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    Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam Esan)-Thailand

    While I adore spring rolls, they are a major pain to make not to mention incredibly time consuming. And with the temperatures here in Pittsburgh having returned to mild “heat wave” levels, I wanted a light and extremely simple side dish to accompany a Thai chicken soup I made. I came across a recipe for Som Tam Esan which is a green papaya salad. Although I’ve seen it on the menu enough times at Thai restaurants, I’ve never ordered it…

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    Lemony Ground Lamb w/Mint & Cilantro-India

    While this may not come as a surprise to some (i.e. the culturally well-informed), to others it may seem unfathomable. But for those not in the cultural know, McDonalds in India…

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    Tonkatsu (Fried Pork Cutlets)-Japan

    I know I’m in the minority here when I say this but I’m not a fan of sushi…at…all. I’ve tried it out a couple of times (well, never the raw fish…

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    Friday Fun Facts-Japan

    My fascination with the Japanese culture began when I was in middle school and acquired a Japanese pen pal who lived in Nagoya. We exchanged letters throughout the year (back when…