Another month, another box filled with yummy snacks from Universal Yums for us to try. This month we ventured all the way to the Philippines to indulge in snacks such as ube cookies, barbecue corn nuts, and cheese filled candies. This Southeast Asian country is home to over 7,000 islands and is often referred to as the ‘ring of fire’ due to the many volcanoes found in the country, 355 of them to be exact. When it comes to the Philippines, they have a strong cultural emphasis on food and their cuisine is truly unlike anything else. Filipino cuisine is influenced by Chinese, American, and Spanish traditions and also combines Eastern and Western ideas. So without further ado let’s hop right into what we’re all here for and get to trying these unique treats that await us.
The days are getting longer, the sun is setting later and later by the day, and it is officially hot enough to bust out all your summer clothes that have been in hiding all winter. With summer knocking on our doors, not only does this mean that the season of barbecues and late night bonfires is upon us but also the season of road trips. There’s nothing better during the summer months than packing up your car and bringing along a few friends to go explore a brand new place. I for one love road trips and have done quite a few since getting my driver’s license a few years back so for today’s blog post I’ve put together some of the most helpful tips that have come in handy to ensure that you will have the most stress free and enjoyable road trip ever this summer.
If you are from Quebec the name Coaticook probably sounds familiar to you. If you’re trying to remember where you’ve seen that name before, think back to the last time that you were browsing the aisles at your grocery store. That is because Coaticook is the name of one of the most famous ice cream brands in the province and can be found in virtually every grocery store in the area but did you know that besides ice cream, Coaticook is also known for being the home of North America’s longest suspended pedestrian bride. If you’re not too scared of heights or suffer from vertigo, the bridge can be visited through the Parc de la Gorge found in the center of Coaticook which has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Eastern Townships region.
Barriqa Illena, corazon contento! This famous Spanish saying translates to ‘a full belly and a happy heart’ which is the goal for this month as our taste buds head off on a journey to Spain. From flamenco dancing, lively music, and colorful celebrations, Spain’s rich culture is characterized not only by these things but also by their distinct cuisine. The country is home to an abundance of traditional dishes including paella, gazpacho, chorizo, and one of their more popular ones, tapas. Tapas are small snacks and appetizers which come in a variety of different flavors and textures which is then combined to create a massive sampler style meal. This month’s Universal Yums box pulls inspiration from this very dish with snacks such as ham flavored chips and lemon cookies, there is sure to be something for just about everyone.
It’s the beginning of a new month which means that it’s time for another Universal Yums subscription box review. For the month of March we headed out on a journey to Poland to try treats ranging from chocolate covered plums to lobster tail candies among other traditional goodies. Though there are quite a few downs in Polish history ranging from second World War which claimed the lives of 20% of the civilian population and the fact that the country fell under the communist rule after the war, Poland has proved to be a resilient country through it all. The country has emerged as a prosperous nation which has left its own unique mark on Europe as well as the world’s culture. Poland can be thanked for such inventions as movies with sound as well as the discovery of the sun in the center of our solar system. They’re also well known for their delicious food which we will be trying today so let’s get right into it.
With spring right around the corner not only is it almost time to bust out the summer clothes and start thinking about working on your tan, it’s also festival season. Lineups for a range of popular festivals have started to be announced and plans can start being made. Personally I am someone that adores music festivals and concerts in general. I’ve been to more concerts that I can count and I’m always up for spending a hot summer day outside listening to my favorite bands play my favorite songs. Though this blog post isn’t necessarily travel related, I thought that I would still put together this sort of survival guide for music festivals to help out those in need. Whether you’ll be attending your first festival this summer or you’re a seasoned pro, these tips and tricks can be helpful for just about anyone.
Flowers are starting to bloom, the days are getting longer, and you can almost taste the summer air. This time of year is always the best time to slowly get out of that winter hibernation mode and to start tackling some spring cleaning and redecorating. I always love cleaning everything out and sprucing my space up a bit after a long winter so I’ve compiled a list of some cute travel themed decor pieces that I’ve found recently that I think you will love. Add these pieces to any room of your house to not only change things up a bit but also to show off your love of all things travel related.