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cmarchibald

Senior Cook
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Tarlac City, Philippines
Well I joined yesterday and managed to jump right into a pile of discussions without finding this forum, first. So please allow me to introduce myself.

I am an American expat living and working in Kuwait, and I will be 33 next month. I have spent half my life overseas. My father was in the US Army and I grew up in Germany and the Pacific. Six years ago I left my life in Atlanta, GA and took a job as a civilian contractor working in Iraq. I worked there for 5.5 years and then left that company in October of last year to move to Kuwait. I now live here and work for a Kuwaiti company.

Thanks to my early exposure to other cultures, I have a deep appreciation for international cuisine. Since living in the Middle East and traveling extensively in Asia, my tastes have changed considerably in the last few years. The 5.5 years I spent in Iraq I wasn't able to cook at all....I lived in a small trailer on a military base and ate all my meals at the dining facility. Since moving to Kuwait I have jumped back into cooking with gusto. Embracing this rediscovered freedom and joy (I LOVE to cook!) has combined with some dietary changes I've made for health reasons. And that's why I came here.

I look up a lot of recipes online and depend heavily on the comments people leave about them, but going to a recipe site doesn't really give you good insight on how to cook and especially how to cook specific things. Some of my dietary restrictions have to do with food allergies, too. And because I am in the Middle East where certain things are illegal (alcohol, pork, etc) and certain things are simply not available (I can only buy one kind of tofu), or certain things are sold in packages with Arabic labeling that I cannot read.....I need lots of help. :)

So that's me. I've already found people here to be very friendly and very helpful. I'm glad I found this site and I look forward to conversing with you all further.
 

BigAL

Sous Chef
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709
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W.KS
Welcome from another noob.:)

Can't wait to learn from your experiences.
 

Alix

Everymom
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I think I already welcomed you in another thread but in case I didn't...WELCOME. I'm glad you jumped right in, thats the best way for us to get to know you and I can't wait to see some of the recipes you will post. I'm envious of your world traveller status! Love to see some stories sometime.
 

CharlieD

Master Chef
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Oct 17, 2004
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USA,Minnesota
And here is another welcome. I'd like to see what you cook and how you adjust for allergies. Btw, what kind of can't you eat?
i my self have a lot of restrictions in cooking so even though i am very glad I do not have allergies i cook as if I did.
 

kadesma

Chef Extraordinaire
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california
Welcome Cmarchibald,
I'm glad you've found us and look forward, to getting to know you better.
kadesma:)
 

Mimizkitchen

Head Chef
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Apr 11, 2010
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Florida
Welcome girl sorry this is late, Andy has kept me busy with the off topic forums!!! :LOL::LOL::LOL: Have fun with us... :):):)
 

cmarchibald

Senior Cook
Joined
Apr 11, 2010
Messages
309
Location
Tarlac City, Philippines
Well I figured I'd bump this thread since a couple months after I posted my "greetings from Kuwait" I moved to the Philippines! I am now living in Tarlac City, about 2.5 hrs north of Manila. On a whole new culinary adventure here!
 

joesfolk

Head Chef
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I am green with envy....globe trotting ...great adventures...new food. Envy!
 

Claire

Master Chef
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Sep 4, 2004
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Location
Galena, IL
Welcome. It just goes to show us brats are pretty darned adventurous! Looking forward to giving advice if we can, and hearing about your adventures!
 

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