Hospitality and the International Table

I’ve had the privilege of welcoming friends from a dozen or so different countries to my table. Not all at once, of course, but frequently there’s a mix of cultures reflected in the faces gathered for that oldest of traditions—breaking bread together. (Or slurping soup. Munching salad. Sharing stir-fry. Devouring muffins.) I love the way the blend … Read more…

No Such Thing as a Simple Errand

The other day, I was berating myself for having trouble keeping up with household tasks and chores here in China. The last time we lived in the States, we were in a two-story house. With some help from my husband and kids, I managed all the regular household chores fairly easily. Laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, … Read more…

An Expat Tale (of Taxis, Trains, and Turkeys)

Every expat has a desperate food story. On the one hand, expats are a flexible bunch when it comes to food. We are arguably the most adaptable people on the planet in this regard. We’ve all learned to substitute for ingredients we cannot get, like ricotta (scalded milk + vinegar and salt, let curdle) or … Read more…

Sweet & Tangy Homemade BBQ Sauce

July 4th is an American holiday that can sometimes get a little lost in this expat life we live. There probably aren’t any fireworks for sale this time of year. There are no Old Navy flag shirts being worn by every other person you see, reminding you to be patriotic. You probably never see an … Read more…

Have You Heard About the GlobeIn Artisan Box?

Earlier this month I had a box of goodies from all around the globe arrive on my doorstep and I’m so excited to share the products with you today! Here at Taking Route, we’re careful about the products and businesses we point you towards. We only team up with people that care about and support the same … Read more…