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Rouladen: A German Classic

In Lifestyle, Living Abroad, Recipesby Tom @ Abroad AmericanLeave a Comment

Rouladen is a classic German dish made by rolling up lean beef cuts up with a variety of ingredients inside. The Rouladen I made included: mustard, bacon, onions, and pickles, along with some spices. While impressive on the plate and delicious on the tongue, Rouladen is surprisingly easy to prep and cook! I took my cues from Chef John over at foodwishes.com and his video below in the recipe section. I didn’t use the same exact recipe as him, but I …

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Arches National Park

In The American West, Travelby Tom @ Abroad American1 Comment

Arches National Park is the second post in my “The American West” series about a National Park-themed camping road trip I took in early summer, 2015. If Black Canyon was a best supporting actor, Arches National Park would be a co-lead with the Grand Canyon. Link to the National Park Service page Troubles Arriving at Arches National Park We arrived in the early evening, ignorant of the park’s popularity. After a surprisingly gorgeous sunset drive through the park from the entrance …

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork: Carolina Style Recipe

In Lifestyle, Recipesby Tom @ Abroad American2 Comments

Pulled Pork. How did it take me this long to crave and make this dish? Unfortunately, I don’t have access to a smoker here, and I have never cooked with one at that. However, I can make Slow Cooker Pulled Pork! While not the traditional method, using a slow cooker to make pulled pork is easy and results in a succulent and delicious meal. I combined a few different recipes or methods when devising my plan to make my first pulled …

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Marinated Chicken: Honey-Jalapeño with Panko

In Lifestyle, Living Abroad, Recipesby Tom @ Abroad AmericanLeave a Comment

Just made this absolutely lip-smackingly delicious meal last night. Back in the States, many of my favorite dishes included some sort of marinated chicken or beef (…or any meat) dish, and surprisingly this is my first after 6 months in Germany. The reason for this is since moving abroad, I have found it occasionally difficult to recreate dishes that I would make back home. The problem often arises from my love of spicy peppers. Germans, unfortunately, do not like strong …

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A Week in Ireland: Dublin, Kilkenny, & Cork

In City Guides, Europe, Travelby Tom @ Abroad AmericanLeave a Comment

Back in September of 2014, I took two weeks off for my first solo travel trip visiting England, Ireland, and Germany. I had already been to visit my friends in England a couple times, and because I was with them the entire time, I won’t count that as solo travel. The very first act I made as a solo traveler was to take a train direct from London to Holyhead in Wales, to catch a ferry to Dublin. I would …

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

In The American West, Travelby Tom @ Abroad American4 Comments

Black Canyon of the Gunnison is the first post in my “The American West” series about a National Park-themed camping road trip I took in early summer, 2015. Black Canyon, but also a “grand” canyon It’s the Grand Canyon up close and personal. If the Grand Canyon was an A-list celebrity lead role, Black Canyon would win for Best Supporting Actor. You know how you can never get close to those high-profile celebrities, but some are more approachable and often …

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Don’t Hate Small Talk

In Big Ideas, Lifestyleby Tom @ Abroad American2 Comments

Small Talk’s Use Quite often online, whether on twitter, Facebook, Reddit, or even Tinder, I see comments to the tune of: “I hate small talk, real conversations only”. I like meaningful conversations as much as the next guy, but don’t neglect the benefit of small talk. It is an important social instrument we use to gauge others, especially those we have just met. Back in high school, I probably would have been keen to agree with this kind of statement. …

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Solo Travel & It’s Benefits

In Big Ideas, Travelby Tom @ Abroad American4 Comments

Traveling alone, more commonly known as solo travel, is a quickly growing trend that has become somewhat of a rite of passage international travelers around the globe. Instead of traveling with their best friends to new places and enjoying them together, more and more people are choosing to travel by themselves. Why? Why Do People Want to Experience Solo Travel? So yea, why are more and more people doing this? To me personally, this question has a few answers. But …