Nutella: best served cold

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Nutella becomes an unhealthy obsession for Americans who discover it in Europe while studying abroad or exploring the grocery store. I’m no exception. I was shocked when I stayed with family friends in France and I was allowed to spread Nutella on bread for breakfast–it’s basically like starting your day with dessert! Now I love […]

April 9, 2010 Continue reading…

How traveling cured a picky eater

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Growing up, I was a picky eater. It’s an awful side effect of being an only child. I would only eat bananas and cucumbers if they were “thinly sliced.” I refused most green vegetables. In high school, my mom demanded I write a list of the vegetables I would eat–and the very short list is […]

April 8, 2010 Continue reading…

The dilemma of a millennial bookworm

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Confession: I am a bookworm. Literally, I was the child who walked to school with her nose in a book and couldn’t wait for her weekly trip to the library. (I was also a huge nerd growing up, but let’s save the discussion of my awkward childhood for another day.) All grown up, and I […]

April 7, 2010 Continue reading…

Pack lightly, and carry a credit card

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I’m limiting myself to one suitcase. One backpack. One tote. I will freely admit I am not the world’s best packer. I tend to bring a lot of things I don’t need (including super cute but blister-inducing shoes and a clutch in every color) and forget key items (contact lenses and extra underwear are among […]

April 5, 2010 Continue reading…

Cappuccino and a view of the Mediterranean, s’il vous plaît

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My first visit to Nice was in January 2008, and I fell in love with this city on the Mediterranean. You really can’t beat a cafe on the beach in the middle of winter.

April 4, 2010 Continue reading…

Why I should listen to my mother

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My mom is always telling me to keep my eyes open: for the empty space in a crowded parking lot, when I would complain about the lack of suitors for high school dances, as I stressed about finding a job post-graduation. She’s constantly nagging reminding me to keep my options open, to never get stuck in […]

April 2, 2010 Continue reading…

Ratatouille: not just a Disney movie

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One thing you must know about me: I love garlic. I have fond childhood memories of my dad roasting garlic and letting me eat it straight out of the oven. I’m also obsessed with Rachael Ray’s 30-minute meals and her prolific use of EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil, for you non Food Network types). Basically, I […]

April 1, 2010 Continue reading…