Is it just me, or do you also tend to get everything in your life (work, personal, family, etc.) crescendo all at once (even when it’s not Mercury in Retrograde)? That was how this weekend was – I spent the weekend managing a case for work, facing my family’s collective anxiety about my nana’s upcoming surgery, sleeping less than normal, while trying to squeeze in … Continue reading Straight Up Now Tell Me
…an IBS sufferer (I can imagine your disappointment as it’s not nearly as exciting as Lizzo). I had originally planned to tell you of these fantastic arepas that I had multiple times this summer, but my stomach had other plans for me today. Specifically a lack of interest in eating. Since the middle of the summer, I’ve gone into overdrive focusing on self care. This … Continue reading I just took a DNA test – turns out I’m 100%…
The date says we’re moving into fall but the temperature outside in Philadelphia would make you think otherwise. By now, we’ve established that I’m not particularly a fan of the heat (if we haven’t – Hi I’m Jacki and I prefer temperate climates where I barely break a sweat while hiking outside because it’s so cool). When I looked at the forecast this week and … Continue reading But I thought it was fall
We were both in Madrid when I first saw you I close my eyes and the flashback starts I’m sitting there On a veranda in summer air See the people, the tables, and all the pintxos See you stand out among the spread And I say, “Prendo tener” Little did I care That you were Tortilla Española, the one I heard about And my stomach … Continue reading A Love Story (a la Taylor Swift)
In the year or so that I’ve been writing on this blog, I’ve focused primarily on food and the food cultures through my travels. And while I have plenty more to stay about the food in Spain, before we leave the Asturias region there’s an experience that deserves its own post: sidra (or cider). I’m not a huge cider drinker. After coming to terms with … Continue reading Salud!
I’m not a heat person. Don’t get me wrong – I like when the weather is warm enough that we can start spending time outdoors. But the oppressive summer heat that we can experience in Philadelphia is too much for me – unless I have access to a water source for some relief (cough, the ocean, cough). In late June, I was fortunate enough to … Continue reading In need of vitamin sea
I’m a sucker for food-themed movies and TV shows (shocker of the year, I know). I couldn’t wait to watch Pixar’s Bao short film, and considered even going to the movies to be able to catch it before it showed up on YouTube. For some reason, even though I have eaten my fair share of Japanese gyoza in the last couple of years, soup dumplings … Continue reading Bao wow wow yippy-o yippy-yay
Starting to feel like I ghosted you (a la Jed and his IRL gf)? I personally cannot believe it’s taken me this long to write and my apologies for that. Prior to the start of the summer, I thought it would be great to have two international trips (so much content) back to back (again, so much content) – and then they happened. Then I … Continue reading Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?
In preparing to go to China, I sought out the advice of others who had been, in order to prepare myself as I anticipated that there were going to be some significant cultural challenges. The recommendation that came up over and over again from the folks I spoke with was to bring comfort food from home (such as oatmeal if that is how you start … Continue reading You Do You Boo Boo
A few years ago, I was fortunate to meet a friend of mine in Hong Kong. I remember prepping to meet her and saying that I was so excited to try legitimate, authentic Chinese food. She laughed in my face and was like “what is even Chinese food?” I think I just blinked at her, not knowing how to respond. I’m sure many of you … Continue reading Ni hao China