Vegetable Market Thimphu

Chiles are ubiquitous in Bhutanese cuisine. Rather than a role as condiment, chiles are given center stage, dominating various dishes as well as the masochistic taste buds of foreign tourists. The Bhutanese do buy and sell food products other than chiles, even if nowhere to be found outside the vegetable market. Like dried yak cheese […]

Gross National Happiness

Greetings from the Land of the Thunder Dragon Bhutan. Why Bhutan? The last and perhaps most mysterious of the Forbidden Kingdoms, a place where Gross Domestic Product is measured in units of Happiness rather than Productivity. It is also a nation-state, in its struggle for modernity, that has exiled nearly one-third of its population because […]