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[3 Apr 2011 | 12 Comments | 4,724 views]
El Cosmico and the Art of Marfa, Texas

In Austin, Marfa is spoken of in hushed tones almost as if going there is a religious experience. I can’t tell you how many times people have said to me over the years, “you have to go to Marfa, you will love it!”

Now, I’ve been there. And, I love it. Marfa is seven and a half hours west of Austin, and I can’t wait to make the pilgrimage again.
We stopped in Alpine on the way in, the largest city in the triangle of cool West Texas towns that includes Marfa …

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[13 Mar 2011 | 7 Comments | 8,374 views]
Where to Eat and Shop in Marathon, Texas

So now you know where to stay if you ever drive through Marathon, in West Texas. And while the Gage is a huge draw for this small town, they also have some great places to eat and a few gems for shopping.
Where to Eat Dinner:
If you visit Marathon, I’d guess that you’ll probably plan to be there just one night, unless you have some serious chilling out time. Our first night in Marathon, Adam and I ate at 12 Gage, the upscale restaurant that is part of the Gage hotel. …

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[13 Mar 2011 | 7 Comments | 5,937 views]
Gage Hotel: Where to Stay in Marathon, Texas

On my recent week and a half longĀ road trip, I had the wonderful opportunity to stay in Marathon for two nights — on the way out to New Mexico and also on the way home. For those unfamiliar with this tiny town of around 500 residents, it is best known for three things:

It is home to the Gage Hotel, a historic and elegant building circa 1927.
It’s close to Marfa, a popular arts and food destination for Austinites and East Coast art lovers.
It’s 40 miles north of Big Bend National Park, …

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[26 Jan 2011 | 12 Comments | 2,985 views]
Maple Pride

Over the past few days, I’ve shared my motivation and some background on why I’m so passionate about maple syrup, the history of maple syrup, an overview of some other regional syrups, government regulation and grading of maple syrup, and the recent settlement between Vermont and McDonald’s over their false maple labeling.
Today, I’ll talk about the maple harvest and terminology, maple regional pride, maple tourism, maple and the environment, and the potential health benefits of maple syrup.
Maple Harvest
Maple Syrup season is one of the first signs of spring in the …

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[26 Jan 2011 | 11 Comments | 6,371 views]
The Rise and Fall of Maple

If you read yesterday’s post, you know that I’m sort of obsessed with maple syrup. Today, I want to share with you what I’ve learned about the history of maple syrup.
The Rise of Maple Syrup
According to Wikipedia, Native Americans living in the northeastern part of North America were the first producers of maple syrup and maple sugar. The Algonquin people used stone tools to make incisions in tree trunks, and inserted reeds or pieces of bark to run the sap into buckets. The maple sap was concentrated either by dropping …

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