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Food for Thought with ParTASTE

flammkuchen to Sailboats: Food for Thought with @ParTASTE #food #foodie #culture #nomnom #travel

Food is a basic human need. We need to eat to survive. As such, food is an integral part of the human experience. Our relationship with food is often complicated. At the same time, it is most basic. As travelers, food is key to understanding a new destination. Sharing a meal, learning a traditional recipe, or cooking with new ingredients are all ways to break down barriers and form new…

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Food for Thought with Eat Rio

Food for Thought with Eat Rio

As travelers, we make meaningful connections through food that we might never otherwise. Food brings us together, and sharing a meal or learning how to cook a dish using local ingredients is a great way to break down barriers and make new friends. Taking a long walk, chowing down on street food along the way, visiting local markets and talking to people is one of our favorite ways to get to know…

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Food for Thought with Forking Tasty

#Food for Thought with @ForkingTasty #culture #travel #foodie #nomnom

Travelers have a special relationship with food by default. With a natural inquisitiveness and desire to learn about new people and places, most of us also really enjoy getting to know a new place through its cuisine. Whether it’s a national dish or a new-found local favorite, getting food tips from local residents, sharing a meal, or cooking with fresh ingredients are wonderful ways to not only…

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Food for Thought with Migrationology

Food for Thought with Migrationology

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Most would agree that to truly experience a culture, you have to taste it. When we share a meal or learn how to cook a traditional dish using local ingredients, we open a window into the history and culture of a place. In this way we also make human connections that we might not otherwise. Through our Food for Thought series, we hope to learn more about other travelers’ journeys, and the role…

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Food for Thought with Cultural Xplorer

Chicken butts to Dakgalbi! Food for Thought with Cultural Xplorer #travel #foodie #nomnom @culturalxplorer #ttot

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Food is one of the ties that bind. Through a country or region’s foods, we make meaningful connections that we might never otherwise. Sharing a meal is a sure way to break down barriers quickly. Better yet, learning how to make a traditional dish, and working with local ingredients teaches us something important about the culture and history of a place. Through our Food for Thought series, we…

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Smile! Dental Work in Colombia

Smile! Dental Work in #Colombia #dentist #medicaltourism #travel

Celebrating in Santa Marta

Celebrating in Santa Marta with Dr. Barrios

Why Dental Work in Colombia?

Admittedly, we have been known to neglect preventive care due to the high cost of health care in the US. Though we’re both covered by health insurance now, there have been long stretches when one or both of us were uninsured. Even with our current coverage, dental care is not included. When I was traveling to Venezuela on a…

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Cincinnati Street Art

We had a day to walk around Cincinnati, and we weren’t sure what to expect. We knew we wanted to see the riverfront along the Ohio River as well as Findlay Market. Those are highlights everyone mentions when they visit Queen City. As usual, we set off without much of a plan, but we were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon so many murals along our walk. After seeing the name Artworks on several pieces it became apparent that this city too had a program for these projects. We really enjoyed Philadelphia’s Mural Arts program when we were there. Artworks is a non-profit that has been around since 1996.  They employ and train local youth and talent, while in the process producing some amazing public art.  Of course there were many artists outside the program that had painted some amazing pieces as well.

History through Murals

Some murals were based on fictional characters, some on the history of Cincinnati.  We learned an interest tidbit from “Martha, The Last Passenger Pigeon.”  The Cincinnati Zoo was the home of the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha who died in 1914. The species is now sadly extinct.  These birds may have once been the most abundant bird on the planet, with an estimated population between 3 and 5 billion! Unfortunately, they inhabited an area that us humans wanted for ourselves.  These birds’ habitat was highly valuable to settlers of North America for crop cultivation.  Humans cleared the forests, which took away the birds’ main food source. The birds then moved onto the next easiest source, the crops being raised.  This sealed their fate because from then on they were viewed as pests and a threat to crop yields and were systematically exterminated.

Which mural speaks to you?

One of my favorites was the North Wall of the Know Theatre … in particular all the messages within the images: the cigarette pack that read “Coffin Nails” as the brand and the planter box that reads “Take a chance on happy and deal with sad later.”  Tamara enjoyed “Ice Cream Daydream” for its whimsical, very colorful depiction of desserts and fun characters with the blue fish being a standout. Click the images below for a larger view, and let us know your favorite in the comments!

Street Art: Cincinnati #streetart @strtartnews @globalstreetart @cincinnatimag #cityofcincy Cincinnati Street Art We had a day to walk around Cincinnati, and we weren’t sure what to expect.