• Appetizers at Casa do Pescador
    Food,  Travel

    Where to Eat in Porto Portugal

    One of the top highlights of our trip to Porto was the food. Rodrigo and I both went to Porto with very little knowledge of Portuguese food beforehand. I did a bit of research on different dishes to keep an eye on, but we were really hoping to get insider tips (as we usually do) from our Airbnb host. We found the following restaurants through a variety of sources: Elsa—our helpful Airbnb host, Google Maps reviews, and other travel publications and articles. 1. Café Santiago Café Santigao is probably the most touristy restaurant on this list, but I think it’s important to include it because it gives you a solid…

  • Machu Picchu / Photo by Cialina T-H

    Llamas and Snow

    Two weekends ago, I left my Leica point-and-shoot film camera on the IKEA Ferry on the way to Red Hook. It took me four hours (basically on the way back to Manhattan) to realize it was even missing. Rodrigo said I had acted like it was “the end of the world”. I was more upset over the lost film than the actual camera itself (even though the camera also had sentimental value). I don’t care if I have to spend $100 for another camera exactly like it, but I didn’t know if I was ever going to get a chance to go to Machu Picchu again! Needless to say, I…

  • Food

    Rewarding Meal: Homemade Pesto and Steak

    I’ve been really good at eating healthier for the last few weeks. I would have thought that now that I am back to cooking for one, I would revert back to my college eating habits. When I lived back at the dorm, my cooking routine was severely limited to quick, cheap, and easy meals such as mac and cheese, lots of pasta, lots of rice dishes. I rarely bought any vegetables or fruits because most of the time they spoiled before I was able to use it all. I made the most of my money and I hated seeing food go to waste. Surprisingly, I am able to keep up…

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    Another Sign of Missing You

    I actually wondered how long it would take before I crack and decide to bake. It’s so easy when you’re here. I don’t have to feel guilty about baking a huge batch when you’re here to eat it all up for me. Or at the very least, help me eat it all up. What makes this banana bread different from the others is that I used frozen bananas for the first time. Right after you left, I stored blackened bananas in a plastic bag in the freezer. I knew that eventually (just two weeks later, apparently) I would crave banana bread. Using frozen bananas isn’t that much different from using…

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    Missing Boyfriend’s Home Cooking

    It didn’t take long before I got tired of cooking for one. It’s only been a week, and my cooking and eating habits have already changed. Food shopping suddenly became a challenge. For months I’ve been shopping for two and I was finally able to buy produce and other perishables without thinking how I can possibly finish it all before it goes bad. Now, the struggle returns of figuring out what to buy. Can I really eat that many string beans within a week? Can I drink that much milk all by myself? And then of course is the cooking. I’m super lazy when it comes to feeding myself. Gone…