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[30 Jun 2013 | 4 Comments | 3,904 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 | 3,370 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 | 8,861 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 | 8,379 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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[28 May 2013 | 29 Comments | 18,826 views]
Tips on Using Smartphones Internationally

This post is a painful one to write, because figuring out the ins and outs of using your smartphone internationally is a pain in the butt. However, my iPhone has been useful in so many ways on my last two international trips that I want to share some of the tricks I learned with you guys in the hopes that they enhance (or add ease to) your next adventure abroad.

Before we begin, you should know that I have an iPhone 5 and my carrier is AT&T — all of my …

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[25 May 2013 | 32 Comments | 4,084 views]
International Travel Tips or: Things I’ve learned on Vacation

Adam and I recently returned from a (mostly) wonderful trip to Brazil — Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro — and Argentina — Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires. And while the memories are still fresh in my mind, I wanted to share a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way — both in past wanderings and also on this particular time abroad.
While some of these suggestions are timeless, there are of course others that will not stand the test of time due to natural shifts in technology, economy, …

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[18 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 20,963 views]
Austin’s Meatiest Food News and Events

It’s rare that I do an events/newsy post, I usually post information about upcoming events I think are cool in my Facebook group, but there is so much cool stuff happening over the next few weeks that I felt it was time for a roundup.
Apologies in advance to any vegans or vegetarians in the group, for some reason, there’s lots of flesh-eating events coming up over the next few weeks.
Without further ado, here’s what’s on my radar for Austin food lovers:
Sunday, April 21 at 1 pm: VACA y VINO
Lamberts …

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