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Melanie Romero

Melanie Romero is a creative writer and college student based in Orange County, California. When she’s not overworking herself to meet a deadline, she can be found drinking an iced chai at her local organic café, making sufganiyot from scratch, or collecting paperbacks.

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15 Meaningful Quotes from “Derry Girls”: A Looking Glass into Irish History

By Melanie Romero / February 23, 2021

Created and written by Lisa McGee, Derry Girls is an angst-ridden, two-season-spanning (for now) British sitcom following four girls and a wee English lad juggling their teenage lives while facing the bomb scares, political divisions, and religious segregation of Derry, Northern Ireland, in the 1990s. Filmed in modern-day, but set in the noughties, the series […]

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8 Most Instagrammable Irish Bookshops

By Melanie Romero / February 19, 2021

Ireland is home to the most enchanting, Instagram post-worthy bookshops. With their rows of rare titles and colourful fronts, these bookshops will beckon you to whip out your mobile and snap away with your camera. But, if you can’t visit them right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, you most definitely can learn about their […]

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15 Endearing Irish Words on Love

By Melanie Romero / February 12, 2021

Valentine’s Day is merely a few days away. So, with the holiday of love (albeit an exceedingly commercial one that is) oncoming, it seems only essential to introduce lovebirds to words of endearment that will keep your loved ones feeling oh-so-appreciated. Dash away your overused tendency to say “honey,” forget about calling your partner “baby,” […]

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How to Prepare for the 2021 Six Nations Championship

By Melanie Romero / February 6, 2021

The Six Nations Championship, or the Guinness Six Nations (as they are sponsored by the Irish stout manufacturer), stands for the annual international men’s rugby competition among England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales. As an American living in London in 2019, I became witness to the novelty of rugby due to my exposure to […]

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7 Flavourful Mexican Dessert Recipes to Attempt

By Melanie Romero / February 2, 2021

Looking for a temporary distraction from lockdown? Well, look no further: these seven Mexican dessert recipes will kick your banana bread to the curb and have you traveling to Mexico without ever leaving the safety and comfort of your home! 9 Hot Chocolate Recipes From Around the World 10 Holiday Dishes Every Immigrant Misses From […]

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8 Adorable Irish Coffee Shops for the Everyday Coffee Enthusiasts

By Melanie Romero / January 29, 2021

When you think coffee in Ireland, it’s a natural instinct to first imagine the Irish coffee, a foaming caffeinated drink spiked with whiskey and sweetened with cream. It’s truly the unofficial national caffeinated beverage of the Emerald Isle. But, beyond its beloved Irish coffee, Ireland has surely stepped up its coffee culture, sprinkling brick-and-mortar coffee […]

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The Magical World Behind CBD: 7 Healthy Benefits of Cannabidiol

By Melanie Romero / January 25, 2021

In California, the “capital” of marijuana legalization in the United States, has made extensive waves in introducing (and mass-producing) by-products of cannabis to create popular remedies used for common ailments, from pain relief to depression control. Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of the hundreds of chemical compounds found in the marijuana plant, Cannabis […]

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5 Essential Reasons Why the Irish Need to Adopt Fika

By Melanie Romero / January 22, 2021

If you’re a self-care enthusiast, then, you probably already know about the Danish practice of hygge, a term that stems from the “Norwegian term, hugga, meaning ‘to comfort’ or ‘to console,’ which is related to the English word ‘hug.’” The New Yorker also defines hygge as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders […]

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Why the Lovable Irish Actor, Paul Mescal, Should Be on Your Radar

By Melanie Romero / January 19, 2021

As the first lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 resounded across the world, shuttering stores and digitizing work, many found themselves with more free time to snuggle in bed for some mandatory streaming binges. A month into lockdown, The Office reruns and Game of Thrones playbacks were put on hold. Why, you may […]

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Chromesthesia: Listening to Music in Colour

By Melanie Romero / January 17, 2021

Do you see letters and numbers in colours only visible to you; for instance, is your “S” a cerulean blue or is it more of a watermelon pink? Maybe a rockmelon orange? Can you actually taste pennies on the tip of your tongue when you hear the word “blood,” or is it just the word […]

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