Spanish & Tapas

Tinto de Verano

When most people think of fruity Spanish drinks, sangria comes to mind. However, if you want to live like a local, you should be sipping tinto de verano, often called ‘tinto’. Everyone has a different recipe, but it generally meets several criteria. First, it’s made with cheap red wine, that’s the deal. This is a …

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10 Essential Lisbon Food Experiences

So Lisbon stole my heart, pretty much right off the bat. From the moment I realized I could figure out the metro system without incident at midnight (thanks for the delayed flight, as always, Vueling). Walking through the Baixa district at night on the way to check in at my AirBnB, meeting my hilarious and …

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Dessert Vegetarian

Banoffee Waffles

Lately, I’ve been planning a special brunch for my family who will be visiting me in Spain in two weeks! Unless you’re a close friend or family who I’ve cooked for, you might not know that I have an obsession with planning meal spreads. Not just one, but as many dishes as I can fit …

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The Challenges of Moving Abroad as a First Time Expat

  I’m 24 years old and I have officially been living in Spain for six months. As I have just submitted my application for renewal to the Auxiliares de Conversacion program in Spain, I’m realizing how much time flies. It feels as if I just arrived a month ago. And yet, I’ve been fortunate enough …

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Gluten Free Vegan Vegetarian

Tropical Coconut Tofu Bowl with Mango Salsa

I’m always looking for new recipes to make for my vegan and vegetarian, offering more interesting and colorful options – that aren’t salad. Tofu, often cooked in panko crumbs is great – but I wanted to use something different that went well with a tropical salsa, so I went with a more coconut-heavy breading. Unsweetened …

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Carnival in Spain

After a couple of months of living in Spain, Halloween spirit was in full swing at the primary schools where I work. Halloween is still relatively new to Spain, only gaining major traction in the past four or five years. Seeing my friends at home get into the spirit with their costumes and parties on …

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Classic Spanish Spice Blend

  Here’s the big secret to a lot of my latest recipes! When I first boxed up my prided kitchen in Virginia and packed my bags for Spain, one of the hardest goodbyes was to my spice collection. I knew I wouldn’t get my suitcase successfully through airport customs with a box of fifty open …

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Why You Should Experience Traveling Alone

I’ve noticed over the years that people react a certain way when they hear I go places alone, like to shows, restaurants or traveling. But to be honest, I prefer it that way a lot of the time. There’s nothing like good company, but that should include yourself. It’s important to have a strong enough …

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Fig and Pig Pizza

When I was at Brew Dog in Berlin with a friend of mine, we were talking about crazy pizza combinations. Brew Dog had a fantastic menu full of unexpected options and toppings – sending me into inspiration overload. But they were missing one that Becky mentioned – fig and pig. As a matter of fact, I …

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Favorites Gluten Free Whole30

Ultimate Whole30 Nachos

For anyone who has done Whole30, you probably know that the addition of potatoes to the compliant food list is a game changer. Though one is advised to consume in moderation, we’re relieved to have the option when we crave comfort food. When you’re on that 30 day journey of clean eating, you’ll feel good, …

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Blue Bacon Crostini

I’ve been on a serrano jamone overload lately in Spain – it’s such a tasty product here and is more affordable than back in the U.S. But I’ve decided it’s time to get back to my roots with some super classic pork belly. These crostinis were originally an idea I had for an appetizer when …

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5 Essential Berlin Food Experiences

I found it incredibly difficult to pinpoint what defines Berlin’s food scene. German cuisine is unique in its own, but there’s so much more to the city’s restaurant culture, a result of the city’s incredible multicultural population and catching onto progressive culinary trends. From street food to fancy Korean dinners, I got to try it …

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Spanish & Tapas Vegetarian

Iberian-Inspired Empanadas

I have a new obsession… empanadas! Or as they say here in Spain, “empanadillas.” I love these versatile pockets of magic. I had tried the classic flavors at local panderias filled with pisto and carne, but hadn’t come across many cheese-based fillings for some reason. So needless to say, I was ready to take it …

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7 Inspiring Things to do in Seville

Seville offers the best of Southern Spain. Music, food, art, history, beauty and wonderful people. I had visited as a child with my family and returned nearly 20 years later with my boyfriend. It was his first time visiting Spain and I wanted to bring him somewhere truly magical after spending several weeks in my …

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Honey Chipotle Roasted Chicken

It all started when I found chipotle chiles in adobo sauce in El Corte Ingles. Wait… let me back up a little. In Spain, the ‘international food’ aisle is far more limited than what I’m used to in the U.S. It has not been an easy adjustment for those of us whose lives depend on …

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5 Roman Food Markets

After a lot of research and sifting through blogs, I compiled a list of Rome’s food markets before my travels and made it my mission to visit as many of them as I could in 3 days. I made it to 5. Why not more? Because Rome is HUGE and these markets are spread out …

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10 Reasons to Visit Florence, Italy

#1 Its beauty Florence is an all around beautiful and charming city. The classic, old world architecture, colorful buildings and cobblestone streets are just as you’d imagine. The piazzas are enchanting places to gather, enjoy gelato and people watch. The river flows right through the city and is lined by tall, multicolored buildings. While on …

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Spanish & Tapas

Simple Tapas Spreads

Some tapas can be complex, served one at a time and requiring abuela’s super secret recipe. Sometimes you’ll find them served together like a antipasti plate. When I’m serving others, I prefer to have the table full from the get go so that I’m not chained to the kitchen. I personally also enjoy savoring variety …

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