Your “Happy Monday” Travel Inspiration! 004

All over the world! Including your own country. Head somewhere you’ve not been before and explore. The stories we build on our travels are the things we live for and it’s why we go and adventure. 

This week I was riding home in a tuk tuk and we drove right pass a massive elephant walking down the street. It was one of those glorious “India” moments that I’ll cherish!!


Also, just for fun, here’s some great carvings on an old temple in Gwalior, India. 

Gwalior, India – Vicky Ward

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Whirlwind Update – We’re now international! By Vicky

Hello friends. It’s been a very long time since I’ve written anything, for this blog or otherwise. In fact it’s been nearly a year. Shame on me. So, I’d like to do a quick update for you and soon I’ll be back to writing more regularly. 

In November 2016 I was offered a job that I had applied for back in July 2015. A year and four months of different stepping stones later, my dream was FINALLY starting to take shape. I finished out the dreadful job I had at the time in the middle of December and spent a month traveling around the states seeing as many friends as I could. You see, this dream job was going to take me overseas. In January 2017 I started training and found out in March that I was going to be relocating to New Delhi, India for two years. I took some more training, including 8 weeks of full time Hindi classes. (Side note: 8 weeks of Hindi is absolutely nuts.) In May I said goodbye to friends and family and moved to New Delhi. 

India has been life changing for me… and I still have 21 months to go. There have been moments when I’ve found myself incredibly homesick – sometimes for family and friends, sometimes for America, sometimes even for food. It can be hard being a foreigner every single day. 

However, I have no regrets and wouldn’t trade this life for anything. I’m absolutely fascinated by India’s culture, people, architecture, history, and so much more and I am really looking forward to sharing more experiences with you here at Travel and Treats. And not just my experiences in India, but also some info, tips, lists, stories, and photos about other travel adventures. 2017 has some exciting trips planned to some amazing places including Thailand, Cambodia, Bali, Israel, Myanmar, and The Maldives. And I CAN’T WAIT!!! 

Stay tuned and adventure with us! 

Your “Happy Monday” Travel Inspiration!

The first time I ever did solo traveling was an amazing experience and also a surprising one. I expected exploring new cities, food, culture, and meeting new people. I didn’t anticipate for meeting myself. After all, I had been me for 29 years. But I learned so much of who I am. That’s one of the greatest things about traveling… you find yourself. 


PS – update on what’s been going on with us is coming to you tomorrow!!! 

Your “Happy Monday” Travel Inspiration!

As we begin to gear up and post more frequently, we’re introducing a quote for the week. Hopefully, these will inspire and encourage you to go out and explore. 

We figured this is a great one to start with, especially since Vicky, starting this week will be sharing her adventures overseas as Travel and Treats is now officially international!

Stay tuned….

Raspberry Mango Margaritas

Prep 10 mins

total 10 mins

yield 1 large picther; 6-8 margaritas

Fruity and fabulous, these Raspberry Mango Margaritas are swirled together to create the ULTIMATE Summertime drink! Treat yourself to a batch today.

Ingredients

  • For the Raspberry Margaritas:
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup chambord (or another raspberry liqueur)
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar (optional, for a sweeter drink)
  • 2 cups ice (hearty cups!)
  • For the Mango Margaritas:
  • 2 cups frozen mango
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar (optional, for a sweeter margarita)
  • 2 cups crushed ice


Instructions

  1. For the Raspberry Margaritas:
  2. Combine ingredients in the body of a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour into a large pitcher, wash out the blender and repeat for mango margaritas.
  3. For the Mango Margaritas:
  4. Combine ingredients in the body of a blender and pulse until smooth. Fill each glass with half of the raspberry mix, then top with half of the mango mix. Serve at once!

Mexican Street Corn Dip! 

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Here is one of our favorite dips and it’s a perfect dip to bring to a Cinco de Mayo party! We hope you guys enjoy this as much as we do! 

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (plus extra for garnish)
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups corn kernels, either cut from the cob or thawed frozen
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and stem removed, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped (plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese (plus extra for garnish)
  • Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, for serving


Instructions

  1. To a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, cumin, chili powder and a dash of salt and black pepper to taste. Mix until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  2. Add the butter to a large skillet, and melt over medium heat. Add the corn kernels and jalapeno. Cook for 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl with cream cheese mixture. To the bowl, also add the cilantro, green onions and cotija cheese. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour the dip into a serving bowl and garnish with additional chili powder, cilantro, green onions and cotija cheese. Enjoy immediately

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