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The One With The Salad Dressing

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The first place you should go if you find yourself at Indiana University is Domo, a sushi restaurant in the SE side of campus. It was at Domo that my roommate at the time and I discovered the most amazing salad dressing of all time. Yes, THE MOST AMAZING SALAD DRESSING OF ALL TIME. It was their family recipe of ginger salad dressing. My roommate and I lived right by the restaurant and went at least once a day. The next semester though, we both decided to transfer schools and moved to Chicago together.

Her birthday was coming up and I wanted to get her something special so I called up Lee, the owner of Domo (yes, we were that tight). I asked if it was possible to ship the dressing to Chicago. She said she wouldn’t be able to do that but that she was actually taking a trip to visit some friends there and could take some with her. Two weeks later she called and said she had left it with her friend and gave me an address.

I took a train to a bus to a bus and an hour and a half later, I was there. The address turned out to be a store, selling everything from packaged asian foods to pencil erasers. I walked in and said that Lee told me to come for the salad dressing. The woman looked upset and started talking in Japanese. She put her hands to her forehead and then pulled out her cell phone. After a few minutes on the phone she hung up and tried to explain to me what happened. From what I could understand, she didn’t have the ‘sauce,’ her husband forgot and was coming to the store and I should wait. So I waited. A few minutes later, the man I assumed was her husband showed up in a yellow VW Bug. She hurried me out the door and opened the passenger side of the door. Before I knew it, I was in the car and Bruce was driving. He cleared up a few things: the ‘sauce’ was in their fridge at home and that he had forgot to bring it to the store that morning.

We drove for an hour. I was texting my other roommate the whole ride because I was nervous that I was possibly being kidnapped and didn’t know it. We drove for another 45 minutes and I had decided that I was definitely being kidnapped. Finally, we pulled up to a house. He went inside and was in there for what seemed like an hour. When he came out his hair was wet. Why he decided to take a shower in the middle of the day while a girl who he didn’t know waited patiently in his car I’ll never know. I saw the jar of salad dressing in his hand and I swear it was shooting rays of sunshine. I was so happy to have the dressing but also to know that this journey was half way over and I probably wasn’t being kidnapped. I only had an hour and 45 minutes drive, followed by an hour and a half train/bus ride back to my apartment. I was also starving because I hadn’t eaten since I’d left my house and it took everything I had in me not to just open the jar and drink the salad dressing.

The ride there and back was basically silent because of the language barrier. He did however manage to tell me that he got good seats to see Carlos Santana and then proceeded to play song after song of his from his iPod.

Looking back, there were so many sketchy things that I did that I shouldn’t have done. But in the end it turned out to be fine and my roommate was so excited and surprised that it was totally worth it. I wish I could say that was the first and last time I would get in a car with a complete stranger, but neither of those scenarios would be true.

*I realize this story is about salad dressing, but you can’t judge me until you’ve tried it.

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Bondi Beach – Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Bondi Beach is what all beaches should be like: sea blue water, waves, people in colorful bathing suits with super bright umbrellas, towels scattered everywhere, clear blue skies, soft sand, 80 degree weather, popsicles, seafood (and the accents don’t hurt either). It is the beach of all beaches.

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Go to Sydney..go to Bondi Beach…listen to The Beach Boys…get a popsicle or some shaved ice and end your day with some fresh oysters from one of the many seafood restaurants. I tried Seafood Bar Bondi and it was amazing.

Fresh oysters with a cold beer and a bit of lemon & hot sauce, what could be better?

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But after 30 seconds they were all gone.

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Dyen Sabai – Luang Prabang, Laos

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First of all, let me say that Luang Prabang is the most unique, otherworldly place that I’ve ever been to. Laos is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but that doesn’t take away from the charm of the city or the constant smiles from the people.

You’ll read reviews that say Utopia is the spot to be at if you are in Luang Prabang.. but those reviews are wrong.

Dyen Sabai is so much better. It’s a hidden gem on the lesser touristy side of the city. The staff and the people are cooler too..and Dyen Sabai takes credit whereas Utopia does not. They have board games, great views and amazing Lao Fondu / BBQ. Make sure to get there early to get a good spot, watch the sun go down and then stay until close (11 PM – so that everyone can be back at their residences by midnight for the country’s curfew)

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The restaurant looks out to the Nam Khan River (just off the Mekong) and to my other favorite thing in Luang Prabang: The Bamboo Bridge.

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Covent Garden – London, England

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All of Covent Garden is adorable: boutique shops, great pubs and even the largest Apple store in the world next to NY’s Grand Central. But the reason why I love it so much is because of Neal’s Yard. Right off of Neal St is a little narrow walkway called Neal’s Yard. It leads to a little courtyard where they have cute cafes, aromatherapy shops and remedy stores.

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It always makes me feel like I am in a storybook. Last time I was there I drank a cappuccino, ate banana cinnamon bread and listened to someone playing the piano for 20 minutes straight.

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La Boqueria Market – Barcelona, Spain

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La Boqueria Market in Barcelona puts all other markets to shame. Whether you are there to shop or just there to look you will have a good time. This place is huge and has every type of fruit/meat/cheese/candy/seafood/spice/bread that you could ever imagine.

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If you are just there to look, you can pick up a fresh fruit smoothie for €2 or eat at one of the many restaurants inside the market. My favorite is Pinotxo Bar right when you walk in to the right.

De-lish seafood. Always fresh.

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Zip’s Cafe – Cincinnati, OH

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My favorite burger on the planet comes from Zip’s Cafe. There is always a line out the door to get in. There is a little train that runs around the ceiling, family style tables in the middle of the room and booths on the sides (if you can snag a booth you’re lucky). If you eat during the lunch hour there will be hungry eyes on you from the people waiting in line while you eat. But the only thing that matters is the Zip Burger, accompanied with their cup of chili.. and some cheese fries…. and a coke.