There Must Be Something in the Water

There Must Be Something in the Water

The first time I went to the beach in Barcelona it felt like home. It felt familiar because of the times I would spend at the beach with friends in Chicago. It all felt familiar until I saw all the different water activities that were taking place. One of the...
Run, Bike, Slackline, and Flirt

Run, Bike, Slackline, and Flirt

I set out to find how locals take advantage of Palma de Mallorca’s beaches to enhance their physical activity. The biking/running trail pictured here is one of the only ones offered by the city of Palma on Mallorca island. When I asked one of the runners what...
Movement in Milan

Movement in Milan

The amazing thing about being in Europe is that you can decide on a whim to get up and go at an inexpensive rate. My friend Germaine and I decided last Wednesday to visit Milan, Italy. Italy has been a must on my list of places to visit ever since I have been a young...

Mercado de Pescado

For two years now I’ve been working as a cook at Medinah Country Club and one of my favorite food items to work with is fish. Over the years I’ve refined how to scale, gut, fillet, fry, bake, etc… all different kinds of fish. We even fly in fresh...
Markets Upon Markets

Markets Upon Markets

The fresh market is an essential and universal aspect of the Mediterranean diet, especially in Barcelona.  Walking around the city I have found that there are plenty of markets that supply entire neighborhoods with their nutritional needs.  When I went to Mercado de...
Exchanging More than Just Products

Exchanging More than Just Products

Vendor weighing products for a local in Mercado de Boqueria. Vendor exchanging a bag of fish produce to a man in La Concepcio Vendor in a Fruits Stand exchanging a watermelon to a local in Mercado de Sagrada Familia Vendor weighing a freen bag full of fruits and...

Let’s go to the Markets in Barcelona

I prefer markets in Barcelona because there is more room for personal interaction and relationship development. Interpersonal skills are necessary in order to communicate with other people. Back at home, we have been buying groceries from the same people for ten years...
What does fresh really mean?

What does fresh really mean?

This week, we have started to study the Mediterranean diet and what that means. The first misconception is what the word diet actually means. Up until this week  I believed diet to mean cutting back on food to lose weight or related to food. I was informed by Pep, one...
It’s Not Just a Diet

It’s Not Just a Diet

(Click on photo for more detail) Loli making custom fresh juices on the spot (Click on photo for more detail) Vendor speaking to locals at Mercat de la Sagrada Família (Click on photo for more detail) The delicious peaches I was given to try I thought The...

Veggies for Life

Before I even got to Barcelona, my roommates were asking me if I can cook. I told them that I could and that I would cook for the apartment on certain days. Having said that, I had no idea what I could make because I was so used to cooking Chinese food at home. Prices...
Think of The Children

Think of The Children

Children are heavily bombarded by advertisements for processed foods that have little to no nutritional value. In Spain, there are no regulations on food advertisements meant for children, instead companies are  meant to self regulate, according to WHO. At...

“Tourists Go Home”

  Coming to Barcelona, I was excited to experience the fresh markets the city has to offer. I have been to fresh markets in Chicago but, I didn’t know what to expect coming to Barcelona. In Chicago, you only see fresh markets during the summer months and they are...
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