I’m no longer dreaming of spring…it’s here! More like summer, actually. When was the last time I was laying in the sun in my bikini on March 18th? Sounds more like June to me.

But who’s complaining? In the spirit of summer spring, here are some images to feast your eyes on.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest


Today, I’m buckling down. Believe it or not (I can’t), tomorrow is the last day of my semester!

Meaning: it is my last day attending school in Venezuela AND I will only have one semester left of college. AH!

Other meaning: I will be drinking too much coffee today.

I have 3 final essays to hand in tomorrow and I’m almost done with all of them, minus the rigorous editing process (which sometimes results in me basically re-arranging my whole paper). But we’ll see. Being a perfectionist might come in handy when I get my grades in a couple of weeks.

I’m somehow justifying this blog post by reassuring myself that writing clears my head, after all, I only have 4 days left to blog from Venezuela! But I can only convince myself that this is productive for so long 🙂

So before I go, here’s the recipe of the day (yes, I might have been browsing recipes too…don’t judge me.)

Red wine-braised short ribs over goat cheese mashed potatoes, the perfect winter meal.

It’s probably time to get back to my essays, wish me luck!

Like Pandora for recipes…genius.

What are you craving?

Well, chocolate of course.

…and voilá!

Now…what do you have in the fridge?

Hm, some greek yogurt, perhaps?

I typed in “greek yogurt”, and this is the first recipe it came up with.

Roasted Feta with Thyme Honey? That uses greek yogurt? Yum!

I’ll definitely be using this when I get home…when I actually have my own food in the fridge, that is!

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Restaurant Week!

October 23 – 28, 2011

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Two-course lunches and three-course dinners? Yum.

I’m sad that I’ll be missing the “fabulous food & exclusive wine pairings,” but I’m sure that my parents will enjoy them for me! I counted 38 Minneapolis and St. Paul restaraunts on the list, offering food from around the globe.

I think I’m most disappointed about missing La Chaya’s organic Mexican and Mediterranean $30 dinners (

…and definitely El Meson’s delicious latin food – $10 lunches and $30 dinners (


And just in case you’re curious…here’s a sneak peek at El Meson’s Restaurant Week Menu:

First Course

A choice of
Caribbean style ceviche, shrimp, scallops, calamari, and fish, marinated in a spicy lime/habanero/cilantro sauce, served with Tostones and topped with fresh avocado.
Mixed greens and baby spinach topped with strawberries, cucumbers, pineapple, and spicy pecans, tossed in an blood orange vinaigrette

Second Course

A choice of
Jambalaya A Choice of Chicken or Shrimp Jambalaya, served with sautéed peppers and onions, andouille sausage, in a Creole sauce over white rice.
Blackened grouper served with sour cream mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, in a saffron butter sauce, topped with a pineapple salsa

Third Course

A Choice Of
Classic Caramel Flan with fresh strawberries
Homemade Tres Leches Cake in a Strawberries and cream sauce

*Note to self: remain in the country next fall so as not to miss restaurant week.

It’s 12:20 am and I just realized that I was featured on the University of Minnesota’s Study Abroad blog! I was asked to be included and signed a release about a week ago, but with everything going on here I completely forgot to look for it. What a nice surprise!

Check out my post – or posts by other U of M students studying all over the world:

It’s a great day for coffee.

I can’t believe it took me this long to discover this blog. In Minneapolis it’s always a great day for coffee, and now I’m making it my responsibility to try each and every one of the coffee shops featured here. My progress might be delayed since I’m heading off to Venezuela in a few days, but I’ll come home in December, and if any month is good for a nice hot cup of coffee in Minnesota, it’s December.

Heavy Table.

Heavy Table is one of the first places that I look before trying a new restaurant. This is what they have to say about Patisserie 46.

“The Minneapolis corner of 46th St. and Grand now contains an embarrassment of food related riches: the uneven but sometimes excellent Cafe Ena, the charismatic and intriguing Kings Wine Bar, and now Patisserie 46.”

An embarrassment of food riches?! Most DEFINITELY not a bad thing.

So just one more reason to head to my neighborhood for some good great food.

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