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Finding food and friends on a 62,000 mile journey




At the Great Pyramids of Giza south of Cairo, Allan Karl contemplates whether he might be better served on a camel than an motorcycle while traveling in the Sahara.
At the Great Pyramids of Giza south of Cairo, Allan Karl contemplates whether he might be better served on a camel than an motorcycle while traveling in the Sahara.
Allan Karl
At the Great Pyramids of Giza south of Cairo, Allan Karl contemplates whether he might be better served on a camel than an motorcycle while traveling in the Sahara.
Allan Karl is slowed down by sand as he heads north from Khartoum to Wadi Halfa in Eastern Sudan, along the route of the Nile River. T
Allan Karl
At the Great Pyramids of Giza south of Cairo, Allan Karl contemplates whether he might be better served on a camel than an motorcycle while traveling in the Sahara.
Enjoying a waterfall in Colombia, after being guided to the spot by guerrillas in army fatigues
Allan Karl
At the Great Pyramids of Giza south of Cairo, Allan Karl contemplates whether he might be better served on a camel than an motorcycle while traveling in the Sahara.
Allan Karl in Syria, enjoying tea at a gas station
Allan Karl
At the Great Pyramids of Giza south of Cairo, Allan Karl contemplates whether he might be better served on a camel than an motorcycle while traveling in the Sahara.
A 105 year-old man introduced Allan Karl to many generations of his family and showed him his thatched hut, which he explained needed rebuilding every three years: stick, mud and dung.
Allan Karl
At the Great Pyramids of Giza south of Cairo, Allan Karl contemplates whether he might be better served on a camel than an motorcycle while traveling in the Sahara.
The nomadic Himba people of Angola and Namibia live a simple and often harsh life where wondering where the next gallon of water will come from is a daily priority rather than where the next power outlet is to charge a mobile phone or tablet.
Allan Karl
At the Great Pyramids of Giza south of Cairo, Allan Karl contemplates whether he might be better served on a camel than an motorcycle while traveling in the Sahara.
After winding nearly a mile through a narrow ravine, a dry torrent bed known as the Siq, where the towering rose-colored rocks, polished and smoothed through the ages, the glory of a massive tomb, its facade cut into the rock, is revealed with a shaft of shining light through a sliver of a chasm.
Allan Karl
At the Great Pyramids of Giza south of Cairo, Allan Karl contemplates whether he might be better served on a camel than an motorcycle while traveling in the Sahara.
Perhaps the best food in the Old City of Jerusalem can be found in the Muslim Quarter where Allan Karl tasted the best breads, hummus, freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, confection and more.
Allan Karl
At the Great Pyramids of Giza south of Cairo, Allan Karl contemplates whether he might be better served on a camel than an motorcycle while traveling in the Sahara.
Beyond the scenery, grand vistas and difficult roads, Allan Karl found true beauty in the people he met, like Rosal Garcia, who, at 82 years old, still has dreams, passion and wants to learn to read.
Allan Karl


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Jules Verne took us around the world in 80 days.

But Southern California adventurer, Allan Karl traversed the globe alone in three years on the back of a motorcycle. 

He traveled 62,000 miles, pumped over 1100  gallons of gas, crossed over 55 borders on five continents and took 50,000 pictures. 

Allan Karl chronicled his epic journey - and the many tasty meals he ate along the way - in his new book, "Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection".

Take Two's A Martinez spoke with Allan Karl about his experiences in Colombia, Syria, Ecuador and beyond. 

Fattoush Salad recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 English cucumber, peeled, seeded (if necessary), and cut into 1/4″ dice

2 large pitas (preferably pocketless, Mediterranean -style), cut into 3/4″ square pieces

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, premium quality

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste

3 garlic cloves, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 1/4″ dice

1 vine-ripened tomato, seeded and finely chopped

1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped

2 tablespoons stemmed and finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 tablespoon stemmed and finely chopped cilantro

3 tablespoons stemmed and finely chopped mint leaves (save a few sprigs for garnish)

Hearts of romaine, hand torn, rinsed and spun dry, for garnish

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, preferably from sheep’s milk (optional)

1/8 cup pitted kalamata olives (optional)

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Place the diced cucumber into a strainer, sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the pita pieces on a cookie sheet and bake them in the oven until crisp and golden brown, about 20 minutes, shaking the pan 2 or 3 times as they toast. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. (If you’re preparing outdoors, you can toast the pita pieces until crisp and brown in a basket or skillet on a grill or over a fire.)

Make the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Continue whisking until the dressing is emulsified, then stir in the bell pepper, tomato, green onions, parsley, cilantro, mint, pita strips, and cucumber. Season to taste with more salt and pepper and toss well to coat.

Gently toss in feta and olives, if using, and transfer to a large platter garnished with the romaine and the mint sprigs. Serve immediately.