All posts tagged: market

Too Little Time in Too Cool a City: A-Dam

Sooo…when can I move in? Last weekend I fed the travel bug again and took advantage of the super cheap flights that can get you pretty much anywhere around Europe as long as you don’t mind feeling like a cow before slaughter and only packing in a carry on. Maybe I’ll make a ranking one day of all these airlines that I have experienced over here. Anyways, Transavia wasn’t that bad. They were all wearing shamrock green and it was amusing to listen to Dutch. After a solid couple hour delay on the runway because of a thunderstorm, we arrived late into Amsterdam and a little bit all over the place to our Airbnb in the Jordaan neighborhood. I will take a brief time out here and say that Lene, our host, was far and away the kindest and cutest of them all. She reminded me of a feather who happened to be wearing Nike shoes. A couple days before our trip, she took the time to send a list of 27 (27!) things to do, …

An Inspiring Week in Berlin

The humorous work of one Señor Albert Pinyas. I only remember his last name because he made a joke in one of his pieces about his girlfriend’s name (Ana) and the Spanish word for pineapple (anana or in some cases, piña). Ok, I’ll move on from being so punny… Lemme tell you straight up: Berlin is the real deal. Not so expensive (shhh, don’t everyone go there at once because then the opposite will be true), oozing creativity, vegans, a little bit of grunginess, galleries and coffee shops all over the place, big (I mean really big) sidewalks…  FYI: I was there for a week-long study trip (read: I didn’t have control over the agenda) with a focus on meeting food communicators, activists and artists and we spent most of our time bumbling around in Mitte, Kreuzberg and Friedrichschain. Below are some highlights. I don’t know if these guys actually accept visits to their brewery and even if you did want to go, you have to walk down an abandoned road and hope you’re not …

Food, Friends and Firenze

Whoever led the re-design of the Mercato Centrale Firenze is just a genius. Seriously. I have yet to see visual projects like this one in Italy. Perhaps I am thinking like Food Communication Masters student! Gasp! Last weekend, I headed down to Firenze on the sleek and speedy Freciarossa train to see the female members of the Laub clan, friends from California who happened to converge in my current country of residence for a week and invited me down for the weekend. Robin knows what’s going on, so obviously her pre-trip research (and multi-page printed itinerary) led us to some good spots. On Saturday morning, we took a 40 minute walk to a bakery called Pasticceria Giorgio. Now, I must say, I love walking probably more than the next person and my Supergas were ready for duty, but we were mostly in residential neighborhoods during the jaunt which made me a little but unsure of the final destination. Let me tell you, this place was the real deal. No Trip Advisor stickers, no English spoken (this …

Roaming the Non-Tourist Version of Rome

A vegan chocolate store in Rome? You said what? Ok. I know I’ve dropped the ball big time here. It’s been almost a month since I posted anything. Yikes. Scusa. But the thing is, I have just been zooming around. Mostly meeting people from the triennale (undergraduate program) and then traveling with the dynamic duo of Urmila and Vibe. I haven’t really been in a place mentally to sit down in this particular chair in my apartment to put together my experiences, photos and ramblings in one spot. I hesitate to say, “I have been busy” because I know that would push the friends who already are sending me love/hate vibes from their skyscraper office jobs while I am in class learning what theobroma cacao is more towards the hate side. But really. I have been pushing myself almost every single day to just get out there and to go against my more introverted nature a bit. I’ve had a drink with the director of my Masters program, hosted dinner parties, eaten empanadas around an open fire at a street food night, …