Monthly Archives: February 2013

Sticking Power

Ok, Lao food is officially blowing my mind. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been in flavor heaven all 4 weeks of my trip so far, but Laos is something different. Since arriving in Luang Prabang for the second time this month, and this time around spending more time doing much less, I have had […]

I’m On A Boat

I know that most people have to travel on a schedule. People with jobs, people in school, people with families (I guess the general population excepting wanderlust twenty-something’s) typically have a minimal amount of time that they can spend traveling. In that case, schedules make sense. Maybe they are necessary. But in my position, having […]


Why does it take traveling all the way around the world to realize that the way we Americans go about food shopping is so ass-backwards? I know we acclimate to what’s normal and don’t think much to question it, but my god we do it all wrong! The grocery-store-supermarket concept, the shopping once a week, […]

Tum Thai Type of Life

As the days start to slide by, my body and mind are adjusting more and more to the lifestyle I’ll be inhabiting for the next several months. My internal list of necessities is greatly simplified (Drink water. Eat food. Write. Wander. Sleep at night.) as is my imaginary ‘to do’ list. Something about the wanderlust […]

Not India

There’s a transformation that occurs when I get on an overseas flight, pack everything I need for months into a backpack, say goodbye to loved ones and head out to begin a completely unknown chapter in another place. It’s a subtle and ineffable change, but after traveling so much since childhood, it feels like putting […]

Beginning Again, Again

Perhaps I’m destined to leave my blogs unkempt and unattended for months at a time before returning to them. If that’s the case, so be it! I’m back to KatesKnife with a slightly different perspective from the last time I wrote, and with that comes a fresh intention in writing. Exactly what that intention is […]

Quite Alone

"To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world" – Freya Stark

Heather & Fred's Excellent Adventure

Chronicling each step on our journey through South America, Asia and beyond...

maren ellingboe

recipe developer, stylist, content creator

Be kind. Tell the truth. Eat good food.

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Paleo in PDX

Living, moving & eating well in Portland, Oregon