The Birth

“It’s a girl… it’s a quesadilla… wait no, it’s A Wandering Casiedilla!”

Yup, that’s me. A Wandering Casiedilla here! Girl disguised as Mexican food, blogging to you live from (somewhere in) Europe. Probably Spain. I’m here to not only share my wild foodventures with you, but to help YOU when it’s your turn to do my two favorite things: wander and eat.


I believe that the only way to eat in a city is to eat like a local. Sure, you can follow the recommendations of your travel books and wine & dine at the fanciest 5 star restaurants in town. But let’s face it. Us hungry nomads don’t have the budget to do that. Nor is it nearly as fun! If you ask me, the best way to get to know a city is by the way of the people who live it. Now, that’s where I come in. Every new destination I travel to, I use my investigative journalism skills to get down to the nitty gritty, delicious hot spots that you won’t find in your travel books. I talk to the locals, test it out, and then tell you the best of the best spots to travel and nom nom nom…

All on a #youngwildwanderingandhungry budget. 



Believe it or not, my name is not actually Casiedilla (but this article explains why I call myself one!). My name is just plain old Casie, and I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey…but if anyone asks, I’m from NYC.

And I’m living in Spain.

Now, this wasn’t my plan. I am an obnoxiously proud Nittany Lion, who graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Four years of comm classes and five internships later, I graciously accepted my degree and said HOLD UP. This ain’t right. There’s a whole world out there, and I’m about to sit and stare at the same cherry wood desk for the next 27493729 years of my life?!


So, I took the three things I love the most: Food, travel, and the Spanish culture–got a job as a part time English teacher to help pay the bills, and have been living in Spain ever since!

And boy, have I come a long way in the past three years! From my first year living in the tiny 5,000 person village of Fregenal de la Sierra as the only foreigner, to one of 3 million in the bustling capital of Madrid, and finally, in my current home, gorgeous Granada, the heart of Flamenco and free tapas; do you still wonder why I’ve chosen the life of siestas and sunshine?

Now, hop on and join my foodventure!

“Cause life’s too short to sit at a desk when you’ve got a world to eat”. -AWC

24 thoughts on “The Birth

  1. Hey it’s Megan (we met at the training in Caceres!) love love love your blog. I look forward to reading more, would be great to meet up in another sunny Spanish destination soon! X

  2. Hi Casie!

    Thanks for finding and following my Pickled Wings blog.

    I really like your blog and the concept behind it. Local food is such and integral part of the travel experience; local, regional and national character is often reflected in food and drink.

    I live in the south east of the Czech Republic, quite close to the major Czech wine region. When I travel to other parts of the country, I can see slight personality differences. People seem just a bit more laid back and relaxed here in the south east.

    If you’re interested, you might want to check out my other blog. It’s about life and travel in the Czech Republic outside of Prague; sometimes I make entries about Czech cuisine and gastronomy:

    1. Thanks for the comment! Im glad you appreciate my concept 🙂 it really is true that local cuisine is a direct reflection of the culture! I will ansolutely check out your other blog, sounds right up my ally 🙂 i look forward to following each others travel tips and tales in the future!

  3. Oh wow! Your blog is a gem!! I can identify so much with the things you say, since i went to India last year on exchange to teach kids too. Wasn’t really my choice either.
    Also, Im Spanish, and I just LOVE how you’ve appreciated our culture! You are fantastic!!!

  4. Hey Casie! I just found your blog and I am really having fun reading your observations about the Spanish! I love Spain and I have lived in Spain in total for about 1 year and I also had many cultural shocks although not all the same as you, I guess small villages have a bit different kind of life from what I got to know. But it’s a lot of fun to read it and be able to agree on most of the stuff. Somehow Spain just found a way to my heart and I love to come back. And ugh, the reverse culture shock, don’t even get me started. It was crazy when I was coming back. Well anyway, keep up the good work, I love food and travel so I can’t wait to read more articles from you! 🙂 G.

  5. Hey we met in Budapest on the walking tour! I love you blog, so cute! How was the rest of your trip, and can’t wait to see all your traditional Hungarian finds! Was Spinoza any good?

    1. Hey Shana! The rest of my trip was awesome! Didn’t actually end up going to Spinoza, went to Kazimir instead! It was soo good. How was the rest of your guys trip?!

      Hope you keep following the blog and safe travels back to Israel!

  6. Hey, I was casually doing some tapas research about Granada (as one does) and stumbled across your blog. Then realised we have a similar story…I also decided to not get stuck into the 9-5 life after my degree and somehow I ended up teaching English in Granada! Glad to know there’s more graduates like myself that took the non-conventional route post uni 🙂

      1. Yep, I’m still in Granada. I’ve been here for 5 months and still loving it! C’mon, where else in the world gives you free food? I wouldn’t wanna be anywhere else haha. If you’re still here, maybe we could even meet up one day. It’ll be nice to know a fellow blogger/English teacher 🙂

  7. Casie,seriously do you think Spain culture is flamenco,siesta,vino and jamon?,…you are dreaming in your New York home actually if so.
    These are topics.”Guiri” topics.

    1. Hi Ivan,

      I write about a wide range of topics regarding Spanish culture. I’m aware life in Spain is more than that! But regardless, you have to admit that Spain does have wonderful vino and the world’s best jamón…topics that must be discussed on a food and travel blog! -Sincerely, AWC

      1. Still,if i would be allowed,i advice you to go to the north(Asturias,Galicia,Basque Country..),to eat seafood and to drink cider and other local drinks,you will see.

  8. Helllo lovely !!
    My most deep thank yous for the Mexico /NOT/ Spain map. Fabulous – I cpuldn’t believe North Americans couldn’t generally tell the difference when living there.
    Just a sharing : I’m from the north and nobody ever around me (family, friends, co workers) has ever had siestas. I guess if you have had that experience mught have been bc. of extreme heat after lunchtime (which means extended evenings) or priviledged working hours. In Madrid, where I work now we wake up extremely early and come back home in the evening …
    Please ¡help to stop the siesta stereotype!!!
    Bye, gorgeous open-minded American 😀

    1. Hi Oli! I’m so glad you enjoyed that explanation and the map 😀 I have discussed on previous posts (check out “The Spain Culture Guide”) that people actually don’t take a siesta. Even when all the stores are closed, 99.9% of people AREN’T sleeping! Hopefully that will help the world understand that all of Spain doesn’t take adult nap time in the middle of the day 😉 Bye Oli, and happy to have you following along! Saludos desde NYC! -Casie

  9. Hi!
    Frozen American in Cantabria.
    Radiators everywhere but when I turn the nobs……….NADA.
    I never thought I would love an appliance but…..Im going to marry my hairdryer..
    Vale!! Te sigo!

    1. Richard, oh how I feel your pain!! Hence why I moved to Vietnam after living in Spain for three years (I don’t even own a blowdryer here! Best divorce ever.) There are countless things I miss about Spain everyday, but wearing my winter coat indoors isn’t one of them! Wishing you all the “suerte” in the world this winter…Stay warm!! -Casie (AWC)

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