• Spain
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Teaching as an Auxiliar de Conversación in Spain

    View from the top of Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. Note: this is a 7 story building!

    Since teaching in Madrid, Spain, as a conversation assistant (aka auxiliar de conversación) in 2013-2014, I’ve gotten many questions about the experience from others who’d like to give it a go. If you’re considering the option, just got accepted, or applied and are still waiting, I’m sure you have tons of thoughts and worries running […]

  • Cooking
  • How to Eat Vegan with Friends

    That's vegan. He's not.

    All too often, those who attempt to follow a plant-based diet find ourselves with friends at a full service restaurant that prefers to serve a litany of animal-infused products. We’re stuck with a double order of vegetable sides, which requires the awkward, unsavory task of asking our server to withhold the butter poaching. You can […]

  • Places
  • Southwest Roadtrip in Photos: New Mexico

    Chimayo sunset

    Twas a frigid February evening in Astoria, Queens. Sam and Veren sat perched on stools in his cozy and unusually large kitchen. They talked travel over a dinner of homemade vegan mushroom risotto. Veren had always wanted to return to the Southwest, where he had spent a couple summers visiting New York friends whom had transplanted to the Land of Enchantment AKA New […]