Backyard gardens & fruit trees galore

It’s not exactly news that Chile exports a lot of fruit. But, even so, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t surprising when so many houses are blessed with backyards full of the fruits we go to the grocery store for… and that their trees drop so many lemons, avocados, oranges, figs, you name it, that…

Coffee Shop Culture in Santiago

I love coffee shops. Losing hours while sitting at a cafe with my computer or chatting away with one of the amazing people who make up my life… it’s one of my happy places. I’d say finding coffee shops and planting my butt in a hopefully comfy or cool seat, is a fun, guilty pleasure…

Pastel de Choclo: Típico Chileno

On an early Saturday morning, my boyfriend’s dad picked me up so that I could try my hand at Pastel de Choclo, a dish that might qualify as the country’s favorite. While not necessarily difficult, it’s a darn long process, and you have to pay attention. Lucky for me, there is no better teacher than…

Look ma, no cans! Thanksgiving in Chile

Well, all cards on the deck, I did buy 2 cans of cranberry sauce and I didn’t make the bread that I used in the stuffing. But, other than that, I not only made my first Thanksgiving, but I made it all from scratch, and I introduced about 15 lucky friends to our American tradition.…

Starbucks Tastes Like Home

Before I left I joked “c’mon, I’m just moving to Bay View!” Moving my life 5,000 miles away felt like no big deal. Now, two months later,  with facebook, skype, and email, it actually does feel like I’ve done nothing but become a Southsider. Thanks to technology, I’ve gotten all adjusted in my new life…

The [option] of healthy living

Moving back here, I was looking forward to coming back to a place where eating healthy wasn’t so hard. There’s a general lack of processed foods, an abundance of fruits and veggies, fresh bread… it’s pretty easy to stay healthy. Coming back here, I was barraged with the westernization that has crept its way into…