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.
France, the country known for the city of love, the Eiffel tower, and of course for yummy treats such as crepes, baguettes, and macaroons. It is also the country that pioneered the term ‘fine dining’ after a group of French chefs set out to develop a style of cuisine that was distinctly French without any influence from the Western world back in the 1700’s. Though there are some treats in this months box that might seem familiar to you such as potato chips, rest assured that chestnut caramels and violet infused chocolate bars among many other snacks included are purely French, so let’s get right into the snacks from this month’s Universal Yums box and bon appetit.
With a new month comes a new Universal Yums box filled with snacks and candies to try from a different country around the world. For the month of January we will be embarking on a journey to the sunny destination of Greece, where olives, white buildings, and ocean views are a plenty. Ancient Greece is a country that has had plenty of influence on the Western world and not just for the creation of the Olympic games but for an abundance of other things as well such as theater, alarm clocks, cranes, and watermills but more importantly we can thank the Greek for their delicious snacks that we’ll be taste testing this month. As always I’ll be including a little snippet about each goody that we’ll be trying as well as my opinion on each snack.
Often referred to as the ‘prison capital’ of Canada, Kingston is home to 7 different prisons and institutions. One of the most notorious of these seven is the now shut down Kingston Penitentiary often referred to as KP or Kingston Penn. When we visited Kingston in the summer, we got the chance to visit the penitentiary and to learn all about the history of the prison. Tours are available throughout much of the year and brings visitors inside the walls of this infamous penitentiary. For this blog post I’ll be sharing with you a few photos from our visit here as well as some information if ever you’re looking into exploring the penitentiary for yourself.