Sevilla was built with narrow streets to give shade to the apartments from the blasting sun. For me, it is the epitome of Spain, or Andalusia at least, the capitol of the southern region.

Going to the doctor’s / Aller chez le médecin

Like most people that move to France, it took me awhile to get my carte vitale. Americans marvel at European health care systems, so not long after I arrived, one night at the dinner table, I wanted to discuss the system with my host parents. Instead they sent me a shock by taking it literally,…


There are a lot of first impressions one can have about this city. It can come off seedy to some and charming to others. Admittedly there are a lot of must’s that everyone does, but once that is done, the city can surprise you.

Thanksgiving à la française

This year will be my fourth Thanksgiving in France. Each year is different, the less attached I feel to the holiday, yet the better I get at doing it from afar. My first year consisted of my American and British friends assembling what we could in our limited and or non-existent kitchens and meeting at…


With an area of over two-hundred square miles, the city that was once divided in three is now a mix of old and new. Beyond the ruin bars and baths, the city has a deep history and unique food scene that’s worth exploring.


The capitol of Scandinavia, the city is comprised up of 14 islands, which means you will get your sea life fix while in a metropolitan city. Admittedly, this is an area that can be a bit expensive for those on a budget, but it shouldn’t stop you from spending a long weekend and exploring a city with so much to offer.


When I think of Florence, I think of art. The Uffizi and Academia galleries. What’s great about Florence is that it feels like a big city and a small town at the same time. If you get a chance, walk around on the south side/left bank of the river. It’s quiet, calm, and residential, ie where the locals are at.


Rome can feel a bit too touristy honestly. But something that made up for it was the golden sunlight and the food. Whether its the sound of the small porcelain plates slamming down on the counter of the coffee bar or the starlings swarming about that sets your heart into aflutter, there’s something for you in Rome.

“So what’s your story? Pourquoi la France?”

Being a foreigner, the opening smalltalk with French people is actually fairly easy. The problem is that I tend to bore myself with the same responses, a story I have edited and shortened over time so as to have a clear, concise response without rambling on too long. The problem is, the answer really never…

Vegetables / Légumes

On Tuesday night, I went to a panel discussion of “local market produce in Paris” with authors Emily Dilling (My Paris Market Cookbook) and Kristen Beddard (Bonjour Kale), and illustrator Jessie Kanelos Weiner (Edible Paradise). I went for a variety of reasons. A blogger I follow has featured some of Jessie’s art on her website, I…