Breaking Bad meets Breaking Balsamic

After spending a mere day in Modena Italy making traditional balsamic vinegar, I not only fell in love with traditional balsamic and the entire process that goes into its perfection, but also in love with an Italian family and their story. Their devotion to the purity of traditional balsamic and the stark contrast between traditional balsamic that comes from the …

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Making in Modena Italy: the Balsamic Cook

Just so we are clear: I love balsamic vinegar.  In absolute terms.  No pre-nup necessary. Americans in general have sort of a silent love affair with this Italian concoction. We indiscriminately douse it on top of our olive oil and dip our little bread it at Italian restaurants and spatter it all over our salads until the leafy greens are …

Schools out for Summer: Teaching English to Prostitutes in Brazil

So now that I am back on that sweet writing tit once more, I decided, what should I be writing about? Jobs? Check Failing at those jobs? Double-check. Other random musings? Ta-dow. Put the tip in baby. So now that I have decided on the ‘what’, let’s get down to some realness and tag team the ‘why’ and the ‘how’. …

The Scariest Job in the World: a ghost Extra in a National Geographic Documentary

Sometime last year, I would be more precise but that would involve deep reflection and arithmetic, two things which I am adamantly opposed to, I took on the scariest job in the world, sort of, as an Extra in a National Geographic documentary about paranormal encounters in Southeast Asia. Extras, in case you are not into movies/films/cinema (fucking weirdo) are those …

Getting to Work at Tiger Temple: Welcome to Tiger Island

Working at Tiger Temple – Day 1 Part II Outfitted in my new, grossly oversized Tiger Temple volunteer shirt, I entered the temple’s grounds. Unlike many who work at the temple, I had never been before, nor did I know of anyone who had volunteered there either. I hadn’t spent much time examining photos online or doing copious amounts of research …

The Curious Case of Tiger Temple: A Month Long Volunteering Experiment

Deep in Western Thailand, in the forests near the border with Myanmar (Burma), rests a forest monastery, but not just any monastery, Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, better known as – Tiger Temple. It is a temple that has grown from a simple place of worship by a handful of Buddhist monks who took in a single tiger in 1999, …