As of today I have been in the Basque country for a total of nearly two weeks, San Sebastian=Donostia to be exact. I have learned some very important things not only about Spain during my time here but about about the people that refer to themselves as Spanish. Spain for many Americans seems like a unilateral identity. My friends you could not be more wrong. … Continue reading Pintxos

Belgium: The Land of Fries and Waffles

Belgium is unique. A land defined by its similarities, its differences, its multiculturalism and strict ethnic borders. It is a place that embodies all the cultures around it yet giving each tradition pure Belgian nuance. I came to Belgium with an open mind and a thrist for discovering the real Belgium, the Belgium that goes deeper than what we see on the surface. This is … Continue reading Belgium: The Land of Fries and Waffles

Top 5 Eats: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is my home. It’s the place I grew up, the place I know best and the place that I first got inspired about food. No matter where I am in the world, I’ve still spent the first 18 years of my life here and I will always be a Burqueno through thick and thin. New Mexico will always be the place that grounds me, that inspires me. As far as the food goes, I have eaten thousands of meals in the Duke City. That’s a ton. Nothing would be a more perfect send off to the city that raised me than my official top five list of Albuquerque restaurants. This was tough, took serious debate, yet I present to you the bjfoodblog official list. The restaurants are in no specific order so feel free to try them all equally after reading this. Also if you haven’t already, make sure to check out my last top five list for Eugene here.

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Everybody has that one nostalgic dish. That one flavor that transports you back to your humble beginnings. Every bite invoking a childhood comfort that somehow over the years we have grown so distant from. Pozole, is that bowl of comfort for me. Pozole is quintessentially Mexican. A delicious bowl of hominy and stewed pork immersed in a chile based broth. The broth is deep and … Continue reading Pozole

Kunefe: Dessert Perfection

Kunefe, Kanafe, Middle Eastern Cheese Cake; Whatever you call it, it is dessert perfection. Working during my college career as a tutor for international students from around the world has taught me two important things. Cultures are different. Make sure to embrace all the oddities of a multi cultural interaction, you just might learn something. The easiest way to make a meaningful connection with someone … Continue reading Kunefe: Dessert Perfection