InsideJourneys Discover a world you've missed Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:50:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Up Close to Nicaragua’s Masaya Volcano Fri, 07 Nov 2014 03:05:10 +0000 Windmills seemed to sprout out of the Nicaraguan countryside, their blades turning lazily as we moved quickly from the border of Costa Rica towards the historic town of Granada. Seeing them made me smile and I pulled out my camera to capture a few shots as we passed but the tops of familiar-looking trees kept […]

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Lake Nicaragua’s Monkey Island Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:50:59 +0000 Following our quick tour of the Plaza de la Independencia, it was off to lunch at the Toritos Hotel Restaurant & Bar on Calle Calzada, Granada. To save time, Eric, our tour guide, had phoned in our orders and they served us as soon as all 20+ of us had our seats. (Lunch was included […]

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Pepper Shrimp – The Taste of Middle Quarters in Hackensack NJ Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:59:37 +0000 I’ve been eating pepper shrimps (or ‘swimps,’ as some of us call it), since I was in high school and I can still remember my first time (it’s the same every time). Biting into one of these Scotch-bonnet-infused on-the-go morsels, my tongue is instantly in flames, my eyes watering, heat passing from my throat and […]

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Six Hours in Granada Nicaragua Thu, 09 Oct 2014 03:03:47 +0000 I had no plans to go to Granada, Nicaragua. The furthest I considered going while I was planning my trip to Playa Potrero, was to San Jose, the Costa Rican capital to see a friend. But I’d given up the idea because I wasn’t able to speak with her before I left home. I was […]

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Jamaican Coco Bread Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:19:13 +0000 It’s been years since I ate a coco bread, that soft, sweet, usually warm, folded-over bread that is the perfect folder for the flaky, spicy and usually hot, patty. Perhaps it might seem redundant to marry a patty, a meat pie, with a puffy, buttery coco bread (one inventive student at my high school called […]

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Searching for Authentic Poutine in Montreal Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:47:58 +0000 Last Thursday, as my friends and I chatted excitedly about our girls’ weekend in Montreal, our discussion turned to food, specifically what and where we were looking forward to dining. On Judy’s list was a recommendation from a work colleague that she should not miss poutine. Poutine, pronounced put-in, a local favorite, was created in […]

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A Return Visit to Harlem’s The Cecil Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:28:11 +0000 One of the best things about living in New York area is the variety of restaurants the city has. At any given time, if you’re so inclined, you could eat your way around the world with just your Metrocard as your passport. (Of course, you’d also need to take your credit card along.) With so […]

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Costa Rica, Pura Vida Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:38:48 +0000 The one thing everyone says about Costa Rica is how lush it is. And despite having near drought conditions (it was the rainy season but there was little rain and we heard of water lock-offs), much of the landscape in the northwest still looked green. I had traveled to Playa Potrero, Costa Rica in Central […]

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Seafood Dishes From the Road Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:51:01 +0000 Like a lot of people, I look forward to the foods of the cities I travel to as much as the sights and activities. I am passionate about food and because of that, there are places I’d return to just so I can satisfy my craving for the food. On the other hand, there are […]

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Ghost Hunting at Rose Hall Great House Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:41:34 +0000 One slow Friday evening in 2012, I decided to make the 15-minute drive to Rose Hall Great House for their night tour. I was excited. Years earlier, I’d done the day tour of this great house that’s reputed to be haunted by the ghost of one of its former owners but I had no idea […]

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