Eighty Sweet Days

IMG_0073

Today marks day 80 since I returned home to Provo after an extended stay in Asia.  The number 80 is significant not only because Phileas Fogg circled the entire globe within that timeframe, but because 142 years and 80 days later I circled that globe.  While those 80 days abroad were incredible, the past 80 days have by far been the sweetest of my life.  Spanish Tapas and Swiss Muesli were just the beginning (previous blog posts).  Since then, sushi, Sam Hawks, Indian curry, and zhatar have each found a spot in my heart.  Let me explain.

IMG_1057Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Sushi.  When I said I returned home to Provo after an extended stay in Asia, I lied.  I was returning home to Provo, I was returning home to Andrew.  The fact that he was in Provo was just a coincidence, as we both would be starting school in Provo come September.  Going out for sushi was one of the first dates Andrew asked me out on.  Wild Ginger was the place.  Since returning home Andrew and I have made a sushi a weekly, sometimes bi-weekly, occurrence.  We have tried nearly every sushi restaurants in Provo, traveled to Salt Lake City to eat Nigiri at the best sushi place in the state (Takashi), attended every VIP night at Happy Sumo, and bought a sashimi knife to make our own nigiri.  Sushi seems to be the cure-all for everything.  When my  beautiful powerpoint deck was torn apart by my professor in Supply Chain (note, I only had 4 capitalization errors), I found myself being led hand-in-hand by Andrew to the sushi bar at Happy Sumo.  While many people have other cure-alls, I just need sushi and a cute boy’s hand.

IMG_0731

Sam Hawks.  This Korean restaurant is charming, and for more reasons than one.  Sam Hawks was the first dinner date Andrew took me on.  I clearly remember thinking to myself, “Kylie, brace yourself, the relationship is progressing.”  It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go out with Andrew, because I sure thought he was cute, I was just needed to decide for myself that I was going to let it happen.  Deciding to let it happen was the best decision I ever made.  Sam Hawks continues to be one of our favorite places to return to not only because it is nostalgic, but also because the food is absolutely delicious.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Indian curry.  Late in August I convinced Andrew to travel home with me to Idaho.  We spent a week on the Camas Prairie, swimming in the rivers, picking huckleberries, going to the drive-in, and hosting Indian cooking classes.  Within that one week, we cooked Chicken Makhani and Vegetable Korma over five times each.  My spice business, aCanela, was in need of some fresh marketing techniques and I figured it couldn’t get much fresher than hosting a cooking class. Indian food holds a special place in my heart, as I spent 30 days traveling to all corners of the country.  Although observing how Andrew has supported me from the early days of aCanela, through days of curry disasters and curry successes, has  increased my love of curry more than I ever imagined.  We have made curry from Ghana, India, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Thailand, etc. The country list go on and on.  A complex flavor from blended spices, plenty of healthy vegetables, and the ability to be creative together, makes curry the perfect date night.
IMG_1184 Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Zhatar.  I have always had an infatuation with the Middle East.  In my travel-planning journal I have a trip through Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt completely planned and waiting for me to jump on board.  Since that trip isn’t exactly feasible in the two day weekends BYU allots to it’s students, I have suppressed that desire to physically travel across borders by instead traveling through it’s cuisine.  Zhatar is a spice blend that is used in the Middle East on everything from flatbread to lamb kabobs.  A strong religious and cultural presence can be seen in Middle Eastern food.  During the last day of Ramadan, Andrew and I cooked a Lebanese feast for my family and since then, the Middle East is the most popular destination on our cooking list.  Enjoying delicious flavors, learning about new cultures, and discussing concerning issues about countries, are common occurrences during dinner.  We even upgraded to wine glasses because we were feeling so classy, and we don’t even drink wine.

I am lucky to have a boy in my life who loves to learn as much as I do.  For us, cooking is  more than creating a delicious meal.  It is an adventure to a new land, an experience with a new culture, and an opportunity to better understand the global environment we live in.  The 80 days I have been home have been the sweetest of my life, and not because they were filled with fragrant spices, delicious curries, or Middle Eastern delicacies, but because they were spent hand-in-hand with a cute boy at a sushi bar.

2 thoughts on “Eighty Sweet Days

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s