Nov 292011

A good feeling runs through Luang Prabang.  It sounds cheesy, but there is something almost cosmically happy and upbeat about this place.  Part of this “feeling” no doubt has to do with the beautiful setting.  More than that though, the locals’ positive attitude and laidback demeanor surely rubs off on tourists.  The owner of our hotel told us that he and his wife can tell how long a tourist has been in town by the speed of his or her gait.  A faster clip on day one gives way to a gentle stroll by day three. Continue reading »


Alms procession

If there is a more photogenic city in the world than Luang Prabang, Laos, I’d like to see it. Continue reading »


To get all the juice from a lime without any seeds, make three cuts as in the picture above. This gives you three equal squeezes, with leftover juice in the middle if you need more.

What is Lao cuisine?  I arrived in Laos knowing next to nothing about it, and was eager to learn more.  As a first step, I signed up for a one-day cooking school in Luang Prabang, highly regarded and once visited by Gourmet’s Ruth Reichl for her television series. Continue reading »

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