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Getting Fat and Heatstroke in Kuala Lumpur, Part Two

Today I went to the Orchid Garden, which wasn’t too terribly spectacular, save for a foot-long brown skink that I spotted slithering away. Later I saw a smaller one and was able to get a few pictures as it crawled through the grass, munching on insects. There was an area with water lilies, where...

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Still to come: fish spa, Cinderella’s stepsisters, etc.

I have to be running away again, playing tourist, but I have a couple more posts that I’ve set to post in the next few days. So stay tuned for other mis-adventures, such as the fish spa experience, Cinderalla’s Chinese step-sisters at breakfast today, etc… Otherwise, I doubt I’ll have any time to post,...

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Getting Fat and Heatstroke in Kuala Lumpur, Part One

Getting Fat and Heatstroke in Kuala Lumpur, Part One

Hi! Or I should say, “Selamat petang!” (Good afternoon!” It’s 3:36 here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, aka “KL.” Where to begin? Let’s see, first a quick summary of the trip over. Thank the gods for earplugs, since for most of the 8-hour flight to Narita, Japan, there were two or three screeching brats on...

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Chocolate Coma: Chocolate Dinner Party (Part 4: Dessert)

Chocolate Coma:  Chocolate Dinner Party (Part 4: Dessert)

The Piece de Resistance Amazingly, after three appetizers and a three-part main dish, we still had room for dessert. Good thing, since I had spent three days making it. What birthday party would be complete without a cake? This was only the second time I had attempted to make a fancy decorated cake like...

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Chocolate Coma: Chocolate Dinner Party (Part 3: Main Dish)

Chocolate Coma: Chocolate Dinner Party (Part 3: Main Dish)

Chocolate Main Course Soup, salad and dip at the all-chocolate dinner party were followed by a main dish consisting of three separate parts. Fragrant brown jasmine rice, an obscene amount of minced ginger, and orange peel went into the rice cooker to work magic while we ate our appetizers. This provided the base for...

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Chocolate Coma: Chocolate Dinner Party (Part 2: Hot Appetizer)

Chocolate Coma: Chocolate Dinner Party (Part 2: Hot Appetizer)

Following the cold appetizers at our chocolate-themed dinner party, where chocolate was included in every course, we had soup. Crunchy corn, silky zucchini, tender onions and sweet carrots mingled in an earthy, subtly-spiced broth. Cocoa powder added richness and depth in flavor, aroma, and color. Inspired by this recipe that appeared in Southern Living...

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