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Happy National Tequila Day!

Posted by Lindsay

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I don’t usually need an excuse to drink a margarita, especially during the hot months of summer, but lucky for me, July 24th is National Tequila Day– I now have a ready-made reason to go ahead and enjoy one guilt-free!

But of course, tequila is used for more than just margaritas. Though I wouldn’t say no to this Frozen Watermelon-Prickly Pear Margarita, or any margarita for that matter, there has to be other uses for tequila besides these fruity cocktails…

Turns out, tequila has many a surprising use. For anyone who has ever drank maybe slightly more of this blue-agave based drink, you know that you will likely end up passing out, but in moderation, it can lower blood sugar levels and potentially decrease the risk of diabetes. It can also be mixed with agave nectar and lime juice to produce a cold remedy, and experts say that tequila can stimulate appetite...

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How To Be Your Own Ice Cream Truck

Posted by Lindsay

Thursday, July 17, 2014

We are well into the heat of summer, and it is hot out! Maybe it’s just Boston (anyone else feeling this too?), but most days I am literally sweating as soon as I step outside of my apartment building. I usually love my long hair, but I have been seriously struggling with not taking scissors to it and giving myself a bob (I’m just too terrified of the wrath of my hairdresser if I were to do so).

But, at least all this heat does give me an excuse to enjoy all of my favorite summertime desserts. I’ve recently re-discovered and become obsessed with ice cream sandwiches, but there is nothing like a good ol’ ice pop or slushie. Growing up, my summer evenings pretty much revolved around [commercial, store-bought] dessert time, and it was often a popsicle of some kind being served… usually those freeze pops in the plastic tube [but...

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Getting Panini Happy

Posted by Lindsay

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I’m not quite sure of when it started, but I have recently become obsessed with panini. If I weren’t trying to eat a semi-balanced diet, I could literally have a panini for every single meal and be happy. I fully admit I made my mom buy a panini press for our house, and then made her buy me my own when I moved into my college apartment. It doubles as a grill, so not only can I make sandwiches on it, but I also can use it for grilling vegetables and meat without having to buy a full-sized grill… which I wouldn’t be able to afford anyway on account of being a poor grad student and living in small, rundown apartments with nowhere to put an outdoor grill…

So panini presses are just perfect for folks like me! But really, even if you have a bigger budget and more square footage/outdoor space...

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I Left My Heart [and Stomach] in Europe

Posted by Elizabeth

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My sister recently left on a two-week musical tour of Europe—the very same trip I embarked on during my junior year of high school. Not only does she get to visit seven countries, but her group also performs in almost every city they visit. She will get to play her cello in the green parks of London, high up in the Swiss Alps, and in the soaring cathedrals of Paris. Needless to say, I’m envious. It’s a really amazing program that mingles travel and music, and the same people come out every year to listen and appreciate the music these high schoolers play– we probably improve international relations better than any politician ever could!

I’m most excited for my sister to try real European cuisine. She’s a foodie with a pretty refined palate and a very open mind for a 17-year-old. Although many of her meals are provided, her lunches are...

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