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paella valenciana

I don’t know about you, but when I’m not traveling, I’m pretty much homesick for all the places I’ve been. Food and culture in the US pale in comparison to my watercolor memories. But I’m fortunate enough to live in a city (San Diego) that has some pretty authentic global cuisine, including Spanish fare at…

vermilionville

A brief history lesson: Acadians came from French-speaking parts of Canada during the Louisiana Purchase. Before that, they’d been in France. So the French language permeated for decades in Southern Louisiana. Only, as it is prone to happen, people began to decide that this “backwoods” language shouldn’t be tolerated in America, and so efforts were…

cajun accordion player

Gumbo. Pirogue. Chère (pronounced “shah.”) Fais-do-do. These are all words and concepts that I grew up with, the child of parents who were raised in Louisiana, in Cajun country. It wasn’t until I was much older that I came to understand that the average child didn’t eat crawfish or listen to “chanky chank” music when they…

new york city skyline

Recently I headed to the Big Apple with Max, who had long yearned to go. I’m not sure he’s a convert of the big bustling city (me neither), but it was a good experience. I know that first-timers are easily overwhelmed, and a visit to New York City can be incredibly stressful, so I wanted…