Traipsing Through Trastevere, Rome
Apr09

Traipsing Through Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere is the kind of neighborhood that every travel photographer dreams of–think of buildings splashed in warm colors and adorned with laundry drying in the Roman sun, ivy snaking from window to window, and bicycles propped against textured ochre walls. However, picturesque backdrops and photo ops didn’t lure me into this not-so-secret Roman neighborhood. As with many things on this trip to Rome, my plans were based...

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Eating Italy Food Tours Part II
Apr03

Eating Italy Food Tours Part II

If you haven’t read the first part of my experience with Eating Italy Food Tours, take a look here.  After a thorough tour of the Testaccio Market, we were off for a sit-down meal in one of Testaccio’s best restaurants: Flavio al Velavevodetto. The restaurant is located at the base of a (wo)man-made hill that is the result of Romans throwing away their used terracotta pots. If you look closely at the photos...

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Devouring Rome with Eating Italy Food Tours
Mar22

Devouring Rome with Eating Italy Food Tours

I went on a fantastic trip to Rome last month and one of the absolute highlights was the food tour that I went on; courtesy of Eating Italy Food Tours. I had never been on a dedicated food tour before, and I couldn’t contain my excitement to explore The Eternal City via the kitchens and eateries of Italians who’ve kept their specialties in the family for generations. What drew me to Eating Italy Food Tours...

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Patatas a La Riojana: Rioja-Style Potatoes
Mar17

Patatas a La Riojana: Rioja-Style Potatoes

There is something so comforting about potatoes. They’re a guilty pleasure on a cold day whether they’re baked and smothered in butter and sour cream, mashed, tossed in a stew, or puréed into a soup. They’re hearty, filling, and during the long winter, make an appearance in my kitchen often. Luckily for me, I’m not far from the Basque Region of Álava, known Iberia-over for their potatoes. Patatas a La...

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How To Eat Like a Spaniard
Nov15

How To Eat Like a Spaniard

It takes awhile to assimilate into a new country’s eating habits and not make a fool out of yourself at the dining table. I still remember during my first few months in Spain, my host mom not-so-subtly telling me a story about how a high-ranking official from North America came to rub elbows with other politicians here in Spain. This person apparently sat down at the table and ate the whole meal with their hand resting...

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(Re)exploring Ballard: Bastille
Oct25

(Re)exploring Ballard: Bastille

  If you were to ask me what I love most about Seattle, first I’d tell you that I think it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, despite traveling to a decent amount of places in this world. Then, I’d confess—that its neighborhoods are what I really love. From hipster-populated Capitol Hill to the student-friendly U-District, to funky Fremont, every neighborhood in the city has its own unique vibe, and I always stumble...

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