When I was in France, I experimented with a whole slew of root vegetables. Turnips, celeriac, parsnips, black radishes — you name it, I roasted it.
If you were to tell me in high school that, after graduating college, I would pack up and move abroad, I would more than likely have laughed in your face. My image of post-graduate life involved hole-in-the-wall NYC apartments and cubicles, not working abroad.
But I suppose life can surprise you when you’d least expect it because, as I write these very words, I’m sitting in an empty apartment in France surrounded by two gigantic suitcases, a boarding pass, and 8 months of pinch-me-this-can’t-be-real kind of experiences.
Although it wasn’t exactly a white Christmas this year, it sure was a bubbly one.
Reims, a city located around 80 miles outside of Paris in the heart of the champagne region, was the perfect holiday getaway. Combining the history and culture of a large metropolitan city with the charm of a smaller village, Reims was a welcome surprise amongst the more well-known tourist destinations in France.
Okay, so they’re not all “fun” and they may not exactly be “facts,” but my desire for a title with arguably excessive alliteration won out in the end.
One of my favorite things to do in France is go grocery shopping. That may sound odd, but there’s just something about the food stores here that draws me in. Even if I don’t really have anything to buy, I end up wandering through the aisles, passing the bread station with a smell so heavenly that it makes me go weak in the knees, and normally leaving with a square of really dark chocolate. From Monoprix to Carrefour to E. Leclerc to Saveurs de la Terre to Leader Price, grocery shopping never gets old.
To be honest with you, my Instagram account hasn’t been too active lately. Maybe it’s because my days of summery and colorful foods, city adventures, and #internlifestruggles have been replaced with dining hall meals, campus adventures, and #studentlifestruggles. I can’t complain, though, because I’ve been spending time with my wonderful roommates, in class, and running A LOT (less than a month until the 1/2 marathon!). I guess I’ve just been living my life offline for a bit, and it’s been nice. Continue reading “Lately on Instagram: back to school edition”
“If you see a really beautiful tomato, don’t you want to know where it came from and how it was grown?” asked John Lee when explaining the advantages of eating local. “People want to have access to their farmer.” Continue reading “a taste of Boston’s local food culture at Allandale Farm”
Happy Monday everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:
DISCLAIMER: Despite the fact that it looks like I eat all day every day, that’s not exactly true. But it does come pretty close. What can I say? There’s just too little time and too much to taste.
1. I get on the subway and, thanks to some miracle from the underground transportation gods, find a seat. A mysterious liquid drops on my shoulder (not the first time that has happened). No idea where it comes from. Ahh the glory of the NYC subway system. #kidding
2. After one very hungry subway ride down to Little Italy and a short walk later, I make it to the quaint café and take a seat outside.
3. The waiter hands me my menu and… OH MY GOODNESS IS THAT MY VERY OWN MINT WATER? Well, that didn’t take very long. I’m in love.
4. I glance at the menu. Pretty sure I’ve died and gone to food heaven because I want EVERY salad, drink, and entree that they offer. If only I wasn’t a poor college student. Oh well, I settle for some avocado toast and a kale salad.
5. My meal comes and it looks like it’s from a magazine. No joke. Here are the deets:
-Local kale, sunfower seed tahini, avocado, green apples, sunflower seeds, and smoked sea salt salad
-Curry avocado toast with cilantro mustard seeds and lime
Eating slowly and savoring your food is seriously overrated. I scarfed down my meal in no time. Don’t worry, though, I resisted for a few seconds to take a picture.
Hottest trend this summer? Leftovers. Save everything you don’t eat after dinner to prevent wasting delicious foods that can be used later for different meals. Case in point: this past weekend, we grilled up tons of veggies (asparagus, eggplant, broccoli, peppers, onions, and mushrooms). I tossed in the leftovers with kale, avocado, cranberries, tomatoes, and lemon juice the next day for a hearty lunch.
If I could go anywhere at this very moment, it would be back to Paris. But, since that’s not very realistic, I guess some delicious nutella, banana, and strawberry crepes will suffice.
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