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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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Three 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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Thanksgiving Menu 2014: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free

Thanksgiving 2014 was so exciting for Shane and me, because it was our first time hosting! I was also really excited, because I had studied up on a bunch of gluten-free and dairy-free recipes: 1. Butternut Squash with Red Onion I got this recipe from one of the world’s best cooks, Susan Colb. She instructed […]

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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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