In the last few months, I've been getting involved with a fantastic organization here in Madrid called Madrid For Refugees (for more information on their work, check out this post on the first cooking class I took with them). MFR has a branch called Chefugee that works specifically with refugee chefs to help raise funds … Continue reading Guest Post for Madrid For Refugees!
It's now Wednesday and I'm still reeling from the incredible (if not overwhelming) two days I spent in Paris this weekend. I ate French cheese and an award-winning baguette in the sunshine under the Eiffel Tower. I drank wine from all the major wine regions in France. I saw the Louvre and the Jardin du … Continue reading Tout Seule in the City of Love: A Photo Journal from a Weekend in Paris
What do you do when you find a flight to Paris for 36 Euros? You buy it, obviously, and figure the rest out later. Never in a million years did I ever think that this would be my life someday, but here we are. My time living in Europe is quickly (too quickly) coming to … Continue reading Planning for Paris
It’s graduation season and these last few days I’ve found myself reflecting on my college experience (and how I’ve used my degree since graduating…). I spent four incredible years at Smith College in Western Massachusetts, and I owe so much of who I am to that time, that place, and those people. Smith was where … Continue reading On Bread, Idealism, and Paradise
I arrived in Madrid for the first time jet-lagged and frantic and sweaty, toting a backpack more than half my size. It only took about 20 minutes of riding the bus from the airport for me to fall in love with the city. The architecture was unlike anything I’d seen before, old and ornate and … Continue reading Learning from the Best: A Cooking Class with Chefugee
San Sebastián (or Donostia) is located in the Bay of Biscay on the northern coast of Spain, about 20 km from the border with France. It’s one of the major cities of Basque Country, an autonomous community similar to Catalunya in the sense that it has its own language and distinct cultural heritage that’s different … Continue reading Weird and Wonderful Bites of San Sebastián
Part 1: My Story The Beauty of Wine I never enjoyed red wine until I visited Spain for the first time. I was exploring new places, discovering new ways of life, and tasting new things. My first sip of Ribera del Duero wine during my first night in Madrid on my first ever trip to … Continue reading On Women and Wine
For someone who loves eating, thinking about, and talking about food as much as I do, I’m admittedly not much of a cook. I’m not terrible per se. I’ve never set anything on fire and my meals turn out at least mostly edible. But I certainly don’t possess a natural skill for it. It’s not … Continue reading Tortilla de Patatas
What do you think about when you lie awake during sleepless nights? If you're me, you think about cheese pirates. For some reason I couldn't get this story out of my head last night. I remember reading about it a few months ago. The EU is cracking down on Mexican-made Manchego cheese, insisting that in … Continue reading Cheese Pirates!
Flavors and facts from my first solo travel experience Easter in Spain means extravagant parades, ceremonies, and (for us non-religious folk) time off during the earliest and loveliest days of spring. For me, this turned into an opportunity to do something I have always wanted to try: traveling solo. After worrying that eating alone at … Continue reading Highlights from Portugal