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Food on KLM Airlines

KLM Snack

Going to Spain, I flew on Air France, which I’ve flown on before. On the way home, I flew on KLM, which is a new airline for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I hadn’t heard much about it, but I took it as a good sign that I hadn’t heard anything bad, either. It turns out that it was a good sign ... Read More »

Food from Spain: Gazpacho at McDonalds

Gazpacho at McDonalds

In Spain, many restaurants are close from 4pm to about 8pm, as lunch ends at 4 and dinner doesn’t start until after 8 (bars open later/earlier and serve tapas, of course). This wouldn’t be too much of a problem…. except when you’re a tourist and forget that you won’t be able to find many food options after spending that extra hour at a museum and ... Read More »

Tapas in Spain

Spanish Tortilla

Spain is probably best known around the world for its tapas culture. This is the practice of eating small plates of food  – pretty much always with drinks like beer, sangria or wine – before dinner. It’s a social thing as much as a food thing, but the food element is what makes it stand out from other countries that have a bar or pub ... Read More »

Pasteleria Lopez-Mezquita, Granada, Spain

PAstries at Lopez-Mezquita

Breakfast isn’t a big meal in Spain, for the most part, and so not that many places are open early in the morning. Fortunately, in Granada, the Pasteleria Lopez-Mezquita opens bright and early at about 9am for those who want to get a quick bite to eat before going to work or heading up to the Alhambra for some sightseeing. The Pasteleria has a cafe ... Read More »

Chocolateria San Gines, Madrid, Spain

Nicole eating Churros

Chocolateria San Gines is hidden away on a very small street near the Opera metro stop in Madrid, Spain. It’s not easy to see from the main street, since the entrance is actually tucked around a corner, but fortunately there is a bright neon sign mounted on the wall so that passersby will know where they’re going, even if they can’t see the sign above ... Read More »

Baking Bites in Spain

Plaza Mayor in Madrid

I recently got back from a long – and food filled – trip to Spain! Unlike my previous trips, where I blogged about them as I traveled, I opted to wait until I got home to post about Spain. This is because I spent a lot of my time on the trip moving around. Instead of staying in one city the whole time, I traveled ... Read More »

Judging at the Crisco 2010 National Pie Championships

Nicole taking photos of pie

I love pie, so when I had the opportunity to become a judge at the Crisco 2010 National Pie Championships at the American Pie Council‘s Great American Pie Festival, I jumped at it. This is the biggest pie contest in the country, with categories for commercial pies – such as those you find at grocery store bakeries and in restaurant bakeries, like Kroger and Baker’s ... Read More »

A scoop at Lappert’s Ice Cream, Kauai

Before I get too far removed from the rest of my recent Kauai trip, I can’t resist mentioning a quick visit I made to Lappert’s Hawaii Ice Cream. Not to be confused with an ice cream shop with the same name on the mainland, Lappert’s Hawaii was founded on Kauai in 1983 and is based in Hanapepe. Their super premium ice creams come in both ... Read More »

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