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[12 Mar 2011 | 15 Comments | 7,498 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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[10 Mar 2011 | 13 Comments | 8,646 views]
A Long Weekend in Austin

Austin has become quite the tourist destination. According to a 2011 study from Brookings, Austin is the top city in the U.S. right now for recent college grads, and The Atlantic says it “could be America’s hottest city at the moment.”
Many visitors are traveling to Austin as I type this to participate in the SXSW interactive, film, and music conferences. Most of these folks are going to be attending just one conference, others will stay for longer. However, since we Americans are known for our limited vacation time, I thought …

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[29 Jan 2011 | 7 Comments | 5,175 views]
The Envelope Please….

Earlier this week, I wrote a post called “Reclaiming Maple,” about my love for/obsession with maple syrup. I told you about my¬†telephone survey of about 50 Austin restaurants to learn about their syrup offerings. Since then, I’ve written two other posts — “The Rise and Fall of Maple” and “Maple Pride“.
I am saddened at how many people will tell you they serve maple when asked, “What kind of syrup do you serve with your pancakes/waffles?” By and large, these are good-hearted people who aren’t intentionally giving incorrect information.
I quickly learned …

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[26 Jan 2011 | 12 Comments | 3,839 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 | 7,473 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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