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Global Girl’s Blog is moving!

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It’s official! Global girl’s blog is officially moving. This move is way overdue and has been in the works for quite some time. For those of you who follow this blog regularly, a couple of changes will be taking place:

1. The URL will be changing from to

2. The title of the blog will now be The Global Palate instead of Global Girl’s Blog.

3. The look and style of the blog will also be changing.

What I want to stress is that although the URL, the title and the look of the blog have changed, the content will not change. I will still be blogging about the things I love, namely food and travel. Global Girl has been a fun experience and if you are a follower of my blog I want to say thank you!!! I hope that you will continue to follow and read the new blog, The Global Palate. This move should take place later today or tomorrow. Most of your email addresses have transferred to the new site but please check out the new site and make sure to click subscribe if you’d like to continue to follow my blog.

I hope you love the new look of the new website, The Global Palate!

Thanks for reading!

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Black Bean Soup

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I should really call this recipe bean soup instead of BLACK bean soup because, truth be told, I actually only had one can of black beans in my pantry when I decided to make this. I used a can of pinto beans as a substitute for the second can of black beans and it was just as good and it actually still looked like black bean soup. So, just pretend it’s truly black bean soup.

I made this soup for lunch one day when I was home sick from work. Nothing I had in my fridge sounded very good and I was craving soup. I always crave soup when I feel under the weather. So, I took stock of what I had in my pantry and came up with this delicious, flavorful, healthy soup. I used chicken broth but you could definitely use vegetable broth and make this vegan. Continue reading

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You only turn 90 once

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We threw my grandma a 90th birthday party this past weekend. My grandma is one of the most important people in my life. She and my grandpa are like second parents to me rather than just grandparents. They have both always been really involved in our lives (both mine and my two brothers). Even when we lived in Thailand they called once a week to talk to us (back then it was expensive and we didn’t have skype), they made multiple treks across the globe to visit us, and sent us gifts and many coveted items from the US that we either couldn’t afford or didn’t have access to in Asia. They are fun, supportive, loving and great role models. Needless to say, I am incredibly blessed and lucky to have grandparents like them. So, even though planning a large party (for 130 people) can be really stressful and there were many times my mom and I wondered if it was a good idea, we both realized we are so lucky to be able to celebrate my grandma’s 90th birthday with her. She is still as bright and as sharp as ever and I mean how many people can actually enjoy a big party at 90? Continue reading

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A new and exciting opportunity

Me swimming in the Aegean sea – off the coast of Mykonos, Greece

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien


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Diet Food

I am, by no means, an expert when it comes to dieting. I am not a health guru, personal trainer, or dietician. I’m just someone who tries to eat in moderation and also happens to enjoy indulging in not-so-good-for-you-foods on occasion. I’m also a Weight Watcher’s member. The reason I like the Weight Watcher program is because it doesn’t restrict any foods. The program is not so much a diet, as it is a healthy lifestyle, based on eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising, and smaller portions. It’s a more realistic approach to weight loss, which is what I like about it so much. In addition to this, the point system and weekly weigh-ins keep me accountable. Continue reading

More Vacation Time Please

I have been out of college and working a 9-5 corporate job for a number of years now. I remember when I first graduated and got a job, the process of working full time kind of shocked my system. Don’t get me wrong, college was tough, what with the exams and the loads of homework, but college was also fun. Some days I had no class, or just one class. On those days, I’d come home, work on some homework for a couple of hours, but then I had the entire rest of the day to do whatever I wanted AND I could stay up as late as I wanted. The schedule was so lax. Not to mention, you get loads of vacation time. And you never realize how lucky you are until you graduate. I remember complaining about the homework and the tough exams and the annoying professors. Looking back, I wish I could tell my college self to enjoy it and stay in as long as possible. Those “super Seniors” really had the right idea. Stay in school as long as you can kids. Even change your major a couple times if you have to. Continue reading

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Up the Adventure factor

Hiking with Maggie

“What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn!”  ~Logan Pearsall Smith
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The next 5 countries on my list

If you’ve read my blog at all, you know I’m a total travel (and food) junkie. And although I don’t pass up opportunities to travel anywhere, there are a few countries that are on my “must see before I die” list. For the most part, these 5 countries are always near the top.

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A beauty find…

I am nowhere near an expert on anything in the makeup/skin department (although I am an expert on anything related to food) but I do scan the beauty magazines at the grocery store and I do like to try out new products from time to time. And every so often I surprise myself by finding something that actually works quite well. Continue reading

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Reasons to Smile

If I think about all the things I have to do that I’ve been avoiding, and if I start thinking about the work weeks ahead of me, and the cold winter that is drawing closer by the day, it is fairly easy to become depressed. It’s not that I hate my job, but I don’t love it either. I don’t wake up everyday dying to get to work. I hit the snooze about 20 times, roll out of bed at the last possible minute, and grumpily stumble out the door. Then I sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. Some days are good, some days are bad. Sound familiar? I have a feeling most people experience a similar scenario every day. Continue reading

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