Travelling Via Google

I love to travel, but like many of us, my travel budget is pretty limited. I recently found an interesting way to see many parts of the world that I would otherwise never get a chance to see.

First off, we need to start with the Google Map street view. For those who are unaware, if you go to Google’s mapping site and you zoom in close enough, you have the ability to see the “street view” as if you were standing on that street. You can turn 360 degrees and see from any angle and even advance down the street one way or another. This has been around for quite a while.

I use street view quite a bit when I am going to a new place. While I am a good reader of maps, it is helpful to have the view that the entrance to the parking lot is just past the gas station or there is only a little sign on the storefront so you might miss it if you are looking for something bigger.

It is rare that I will use street view on a random basis to peer into other cultures and other daily lives. A site called MapCrunch helps you do just that. The site will randomly send you to a place around the world and give you the Google street view from there. You have the ability to narrow down the country or decide if you want an urban view but I like taking what it gives me.

More often than not, the view is of a lonely narrow road. In many cases that road is not a paved one. You will often see farmers and their animals, trails in the forest, grand prairies or in some cases regular old suburbia. With your next click you are off to a different random place. It once sent me to Antartica and I was looking at a bunch of penguins.

It really gives you an appreciation of both the similarities we have in the world (at least where the Google camera cars and walkers have been) and how much wide open space there is.

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After exploring it is time for some Mu Shu Chicken!

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This is a pretty easy dish even though it has quite a few ingredients.

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I’ve made this both with chicken and shrimp and it works well both ways.

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With the cabbage.

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All sauced up.

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A surprisingly light and flavorful lunch or dinner.

Mu Shu Chicken or shrimp

Prep Time: 0 hr 0 min | Cook Time: 0 hr 0 min | Makes: 4 | Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into strips or 1 1/2 lbs 21-29 count shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 16 ounces shredded cabbage
  • 4 green onions, chopped and divided
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp plum preserves or plum sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp Thai chili paste
  • Tortillas


In a skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and start stir frying. Now add the chicken or shrimp. When nearly done, add the cabbage (in batches if necessary), half the green onions and the carrot. Cook till all is tender.

Now add remaining ingredients, except the reserved green onions. Continue to stir fry till sauce is cooked through and all is hot. Sprinkle the top with green onions and serve in warmed tortillas.

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Categories: Chicken2, Chinese, Fried, kosher, Low Carb, Lunch3, Main Dish 3, Recipes, Seafood, Vegetable4

Author:The Ranting Chef

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