istanbul

The history and cuisine of Istanbul is so much different than anything else I have ever experienced.  Once located at the crossroads of the spice trade between Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Istanbul’s food boasts some of the most diverse flavors and influences in the world.  This, in addition to the insanely low prices (a turkish lire is about 54 cents USD!), created some incredible street food, market shopping, and other culinary experiences.

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ladurée

Ladurée is a 149 year old luxoury cake and pastery shop based in Paris that purportedly invented the macaroon.  This amazing little bakery is one of the most famous macaroon shops in the world – they sell fifteen thousand every day!  These macaroon have become even more famous since they were used in both Gossip Girl and in the movie Marie Antoinette. Tourists and locals can both be seen proudly toting the pale green shopping bags, full of hundreds of dollars worth of sweets, up and down the Champs-Elysées.  Since macaroons are one of my favorite foods, I obviously had to check this place out while I was in Paris.  I have to say it was well worth the 30 minute wait and the jarring 1.65 euro price tag (that would be for one two-bite treat!)

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paris


I guess this past weekend trip to Paris was just what I needed to motivate myself to post again!  It has been so hard keeping up while I’ve been in Spain.  This was the perfect time of year to visit Paris.  It wasn’t quite unbearably cold yet and the city had just opened all of the Christmas markets and put up decorations.  As a side note, missing Thanksgiving completely made me a little homesick for the USA!

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la boqueria

I would like to preface this post by apologizing for my lack of posting.  I am actually in Barcelona right now for the semester and I have been slightly preoccupied doing everything except blogging.  It has been warm enough to go to the beach until this past week, so I’m thinking I can start posting more regularly again!  Everything about this city is incredible, the food, the beach, the weather….. I never want to go home.  My one complaint I guess would have to be that my kitchen has no oven and no window.  Not something that a college student should care about, I know, but it is keeping me from posting!  Hopefully I can start documenting my oven-less creations on a more regular basis.

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