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Breakfast Around the World!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, July 21, 2017

Breakfast, as we all know, is the most important meal of the day. But it's not always enjoyed with eggs, bacon and stack of pancakes. What may seem like a strange breakfast to Americans could be someone else's favorite weekend treat. Below, we've investigated breakfasts from a few countries that our visitors often come from! 

First up, Japan. Believe it or not, miso soup and rice are commonly found on a Japanese breakfast plate. Add a side of grilled fish or some pickled vegetables and you've got yourself a breakfast feast. Unlike the United States, a Japanese breakfast is not intended to be filling or heavy, so dishes are not often rich, deep fried or greasy. 

Similar to the Japanese, a Chinese breakfast might also consist of a broth, but this time soy bean. With the broth, there might be a side of sweet, fried bread for dipping. If you're not interested in broth, there are always sweet buns or sweet tofu pudding. On the savory side, wheat and rice noodles are popular breakfast options, paired with meat and vegetables. Unlike the Japanese breakfast, the Chinese breakfast is not necessarily light. It can often be full of sugar and salt, which makes for a delicious way to start the day.

   

European breakfasts are often light, something like coffee and bread will be enough to tie someone over until a mid-morning snack or lunch. The Dutch are no exception to this rule. However, if you're feeling a bit hungrier, you could top your bread with meats, cheeses, spreads, and fruits to bulk up your meal. 

In Spain, breakfast is still the smallest meal of the day. But if you're lucky, you might get a sugary churro con chocolate as your Sunday morning breakfast treat. A sugary pastry dipped in hot, rich chocolate. Yum! If you're feeling adventurous, learn how to make your own churros here for your next big breakfast.

And of course, there is the traditional American breakfast. Eggs, bacon, toast, and if you're lucky, a short stack of pancakes! A great way to get your visitor involved is to introduce them to new foods and traditions. Next time you have a visitor staying with you on a lazy Sunday, teach them how to make your favorite pancake recipe! 



Best Locations to Enjoy Boston's Waterfront

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If you're visiting Boston during July, you know that the weather will not only be unpredictable, but also hot and humid. As a life-long Boston resident, I can tell you with certainty that the best way to cool down and relax on a hot city day is to spend some time near a body of water.

Contrary to popular belief, there are fabulous beaches right in the center of the city. You can easily find yourself soaking up the sun and playing in the sand just by hopping on the MBTA. South Boston ("Southie") is home to four beaches, making those three miles the longest stretch of uninterrupted beach in the Boston area. If you want to relax in the sand, dip your toes in the ice cold water, and look out on the Harbor Islands, Southie beaches are a gem waiting to be discovered.

Another perk to visiting these beaches is Castle Island. At one point a real island, it can now be found adjacent to Pleasure Bay beach and is home to Fort Independence. Be sure to stop by Sully's for some delicious local snacks!

How to get there by T: To get to Carson Beach, the first of the four beaches, take the Red Line to JFK/UMass and walk along the waterfront for about 10-15 minutes. To get to the other beaches, such as L Street beach, M Street beach, and Pleasure Bay beach, take the Red Line to Broadway Station and either walk east along Broadway Street, or hop on the #9 bus to City Point. If you're not looking to bake on the sands of Southie, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the waters in and around Boston.

Revere Beach, founded in 1896, is the oldest public beach in the United States. Located just north of the city, it is also easily accessible by the MBTA. Restaurants and food vendors, especially Kelly's Roast Beef, make a trip to Revere well worth it. On July 21-23, 2017, the annual International Sand Sculpting Festival will return to Revere beach. This is a weekend of food, fun, and sand sculptures - be sure to grab your sunscreen and come out to enjoy.

    

How to get there by T: Hop on the Blue Line to Revere Station, and walk across the street to the beach. Simple as that! 
Additionally, the Esplanade is a long, thin strip of park that runs along the bank of Boston's side of the Charles River. It is most famous for hosting the Boston Pops and Fireworks celebration on the Fourth of July, however, during the months of July and August, you can also catch a free movie at the Hatch Shell. This month's film lineup includes:

  • July 14 - Sing

  • July 21 - The Jungle Book

  • July 28 - Finding Dory

Be sure to grab a blanket and a snack and come down to the Hatch Shell for a night of fun film entertainment! Movies start at sundown.


How to get there by T: Take the Red Line to Charles/MGH Station, cross over Cambridge and Charles Street, and then take the footbridge over Storrow Drive.

Lastly, enjoy free concerts every Thursday night at 6pm at the ICA Boston on the waterfront (25 Harbor Shore Drive, South Boston Waterfront). Berklee College of Music students will perform jazz, reggae, and music from around the world - paired with food, drinks, and free admission to the museum, it is sure to be a blast!

How to get there by T: Take the Red Line to South Station and pick up the Silver Line. Hop on the Silver Line to the Courthouse stop and then walk 7 minutes.

Check out other activities during the month of July here!