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Bacon, Dates, and Cheese Empanada Recipe

Last summer I visited friends in Fuengirola, Spain, and they made the most incredible dinner. Included was something I had never tried, nor ever even heard of! A bacon, cheese, and date empanada! Somehow all these flavors come together marvelously! I tastes incredible! I couldn’t wait to make it myself! Now I have never made […]

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Exploring La Rioja

The same day that C, J and I visited Mansilla, we drove around many other places in La Rioja. I was particularily excited because it was when all the leaves were beginning to change, so I got to see a colorful countryside. On our way to Mansilla in the morning, we stopped for coffee at […]

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Mansilla, nothing quite like it

A month or so ago, my good friends C and J, and I decided to take a road trip around La Rioja. It was mid-October, the perfect time to explore my new region. We traveled around for the whole day, and seriously, it had to have been one of my favorite days since arriving. My […]

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Laguardia: The Guard of Navarra

     A few weekends ago I made a day trip out to what has to have been one of the most beautiful little towns I have been to in Spain. Laguardia (not to be confused with the airport in Queens NYC) is an incredibly well-preserved medieval fortress town about 30 minutes outside of Logroño. Perched […]

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Expat Thanksgiving 2011

One of the days when I get the most homesick has to be Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has always been a time for me and my family, especially my mom. Seeing everyone’s Turkey Day statuses on Thursday while I had to work 9 hours was less than thrilling. Last year in Córdoba, my Spanish friend C’s family […]

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November Update!

Hi everyone! I feel like I have been so late with posting things on here! I have been inundated with work and things to do that I have very little time for writing. I have a bunch of new blogging projects coming up which I am super excited about and can’t wait to share on […]

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Marqués de Riscal

Last week I traveled to what can considered to be one of the finest, prestigious, and craziest looking wineries in Spain. Marqués de Riscal is a name that commands respect. Part bodega, park luxury hotel, Marqués de Riscal is a definite must-see if you ever make it up to La Rioja. The winery dates back […]

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Wall of Burgos


“Mio Cid Ruy Diaz por Burgos entrava, en su compaña lx. pendones levava. Exien lo ver mugieres e varones, burgeses e burgesas por las finiestras son, plorando de los ojos tanto avien el dolor. De las sus bocas todos dizian una razon” ¡Dios, que buen vassalo! ¡Si oviesse buen señor!” El cantar de mio Cid, […]

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Pincho of the Week: Sepia

Another wonderful pincho in Logroño can be found on Laurel at a bar/restaurant called el mesón del abuelo (literally, Grandpa’s Tavern) and it’s called pincho de sepia and it’s delicious! Sepia is Spanish for cuttlefish which is a type of squid/octopus, wait don’t stop reading-I promise it tastes like heaven! Basically it is chopped-up cuttlefish […]

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My first La Rioja Winery: Bodegas Muga

Map of La Rioja, Haro is on the top left I have finally made it to a winery in La Rioja (after being here for a month). Better late than never, right? La Rioja is famous for it’s red wine, especially in Haro, the wine-producing center. So my friends and I made a reservation to […]

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