickly approaching its deadline, we had to cut our foray into France short and make a quick exit into the Balkans via northern Italy. Milan happened to be a convenient stop on our way to Croatia, so we spent a few days in one of the fashion capitals of the world.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Department Store.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Department Store.

Frankly, Milan wasn’t my kind of city. Unlike the other tourists there, we weren’t there to stock up on name brand clothing and accessories. So we did what we do best: eat. We stuffed our faces with pizza, pasta, gelato and whatever else we could get our grubby hands on before being exiled to the Balkans for three months.

Pizza.

Pizza near the Duomo.

Squid ink pasta with squid and tomatoes.

Squid ink pasta with squid and tomatoes.

Seafood risotto.

Seafood risotto.

Cioccolati gelato.

Gelato from Cioccolati.

Snacks like the panzarotti and gelato were delicious, but we thought the restaurants generally sucked and were ridiculously expensive, so we opted to cook at our apartment. Always the reliable one to sniff out food, N found a fresh pasta shop near the apartment where we bought ravioli stuffed with different kinds of fillings. We had that with a cut of beef a neighborhood butcher recommended.

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