Cultural Tastes: 5 Stops on a Diverse Culinary Tour Through London

Oct 29, 2018 11:13:55 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's post, Genevieve discusses the cultural variety of cuisine that she's discovered since moving to London. From British Pub food and Russian Cafes to Indian curries and vegan falafel stands, she shares 5 of her go-to places for food in London.

Comfort food is something that all students in college become acquainted with. Whether that means the gooey cheese on a pizza or hot broth of chicken noodle soup, those two words bring certain food to mind. Food is universally unique, each culture adapting ingredients to fit their tastes. Comfort food is especially important to me when I am far from home. A whiff of the aroma of baking bread and I immediately feel at peace in my surroundings, whether or not they are familiar. However, I am not prefacing this blog post with comfort food to say that it is important for study abroad students. While it is interesting how students bring their food with them, it is even more fascinating to see the all of the food that London has to offer. London is aptly described as a global city. Layers of culture overlap as immigrants from all over the globe come together in one city. Each cultural group carries their history and traditions in the food that they eat and crave when they are far from home. I have never been in a city that so obviously displays the importance of food and culture as London. On my street alone, there is a Russian café, a British pub, a Chinese street food stall, a fish and chips shop, a middle eastern style market place, multiple Ethiopian, Indian, Japanese, and Thai restaurants, and even a fancy Nepali place. When people move to London, they are not required to sacrifice their cultural identity. Acculturation does not stifle this city as it does other countries. From the curry of Brick Lane to the Doner Kebabs on each street corner, culture and food are linked in this city.

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Posted in: London, England, Food Abroad

Best Cafes for Students in Barcelona

Oct 22, 2018 9:58:00 AM / by Amaia Rioseco

In this week's vlog, Amaia Rioseco takes us on a tour of some of her favorite cafes in Barcelona, with nods to cafes good for food, price, studying and proximity to her flat. 

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Posted in: Food Abroad, Barcelona, Spain

Eating as a Student in London

Oct 17, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by Ellen Anderson

In this week's post, Ellen Anderson discusses her grocery shopping and eating habits as a student studying abroad in London, including cost-effective, go-to grocery stores Sainsbury's and Tesco, as well as a few of her favorite restaurants!

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Posted in: London, England, Food Abroad

10 Affordable Snacks to Indulge in While in Sydney

Oct 10, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

In this week's post, Martyn gives us the run down on his favorite indulge-worthy snacks he's discovered while living in Sydney for the past month. 

Let’s be honest here...I don’t know how to cook, or rather I just don't cook for whatever reason (reason: I’m lazy). I bought a multi-grain box of spaghetti the second day that I got to Sydney and have yet to open the box. It’s still in my cabinet next to an empty blueberry muffin box...which brings us to this week’s topic. I figured I’d share my top ten lists of cheap snacks that you can get in and around Ultimo but more specifically the one and only Cole’s. Obviously since I’m studying abroad I wanted to find ten items that were both cheap (under or around 5 AUD) and that are easy to eat and take with you to go.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Food Abroad

10 Great Breakfast Spots Near the CAPA Shanghai Center

Oct 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's post, Rachel takes you on a tour of her favorite breakfast spots near the CAPA Shanghai center—from bakeries and coffee shops to breakfast sushi and more!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Food Abroad

Taking an Italian Cooking Class

Oct 4, 2018 2:38:11 PM / by Payton Meyer

In this week's post, Payton signs up for a CAPA My Global City event and cooks up a delicious feast of Italian food with help from the Chefactory instructor.

Ciao! I finally got the chance to attend one of the My Global City events that CAPA offers to its students to help immerse them into the Italian culture and lifestyle here in Florence, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you! This week, I signed up for a 3-course cooking class taught at the Chefactory. My friends and I were expecting to learn how to make fresh pasta the authentic Italian way, but we learned so much more in just a few hours, and it was some of the most fun I’ve had in the city so far!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Food Abroad

Grocery Shopping in Barcelona and a Tour of My Apartment Kitchen

Oct 1, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Amaia Rioseco

Amaia Rioseco is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Visual Media Arts major at Emerson College, she is studying abroad in Barcelona this semester.

In this week's vlog,  Amaia takes us along as she runs errands at a Lidl Supermarket in Barcelona, plans her meals for the week, and gives us the run down on how she shares space in her student apartment kitchen.  


Thanks, Amaia!

Amaia's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Food Abroad, Barcelona, Spain

How to Treat a Traveler's Cold One Irish Tea Shop at a Time

Sep 26, 2018 3:07:36 PM / by Casey Rhode

Casey Rhode

Casey Rhode is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Interdisciplinary Studies major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Casey shares how a case of traveler's cold helped her discover her new love of Irish tea, how she's embracing the concept of "tea time," and her recommendations for the best spots to get tea in Dublin.


I want everyone reading my posts to see my entire adventure, even the not so fun parts, so here I am. The sickness that our advisors mentioned we would get after about a week finally got to me. I wish I could say everything was all fine and dandy this whole week but being sick and starting classes and an internship isn’t the greatest combination. I’ve been drained and cold and coughing up a storm in the middle of classes. I’ve taken a bunch of medicine to hopefully feel better soon, but the one thing that has really helped is the tea I brought from home: organic roasted dandelion root tea with a couple drops of lemon juice.

Tea Garden's Selection of TeasTea Garden's selection of teas

Now, I’m not a tea person normally, but for some reason since I arrived in Dublin I have been drinking tea every day. I can’t go a day without it, partially because so many people are also drinking tea, so I feel obligated to drink it during “tea time”. By the way, “tea time” is actually just any time you want it to be, which I kind of love.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Food Abroad

Things You Can Do Around the Ultimo Neighborhood in Sydney

Sep 25, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Marketing and Global Management major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Sydney.

In this week's post, Sydney recommends several things to do and places to visit and eat around the neighborhood of Ultimo in Sydney. 


Now that I’ve been in Sydney for a little bit, I know my way around a few parts of the city, including Ultimo, the my neighborhood. One thing that the neighborhood has is the main campus for the University of Technology Sydney. One of the main buildings, the UTS Tower, is very recognizable due to its’ height and large UTS sign at the top of the building, and fortunately for me and the other CAPA students, only about a block from our residence. During our first few weeks here when we were figuring out our way around, we were able to look up for that tower and use it to find our bearings and help us make sure we were going in the right direction to get home. Ultimo also has the largest TAFE campus in New South Wales, which is also super close to my apartment and includes the CAPA Sydney building where I take classes.

Sandwich from Fork and GrindA breakfast sandwich from Fork and Grind

As for food, one of my favorite places to eat (so far) and hands down one of the best cafes I’ve ever been to is in Ultimo. Behold, Fork and Grind. If I could franchise it and put it on my campus in Pittsburgh I would spend all of my savings and do it in a heartbeat. Because it’s so close to home and classes, we go pretty often, and I promise I have thoroughly sampled their menu.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Food Abroad, Food in Sydney, Activities Abroad, Environment

My New Favorite Thing: Indian Food in London

Sep 23, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Christopher Halka

In this week's post, Christopher opens himself up to a new culinary experience in London and falls in love with Indian food.

When I left for London to study abroad, I had prior knowledge that English people loved Indian Food. My dad would tell me stories about his experience in London during his early twenties and how he practically lived off of it for two years. This was 30 years ago, a time when London may not have really been recognized for its food (according to my dad). Over the past three decades there has been a cultural growth occurring in all parts of the city, in which people from all cultures are utilizing their differences and experiences to open places with varieties of cuisines. Londoners have made such a big turn that people will go as far to even say that London has become the food capital of the modern world.

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Posted in: London, England, Food Abroad