What They Don’t Tell You

People back home are often saying to me something along the lines of “Oh! Your life must be like a vacation!” or “Have you gone to [insert European country, city, place of interest or restaurant here] yet?” And I get it. If you’ve never lived abroad, it’s hard to imagine the experience as anything other …

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Messy table with half-eaten meal in Madrid.

(Really) Late Lunch: When to Eat in Spain

Tourists coming to Spain for the first time are often shocked at how late the Spanish eat. Hungry and frustrated, they’re perplexed at 7:00 p.m. when they head out for dinner, only to realize that most restaurants don’t even open until 8:30 p.m. (To say nothing of the fact that the locals won’t be showing …

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garlic head and cloves

In Defense of Unitaskers

I used to work for an American kitchenware retail chain (not the one you’re thinking of; the other one), and we sold all kinds of what were euphemistically called “gadgets,” but what some of us referred to as “money-wasters” or “takers-up-of-precious-kitchen-space.” You know what I’m talking about — tools that are marketed as being the …

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Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Cardamom Rice

This post was supposed to be all about comfort—a favorite comfort food recipe from Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi accompanied by a wise anecdote about finding the comforts of home no matter where you happen to be. But, oh, how things can get screwed up. First, I went to the pollería to get chicken …

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