Travel

12 Essential Budapest Food Experiences

I’m so thrilled to finally be getting to this post. Budapest was the last leg of our big Christmas trip. A couple of months have gone by and I’ve had time to let the memories steep and time to reflect on the menus I wish I’d ordered more from. Of Prague, Athens and Budapest, I …

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Art Travel

Exploring Athens Through Street Art

Athens is an interesting city to characterize. There’s no simple way to do it. We were the classic example of tourists who came from across the world to see the sight of history’s earliest democracy. A couple of young Americans, recently graduated with degrees in philosophy and political science. Picture perfect story line or what, …

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Art Travel

Charming Chalkboards of Prague & Budapest

Prague and Budapest had everything you could want in European destinations – stunning city centers, history, great food, varied  restaurants, a busy buzz around town, diverse museums, an edgy side, friendly locals, easy transportation, a sense of safety and even an artsy side. Street art was visible in Prague, though this scene was not quite …

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Art

12 Bubbly Illustrations to Brighten Your Kitchen in 2019

It has been two months since I opened my Etsy shop, TheMadKitchenShop  and so far, the project has been a blast. While big successes, such as sales and attention take time, I’ve considered the knowledge gained to be a success. I’ve learned quite a bit about Etsy as an artist’s platform How to safely ship delicate pieces …

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Travel

11 Essential Athens Food Experiences

1. Falafel from Falafellas I can’t say enough good things about Falafellas. I had read about it prior to our visit on a couple of other blog posts and was intrigued immediately. The real thing lived up to the hype. Falafellas offers a small menu – two sizes of falafel wraps and two sizes of …

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Travel

10 Essential Prague Food Experiences

Damn, it feels good to be documenting the delights a new location for the first time in… eight months?? Has it really been that long since my last border-crossing travel? Well, I was back in the U.S. for awhile over the summer, working my butt off to get myself back to Spain for another year’s …

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Art

Curated Christmas Gifts for 10 Types of Foodies

Hola fellow foodies! I’m glad you’re here to be a part of what I’m about to do. I’m officially introducing a new facet to my blog which I am equally as passionate about as food and travel – ART. Most of my friends and family know this about me, as I have been drawing since …

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Spanish & Tapas Vegetarian

Mediterranean Kitchen Sink Pasta

Boxed pasta has a reputation for being a cheap and easy way to feed yourself at home, especially for the less gastronomically-inclined chefs. Usually we resort to red sauce from a jar with little to no complexity or handmade elements. My boyfriend and partner-in-culinary-crime, Jeff, is a vegetarian and I frequently find new small ways …

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Favorites Vegetarian

Jamaican Jerk Fried Pickles

Three incredible things: Jamaican jerk flavoring, pickling and crunchy fried pickles. All in one. This started as what my friends and I would refer to as a ‘stoner’ recipe, as it’s an unexpected (and seemingly downright bizarre) flavor combination, but it works when you have that craving for something salty and crunchy. I made this …

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Favorites Vegetarian

Truffle Garlic Parmesan Macaroni & Cheese

I recently learned how to make bechamel sauce, thus I have been concocting a ton of crazy macaroni and cheese combinations as cheese sauce is a very practical derivative and skill to have in the kitchen. Diverse for so many recipes, I’ve been working on quesos, drizzles for nachos and pasta sauces. I’ve narrowed down …

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Travel

An Expat’s Guide to Murcia, Spain

If you’re reading this, my guess is you’re a new expat or student getting ready to move to this special little city called Murcia, and you’re looking for some information about living here. When I was first accepted to a Spanish teaching program that places North Americans across Spain, I was imagining life in an …

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Travel

5 Places to Eat & Drink in the Lisbon Sun

I’ve mentioned in previous posts how much I enjoy being able to sit outside and eat and drink – a practice much more common in Europe than in the US. When you’re in a new place traveling or living, you can learn so much from observing while enjoying the local cuisine or street food. People …

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Clean Eating

Whole30 How To

I have always held the philosophy that you should enjoy yourself and enjoy food, within moderation. Life is too short. I had never been one to ‘diet’ or go along with something food-related in which you had to be ‘compliant’. That word was a real turn off for me when I first heard of Whole30. …

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