Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cambodia, China and Friday Potluck #45

If you didn't know that I was back Stateside or didn't deduce it from my return to posting, I have some very exciting news for you: I'm home!

I'm still in the process of sorting through all of my photos, and, I still need to look through my mother's journal for stories and most importantly, the list of everything that we did each day. She was the good traveler and kept a journal. We were busy busy busy from early in the morning till night most days. I'm really grateful for the tour, through which we saw much more than we would have as independents... and were treated like VIPs. Man, we hit a LOT of places though!

There is a downside of a month of VIP treatment, front row seats at performances, and unique experiences not afforded to most travelers in China -- expecting it all the time now. Sadly I have to resort myself to being a normal human being once again, and like the readjustment of my sleep schedule, this is not going as smoothly as it should. Whoops. :)

Because I'm still sorting through my photos, and, because I have to get my other photo card from my mother (along with a few fantastic purchases and photos that are on her camera), I'll just treat you to a few highlights here -- namely a photo each from the Great Wall, Angkor Wat, and Bayon @ Angkor Thom.

The last night of official travel (not counting plane travel) was in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This was the first time we did the "typical touristy thing" by eating in a tourist restaurant, doing nothing but shopping, having cocktails, and experiencing Dr. Fish. (more on this and my experience with Chinese medicine in a later post) I'm sure you're asking - "you traveled for a month, weren't you doing the typical touristy thing the whole time?" The answer is yes, but... this was the first night we were really let loose on our own! Why am I telling you about this last night? Well, we dined in the famous Red Piano restaurant, frequented by Angelina Jolie while filming Tomb Raider... and experienced the Tomb Raider cocktail, a favorite of Ms. Jolie. I'll let you look forward to the post in which I serve this delectable drink!

Before I deliver you a new Friday Potluck, I'd first like to share with you a few photos:
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bayon "Temple of the Faces" - Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Great Wall of China - The Wild Wall @ Badaling (outside of Beijing)

Ta Prohm "The Jungle Temple" (where Tomb Raider was filmed), Siem Reap, Cambodia -- I now feel the urge to watch Tomb Raider for the first time, and have it set to DVR.
The food? I know that's what you're all wondering about. The food was great, though after 2-3 meals a day for 20 days featuring Chinese food, I have no desire to eat Chinese again for the foreseeable future... at least a few months. However, the Cambodian food was beyond spectacular... I have a new cookbook that I will share recipes from occasionally... once I go grocery shopping - hubby predictably left me with only pasta, ground beef, and cheddar cheese in the house. :)

And with little further ado, I give you Friday Potluck. Before posting though, I'd love to thank the lovely Heather over at Girlichef for her help in hosting while I was traveling.

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2. Only one recipe per blog each week.
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4. Have fun, do some visiting and enjoy!

1. Video: Almond Date Energy Bar
2. Apple Cole Slaw
3. Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes
4. Honey Sweetened Refrigerator Pickles
5. Roasted Mushrooms in Toast Cups
6. Spinach Mushroom Rag Soup
7. Raspberry Ice Cream
8. PB & J Muffins
9. Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
10. Wet Burrito
11. Roasted Rosemary Almonds
13. Apple and Cheddar Strata
14. Zesty Peach BBQ Sauce
15. Blueberry Pie Filling & a Giveaway!
16. Oatmeal Molasses Bred
17. Stuffed Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
18. Carmelized Onion & Cheese Omelette!!
19. bread machine challah
20. Butterfinger Bessert
21. Mediterranean Zaatar Salad
22. Very Berry Twinkie Cake
23. Fresh Chocolate Covered Cherries
24. Canteloupe, Bocconcini & Prosciutto
25. Whole Wheat Yam Muffins
26. Sloppy Joans
27. Mushroom and Onion Pate
28. Country Ribs
29. Fried Cauliflower
30. Want to eat better? Plan your meals!
31. American Cancer Society Cupcakes
32. Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shots
33. Cause I eats me spinach. . .
34. Doubly Chocolate Chip Cookies
35. Parmesan Herb Polenta Squares
36. Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna
37. Pancetta-Gruyere Burger w/ Vidalia Onion
38. Zucchini Cupcakes w/Crm Cheese Frosting
39. GF Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
40. August Food
41. Peach Melba Bread Pudding
42. Easy Cookie Ice Cream Cake
43. Brandied Peach Cobbler
44. Mexican Stuffed Peppers
45. Jalapeno Cheddar Bread
46. Cheesy Biscuits
47. Lemon Blueberry Muffins
48. Homemade Hush Puppies
49. Brown Sugar Bacon Jalapenos
50. Strawberry Zucchini Marmalade
51. Brandied Pork Loin Roast with Gravy
52. Zucchini Lemon Cookies
53. Cajun Shrimp Etoufee
54. Vegan Style Quiche
55. Green Chile Rice Casserole
56. Strawberry Mango Wheat Quinoa Bread Loaf
57. The Food You Crave Review & Giveaway

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