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Amélia Ávila

Amélia Ávila (’24) is the Vol. 58 and Vol. 59 Food Editor for The Lancer. She was a Staff Writer for Vol. 57.

It’s Not Impastable: Making pasta from scratch

by Amélia Ávila (’24) | February 3, 2023 I have seen a lot of pasta this past semester. From the pasta bridge project for physics class to the “aesthetic” pasta-making videos showing up on my feed, I sensed the universe was hinting at something. So naturally, as an avid trier of new things and a…

What happened to the Great British Bake Off?

by Amélia Ávila (’24) | November 18, 2022 Lately, one of my favorite pastimes has been watching comfort television to calm down after a hectic week. One of my favorite shows is the Great British Bake Off, a competition between 12 British home bakers in a tent. However, as I watched the show’s new season,…

Changing lives one restaurant at a time

by Amélia Ávila (’24) | February 11, 2021 One of Food Network’s longest running TV shows, Restaurant Impossible is a must-watch for those who want more insight on the food industry—with a little culinary drama mixed in. The series stars Robert Irvine, a British celebrity chef whose claim to fame is cracking garlic cloves with his…

Adega is an incredible Portuguese culinary experience

by Amélia Ávila (’24) | October 11, 2021 In 2016, just a year after it opened, Adega became the first—and only—restaurant in San José to earn a Michelin star, one of the highest honors a restaurant can receive. Unfortunately, in 2017, the Michelin Guide dropped Adega from the official “Michelin Guide,” thus retracting its star.…

A kernel of wisdom on the popcorn salad trend

Amélia Ávila (’24) | May 10, 2021 From Ayesha Curry’s Home Kitchen to Chopped, Food Network has been home to a wide variety of cooking shows and recipes: one of the latest being Girl Meets Farm. The cooking show follows Molly Yeh and her culinary adventures on her husband’s beet farm in North Dakota. The…

Celebrating Pi Day, with pies

by Amélia Ávila (’24) | March 29, 2020 Every March, a special day comes around: a day for mathophiles to flex on all of us with their elite puns, and a day for bakers to, well, bake. Pi Day, an unofficial holiday that honors the number pi, takes place every March 14 in honor of…

“The Hill We Climb”: Amanda Gorman’s rise to the top

by Amélia Ávila (’24) | March 1, 2021 “You can do anything you put your mind to.” I’d heard that phrase many times but had always been skeptical until Inauguration Day, when I learned about Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate. Gorman recited her new poem, “The Hill We Climb,” with emotion and…

“Cake Wars”: chaos and cake… but mostly chaos

by Amélia Ávila (’24) | March 1, 2020 Food and TV are two of my favorite things—so when combined, they usually make an entertaining combination (keyword: usually). Food Network’s Cake Wars, an apparent rip-off of the more popular Cupcake Wars, has been airing since 2015, even though it was canceled two years later. Maybe fans…

The Brits are back: “Great British Baking Show” returns with season 11

by Amélia Ávila (’24) | November 16, 2020 There are three things that make everyone happy during this chaotic time—food, TV, and Netflix. So during election err.. week, I needed something besides CNN to watch. Of course, I turned to the Great British Baking Show (GBBO), a favorite show of mine. If you’re a fan…

The world on fire: thanks, climate change

by Amélia Ávila | October 5, 2020 About 35 deaths and counting. Air quality indices easily in the two hundreds. Thousands of structures destroyed. Hundreds of thousands evacuated. Millions of acres burned down. No end in sight. Undoubtedly, you all have been following news about the dangerous, devastating wildfires burning all over the West Coast.…

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