I want to ride my bicycle

When I was four years old my brother, who is a couple of years older than me, got a shiny new red two-wheeler bicycle for his birthday. He was the envy of all the neighborhood kids, including me. But he refused to let me try it out, even once. I was just a little kid,…

British Eats: A Foodie’s Adventure

Recently I was out for dinner with an acquaintance and when our plates were served, I pulled my cell phone out of my pocket to snap a photo of my meal. “Are you a millennial?” My friend asked. We burst into laughter together, but then she asked the question again. That’s when I realized it’s not clear….

A Heritage of Joy (of Cooking)

My grandmother loved the popular cookbook The Joy of Cooking and it became a part of my heritage, but not just as a source for recipes.

Can anyone be creative?

I’d like to believe creativity is something everyone is capable of, that maybe some people just never had the proper stimuli or supportive environments as children. But I really don’t know. Maybe it’s more than a skill. Maybe creativity is a gift. For me, it’s a given. I create because I am. Because I feel….

Application to an Italian Sabbatical

Recently, Airbnb has been advertising a job that I desperately want: a three-month volunteering stint hosting Airbnb experiences in Grottole, Matera, Italy. Today, on the last day that applications are accepted, I applied. And holy mother of gods, I want this so bad! What’s your story and why are you ready to move to Grottole…