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[30 Jun 2013 | 4 Comments | 3,906 views]
Three Generations of Family Wedding Portraits

A project that I started, but did not finish, before our wedding last October was to print out family wedding portraits to display on the welcome table. And since my parents and in-laws spent the time to find and scan the photos for me, I wanted to share them here in order of wedding date.
My mom’s parents, Joe and Betty Leitch, were married in St. Catharines, Ontario — Betty’s hometown — on May 24, 1937. Papa and Mama — as they were known to their grandchildren, met in early 1936, …

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[23 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 3,372 views]
Austin Maple Syrup Guide

I’ve updated the Austin Maple Syrup Guide – removing restaurants that have closed since I last updated it in 2011 — and adding new restaurants to the list. Note: none of the restaurants that are no longer open offered maple syrup.
In early 2011, of the 53 restaurants I surveyed, 25 offered maple syrup (47%); the current list includes 63 restaurants, with 34 offering maple (54%). We’re headed in the right direction, friends!
The restaurants I added today that DO NOT carry maple syrup are Bacon, Banger’s, The Bonneville, Bouldin Creek Cafe, East 12th …

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[18 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 8,874 views]
Favorite Austin Eats

Last week, I wrote a guest blog post for my friend Chris’ site — Republic of Austin – on my favorite restaurants in Austin. The piece was a response to the Austin Chronicle‘s recent list of “First Plates” — top restaurants chosen by their food critics.

Here’s a link to the post, which includes a list of the 66 restaurants that the Chronicle staff and I agreed on, as well as the 50 that were on my list, but not on theirs.
And here’s a complete list of my current favorite Austin restaurants (there are 116):

24 …

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[2 Jun 2013 | 14 Comments | 8,390 views]
Our Texas Hill Country Wedding

For me, really feeling like a truly married person has been a gradual process over a year and a half period. Adam and I got engaged in Paris on Sept. 25, 2011, got legally married in Houston in a hastily planned ceremony on Dec. 25, 2011 (Christmas Day), and co-hosted a second wedding ceremony and celebration in Austin on Oct. 6, 2012. Last week, I officially changed my name to Jodi Bart Holzband on my driver’s license, and today I’m finally sharing some of my favorite moments from our Hill …

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