Raw Republic New Orleans

Uptown New Orleans is a neighborhood that begins right where the Mississippi River bends (a cute little subsection known as the Riverbend is nested in this corner) and stretches to the east towards downtown where it ends at another neighborhood known as the Garden District, and its northern limit roughly corresponds to Claiborne Avenue. At…

Biking in Stockholm

In mid-May, I took a research trip to see the Mexikokarta, a map of Mexico City c. 1540 that is housed in the Carolina Rediviva Library in Uppsala. I landed in Stockholm on a Thursday and stayed with my fabulous Airbnb host Shama. (Fun fact: Shama and I were exchanging social media info, and she asked…

Raspberry oatmeal

Raspberries are another excellent source of fiber. 1 cup of frozen raspberries has about 9 g. of fiber. Because raspberries are so expensive and not currently in season, I buy the frozen kind at the grocery store. Frozen fruit has really been a savior. Living alone, I don’t really have a chance to eat the produce…

Chia seed avocado toast

I recently read that the average woman should strive to get about 25g of fiber a day. It keeps you fuller for longer, promotes digestion (subtext: you poo more), and decreases bloat, leading to a flatter belly. Besides improving your figure, though, increased fiber intake boosts your health in other, more critical, ways. It lowers your cholesterol,…

Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

I’ve been noticing that turmeric is all the rage in the blogosphere, so after a walk to the National Cathedral one day, I decided to pop into the closest Whole Foods to stock up on some new smoothie supplies. But first, I just realized you might want to see what the National Cathedral looks like:…

Flaxseed mania

It’s been a loooong time since I’ve last blogged. It’s been almost a month since I arrived in DC, and I’ve been getting used to a new routine and neighborhood. Georgetown is really charming, and I’m excited to be in a place with a real fall again. (I grew up in Pennsylvania, but I’ve been…

Big Star

Today, I met up with my friends Grant and Basti on my lunch break. ‘We’re going to Big Star,’ Grant announced as I walked up to them. I beamed. Big Star has been on my Chicago to-do list since last year. I couldn’t stop hearing about their amazing margaritas, delicious tacos, and super fun atmosphere. Today, just…

Logan Square Farmers Market

I spent a weekend with a friend in her neighborhood of Logan Square. I proudly ventured west, away from my comfy spot next to Lake Michigan between Wrigleyville & Boystown. ‘I just can’t do an east-west relationship,’ my friend told me emphatically, referring to the fact that the red line runs north and south along the…

Garrett’s Popcorn

It’s my second summer in Chicago working at the Newberry Library – an absolute treasure of a public library that houses a few indigenous Mexican maps I’ve been studying this summer. As a fellow, I get to spend my days in the calm, cool quiet of the library looking at maps and working on my dissertation….

Kid in a Candy Store

Summer is here, and my time in Mexico has come to an end for now. I’m now temporarily in the Windy City. I had the lucky chance to be here last summer for the first time, and I fell in love with Chicago. The people are so nice, the city is beautiful, and in the summer, the…

Fish tacos in Tulum

About 45 minutes south of Playa del Carmen is the town of Tulum, home to one of the most famous archaeological sites in the Yucatan. Tulum was once a trading post for the Post-Classic (13th-15th century) Maya, and it boasts a breathtaking location, situated on the edge of a 40 ft. cliff that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. I’ve…

View from the Top

Mexico City is immense. In 2009, the estimated population of the city proper was close to 9 million people, with a land area of about 573 sq. mi. The greater Mexico City population numbers to a soaring 21.2 million people, making the city the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world….