Filter our Archives (choose one or more)

Vietnam is a deceptively big country. From top to bottom, it snakes over 3000 kilometers, and travelers who aren’t careful with their itineraries may find themselves spending more time in transit than actually taking in the sights. On our first visit to Vietnam, we spent two months traveling from Hanoi up to the northern border […]

Mar
14
2014

Yan Can Cook, We Can Eat

Written by Stephenie Harrison March 14, 2014
Posted in Food, Vietnam

My mother’s side of the family is from Trinidad. Even if you can’t locate Trinidad on a map, know this: Trinidadians love to eat. What nation doesn’t, really? Regardless, visits to my maternal grandmother (Nanny) always revolve around food. Although her narrow house spans many floors, inevitably foot traffic at family gatherings is always highest […]

Mar
10
2014

On Being Cut Short

Written by Stephenie Harrison March 10, 2014
Posted in Musings

I will not be the first person to tell you that in order to live a life of full-time travel, I had to make sacrifices. Everyone who has ever decided to travel for an extended period of time has had to give up something in pursuit of that dream—whether it’s cutting out daily trips to […]

When we originally launched Chewing the Fat, we had no idea how popular it would prove to be. We mostly just thought it would be fun to talk to some of our favorite travel bloggers about one of our favorite topics and the one thing that seems to unite us: food. It was our fiercest […]

Asia is a continent of superlatives. Nearly every attraction we have visited is touted as the top of its kind and worthy of its own chapter in the Guinness Book of World Records. I’m not sure how many “biggest buddha in country X/Asia/the world/the universe” we have seen at this point, but suffice to say […]

Feb
27
2014

The Art of Ambling in George Town

Written by Stephenie Harrison February 27, 2014
Posted in Malaysia

The capital of Penang province, George Town is known for several things: its food, its historic buildings, and its Thai embassy that issues 60-day tourist visas within a single day. I think you can all guess which of these three things attracted us to the city, but I’ll admit, in between eating (the topic for […]

Feb
24
2014

Feeling Blah about the Batu Caves

Written by Stephenie Harrison February 24, 2014
Posted in Malaysia

A surefire sign that you’ve acclimated to Asia is when spotting a wild monkey fills you with dread rather than joy. Monkeys are to Asia what skunks are to North America—menacing little scavengers that you’re best off giving wide berth. I don’t need to be sprayed by a skunk to know I wouldn’t enjoy it, […]

Feb
21
2014

Our last Chewing the Fat was a tough act to follow, no doubt, but if anyone is up to the challenge, it’s absolutely this guy: Jimmy Dau from Jimmy Eats World! A foodie of top order, we’ve followed along as Jimmy has eaten his way through Latin America, impressing us not only with his capacious […]

It’s true that I liked Kuala Lumpur a heck of a lot better the second time around, but if I’m being 100% honest with you (and I’m always 100% honest with you), part of why we spent as much time in the city as we did was because of Chinese New Year. When you think […]

Feb
13
2014

I have been in a tailspin lately. A downward spiral. Meltdown mode. Call it what you will, I am a hot mess. I feel at war with myself, rent down the middle, and though I have been trying my best to reconcile my personal discord, I have been failing spectacularly. When all I want is […]

Having spent over a decade of my life on university campuses attempting to ascend the ivory tower of higher learning, I can assure you that most of the stereotypes about academia and its disciples are more fact than fiction. Actually, I’m guilty of perpetrating many of them myself, especially when it comes to the joke […]

Readers, do I ever have a treat for you this week! I’ve had this interview in my back pocket for a couple of weeks now and I have been SO EXCITED to share it with you, because not only does this week’s Chewing the Fat interviewee have a passion for food that is positively infectious, […]

I am not an architecture buff. I’ll admit a preference for a pretty or striking building over a dull concrete slab—I do have eyes, after all—but I don’t know any of the lingo and I can’t speak about any of the styles or periods in anything other than an interrogative way (i.e., “Is this an […]

Feb
03
2014

A Traveler’s Prerogative

Written by Stephenie Harrison February 3, 2014
Posted in Malaysia, Musings

Do you know how long it takes to form a first impression about a person? 100 milliseconds. In contrast, it takes about 350 milliseconds to blink your eyes. So, as travelers, quite literally within the blink of an eye, we determine the fate of a city or a country three times over. I like to […]

I’ve gone back and forth about whether to write a wrap-up post for our time in Borneo—normally I only do these for countries (which Borneo is not, made up as it is of three different countries) and much of what I have to say about Malaysian Borneo is true for Malaysia as a whole. Then […]