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Caelum, Barcelona, Spain

Caelum pastries

When I visited Spain last year, I tasted several different types of cookies that were baked by nuns. It’s not uncommon for different convents to specialize in different baked goods. In fact, it’s a tradition that has been going on for centuries, so in many cities and large towns you can find shops that specialize in this type of treat. Caelum is one of those ... Read More »

El Quim de la Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain

Baby Squid at El Quim

I had a lot of favorites on my trip to Barcelona, so I’m not going to try to rank every meal that I ate in order of preference. Instead, I’m simply going to say that I think El Quim de la Boqueria is an absolute MUST try for food lovers visiting the city. The small restaurant is located right in the heart of La Boqueria ... Read More »

La Boqueria Market, Barcelona, Spain

Buying smoothies at La Boqueria Market

La Boqueria Market is one of my favorite spots in Barcelona. The market is a large, covered marketplace that offers everything from candied fruit to foie gras, just off La Rambla, one of Barcelona’s busiest streets. A market has been operating at the same location as far back as 1217, though the face of the market has changed many times over the years. The modern ... Read More »

Baking Bites in Barcelona

Street artist

Last year, I took a vacation to Spain and traveled both in Madrid and into Andalusia, in southern Spain. I had a chance to get to know Spanish food and Spanish culture – and came back home knowing that I wanted to visit the country again. Thanks to a good airfare sale, I was able to get back to Spain this year. This time around ... Read More »

Fahrenheit, Cleveland, Ohio

Nicole and Chef Rocco Whalen

When I mention fahrenheit on this site, it’s most likely that I’m about to give instructions about how to preheat your oven before baking a batch of cookies. In this case, however, I’m taking about the restaurant Fahrenheit, in Tremont, a hip suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I had the chance to dine there on a recent trip to Ohio to visit the Smucker’s headquarters with ... Read More »

A visit to Ojai Olive Oil

Olive Oil Bread

When you think about olive oil, you probably think about Spain, which grows and produces the majority of the world’s olive oil, or of Italy, Greece and a handful of other Mediterranean countries where olive oil is produced. You probably don’t think about California, even though the Mediterranean climate of much of the state provides a great environment for planting olive trees and producing olive ... Read More »

One Day Foodie Tour of Chicago

Rock n' Roll McDonalds

Chicago is a great city filled with lots of great food (as well as plenty of landmarks, like Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate!). It isn’t possible to stop into every great restaurant in town on a one day or weekend trip (unless you have a truly limitless appetite and plan your schedule very well), but it is possible to get a sampling of some of the ... Read More »

XOCO, Chicago, Illinois

Xoco sign

Rick Bayless’s XOCO is just around the corner from his other restaurants, Frontera and Topolobampo. While the other two are essentially variations on the same restaurant, XOCO stands a little bit apart and offers a more unique dining experience. The restaurant is a quick service eatery – and was recently named the greenest restaurant in Chicago – where you order at a counter and the ... Read More »

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