Despite my love of big cities, I somehow didn't make it to Chicago until I was 35 and then never made it back. So when Solar had a week long conference there—giving me a free place to stay right on the river—I decided to join. Why not? And when he suggested we extend the stay … Continue reading Chi-Town, Take Two
Prior to my trip, I learned a bit of Mandarin, including the essentials like basic food and drink. So I knew how to read and say different kinds of meat, noodles, water, beer, and a few other key words. But what I didn't know were the words for the hundreds of different types of vegetables … Continue reading On the Eighth Day of China: What Am I Eating?
Against my own personal rules for how best to take advantage of a life that is far too short to absorb everything the world has to offer, I have traveled to an international destination twice. Two weeks ago, I went to Spain. Fourteen years ago I lived there, working in a summer camp in Andalusia … Continue reading Return to Spain
I have so many thoughts to share stemming from my two and a half weeks in Europe. My route was Flight to Zurich→ Train to Innsbruck→ Car share to Bressanone→ On foot across the Dolomites to Cortina d'Ampezzo→ Bus to Venice→ Rental car to Padua→Verona→Bergamo→Milan→ Train and kayak to Bellagio→ Car share to Zurich with … Continue reading Italy by Number
I am not a whiskey fan. Or bourbon, brandy, cognac, or scotch. I don't even understand the difference among all these. But do I love Manhattans. Maybe it's the cherry. Maybe the vermouth. REDACTED Whatever it is, Manhattans are easily my favorite cocktail. What else are people writing in the A to Z Blog Challenge? Check … Continue reading Whiskey
REDACTED What else are people writing in the A to Z Blog Challenge? Check out today's featured blog, sponsored by the letter R: Relax-N-Rave. I just love this post on obsolete decor. Shaggy carpets, bean bag chairs, massive TV consoles - yup, we had that all growing up and no one should have them … Continue reading Romeo
During 2012, my official Year of Insane Parties, I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner that has gone down in history as literally the Best Thanksgiving Ever. At the time, I was living in a house that being foreclosed on. I was paying the rent but the landlord, who had moved 1,000 miles away, was not using … Continue reading November