Santiago Aguirre


You are eating what?! A review of some of the world's weirdest delicacies

When I was little, my dad used to tell me several stories about my grandpa’s time in the Army, but one stuck with me the most. Sometime in the 1940s, he was helping two tribes negotiate peace in the mountain ranges of Oaxaca. After a few weeks of negotiations, the two factions reached an agreement and planned a celebratory banquet. My grandfather, as negotiator, was the guest of honor and received the first plate of food. Much to his surprise, the main course he was offered turned out to be cooked monkey brains and other assorted organs.

The 4 types of Thanksgivings for international students

As an international student I knew what Thanksgiving was before coming to the United States. I didn’t understand, however, the importance of the holiday (as far as family gatherings go) and was baffled by my American peers' insistence on going home for the holiday. This past Thanksgiving was my eighth since I first came to the United States as a student, and I have certainly had some diverse Thanksgivings that I think other international students might encounter. 

Three Nights in Mérida

You step out of the plane in the small airport and immediately feel the heat and humidity of the tropical climate hit you. 

Lawnparties at Charter: Prinze George

For this spring’s Lawnparties, Charter Club will bring to us the talented Maryland-based trio Prinze George. Consisting of members Kenny Grimm (production/instrumental), Naomi Almquist (vocals), and Isabelle De Leon (drums), Prinze George specializes in chill ’80s-inspired beats that are sure to keep you moving all day.

Restaurant reviews: Despaña

“Who in their right mind would find octopus appetizing?” said my 10-year-old self when I was brought to a restaurant and promptly presented with a plate of pulpos a la gallega, a Spanish dish consisting of octopus and potatoes seasoned with coarse sea salt, paprika, and olive oil.

The Mexican Cantina: Food as sustenance and social glue

Food and eating are more than just basic sustenance; in many countries they are the cornerstones of culture — the occasion to eat is a celebration in itself. This can be seen around the world where pubs, restaurants, Kneipen, and other food establishments can flourish not only based on their cook’s ability, but also on the atmosphere they can foster among their patrons.