Adventures in China, Part 2

By Julianne Keskey This is Part 2 in a 4 Part series. For Part 1, click here. Day 2: I had journeyed to China to meet some of the other travel professionals attending the Pacific Asia Travel Association Adventure Travel Conference, and the welcome dinner was my first opportunity. In order to keep us all in tow for the jam-packed itinerary, we were assigned to numbered buses. We were told to meet outside of the hotel …

Adventures in China, Part 3

By Julianne Keskey This is Part 3 in a 4 Part series of Adventures in China. For Part 1, click here & for Part 2 click here. After a few days of work (and a little play) in Luoyang, we were all curious and ready to explore more of Henan Province. With our complimentary bus tour, our first stop was the Longmen Grottoes just outside of Luoyang. Chilly rain and fog greeted us when just days ago the weather was beautiful, sunny and …

Homemade Ricotta

Place of Origin: Sicily, Italy By Julianne Keskey I’ve always loved the excitement (and sometimes the challenge) of making things from scratch that you would normally just toss into your cart at the grocery store. Not only does it taste better and fresher, it gives you a sense of accomplishment that you can’t get from a store clerk scanning a food item and…

Steamed Swedish Mussels

Place of Origin: Lyckorna, Sweden By Julianne Keskey I arrived home from a fantastic trip to Sweden nearly a week ago and I’m still having night-sweats just thinking about the smell of fresh caught, delicious mussels┬ásteaming on an outdoor grill on the sea. If I didn’t have the pictures to prove my experience, I would just think it was a silly culinary dream. Plump mussels that resembled a juicy, grocery store rotisserie chicken, thick cut fries, fresh made aioli, …

Adventures in China, Part 1

By Julianne Keskey At the beginning of April I had the pleasure of spending seven days in China. This was the first time I had ever ventured outside of the US and I was just a bit terrified. I researched and prepared myself as best I could and set out for my solo journey at the end of March. From the time I left my house, to the time I arrived at my hotel room, forty hours had passed. Inclement weather called for a re-route…

Hummus

Place of Origin: Middle East & Greece by Julianne Keskey Hummus is an easy to make, versatile, nutritious & delicious staple in my refrigerator. Whether you keep it around for snacking or spreading on sandwiches or wraps, nothing tastes better than homemade when it comes down to this chickpea-based spread. I’ve been searching for the origin of hummus and there seems to be plenty of debate on where the stuff was actually born. Some swear the Greeks created hummus and others are dead set on the Middle East & Israel. The word ‘hummus’ is Arabic for…

Preparing for China

By Julianne Keskey Ah, finally, the time has come! It’s March 1st (well, barely… it’s 1am) and I can finally say it. I’m going to China this month. It sounds so much better than saying, “I’m going to China next month!” It’s been just over a month since I found out that I would be taking a business trip to China. Not only is this my first time traveling to China, this will be my very first time leaving the country! What’s even more …

Key West: The Perfect Prologue to a New Beginning

By Julianne Keskey Outside my bedroom window, beyond the warmth and comfort of my bed, that I dare not crawl from, measures a chilled air of 25┬░. My home in Salt Lake City’s Westside is filled with glowing strings of lights, stockings stuffed to capacity with trinkets and a tree fit for the Griswalds, brushing the ceiling and all. It’s been almost two weeks now since returning home from my week of work and explorative play in Key West and…