The ancient Mexican dietary staple turned Instagram starlet

Hass avocado with oil and vinegar. Photo: Blair Mastbaum


Lessons garnered from the ateliers of 10 masters of the written word

Ernest Hemingway’s writing room in Cuba. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The strange origin of an Andalusian village’s hyperlocal treat

Vintage postcard of Our Lady of the Remedies, the patron saint of Olvera, and her sanctuary.


How walking predetermined routes like the Camino de Santiago can calm your mind

A sign for the Via Augusta in Jerez de la Frontera. Photo: Blair Mastbaum


There’s a lot to learn from these 10 complex on screen characterizations

Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures.


How I credit my laid back perspective on life to this landmark series of children’s books

Illustration courtesy of the Estate of Arnold Lobel


A series on etymologies

Japan’s Kyosuke Matsuyama reacts after losing during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo courtesy of Fabrice Coffrini


The North African dish I could eat literally every day

The author cooking sans pants. Photo: Blair Mastbaum


A Series on Etymologies

John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in Dallas shortly before his assassination. Photo: Creative Commons, courtesy of Cecil Stoughton/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum


A Series on Etymologies

Avocado. Photo: Blair Mastbaum

Blair Mastbaum

Writer/enthusiast/misanthrope currently stationed in Andalusia, focusing on culture, language, travel, food&drink, and change.

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