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Reading Roundup #5

I have returned to a more regular reading rhythm which is great even if I am extremely behind in writing about books I've recently read. I just finished Laura Hillenbrand's work Unbroken but will be writing about that in a separate post, since a life as amazing and at times unimaginable as that of Louis Zamperini deserves its own post.

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Cornmeal Stew with Crab-Cuba

Thankfully in my case, I have no cat so one didn't fall into this delicious stew I had prepared a couple of weeks ago. While there are so many great sounding recipes I am anxious to try out in my new cookbook, The Cuban Table, I've been testing the waters by first making the simple but delectable dessert natilla, and now most recently, a cornmeal stew with crab. If you've never had cornmeal before, you're not missing "that" much.

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Restaurant Review: La Palapa (Pittsburgh)

La Palapa is one of the two restaurants I dined at for this year's winter restaurant week here in Pittsburgh. La Palapa has been around for a couple of years now although it became one of those where it was relegated to the lines of "I really need to get there." Thankfully its menu for restaurant week was enticing enough for me to finally get there (just to clarify, everything on their menu looked enticing, but I thought their restaurant week menu compared to some others offered a really phenomenal deal).

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South Korea-a study abroad retrospective

It's hard to believe but last July marked 10 years that I studied abroad in South Korea. While I had done international traveling before (a summer as an exchange student in Mexico when I was in high school, a class trip to Europe after graduation), Korea was different. Korea was on the other side of the world; Korea was a country where I didn't speak a word of the language let alone understand their alphabet; Korea was hard; Korea was like being dropped on another planet.

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Afternoon Tea at the Omni William Penn (Pittsburgh)

Afternoon tea at the historic Westin Moana Surfrider hotel was one of my favorite experiences on my trip to Oahu back in 2013 and so I have been on a mission to do "high tea" elsewhere. Even though the views wouldn't be of the Pacific Ocean and seating wouldn't be outdoors, I was still intrigued by the afternoon tea that was offered at the Omni William Penn hotel, a historic property in its own right (it dates from the 1930s).

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