Cool Salsa for a Hot Summer

I like the title of this post because in addition to literally being about salsa it gives a nod to the book “Cool Salsa,” which I recommend to young readers wanting to dive into bilingual reading. On to my main topic, though – yummy salsa! Here in Northern California, some of our hottest summer daysContinue reading “Cool Salsa for a Hot Summer”

The Good Life

Last week I listened to the newest episode from one of my favorite podcasts, Las Raras Podcast. This one is all about Francisco Vio Giacaman. As a young man he traveled to Chilean Patagonia and vowed to return. Now, years later, he brings his passion for sustainable agriculture to the community of Puerto Guadal andContinue reading “The Good Life”


It’s cookie time! Biscochitos are traditional anise-flavored cookies from New Mexico. You can find them around the state and they are a special holiday staple. Biscochito is the diminutive form of bizcocho in Spanish, which basically means “biscuit”. The biscochito is New Mexico’s Official State Cookie! They were first introduced to New Mexico by Spanish colonists who settled inContinue reading “Biscochitos”

How to order coffee in Spanish

Ordering coffee in Spanish while traveling can be a challenge! Most coffee in Spanish speaking countries is made espresso-style. No watered down Folgers or to-go mugs here! Summer, hopefully, means lazier mornings and perhaps having more time to enjoy a morning coffee. So if you need to order in Spanish, here are the phrases you’ll want to use.Continue reading “How to order coffee in Spanish”

Spanish Wine – in Oregon!

I just got back from a camping trip through Oregon. Despite a bit of rain in Eugene, we had beautiful hikes and hot springs adventures in Umpqua National Forest and in Ashland. For my fellow wine lovers out there, you probably know about the many good things coming out of the Oregon wine industry. However,Continue reading “Spanish Wine – in Oregon!”

On: Fire and Patagonia

I believe I’ve found the real-life inspiration for The Most Interesting Man in the World: Francis Mallmann. Francis Mallmann is a famous Argentine chef and is featured on Season 1 of “The Chef’s Table” on Netflix. The series’ profile of Mallmann is a feast for your eyes and your heart as you watch him, deepContinue reading “On: Fire and Patagonia”