The palm tree honey of southern Myanmar

The palm tree honey of southern Myanmar

Few things excite me as much as really good ingredients. That’s where everything begins, after all: I feel that familiar buildup of adrenaline coursing through my body every time I discover a new big ingredient. The emotions conjured up by a sip of special wine awakens a joyfulness in me that brings me to life. This past Sunday I had a very similar emotional experience, but this time it wasn't wine; it honey. Specifically, a local raw honey a small roadside village in the deep south jungles of Myanmar. 

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Pomelo Salad with Mango

Pomelo Salad with Mango

Ah, pomelo - the very first thing that I tasted when I arrived in Myanmar. After I landed in Yangon, Tyler picked me up and took us to our apartment located in the suburbs of Yangon. When we arrived, the apartment was completely empty with almost no furniture, except there was a large, green fruit on the countertop.

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Day with Mr. Iwase

Day with Mr. Iwase

Whenever I think of Oshima, my mind invariably wanders to the days that we spent with Masao Iwase. Mr. Iwase worked with my husband Tyler at Oshima Kaiyoukoukusai High School from 2007-2009. He was one of Tyler’s best friends, due largely to the fact that he was one of the only people on the secluded island that spoke English. Tyler always referred to him as “Mr. Iwase” and never just Iwase, which I found unusual at first. Once I met him in person, however, I understood why anything less would be inappropriate. 

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