• First Time in Paris

    First Time in Paris

    I love all things Paris. I lived there for a year while I pursued my Masters and have managed to return every year since (with the exception of 2020 of course). For first time visitors, here is a comprehensive list of options on what to do depending on your interests. Read on for more information… Read more

  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

    Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

    After reading Children of Blood and Bone, I was excited to get the next book in the series from the library; however, Children of Virtue and Vengeance sets a completely different tone as the characters try to figure out “now what?” after the ritual went awry. The descriptions of magic are still wondrous, and the… Read more

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

    Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

    Although I don’t usually read YA books, this book blew me away. The story instantly draws you in with its complex characters, powerful descriptions, and plot that mirrors themes relevant to today’s race and police brutality issues. I particularly loved Tomi Adeyemi’s concept of magic, not only in the wondrous depictions, but as a power… Read more

  • Cuban Avocado Salad

    Cuban Avocado Salad

    This simple, yet delicious salad is a great side for many Cuban dishes. Best of all, it’s hard to mess up! Read more

  • Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

    Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

    Idaho is a beautifully written book set in the desolate lonely mountains of–you guessed it–Idaho. Throughout most of the book Ann is trying to figure out what happened one day many years ago when Wade’s first wife, Jenny, killed one of his daughters, and the other daughter disappeared. Read more

  • Vegetarian Cuban-style Picadillo

    Vegetarian Cuban-style Picadillo

    A staple in many Cuban households, this is one of the few dishes I learned to cook for myself in college because it is comforting and cozy. When I became vegetarian, I didn’t eat it for many years, but I recently made a veggie version! My husband says it’s better than the meat one they… Read more