Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chiang Mai: Thai Farm Cooking School

And the Thailand adventures continue! If you're just starting, be sure to start here.
Dane and I are both foodies, so it should come as no surprise to any of you that when we faced with an opportunity to attend Thai cooking classes we jumped on it.
We chose the Thai Farm Cooking School, located about 45 minutes from our hotel. They picked us up from our hotel, took us to a local market to acquire ingredients for the day, took us on a stroll of their farm (all the fresh vegetables you can imagine) and then introduced us to our cooking stations for the day! I would be remiss in not mentioning they gave us the most refreshing glass of lemongrass tea and we haven't stopped dreaming of it since.

The market

 Okay, if poultry makes you squeamish--skip this video! But I was mesmerized by the process!

Next up: A visit to the farm. Everything was so fresh (no chemicals or pesticides) that we noshed on herbs and veggies straight from the garden -- It was incredible!

And then the part we had been waiting for...it was  time to cook! I have to brag for a moment here...Dane totally rocked out cooking school. Was it his idea of a super fantastic amazing day? No. But he understands my love for cooking and happily obliges to my crazy ideas. I love him even more for this!

We made curry paste, green curry, yellow curry, jasmine rice, sticky rice, chicken pad thai, spring rolls, cashew chicken, sweet and sour chicken and Thai coconut soup -- all of which tasted AMAZING! The focus on Thai food is using fresh, simple ingredients that pack a ton of flavor. 

And just when we thought we couldn't possibly eat another bite -- it was time for dessert! Sweet sticky rice with mango and  bananas with coconut. So stinking good!

My mouth is still watering dreaming of this delicious coconut sticking rice!
We are already thinking about a big Thai feast here at home -- who's in?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Home Is Where Your Bed Is

This post has been sponsored by Cariloha, but all opinions are 100% mine.
In the past 30 days I've racked up almost 15,000 frequent flier miles. I'm getting tired all over again just thinking about it. If there's one thing I've learned (and actually always known), is that there is no place like home. And by that I mean, there is no place like your bed after a jam packed month of traveling.

Cool pillows, light sheets, more pillows than we know what to do with an a sleepy chocolate Lab? Check, check and double check.

Before we leave, I always wash the sheets and make the bed so we have something crisp and fresh to return home to. Dane and I are in the practice of booking very late night flights (to optimize vacation time), but that leaves for tired and usually cranky travelers. We don't have time for futzing with the bed when we get home after midnight! Sleep is top priority! Give me my dog and my pillows--STAT!

When we came home from Thailand, I had my new Cariloha bamboo sheets waiting for us. 

Can I just tell you that crawling into bamboo sheets is what I imagine my bed in heaven to feel like? Silky smooth, cool temperature and the softest material one could ever dream of rubbing against your skin rocks me to sleep faster than anything else. If it's not bamboo, I don't want it!

 I love how soft they are. Real talk: I don't even want to wear clothes, because the sheets are so soft against my skin! It's resort quality sheets on your own bed. Does it get better? No, no it does not.
We chose white sheets for obvious reasons (see above), but I'm already deciding on which color I want to add next. This graphite color would be the perfect compliment to one of the quilts we already own. The reality is, I can never go back to cotton sheets after experiencing these!

The best part -- you can get 10% off your next order from Cariloha when you sign up for their e-mail newsletter.

Have you ever slept on bamboo sheets? What color would you get?

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