by Mackenzie Patel Paring high-brow musicians with the dregs of college partying is something I think Mozart would appreciate. Who says that black-tie culture can’t mix alcohol as well as adagios? I’ve been studying classical music for over two years and hearing fiery works (i.e. The Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner) reminds me of… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel This might sound like a shameless promotion, and yes, it is. The quality of Spoon University is worth every supercilious adjective, metaphor, and Facebook caption I write. In my 20 years of existence, I’ve written for a smattering of publications—everything from the Tampa Bay Times to a sketchy Spanish travel site appears… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel The chewy-smooth delight of ground nuts is an ecstasy no drug can replicate. The grainless spread, whipped to a thick perfection, soothes any tongue and smothers the roughest taste buds. Jiffy, Peter Pan, Smuckers, and the homemade Publix brand—I don’t discriminate amongst different brands for they all deliver the earthy essence of… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Upon entering the cramped atrium, I was assaulted by a precocious family of 23, an impatient hostess dolled up in condescension, and a meadow of hand painted Spanish tiles. Of course, I am referring to The Columbia, a homegrown culinary legend and the oldest established restaurant in Florida.  Although my first impressions… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Good evening world travelers! First of all, I heartily apologize to my readers because I often neglect the “food category” tacked onto the list of topics I discourse upon on the right hand side. It’s such a shame! Food is flavorful, elegant, a true craft, and has the ability to conjure up… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel      Hello World Travelers! This post is not going to be long, but I wanted to share with you a very special food that I recently received as gift. As hinted in the title, my mother bought me hand-painted chocolates from William Dean, a delicacy chocolate store in Florida. The company… Read More


by       I will admit, this post is a tad biased because I have only ever been to one pizzeria, John’s Pizzeria, in New York City. However, it was completely AMAZING so I think it’s safe to say that it’s my favorite one in the Big Apple. With the hundreds (or even thousands)… Read More