Tres Leches Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

You probably don’t know this about me: I’m a baker. Not professionally, and I enjoy all types of cooking, but I have a special place in my heart for experimenting with and creating baked goods (though I’m always up for making something from a favorite recipe). I’ve been experimenting with cakes lately. I look up…

Madame Bovary | France

People are awful, which is what Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert leads you to believe. Which is why I’m planning to lambaste this book on my blog today. Which is why, if you are a fan of French literature or—more specifically—Madame Bovary, you should avoid this post like the plague. I’m too riled up to be nice. Overview: Emma Bovary…

15 Ways to Find Joy through Service

Remember how I talked about finding joy by helping others? Well, not long ago, I had one of “those” days; you know, the ones when you have a million things to do, responsibilities so heavy that you think your shoulders will crack, and nothing but more of the same on the horizon. It was a dark…

Heal Yourself by Healing Others

Upon reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog, I found this nugget: “If you want to heal, heal others.” In the context of this quote, Paloma—a brilliant 12-year-old girl who feels the meaninglessness of a life as member of the shallow high-class—comes to the conclusion that her unhappiness can be salved by reaching out to others. It’s…

The Elegance of the Hedgehog | France

This book shows a cross-section of life within a modern city with an ancient class structure, proving that no matter how enlightened we are, we still tend to view others—and ourselves—along lines drawn in the sand centuries ago.

Little Moments of Joy

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to spread a bit of joy and happiness to others. More often than not, happiness comes in little starts here and there, little moments in time that illuminate your heart like a candle in darkness. So based on this (and a post I saw on a friend’s…

Read the World Wrap-Up | Italy

I wish to walk the streets that the ancient Romans once hewed out of rock and stone. I wish to see the same buildings that inspired a generation of artists and, eventually, the world. I wish to float through the city that enjoyed a millennium of democratic rule. I even wish to trod the treacherous, bloody path that the Allies took to liberate Italy.

The Best Food Ever | Italy

It’s very possible that if I was to choose my favorite cuisine, it would be Italian. What’s not to love? There’s pasta, pastries, gelato, cotoletta, croquette, and mozzarella.

Italy: A History | Italy

The modern world owes a great debt to Italy: It gave us Latin (a common language) and Roman law; it gave us a Renaissance of classical thought; it gave us some of the most beloved works of art. It gives us pasta and mozzarella (which alone should earn our eternal gratitude).

Romeo and Juliet | Italy

Perversely, it’s my tirade in the form of a review, that makes me think this book is worth reading. Anything that brings out so much emotion and provokes so much thought is worth the effort.

Hero on a Bicycle | WWII

War can harden or humble a person. Some of these characters allowed it to turn them into better people.