SKC Abroad: Pargiyot

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As we get into the beginning of May and summer is just within reach, the season for barbequing in the US is quickly getting closer. In the US, big holidays such as Memorial and Independence Day involve big BBQs with family and friends, and I was a little surprised to find that even halfway around the world in a different culture, Israelis share this tradition.

Unlike the U.S., however, Israeli Memorial and Independence Day are one day apart. Memorial Day is an incredibly serious holiday, with the sounding of a siren at 11am during which the entire country stops what …

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J’ai Faim: Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

One year ago, I invited my not-yet-close friend over to my apartment for the first time. We had one thing in common: French. And the fact that we were both moving to Paris.

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We were incredibly awkward together. That is, until we discovered another common interest: food. Looking for something French, but manageable, we turned to David Lebovitz. Finding comfort in his status as an American in Paris – a description that would soon describe our situation – we racked his recipe collection and found the perfect thing: lemon bars.

A little bit …

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The After Life: Vacation, All I Ever Wanted: 5 Summer Getaways

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Even though I don’t technically get a summer vacation anymore (major bummer of grown-up life), there’s still something about those hazy days from June to August that beckons me. Ice cream trucks frequent every city corner, buildings glisten in the midday heat, and me? Well, I’m trying to figure out how to make the best use of my precious few vacation days.

Summer getaways may feel like a luxury you have to forgo, but squeezing in some fun in the sun can be part of your budget! Read on for a few vacation ideas that are fabulous and (relatively) …

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SKC Abroad: A French Picnic

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As I quickly realized while studying abroad in Denmark, farmer’s markets are not a universal concept. In the harsh Scandinavian climate, little besides root vegetables and apples are in season from November to April. As much as I love beets and apples, after three months of them, I’m about ready for some spinach or strawberries. But they are still a long way off in Denmark, so I have to settle for the imported versions, found at the grocery store, not at a farmer’s market.

Luckily, on my spring break, I had the opportunity to travel to France, which is …

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SKC Abroad: Hygge & Beer Pancakes

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Danes are supposedly the happiest people in the world, according to a recent poll that purports to measure happiness.They have universal health care, more equal income levels, and lots of delicious beer. But they also have high taxes and winters that can average one hour of sunlight per day.

So what’s their secret? Hygge. I discovered hygge, aka “the art of relaxation,” when I studied abroad in Denmark last fall. The Danish terms hygge and hyggelig translate very basically to “nice,” or “cozy” but, as with many languages, individual words can really stand for a whole concept. In …

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J’ai Faim: Farmhouse Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Farmhouse Cake

Spring has sprung in Paris – birds are singing, Parisians are out walking and drinking on the Seine, and the tulips have bloomed in my park. As beautiful as it is, I can hardly suppress the urge to ditch the city and run head over heals for the countryside, shovel and seeds in hand.

Spring also brings the first fresh produce. Artichokes and asparagus abound at the outdoor markets and the elusive spring onion is beginning to make an appearance on supermarket shelves. But my favorite sign of spring is the strawberry tarts calling my name from every pâtisserie …

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Lunch at the Best Restaurant in the World

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Once upon a time, I had a meal at the best restaurant in the world. The whole wide world.

It was delicious, fascinating, relaxed, long, and sometimes just weird. Ultimately, it was Danish.

On Wednesday, March 28, 2012 I ate lunch with three roommates at Noma. The restaurant was voted #1 by Restaurant magazine for 2010 and 2011. The best! The best!! Okay, I’m done gloating.

It was a very blustery day during a week of insane midterms, but we stopped our mayhem for a few hours to dine in luxury. When in Copenhagen, right? I could hardly sleep the …

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SKC Abroad: Sephardic Date Charoset

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Passover is by far my least favorite holiday. As an Ashkenazi Jew, there are so many restrictions on what you can and cannot eat during Passover that I ultimately end up living off of salad, matzoh, and boxed Manischewitz mixes for its duration. Now, for all those people who say they like Passover food – especially matzoh – I agree, it’s not so bad…but after eight, long days of matzoh being the staple food of your diet, trust me, it quickly loses any of the appeal it might have had (although getting creative and making something like this matzoh

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J’ai Faim: No Fuss Quiche

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This weekend, my office hosted a baby shower for one of our co-workers. It being a baby shower, everything was small, cute, and color-coordinated, including the food. My contribution? These polka-dot mini-quiches.

While exceedingly simple, these quiches can be whipped up in a flash, with minimal fuss. They are endlessly adaptable – the shape/size, fillings, and toppings can all be changed. For the baby shower I used mini-quiche cups, a plain filling, and topped them with roasted red and yellow peppers. I later used the same recipe for lunch, serving one nine-inch quiche filled with spicy Roquette greens, prosciutto, and Emmental cheese.

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Spring Break Adventures: Hilton Head, South Carolina

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O.K. so maybe in my wildest dreams I would have spent my last official spring break on a balmy beach in the greek islands, stuffing myself full of grilled fish drenched in olive oil and fluffy, fresh pita bread covered in tzatziki. I would have lounged in a horizontal recline all day long, and spent the warm spring evenings dancing to bad Euro-pop music. I would have have more or less re-lived the spring break trip I took to Greece last year minus the two days spent in hectic Athens and the plethora of cheap Ryanair flights suffered through in …

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