Sometimes I wonder whether my life led me to become a doctor in order to support my eating habit and restaurant bills. Although I feel passionate about medicine, my true day to day passion is in food. I love the way a well thought out menu activates my salivary glands. I love the way a beautifully organized and garnished plate makes my heart race with excitement. I love the way unique flavor combinations and textures make me purr with contentment.
I love that I can make others feel the same way too. A perfect evening for me is inviting friends over to my house for a nice dinner. Shopping at the farmer’s market and getting menu inspirations, prepping in the kitchen, setting the table, lighting the candles, choosing the music, polishing the silverware, drying the wine glasses…I find myself smiling the whole time as I prepare for these special occasions.
Cooking in the kitchen is my form of meditation. It’s the only time that my mind is truly free and light, completely devoid of distracting thoughts. My kitchen is my bubble, and my bubble is safe, warm and peaceful.
Such is the power of food. It delights, pleases, comforts, excites, fascinates, nourishes, stimulates…
My other passion is travel. I have an unyielding curiosity for foreign cultures, historical sights and exotic customs. I’ve ridden camels through the barren deserts of Mauritania, scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef, sipped frozen daiquiris at El Floridita in Havana, and splashed my face with the cool waters of the magnificent Iguazu Falls. I’ve witnessed poverty and death, but also triumph and joy in countries like Liberia, Laos, Vietnam and Haiti through my humanitarian medical work. It’s a diverse and complex world, and I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to explore its many sides.
Join me on my journey as I travel and eat my way through this wonderful world that we live in.
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