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Quick, fun , easy, healthy hummus recipe in your blender!

Homemade Lemon-garlic Hummus

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m having trouble thinking of appetizers. The main course and dessert for Thanksgiving are so easy, because we know what we’re supposed to make. But the appetizers for Thanksgiving seem a little vague. Throw in the fact that I’ve been gluten free and dairy free for a month now […]

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An Afternoon in Málaga

After three days of Airbnb bliss in Valencia in July, it was time to make my way south towards the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain. A short-ish train ride from Valencia back through Madrid, and then a straight shot south through Córdoba, my afternoon in Málaga ended up exactly as I had imagined. […]

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Fresh produce lunch on the charming outdoor terrace at my delightful Airbnb in Valencia.

Summer Produce in Spain’s Markets

After two weeks Airbnb-ing around Spain, friends and family asked me, “What was your favorite part about Spain? Was it Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, or was it seeing Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco at the Prado?” My answer every time is “the tomatoes.” The Mediterranean climate makes Spain the perfect place to grow technicolor produce. I […]

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chicken and veggies

Local Organic Tomato Pizza

Your Labor Day picnic is just around the corner, and I’m right there with you when I hear you say you’re not in the mood for a greasy burger on the grill or a fake-meat carcinogenic hot dog. Here’s how I prepare my own pizzas at home in the oven with vegetables purchased from my […]

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Spanish Salmorejo Soup

Happy Monday everyone! I’d appreciate your feedback as Savvy CitiZen opens up a new category on the blog: cooking. Ever since moving to San Francisco two years ago, the foodie capital of the world, it’s pretty impossible not to want to try cooking something up yourself in your own kitchen. This is my first full […]

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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentinian Patagonia

Argentina in Four Weeks

Do yourself a favor, and don’t fly down to Argentina if you have only four weeks. The world’s eighth largest country, not to mention the world’s largest Spanish-speaking country, is not ideal for such a short trip. While Shane and I did indeed hit the most beautiful sights during our trip to Argentina in 2011, […]

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Ediza Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness

Wilderness Backpacking in California

After starting the new year off right in Big Sur, Shane and I wanted to continue exploring California’s backcountry, but at a more intense level. I certainly recommend Big Sur as a stop-off on your trip down the California 1, though it may be a tad overrated as a destination in and of itself. While […]

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Running Around Spain

I’ve been “running around Spain” in the literal sense, actually- I’ve been in Spain since Saturday, and I was dedicated enough to bring my running shoes, along with my portable Manduka yoga mat. This has indeed been a perfect yoga mat for travel. It is about 2 pounds and folds nicely on top of itself […]

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American India Foundation (AIF) Youth Summit

Dear Savvy Readers! I apologize for not having written in a while. School, with all the students’ end of year goings-on, does in fact get really busy towards the end of the year, and unfortunately one of my favorite activities, that is, blogging, got left and neglected at the bottom of the to-do list. I’ve […]

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Photo by Ruth Housenbold

Mi Pueblo Supermercado

My favorite teaching experiences have always been those in which I get to bring my students into a culturally immersive environment. Earlier this month, my 6th grade Spanish students and I went along with their moms to Mi Pueblo supermarket in East Palo Alto. (There is also a location in Mountain View.) We rode our school […]

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