Culture & Cuisine


Maison Georges Larnicol in Paris, France Culture & Cuisine / Travel

When it comes to pastries, chocolates, and macarons, there are an endless numbers of shops to choose from in Paris. But when it comes to the Breton pastry kouign amann and its bite-size companion, kouignettes, there’s one particular spot that comes to mind – Maison Georges Larnicol. The location on Boulevard Saint-Germain is one of three Paris locations, but the original family owned business was...

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Laduree in Paris, France & A History of Macarons Culture & Cuisine / Travel

Macarons, delicious meringue-based cookies that come in a variety of flavours, are a staple item in French bakeries despite their 8th century Italian origins. So how did an Italian treat find its way into French hearts? Via Catherine de Medici. Upon her marriage to Henry II of France, Catherine de Medici brought along a few of her Italian pastry chefs in 1533. At this time,...

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How to Ring in the Chinese New Year (with a recipe for Spring Rolls) Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History / Language Resources / Travel

The following is a post from Hanbridge Mandarin. You can learn more and enter their red envelope lottery by visiting their website. As a side note, Chinese New Year starts today – February 8, 2016! How to Say Chinese New Year in Chinese Chinese New Year 中国新年 Zhōnɡ Guó Xīn Nián Spring Festival 春节 Chūn Jiē Lunar New Year 农历新年 Nónɡ Lì Xīn Nián When...

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Recipes for Beef Empanadas, Chipotle Sauce & Pumpkin Empanadas Culture & Cuisine

Beef empanadas, chipotle dipping sauce and pumpkin empanadas are a delicious and complete meal that will have you imagining you’re wandering the food markets in Spain, or sitting along one of Mexico’s beautiful coastlines as you enjoy your food! This is a recipe that I have thought about doing since our trip to Spain back in April of this year. I had the opportunity to...

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Hole in Wall Box | San Diego Unboxing Culture & Cuisine / Travel

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to explore local restaurants and shops, trying out foods and products that I might not find anywhere else in the world. These discoveries, to me, are a huge part of what makes travel so incredible and memorable. And now, I can bring a little bit of that experience home with me. I recently had the...

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