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[12 Mar 2011 | 15 Comments | 6,172 views]
Road Trip to West Texas and New Mexico

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll write about a road trip I just took from Austin to New Mexico and back. All in all, I drove a total of 2,400 miles in ten days of travel that took me from Austin –> Junction –> Marfa –> Marathon –> Roswell –> Santa Fe –> Albuquerque –> Santa Fe –> Truth or Consequences –> Hatch –> White Sands National Monument –> Marathon –> Marfa –> Austin.
A huge thank you to my love Adam, for joining me on the …

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[9 Feb 2011 | 13 Comments | 3,362 views]
Day Trip to Leesburg, Virginia from Maryland

As readers of the blog know, I grew up in Maryland, and go back often for visits. On a trip home last November for Thanksgiving, my friend Rebecca and I decided to take a day trip together to Leesburg, Virginia.
The drive from Chevy Chase, MD to Leesburg was about an hour. And by the time we arrived, it was time for lunch. We had reservations at Tuscarora Mill, a restaurant someone had recommended to Rebecca. On the way in, we passed Wine Kitchen, a restaurant my dad mentioned to me …

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[25 Jan 2011 | 56 Comments | 7,486 views]
Reclaiming Maple

How passionate am I about maple syrup? I would describe it as similar to how the French feel about wine, to how Middle Easterners feel about hummus, or how locavores feel about eating locally. Born in Canada, I’m proud and fiercely passionate about maple syrup.
Do I care if you like maple syrup? No. However, I DO care about you knowing what maple syrup is, and what it is not. I care about maple syrup’s “brand” as a natural product, and I don’t like the way so many restaurants are sullying …

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[18 Jan 2011 | 19 Comments | 3,670 views]
Michele’s Granola

I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate a milestone. This is my 400th post. YAY! Ok, now back to our regularly scheduled programming….
Yesterday I told you about the strange coincidence that two people from my past have started successful local businesses selling granola. Jessica, of Jessica’s Natural Foods, and Michele, of Michele’s Granola.
I know Michele from our high school days in Potomac, MD. Michele was in the same class as me, David F. (aka Famous Fat Dave), and Dhani Jones (the pro football player and all-around renaissance man). …

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[9 Jan 2011 | 30 Comments | 4,994 views]
Party Like a Mad Man

The invitation set the tone. Sent over e-mail, it featured an illustration of a woman dressed up in a cocktail dress, black gloves, with a beehive hairstyle, pearls, and a glass of champagne. This would be a Mad Men New Years party. The invitation read:
“Help us ring in 2011 with a throwback to the swingin’ 60s and  a tribute to the stylish debauchery of Mad Men. Dress to impress — early 60s attire encouraged.”
I decided to go all out. My costume included a rented dress and from Lucy in Disguise …

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