What is the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?

 

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It was fun to learn that a sweet potato is what you’d commonly find at your local grocery market. And chances are you will find it in the colors orange, purple and white.  However, yams usually have to be found at a specialty store and are white.  I discovered the answer to said question some years ago when I decided to bake my very first sweet potato pie.  It’s funny, until my first sweet potato pie experience, I never questioned the difference.  I stumbled across this cool video that breaks down the difference in fun and succinct way…check it out here.

Now I’m on the hunt to try my first, real yam.

Happy Holidays!

 

Argentina – El Calafate Pt. 4

Argentina El Calafate

Hey, I’ve missed y’all!  This post has been LOOOOOONG overdue for me.  I’ve been wanting to share photos of my trip to Patagonia with you guys and finally got around to it.
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Day 1.  These are a few photos from the nature preserve in the neighborhood near our hotel.  El Nuñez Nature Preserve and Lake Argentina is right behind this small body of water.  There were some wild, pretty birds walking around and they weren’t afraid of people either.3 4 5 6

Day 2. On our way to hike the Perito Moreno Glacier.  This was the most grueling hike of my life!  Roundtrip it took us 7 hours (we got one 10min lunch break).  I was so exhausted I wanted to give up at different points during the hike.  However, as you will see in the photos, it was well worth it to suck-it-up and press on…
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The terrain varied a lot, thankfully the weather was beautiful and surprisingly not cold at all.8

We hiked up hill for about 40 mins and at time the incline was pretty steep.

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These devices being put on my boot are called Cramp-Ons, let me tell you, they were a cramp later 😀 as they added about 3-5 pounds to my hike.

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That group started before us and took a much shorter hike, I think it was a 1 hr express peek …

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The different shades of blues in the water were breathtaking!12

That is us at the beginning of our hike and the small figure in the distance is 1 of our guides.  Our guides were beasts! They were hopping all over the glaciers like Spider Man.13

The BEST WATER I HAVE EVER TASTED IN MY LIFE.
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We had to hop across this little stream, there were quite a number of them and the terrain on the glacier also varied a lot, so at times the hike became intense.  I was incredibly sore the following day. By the way, the UV index that day was 16!!  Mind you, a UV index of 3-5 is considered moderate.  Crazily, I wasn’t wearing sunblock (I didn’t know about the UV index until I got back to the hotel), luckily I was fine.  I am grateful for having built-in sunblock ;-D  Though, I must say I did get the 2nd sunburn of my life.  Thankfully it was really small, on my nose and cheeks and only stung for that evening after the hike.15

El Calafate was absolutely my favorite part of the entire trip, I loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Argentina.  I would even be so bold as to say you could even skip Buenos Aires all together.  At the end of our trip we were wishing we had spent more than 3 days in El Calafate, it was simply gorgeous.

Hope you guys like!

Argentina Pt. 2 – Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires vegetarian travel food fun

Soooo… we stumbled up a vegetarian restaurant the other night while walking around the neighborhood!  As you can see it is very pretty and green.  I’m so in love with their small, ivy covered courtyard!  It was so breezy and bright.

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The basket of bread and hummus were our complimentary appetizers.  The girl on the right is whipping up more of those tasty crackers shown on the left ;-D  She was such a sweetie! She kept answering us in english because she wanted practice and at times I tried answering is spanish because I need to practice my español.  At one point I asked if she was, “making crackers” and I saw her mouth the word cracker ;-D  Here, they call them galletas.3My honey and I.

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The coffee was very good and my meal was average, not delicious, but I wasn’t complainin’ since I was so happy that it was vegetarian and it included a “salad”.  You’d be surprised to know how tough it is to find a salad that looks similar to this for  less than $10!!  5My honey taking a break, as you can see, it has been HOT, HOT, HOT!

By the way, we’re doing a palace tour and a 4 hour bike tour tomorrow!  Wish me luck, I don’t the last time I sat on a bike for so long.  Stay tuned, more photos coming soon!

 

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Sail NYC

Hey friends,

Here are a few photos from a very much needed sail I did with family and friends back in October.  I chartered our yacht with the cool people over at Atlantic Yachting here in NY.

We had just gotten days and days of rain then, the very next day in time for a perfectly beautiful sail, the sky opened up.  Our trip was so relaxing and we had so much fun.  We munched on homemade, delicious chocolate chip banana bread (thanks Nita!), Grand Mimosas, fruit salad, smoked gouda, and a number of other yummy bites.  And to top it all off my husband provided us with some great tunes that added to our already sexy, mellow, relaxing mood.

It is too easy to get caught up in the all-work, high energy, and extremely fast pace of this city.  So I try to remind myself often to take time out, no matter whom or what, to smell the roses or the Hudson for this recent occasion;-D