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Stephen Shull

Can Majorca: Food, Drink, and Life off the Coast of Catalonia

Can Majorca: Food, Drink, and Life off the Coast of Catalonia

by Stephen Shull January 10, 2016

A linguist’s guide to the food culture of Majorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. I lived in Majorca for about a year. In my relatively short time here I came to know a lot of details about the island, meet a lot of people, […]

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The Ultimate Taste of Majorca

The Ultimate Taste of Majorca

by Stephen Shull August 20, 2009

As previously touched upon, the center of Palma is with few exceptions a maze of streets that the average American would find difficult to sort out. During the first days after my move there the old city seemed very large to me. At first I […]

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The Spitting Image of Fast Food

The Spitting Image of Fast Food

by Stephen Shull August 13, 2009

Not long after I’d begun teaching in Majorca a student asked me if it were true that people eat lots of “trash food” (“fast food” or “junk food” rendered in his particular Spanglish) in America. The question got my attention – not just because of […]

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Palma Through the Grapevine

Palma Through the Grapevine

by Stephen Shull August 6, 2009

Hostal Pons is on a street that would be better described as an alley. Up the stairs and through a lovely courtyard is a dimly lit pension with cramped rooms and hallways, filled with ancient beds and furniture that most likely hasn’t been replaced since […]

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Home Cooking Away From Home

Home Cooking Away From Home

by Stephen Shull July 30, 2009

My daily commute to and from work in Palma takes me through a wide and variegated slice of ciutat (“city”), as Majorcans are apt to call it. It weaves from my apartment in the immigrant-heavy Pere Garau neighborhood, through the old city, through neighborhoods trendy […]

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Churros, or the Universal Appeal of the Fried

Churros, or the Universal Appeal of the Fried

by Stephen Shull July 16, 2009

I remember once reading an article about the American palette that claimed America’s favorite flavor was ‘crispy’. Synesthetic quips aside, there’s a certain truth to this assertion, and I think that it’s not in any way limited to those of us who hail from the […]

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The Angels’ Share

The Angels’ Share

by Stephen Shull July 9, 2009

I don’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon Can Angel, but it was relatively soon after I arrived here, quite possibly a random encounter while wandering the circuitous alleys of Palma’s medieval center. Regardless of how I arrived there, it became very quickly my favorite […]

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Palma Over Ice

Palma Over Ice

by Stephen Shull July 2, 2009

One of the qualities of Spanish city life overall that strikes an American is the way people live large chunks of their lives on the street – sitting at tables in front of cafés, taking perfunctory walks in the evening with their family, etc. Majorca, […]

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