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Smoky Chicken Carnitas Bowl (Whole30 + GF)

I’ve been making this chicken carnitas recipe for years now due to its simplicity and versatility. It’s a relatively healthy recipe that is also cost effective and crowd pleasing! Earlier this week I was thinking about what recipes I could make for me and my AWESOME mom – while not going overboard with heavy ingredients. …

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5 Charming Day Trips from Murcia, Spain

I’m hoping that if you’re reading this, you’re a soon-to-be expat in Murcia, Spain. You’re planning all of the details of your visa paperwork, starting to check out flats on Milanuncios, sifting through posts on the Facebook group for auxiliares in Murcia and thinking about all of the traveling you’ll do while living in Spain. …

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8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Valencia

  1. Enjoying the one-of-a-kind tourist attractions I don’t throw these words around in the form of recommendations lightly. But Valencia’s ‘tourist attractions’ are probably among the cutest in the world, especially for kids. I could wait to bring these photos back to Murcia to show my students. Chances are, you’ll easily stumble across these …

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A Quick Guide to Belem

The Tower of Belem is on every list of things to do when you visit Lisbon, but it’s not exactly in Lisbon. Belem is actually about five miles from the vibrant, seven-hilled center and it’s its own charming little escape from the hustle and bustle. You’ll probably want to take a bus or taxi to …

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5 Essential Valencian Food Experiences

I visited Valencia for the first time during Holy Week and loved it. It’s a vibrant city with just enough of a small town feel to be able to accomplish a lot in a matter of two days. Most of what I accomplished was eating. Valencia’s regional uniqueness in terms of culinary tradition lived up …

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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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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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