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Photo of the Day – Monsoon Corn Cart – Mumbai, IndiaWe visited Mumbai in very early July which is in the heart of Monsoon Season! Perfect planning, right? Maybe not, but I think it actually added to the experience.
Unlike people in most places I have been, Mumbai locals take the non-stop rains on head-first, literally. Check out the Corn Cart owners make-shift rain hat! The streets were still packed with people regardless of rain or shine. What a great attitude.
With the corn cart packed, we new it must be a nice treat and we decided to join in. Fortunately, our friend had brought an umbrella to help us out as we stood in the rain. If not, Brad and I might have resorted to the plastic-bag caps as well!
Photo of the Day – Red Hot Chili Peppers at Merced Market – Mexico City, MexicoThat’s right, Red Hot Chili Peppers live in Mexico City’s Merced Market. Actually that’s not true at all. These chilis are dead and dried and have never rocked out with ‘Californication’ or strummed classic anthems like ‘Under the Bridge’.
Regardless, the endless stacks and sacks of dried Chili’s in Mexico City’s markets was legit. These chili’s are used to make Mexico’s famous moles, chilaquiles, chilates.
Photo of the Day – Ham off the Bone at Museo del Jamon – Madrid, SpainThis place is delicious. Although not your traditional museum, I must say they have one-upped all other museum’s in the category of interactivity. In what other museum can you actually eat food!
For a dash of seriousness, this is really a restaurant, but its great for a beginners guide to Tapas and some of the very basics of Spanish food. Wine, olives, ham and cheese. As you can see from the photo, legs of Ham hang from the ceiling making for an editable wall-paper that will have you coming back for more.
Photo of the Day – Merced Market Thumbs Up – Mexico CityThe Merced Market in Mexico City is an adventure travelers urban dream. Not only is is stocked full of animal parts that most have never laid eyes on before, but it also has an interactive audience that is either haggling you with shouts of “take my picture” or is telling you “don’t take a picture of me.” Either way, the market workers were enthralled not only with the 2 gringos (Brad and I) wandering the market, but also our cameras. Having this type of attention is not really what we like as it creates an uneasy feeling as you are trying to take it all in. After being warned by one local to “be careful with the cameras,” we realized that this may not have been the best of ideas.
Fortunately, we made it through just find and came away with several incredible pictures like today’s. Clearly in the photo, the workers here were asking for their photo to be taken and I captured them starring into the camera with the various meats for sale all around them.
Photo of the Day – Vietnamese Food Transportation – Ha Long Bay, VietnamWhile on a tour of Ha Long Bay off the East Coast of Vietnam, I spotted this woman as she transported various fruits across a section of the bay. No driving or walking can really be done around the natural and man-made islands of Ha Long Bay making this style of commuting, regular.
There is something about this picture that I truly love, but I can’t seem to quite figure it out. I think it has something to do with the richness that is found in simplicity. This picture certainly displays simplicity and the richness can be found in this Vietnamese Lady’s hard work to deliver these fruits.
Photo of the Day – Native Rice Drying – Bali, IndonesiaBali is very well known for its expansive rice fields and surreal rice terraces that cover the large Indonesian island. We came across this elderly native drying grains of rice next to a large field while traveling to the northern end of the island.
Photo of the Day – Lifetime Supply of Watermelons – Mekong Delta, VietnamFloating on a tour through a local market on the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, our group passed by this overflowing boat full of watermelons. Looking back at this picture I’ve always wondered how the guy at the front of the boat planned to make his way past all of the watermelons to the engine at the back of the boat. He certainly had no chance of eating his way there!
Photo of the Day – Shaved Ice on Mumbai Beach – Mumbai, IndiaDuring our trip to Mumbai, we went to the beach, specifically Juhu Beach. The beach is very different in Mumbai than what you are probably imagining, however they do have one thing similar to many American beaches – a version of a snow cone.
In today’s photo, you can see the shop attendant using an incredibly old machine to grind a block of ice into a nice puree of ice shavings. Next, they form the ice shavings around a stick and dowse it in flavors such as the one we tried, Kalakhatta Golas.
If there are any beaches where you need something cold (like a snow cone!) to cool you down, Juhu is certainly one of them.
Photo of the Day – Chinese Street Food Cart – China Town, SingaporeIn the Chinatown district of Singapore, you can find food carts like this one nearly everywhere. On one particular stretch, we found dozens of carts lined up with tables and chairs surrounding them making the perfect spot for our first lunch in Singapore. We ended our search for lunch at this cart specifically as we fell for a helping of the Fried Seafood Rice and Lo Mein.
Although I can’t say this was my favorite food cart in the world, it was certainly delicious.
Where is your favorite food cart in the world?