Finding the Perfect Brunch in China

Apr 11, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_DanielleThai_Blogger_Shanghai.pngDanielle Thai is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A resource economics major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Danielle finds the perfect brunch to satisfy her cravings abroad.

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Two words. Western breakfast. Or on Sundays – Western brunch. I have never missed a specific type of meal this much in my life. Usually cravings for something occur every other week but I think my breakfast craving happened every other day… so it almost felt like a need. The breakfast here in China consists of bread, congee, or corn. Do not get me wrong I like having congee or bread in the morning just not every single day. I even went to the grocery store to find granola bars for a substitute in the mornings. The granola bars I ended up purchasing were made of rice crisps and a few pieces of almonds. It was decent but it was not the quality that I am use to. I have recently found the same brand of granola bars that I eat back home in an imported section of the store. Imported foods are priced significantly higher than other domestic products. Once the prices are converted to US Dollars, the prices are the same as back home. Having these granola bars holds me over for a little while. Going back to that craving of Western breakfast – I was not the only one in my friend group who felt the same way. We did a little bit of research and found a top-rated restaurant that would fill our needs.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Food Abroad, Food in Shanghai

Exploring Italy's Southern Beaches and Food

Mar 30, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya takes us around Sicily in southern Italy, showing us the beaches and food unique to this region.

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I have been looking forward to exploring southern Italy for as long as I can remember, so the moment it turned spring I headed down to take advantage of Sicily’s sunny beaches and delicious food.  For those of you who don’t know, Sicily is the island located south west of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula.  My two friends and I opted to stay at a town called Mondello where the beaches are located.  Sicily’s biggest city, Palermo, was just a 30-minute bus ride away, allowing us to get a taste (literally) of Sicily’s beach and city culture.  Instead of hunting down a hostel, we chose to stay at an Airbnb instead.  Although we were initially skeptical, we knew that we booked the right place the instant we arrived as our host argued with the taxi driver to give us a fair price (unfortunately some taxi drivers tend to take advantage of language barriers and overprice).  We stayed at a guest house of an enormous villa just a few steps away from the beach.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Food Abroad

The Sweet Side of Sydney

Mar 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017 - Profile.jpgColin Gilbert is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and supply chain management major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Colin talks about his mission to satisfy his sweet tooth, Sydney style.

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I’ve gained so much from my time abroad thus far. I’ve gained quite a few new friendships. I’ve gained heaps of independence and confidence. I’ve gained a better understanding of both American and Australian culture. Aaand, I’ve gained a bit of weight. Anyone who knows me well knows I have an enormous sweet tooth that I enjoy satisfying on the regular. Fortunately, the sweet side of Sydney is alive and well and able to do just that.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Food Abroad

A Healthy Vegetarian Meal Abroad

Mar 13, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Valkyrie Profile.pngValkyrie Speaker, a film major at the University of Pittsburgh, is a CAPA World columnist during spring semester 2017. She'll be shooting weekly videos for "An American Film Student in London", published every Monday. 

For this week's vlog, Valkyrie shows us how to select and cook a healthy vegetarian meal abroad.

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Thanks, Valkyrie!

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Vlog: Eating My Way Through London

Mar 3, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Graysan Tompkins Profile.pngGraysan Tompkins is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's vlog, Graysan explores London's amazing foodie scene. 

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Thanks Graysan!

Graysan's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Food Abroad

Dublin: Celebrating Two Cultures Through Food at the US Ambassador's Residence

Feb 17, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Nathan Overlock - Profile Photo (Choice 1).jpgNathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Nathan shares an amazing experience he had to visit the US Ambassador's Residence in Dublin for an event celebrating the food of the two cultures. 

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I had a secret motive for choosing Dublin as my study abroad location. Sure, Dublin is about as exciting a place as any for a Technical Writing student to intern, serving as the global hub for mammoth tech companies like Apple, Intel, Facebook, and even Google. And of course, Ireland has beautiful countryside, and a never-ending array of cultural landmarks that appeal to my inner explorer.

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But weeks before I even left the country, I had a long list of Irish food and restaurants to try... Perhaps it’s the fact that I grew up in a small, Irish-influenced New England town, eating fried seafood and coddle on a regular basis, but even with study abroad options in Italy and China, I chose Dublin. Of course, had no idea at the time that I’d get an invitation within my first month in the country to sample the best food from across the country at the US Ambassador's Residence in Phoenix Park.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Food Abroad

Vlog: Visiting a Chocolate Fair in Florence

Feb 14, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel takes us to a chocolate fair in Florence. 

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Thanks Emmanuel!

Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy, Food Abroad

Vlog: Foodie Dublin - Temple Bar Food Market

Feb 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_Michela Mickaluck Square.jpgMichela Mickaluck is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A public relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Michela shows us around the Temple Bar Food Market in Dublin. 

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Thanks, Michela!

Michela's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Food Abroad

On Being Vegan or Vegetarian in London

Feb 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Courtney Manning Profile Square.jpgCourtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Courtney shares her experience so far of being vegetarian in London with a goal of transitioning to a fully vegan lifestyle.

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London is the perfect place to be if you’re vegetarian, vegan or just trying to eat healthy. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 9-years-old, and this year I’ve been transitioning into a vegan lifestyle. I’ve learned in the three weeks that I’ve been living here that London has a fantastic array of vegan and vegetarian options almost anywhere you choose to eat.

The majority of people on my trip are actually vegetarian as well, along with one other vegan. It’s really nice to have other people around me who support my eating habits and are willing to go try different restaurants with me that big meat-eaters typically wouldn’t visit. Last night, for example, my vegan friend, Amanda, and I went to dinner at this Italian restaurant called Zizzi’s, which has a few vegan options including an incredible pizza with vegan mozzarella made from coconut oil. It’s the first vegan cheese substitute that I have ever tasted that actually tastes like cheese! I would recommend it to vegans and carnivores alike. All of the markets in London tend to have vegan stands as well. At Borough Market, there’s a fantastic place called Big V which has the most incredible “burgers” I’ve ever tried.

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Food Abroad

Foodie Florence: For Espresso, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Jan 26, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya talks about everyone's favorite topic in Italy: The food!

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I am sure that I am not the only one who has listened to friends talk about how marvelous and life-changing their food was on their summer vacation in Italy.  Nodding along to how you have to try this dish and go to this place or else flying 6,000 miles across the world was not even worth it. But here I am in Florence with not the slightest idea of where to eat. Obviously, there is no lack of restaurants or cafes, but way too many to choose from! What if I fall into a tourist trap of mediocre food? What if everything is way too overpriced? Or God forbid… What if... I can’t tell my friends back home how AMAZING the food was!!!

After doing some online research for recommendations, I began my trial and error journey of places to eat and drink in Florence.

For Espresso:

On a Saturday morning with nothing to do, I decided to go on a walk around my neighborhood. After strolling for about five minutes, I run into a little shop with flashing Christmas lights and flowers (may or may not be a fly?). I walk inside and see a crowded café full of Italians enjoying their cups of coffee. The barista was welcoming and my cappuccino was good enough to complete my mission to find that cute café I have been envisioning.

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy, Food Abroad

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