Heavenly nymphs - looks like thin was in circa 100 B.C.
Angkor Wat is truly magnificent. From a distance it is easy to appreciate the perfect symmetry of the 5 gorgeous peaks. Up close, it's a work of art with distinct detail on each and every wall & no shortage of nymphs. It was built in the first half of the 12th century (113 - 5 BC) - and took an estimated 30 years to complete. Surprisingly it's well preserved. Even more surprisingly, few things are off-limits so you can climb, touch, and explore until you've had your Indiana Jones or Lara Croft fix. (*Lara Croft Tomb Raider was actually filmed here in 2000.)
Travel: Fly into Siem Reap. Angkor Wat is about 4 miles north of Siem Reap.
Stay: There are gorgeous hotels in Cambodia. Despite the apparent elegance, most don't have A/C. If you venture there in the summer months definitely check to see if there's air conditioning. It's hot, hot, hot!
Try: An elephant ride, feeding the monkeys
Wear: Pants. Leave the daytime dress at home, it's a real adventure.
Quinoa is a week night staple at this joint. It's healthy, versatile, and easy - I make an entire box on Sunday and use it for dinners throughout the week. It's a bland grain, so to keep it from getting boring I amp up the spice. Here, it served as a perfect canvas for mexican spices. The color is beautiful, and the textures and flavors were perfect together. And it's boyfriend approved.
Quinoa Taco Salad
Ground beef or turkey
1 packet of taco seasoning
4 ears of fresh corn
1 can of black beans, rinsed
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup arugula
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, cubed
Reduced fat sour cream
1) Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
2) Cook corn lightly. Use a knife to cut it off the cob.
3) Saute green pepper, onion, garlic in olive oil.
Coral Leather Jacket - Theory, White V-neck - J. Crew, Coral Fly Skirt - Roberto Cavalli (old but loving this one), Shoes - Vera Wang (old but similar here), Clutch - Banana Republic (similar here), Watch - Cartier, Shades - Ray Ban