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Spring Side

This has been a tough winter.  Even as someone born and raised in the area, towards the end of March I started to feel a bit resentful every time I put on my huge, puffy winter coat. I think we’re all grateful that spring has arrived, the tank tops are coming out, and we’re trading in the hearty stews for a fresher, lighter selection. Or maybe that last one is just me.

Nothing says warm weather like citrus. So in honor of the incoming season I’ve decided to share a side that is both springy and dorm friendly because it requires absolutely no cooking! It’s a raw fennel salad with orange and mint. And the preparation couldn’t be easier!


  1. Wash and slice the fennel and put it aside in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Take a few oranges and squeeze one over the fennel so it gets covered in juice.
  3. Slice the rest of the oranges, until you have as much as you want, and add it to the fennel.
  4. Chop up some mint, the amount is also up to you (I add quite a bit because I love the freshness mint adds), and add that to the bowl.
  5. Then throw in some olive oil, white wine vinegar or something similar, lemon juice if you’d like to, and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Mix that all up and you’ve got yourself a delicious side for any meat. Its crunchy, tangy, and fresh, the spring trifecta.



Postcards from Paris : Amorino Gelato

The last few days here in Paris have been beautiful… sunny and at least 50 degrees. After the last few weeks of feeling almost completely frozen, subjected to bleak, gray, cloudy skies day after day, it feels as if Paris is breathing one giant sigh of relief. Spring has finally begun to sprung.

And to make things even better, warm weather means ice-cream weather.

Amorino is a european franchise, based out of Italy, that specializes in high quality gelato, italian pastries, chocolates and finally, coffee. As such, you can go to an Amorino for whatever sweet you’re craving around 3 PM between afternoon classes. And the quality is very, very good. The coffee here, sourced from Italy, is way better than Starbucks, and much of the gelato is organic.

So, to commemorate the first real day of spring, I treated myself to a cone with my two favorite flavors : pistachio and inimitable (chocolate-hazlenut AKA Nutella). However, had I wanted to, I could have technically asked for any number of flavors even in my one small “cornetto.” And, to top it all off, freshly whipped heavy cream, or “creme chantilly” as say the French.

Walking though the Luxembourg gardens, gelato in hand and sun streaming through the trees on a warm, Parisian spring day? Sublime.