Coconuts in Little India.
More powerful street art.
Cafeteria style eating is popular in this part of the world. There are lots of individual stalls to choose from. Most of them have seafood and meat but if you look closely, you will see that simple veggies and rice are easily available.
Please note that the food on the table was for TWO people, me and Luanne. We love to eat!
Tofu, rice, bok choy, stir fried veggies and cauliflower.
Okay! This was part one. We will have part two next week.
Penang was one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite places and I completely understand why. It’s the kind of place that feels right. From the people, to the food, to the humid air, to the art, and even the grimy streets and loud motorbikes – it all just works. Anthony Bourdain liked to talk shit about vegetarians and especially, vegans. This never bothered me. I’ve met a lot of annoying vegans. I get it.
That said, I’ve never believed that in order to fully experience and appreciate traveling to new places in the world, you have to eat all the food, including meat and seafood. If you eat meat, then sure, why not! Dig in and enjoy. But, if you don’t eat meat, the experience of traveling isn’t less than. It’s like saying that Luanne and I don’t have a real marriage because we’re two women. It doesn’t add up.
We’re all having this rich and intoxicating human experience, regardless of what we eat or don’t eat. He might have felt differently but I don’t hold it against the guy. He was my number one man crush and his voice and storytelling will be missed. He made far away places seem less far away and he brought people together more than he probably knew.
Rest easy Bourdain, may you be at peace, surrounded by meat on a stick.
Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with exploring this wondrous world.
Go over here for part 2 of our Malaysia trip where we explore the capital, Kuala Lumpur.