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I went all the way to Portugal to eat Pastéis de Nata, and it was worth it.

OK, truth be told, this tasty treat wasn’t the ONLY reason I went to Portugal . . . but Pastéis de nata was the first thing on my list of...

Eating through San Sebastian: a love note for this culinary corner

I was so overwhelmed, so intrigued, so inspired, and so impressed with the food from the Basque Country that when I arrived home after my first trip, I simply couldn’t...

Beach bars at their best: the Spanish chiringuito

I once read on a language learning thread that chiringuito is one of those words that simply cannot be translated from Spanish to English. “Beach bar” is as close as...

Tips for planning the perfect vacation

There’s no such thing as a perfect getaway, but there is still a pressure that accompanies your vacation. While planning your next escape, keep these things in mind. You will...

An ode to the murals of Buenos Aires

Ok, not an ode, per se: this isn’t exactly a lyrical stanza, but it does celebrate one of the things that sparked my love of photography and of things gritty,...

The dilemma of a travel writer: a random rant on my chosen hobby and on Achebe’s “Africa Is People”

I’m a California native living in Barcelona and studying African writers. Weird, I know. On the surface, this sounds like the most massive identity crisis of culture and career ....

2015, beautiful “Pah-ree,” and Je Suis Charlie: my time in Paris during a terrorist attack

“My beautiful Holidays-in-Paris vacation ended with a terrorist attack.” Not exactly a phrase I’d ever expect to say. Our last day in Paris was supposed to have been the typical...

Lecce: the (uncrowded) “Florence of Southern Italy”

It is amazing how many incredible places in Italy are still seemingly untouched by mass tourism. Like my husband always says, “for every San Gimignano there are a thousand other...

Shrimp, snails, and bull tails: highlights of Andalusian cuisine

There is little else in the world as exciting to me as setting foot on new soil and discovering menus full of things I’ve never had. I’m in that special...

Opolo Vineyards 2010 Mountain Zinfandel

I love it when a Zinfandel is done right. Opolo hit a hole-in-one with this wine. Perhaps I should clarify when I mean when I say a Zinfandel is “done...