Cooking Up a Storm at the Patan Community Homestay
15 Nov 2018

Cooking Up a Storm at the Patan Community Homestay

When we arrived at our homestay in Patan, our host-mom greeted us with a smile and a gentle handshake as we said “Namaste.” We protested against her helping us with our bags, but she just smiled and said, “Nepali women are strong!” I laughed as she led us through her

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Homestay Nepal
23 Sep 2018

A Handy Guide to Drinking in Nepal

Alcoholic drinks have long been incorporated into ceremonies and celebrations throughout Nepal. The best and strongest alcohols are often homemade, and Nepal has plenty to offer. In mountain regions, raksi warms cold nights while chhyang marks harvest seasons within Newari communities. With festival season approaching, alcohol will be poured freely.

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An Introduction to Bhutanese Food
31 May 2018

An Introduction to Bhutanese Food

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is a world unto itself, and the food from the country is a strong part of that world. Though Bhutan serves a variety of cuisines–such as Indian, Tibetan, Nepali and Chinese–for travelers seeking somewhat familiar tastes, the country’s own food is as delicious as it

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Where to Find the Freshest Apples in Nepal: Jumla
16 Nov 2017

Where to Find the Freshest Apples in Nepal: Jumla

Aside from seeing diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife and learning about vibrant local culture and traditions, there is another reason to head to the far-western Nepali highlands. That is to enjoy locally-grown apples and apple products direct from the source, while walking through sloping apple orchards, picking fresh apples, or

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25 Sep 2017

Must-Try Experiences to Live Locally in Nepal

What makes a vacation authentic to the destination? There are many ways of answering that question. When you are in Nepal and want to live like a local Nepali, you need to cook like a Nepali, eat like a Nepali, sing and dance like a Nepali, and smile like a

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How to Avoid Food Poisoning in Nepal
20 Sep 2017

How to Avoid Food Poisoning in Nepal

The excitement of visiting developing countries has a major downside: the potential for food poisoning. Let’s face it, it’s much more fun to explore local markets or drink in mountain vistas than being doubled over the toilet! I am all too familiar with the latter scenario due to a very

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Chiya Khayo? Traditional Nepali Tea and Snacks
20 Apr 2017

Chiya Khayo? Traditional Nepali Tea and Snacks

Nepal is a tea drinker’s paradise, and a good cup of chiya – sweet milk tea – is hard to resist. Enter a Nepali home and before you can say ‘namaste’ and take off your coat, a steaming cup of chiya will have already been placed in front of you.

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Yomari, A Newari Food for the Gods
05 Jan 2017

Yomari, A Newari Food for the Gods

During one of my visits to Nepal, I stayed in Bhaktapur, at the home of a Newari family. Newar are the historical inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley and nearby areas. They have their own language, culture and cuisine. Not only did I enjoy their heartfelt hospitality, but also daily feasts

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18 Dec 2016

Touring Kathmandu on the Back of a Vespa

I’m a sucker for a scooter ride, and when I heard about Vespa Valley’s vintage Vespa tours of Kathmandu, I had to check it out. My guide, Surendera, picked me up near my house on a cherry-red ’80s model. He gave me a helmet and we cruised off into the

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Catch the Sun: New Garden Restaurants in Kathmandu
05 Dec 2016

New Garden Restaurants in Kathmandu

The temperatures are dropping in Kathmandu, so it’s important to soak up the warmth of the sunshine whenever you can. Below are three newly opened or reopened garden restaurants in town. They each have a unique feel, and all are sensational spots for dining in the sun, and then snuggling

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