mussels seafood

As I held the fork up to my mouth, it hovered there for a moment. The aroma hitting me, ever so softly, tempting me as I hesitated to take the next step. First, I tasted the savory yet sweet caramelized onions. Next came the robust flavor of the pepper jam and finally the soft taste of duck liver mousse. Immediately, years of instant regret washed over me as I reflected I could have been eating this my entire life. I devoured the rest on my plate and my friend and I could only smile at one another as we dug…

kid sea

A million books on the subject but in the end I feel most people just do what their instincts tell them. No new parent really knows what will happen or how their child will behave until it happens, no amount of reading can truly prepare one for the unknown. That said, advice, blogs, books all are informative and help but no matter what, it comes down to the environment and the culture in most ways. Since my last post, babies have still been on the brain. While abroad I took an opportunity to observe the parenting culture in Europe more…

homeseasons

We call our time in Spain, the Golden era because life was pretty perfect. We were young and full of dreams and ideas. All our friends were in the same place at the same time and our paths ran parallel. We were together all the time and all the pieces of our lives fit together. When I look back on those years, I get that nostalgic happiness for all the wonderful times we shared. Things began to change at a rapid pace once we moved to the states. Almost all of our friends began having babies. We like to joke…

airport

A lot of people dislike packing. I actually find it quite fun! Whether packing to move house or packing for a trip, there’s a sense of order and organization to it that I find therapeutic. Since I’m a planner, I enjoy the thoughtful process of selecting my best things for my trip and imagining what I’ll be doing while I wear them. It helps when your gal pal comes over to make a list and drink wine with you too! Having been traveling internationally for a decade now, I’ve picked up a few accessories and travel tricks I’d like to…

coffee

Squeeeeal! The sound of steamed milk rushing out of the machine hits my ears and makes me just as happy as the sound of a cork popping off a wine bottle. The click clack of the cup as the barista taps it on the bar after adding the coffee and before pouring in milk. My love affair with coffee shops began before I even liked coffee. As I mentioned before, coffee was always the go-to when meeting someone new. Everyone asked to go a tomar un cafe with me. I hated coffee (so I thought) and didn’t care for tea. What…

whitewineglass

The pop of the cork to the sipping the last remnants in your glass, wine is a pleasure to the senses. Reds, Whites to Rose’s, they each have their place on the palette . I tend to enjoy rose and white wine far more than reds but there’s a special place in my heart for a good Rioja. From pairing a crisp Sauvignon Blanc with paella to a French Rose with a cheeseboard, options are limitless and so are they for your wine accessories. Below is my guide to what to pair your wine with as well as what to…

couple

Long-distance relationships can work. They really actually can. When they do, it can be so wonderful and rewarding. I mean, you will be with the person who makes your heart flutter even when the distance is against you. When I was doing the LDR thing, all the odds were against us. We were incredibly young (18 and 21) with an ocean between us. The time difference was seven hours which made speaking regularly very difficult. We did the LDR in the age of no free messaging services or Facetime. We used calling cards. We had to sit at our desktop…

paris france

Often, all I can think about is being in Paris. Really, just the act of being. I imagine myself on Rue Cremieux, in the 12th, one of Paris’ most beautiful streets. I’m wondering through on my way to the baker’s to pick up a loaf of bread and perhaps some fromage as well.  The sun is shining and the breeze is cool and crisp. My heart sings when I hear my favorite two words in the French language, “Bonjour madame.”  There is just something so wonderful about being greeted in French; perhaps Hemingway’s best quote comes closest to describing it best;…

sea

You can be in your early twenties though usually the questions start coming around your late twenties, early thirties. No matter the age, the question will come. Your friends will begin reproducing, then they might have another and eventually look at you while you hold your martini and ask, “So, are you next?” In Europe children are expected much later in life. Most people don’t even get married until they are almost thirty or beyond. Most of my Spanish friends have just begun having kids and most have just turned thirty-one.  My husband’s aunt has children when she was thirty-six,…

passion

I never thought I would be fluent in any language other than my own. While my Spanish and Catalan aren’t perfect, I have certainly surpassed novice in both.  It was a real struggle at the beginning and it was a long journey before I figured out what really worked for me-what really could work for anyone if they try hard enough. It was already an obstacle when I was in a country where the locals spoke both languages so one sentence could begin in Catalan and the other could end in Spanish. I never knew which one I should start…