Eating Your Travels – Sweden
Sep17

Eating Your Travels – Sweden

Special thanks to Jill Thorngren for these awesome Midsummer’s Recipes! Salmon and Ryecake This classic Swedish salmoncake is perfect for the close of summer. The salmon and dill flavors are reminiscent of the lighter flavors of mid-summer while the heaviness of the rye bread brings a heaviness to the dish appropriate for the onset of fall. Ingredients Base 1/3 c butter 2 ½ slices of rye bread (about 7 oz. or 200 g) Filling 5.3...

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A Toast to Midsummer in Sweden
Aug20

A Toast to Midsummer in Sweden

Peeking through a layer of cloud cover as it reached its apex, the sun lit up the Swedish fields around us with bursts of moving light. The table was set and all the food was carefully arranged on several tables. Swedish meatballs (homemade for the adults and store-bought for the kids), pickled and fermented herring, summer potatoes (a smaller, fresher, sweeter variety), salmon pies—a Swedish cornucopia prepared specifically for one...

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Walking Through Time in the Eternal City
Aug04

Walking Through Time in the Eternal City

Ruins from 2 B.C. Basilica from 1650s. Marketplace from 3 A.D. Monument from 1400s. Gelato shop from 2010s. On a sweltering walk around Rome, I began to understand how the Eternal City acquired its nickname. Standing on a balcony at the Alter of the Fatherland overlooking a good portion of the city, I tried to absorb a color-coded guide that explained the scene cascading out before me. In every direction sat another piece of the...

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Making Postcards in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Jul21

Making Postcards in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Upon returning from abroad, a friend once asked me to provide him with three mental postcards, three images that really stuck with me from the trip. Before traveling to some places, you can already guess what the postcards will look like: Christ the Redeemer in Rio, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Kremlin in Moscow. Often, however, the images that would appear on actual postcards are not the images that stick with you and resonate as...

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NYC is more than Lower Manhattan
Jul07

NYC is more than Lower Manhattan

When I first moved to New York City in the fall of 2009, all I knew of the city was Times Square, Central Park, Ground Zero, the Statue of Liberty… the things that people who move to the city try to avoid. We avoid them not only because they are packed with tourists but because a true local (and we all want to be true locals, for some reason) would never go to those places. As I settled in, however, I found that new transplants...

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Top 10 Questions After 1 Month in Riyadh: Part II
Jun23

Top 10 Questions After 1 Month in Riyadh: Part II

The last installment of The (Partly) Professional’s Passport featured five questions that were stuck in my brain after spending one month living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Between Saudi Arabia’s reputation for social conservatism and exuberant expenditures funded by oil wealth, few people know about the legitimate tourist destinations there, or the nuanced elements of the country’s regionally-varied culture. Getting an...

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