If I am sure of nothing else, I am certain of this: Aix-en-Provence is a magnificent city! It is truly one of France’s gems. And unless you’ve been here to experience first hand, you may never truly understand or appreciate its worth. Food La nouritture is of the utmost importance. All of the things you’ve heard about France in terms of good food is 100% true! Yes, there is truly fresh bread made each and every morning (bakers start their days around 4:00 a.m. to ensure that they are…

So there is truly nothing better than food. I am going to go ahead and admit that most of the time, I am thinking of food. Especially when I am living in a cultural mecca where people bring their traditions of cooking to share and teach. In London, there is a not a corner of town where you cannot find something delicious to eat. Since I have gotten here, I have been so immersed into different kind of food. Especially types that I did not think I had…

We all travel for different reasons, such as going business trips, to study a foreign language, to immerse ourselves in a culture, to learn about the history or even for complete relaxation. Whatever the case is, we all have one thing in common while abroad: to eat. When I travel, I make it a point to only eat foods that are native to that specific country/culture. No matter if you are a picky eater, a vegetarian, or you’ll eat anything that comes within arms reach, I would advise…

One of the many advantages of living in Trastevere is the restaurants. You will pass several on any street, with people eating any time of day. We try a new restaurant as much as we can, and quite frankly, haven’t really been disappointed yet. But there are a few worth mentioning that my friends and I have trouble staying away from! World’s best penne alla vodka, Ristorante di Tony  First and foremost, I have to tell you about the best restaurant in Trastevere, and arguably all of Rome….

We all have our own perceptions about Chinese food, and you will be shocked to find out that Chinese food is completely different than what is in America. Here, there are no fortune cookies or egg rolls or orange chicken, and when eating in China you will find that each region has its own specialty and way of cooking. Dumpling soup Here in Shanghai you can find any type of food you desire, you can either have your traditional Chinese meals or you can also easily find a…

Ariadna Casa Solà, a local student at the Universitat Autònoma Barcelona collaborating with CEA and Rafael Zamora, a sophomore from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, talk about their outing in the Gràcia neighborhood of Barcelona and dinner at Pintxo Attack.  On Wednesday, September 18th we organized an outing to the Gràcia neighborhood for the winning team of Mapping My Barrio (orientation activity). Gràcia is a great neighborhood for students to explore because there are many little cafés and terraces that really help you feel the Mediterranean…

Sometimes the best things in life are edible. There is nothing more satisfying than eating a delicious meal. After a few weeks in Shanghai, I have experienced many new foods. I have liked most of them. I have had everything from squid and bullfrog to fried rice on the street. They are all delicious and comparatively cheap to US prices. The typical day is hard to describe in terms of food. Everything is new so I want to try it all. Normally I will wake up around 9ish…

We all know that eating and drinking are a huge part of Italian culture. So while living like an Italian for the next 3 months, I fully intend on eating and drinking the best of the best. I’ve already discovered some fantastic places to find delicious food on this little boot I call home. If you’re planning a trip to Italy (especially Florence) any time soon, you have to check these places out! For Coffee/Breakfast: Caffè Paszkowski Location: Piazza della Repubblica, 6 Located literally within the same building as…

I am enrolled in a ‘Culture of Food & Wine’ class in Florence and have been food journaling. These notes in my journal have captured cultural adaptations and delicious treats throughout the semester. Caffes/”Bars” These little laws of Italian cuisine were learning experiences that you just can’t get out of a textbook. I have quickly adapted to the espresso nature of Italian life. I have been stopping at Gilli (the bar below our campus) and saying “Vorrei per favore un caffe” and then taking my receipt to Padre…

Something that we enjoy every day is eating. In the French Riviera, it’s a whole new experience. Not only, is there your stereotypical French food such as freshly-baked baguettes and Nutella-filled crepes, but there is an abundance of many other tasty treats. From open markets to small, hidden specialty restaurants, Antibes has it all. The beauty of living in Southern France is the strong Italian influence. The pizza here, at any place, is fantastic. Try Pomodoro, it’s right near the CEA office. You can also buy fresh-made gnocchi…