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Sunday Pancakes!

In San Francisco, Sunday = brunch. As fun as that scene can be in a city full of foodies and #glutenfree #cleaneaters, let’s not forget the joys you can whip up in your own kitchen! I’ve been in a pancake mood recently. I’ve been exclusively using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pancake Mix. Let me know […]

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Have You Had Your Greens Today? My Top 3 Daily Smoothies

Will Ferrell once sang “Mondays, how I hate Mondays. They make me so steamed. Weekends! I prefer the weekends!” Well, the weekend has ended, and it is indeed Monday. Here are my favorite smoothie recipes to cool you down from being so steamed, and smoothies are a great way to kick the week off healthy— […]

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The cabbages are excited to go into the oven.

Slovak Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

Last week when I wrote this post about my favorite Slovak foods, my aunt expressed her consternation on my Facebook page. She couldn’t believe that I would post mouth-watering photos of scrumptrilescent kitchen creations without instructing my readers on how to actually make them. Here are the instructions for Slovak Stuffed Cabbages (or halupkis in Slovak) per […]

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My Top 4 Slovak Smorgasbord Standbys

As a child growing up in New Jersey, I was hot and cold when it came to my grandmother’s Slovak cooking. I loved when she would make modern recipes with a Slovak twist, but I wasn’t too keen on some of the more traditional options like kolachki (butter cookies) or halusky (buttery cheese curd noodles). […]

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4 Highlights on Your Road Trip from SF to LA

I met my friend Brielle when we worked together in the Dominican Republic with student travel company Rustic Pathways. Brielle was my salsa, merengue, and bachata dance teacher in the DR, and she’s even taught my students several dance lessons in my Spanish class since then. I had the pleasure of hitting the travel trail with her […]

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Global #Foodtography Obsession

I’ve been a steady Instagram user since last summer when I traveled to Spain. It was the first time I had ever purchased an international data plan for my cell phone, so whenever I took a really cool photo, I wanted friends at home to be able to see right away. I took photos of La […]

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3 Tips for Art, Architecture, and Athletics Enthusiasts in Madrid

Smart travelers on a mission never underestimate the importance of prioritizing and planning ahead. If you’re coming to Madrid to soak up its art offerings and athletic events, you want to avoid becoming distracted by everything else Spain’s capital has to offer. Fortunately there are tools at your disposal to ensure that you check those […]

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3 Cheap Hotels Near Madrid’s Best Food Spots

Historically, Madrid isn’t considered an eating destination, but luckily for foodies, that has changed a lot recently. The future of Madrid’s food scene looks brighter still, as well-known chefs continue to move into the city from all around Spain, fusing their own style with Madrid’s traditional fare. Madrid’s Michelin-rated Santceloni in the north of the […]

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Top 5 Hotels in Madrid

Madrid’s most expensive hotels, such as the The Ritz* and The Westin Palace,* don’t make this list, as their prices aren’t realistic for most travelers. The hotels on this list all have two things in common: They boast strategic locations throughout the city, and there’s something unique about each one that makes it a stand […]

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Top 3 Activities for a Long Weekend in Madrid

Madrid’s location in the geographic heart of Spain is advantageous to some travelers, but a curse for others. Many travelers report rushing through Madrid because they haven’t allotted enough time in their itinerary. This blog will help you out if you just realized you’re in the same situation. Here are the top three Madrid experiences […]

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