Traveling & Collateral Damage

A very real food and travel blog by Natasha Y.

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T&CD is a collection of collection on articles written to remember and share stories with food. Having had a long term relationship with eating, I am on a journey to understand and share all the pain and glory it has given me, at home and abroad.

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  • Poee bread: A lot like love
    Recommended drinking game: Take a shot every time I use the word poee and share the results. The trick to finding love in life usually starts with the willingness to accept it. It could come unexpectedly, much like the street vendors who lug around baskets of poee house to house blowing their special horn. And a lot like love, it could fill you up with joy incomparable to other counterparts. A morning is made better with poee, and so in an evening of utter disdain over news. You can put it over your ears ignoring good advise, and slit it…
  • Breakfast for noodles, a short very real story
    A lot of reminiscing occurs in these bizarre times of Covid-19. It is rather convenient for selecting memories that had a profound impact, and remained engrained in the nerve endings of the brain as much as harrowing experiences of being a woman are. I prefer this intrusion in my memories, sharing space with anger towards perceived feminine incapacities are the heartwarming mouthwatering I-will-never-be-this-happy-again memories of food, and living a life around it. So on a nice crisp humid morning in Hanoi nearly 3 years ago, at a lovely little hostel with breakfast included in room rate, I was left bamboozled.…
  • Poha and the resistance to change
    It is rather cumbersome to listen to people talk things of past and present, what’s better or worse, their thoughts on change. So when poha crossed the state borders from Maharashtra in all directions, a hotel breakfast poha in Rajasthan becomes an object of contention. But a poha doesn’t have tomatoes, or coriander, cannot be too spicy, but tomatoes make it better, no they don’t, who puts cashews. They could let it rest but why should they, it is a matter of pride for the taste of home. But home is different for everyone, so why can’t poha be too?I…
  • Ten Reasons why Vietnam is the vacation you need
    5 important and 5 unimportant reasons why Vietnam is so enjoyable. It doesn’t take much to fall in love with Vietnam. My meticulous calculations concluded that it takes 2 courses to find love and a great deal of excitement for your Vietnamese adventures. And when I say adventures, I mean food. When I say courses, I definitely mean food. While the country has beautiful sites and unique locations, it is the food culture that makes me call Vietnam my self-assigned home country. As the average bowl of noodle soup from my kitchen settles in my belly, I am forced to…
  • Paella, an accomplishment in consumption
    It was Sussi’s birthday and a celebration was customary. After a day of sunbathing in Monte Carlo and feeling small but shameless from all the display of wealth around us, she’d kindly decided to take me out for dinner. Her mother insisted.