Paneer Butter Masala Recipe – Straight From India

Final Products of an Indian Cooking ClassBefore traveling to India, paneer butter masala was one of those enigmatic dishes that I always thought I could never replicate at home.

The spices and flavors just seemed too rich and complex to get exactly right. In fact, most Indian food feels that way to me- I love to eat it in restaurants, but every time I try to make it at home something is just not the same.

So, when we finally made it to India, I knew we had to take a cooking class and uncover the mysteries of Indian food, particularly of paneer butter masala – one of the very first dishes we had in India after crossing over to Varanasi.

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What is the Food on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

As we were preparing for our recent trek to Mt Everest Base Camp, I was immensely curious as to what kind of food we would be eating for 12 days.

Given that practically every resource needed in the villages along the trekking route has to be carried in on the backs of an insanely strong Nepali or on a yak, I was expecting bland and inedible mush.

While the food on Everest base camp trek was obviously no five-star dining experience, it was much more satisfying and tasty than we could have ever expected. So, what should you eat and what should you avoid in the tea houses on the Everest Base Camp trek? 

The following are our must haves and least favorites.

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6 Perfect Meals in Europe You Must Try When Visiting

Now that our time in Europe on our RTW adventure is coming to a close, we’ve been doing a lot of reflecting. And since I love food, I tend to reflect on that aspect of our time in Europe a lot.

We’ve had a few truly terrible meals, lots of mediocre meals, and a handful of simply spectacular drool-worthy meals in the last 150 days. Many of the best meals were not fancy; in fact, most of them involved in-season, fresh, high quality ingredients that were allowed to shine through because of the simplicity of the dishes. Of course, when we think about our favorite meals, the atmosphere also comes into play.

Things like sunsets, cool buildings, or unique cultural experiences were present in most of our favorite meals, although the atmosphere alone certainly doesn’t always make for a great meal. When it comes down to it, only a few meals can be called “the best,” and the following six were what we'd consider perfect meals in Europe.

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Traveling the Western Balkans in the Off-Season

Fortress of Kotor, MontenegroAfter traveling around France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey in peak summer season, constantly squishing ourselves and our bags onto buses and trains, waiting in lines for hours on end, and needing several showers a day because of the heat, when October hit we were ready for something different. Cue our month in the Balkans! 

Fewer people, cooler weather, and cheaper prices left us relieved and happy.  

But while there are a number of perks to traveling western Balkans in the off-season, a few drawbacks need to be kept in mind when planning your own travels to the region.

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