Thursday, July 30, 2009

In honor of 100

I decided for my 100th post on Coeur de La I would invite a guest blogger to share their love for simple goodness. I am honored to have my friend Amanda write about her travels, life and love for yummy delights. Thank you to all of my followers, I write daily because of you. If you have been inspired to travel, cook, take an adventure or relish in life's simple goodness then I am overly content. Thanks again and enjoy a post from my dear friend, Amanda!!! 
See post below!!

Globe Trottin'

What better way to celebrate Caroline’s 100th posting than with travel, food and friends. As an avid traveler, food lover, and a dear friend to Caroline, it only seems natural that I share some of my favorite travel locations, food that makes my heart skip a beat and a few travel stories about Caros. Let’s start down under.

During a deliciously exciting trip to Australia, I became well acquainted with Cowboys; not the kind of Cowboy that shoots at imaginary rabbits- the kind of Cowboy that comes in a shot glass. To recreate this Aussie classic simply pour ½ oz Bailey's® Irish cream over 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps and giddy-up. FYI: Stop drinking when you begin to see those imaginary rabbits; really stop drinking if you get the inclination to shoot things.

Viva Costa Rica and their fried plantains. I had a trip planned to Costa Rica with my good friend Angie and Caroline’s cousin Ashley. Caros and I have always been a bit protective of Ashley because she is younger and sometimes not up with the program (which is why we love her, by the way). If any Coeur followers have flown into San Jose, CR you know that it can be a overwhelming experience. There are about 100 men to every woman and somehow they all fit in the same 2,000sq. feet that make up the airport. You step off the airplane and immediately are “greeted” by money-hungry, no-teeth, overly hyper Ticos. After assessing the situation, I suddenly believed in God and started praying to her that Ashley didn’t leave the airport. Imagine my horror when I look out of the window and see Ashley’s innocent face among a sea of men; she was smiling and waving like she was in South Beach. I ran outside and scolded her in a motherly fashion. In mid-scold, Caroline jumped out from behind her and surprised me like she was Ed Mcmahon (R.I.P). At first I thought Caros was a ghost. I finally realized that these two prima’s plotted a surprise visit from Caroline. I was so happy that Caroline was there that I forgot about Ashley’s little episode. During the trip we ate a ridiculous amounts of fried plantains. At one point I thought we were going to all start whoo-whooing like monkey’s. For equally good fried plantains, check out Cha Cha Cha in San Francisco. The plantains taste much sweeter when you wash them down with Cha Cha Cha’s famous Sangria.

Nelly ain't got nothin on the real South. Enter Peru, a place where Band-Aids aren’t worn as a fashion statement and your real teeth are valued. There is so much to cherish about Peru. Obviously Machu Picchu is on the list, as well watching pink dolphins swim in the Amazon, swimming with Crocs and taking a boat across Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the world. What I especially loved about Peru was the healthy, yet tasteful food. My favorite dish was the vegetarian chile relleno. It is made with a sun-kissed bell pepper, cheese from cows that lazily roam the Peruvian mountains, and fresh veggies. Fortunately for me, I live in the Mission District of San Francisco, home to Limon Peruvian Cuisine. Order the Chile Relleno and book your next trip to the land of the Incas. You will not regret it. Pinky-swear.

Congratulations on your 100th posting Caros! Your blog is sweeter than coconut flan. Te quiero.