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[9 Feb 2011 | 13 Comments | 4,052 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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[3 Nov 2010 | 9 Comments | 3,548 views]
Texas Wines: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

I love wine and I love supporting local businesses. That’s why I take every opportunity I can to learn about and taste Texas wines. Thanks to Denise Fraser and the Texas Department of Agriculture Go Texan programs to promote Texas wine, I’ve had many opportunities over the past couple years.
Recently, I was invited to attend Sunset on the Lake in Marble Falls. This event brought together about 20 Texas wine makers and a dozen local restaurants for an evening of tasting. According to TDA, there are over 180 wineries in …

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[11 Apr 2010 | 5 Comments | 11,534 views]
The Lagniappes of California

One of the themes on our trip to California was the lagniappe (pron: lan-yap). A lagniappe is a creole word that comes from the American South — probably around New Orleans.
According to author Julia Alvarez, Dominican Spanish la ñapa refers to “the little extra” added on at the end. Just when you thought you’d gotten all that you would get, along comes your ñapa, like a baker’s dozen (13), with one more kiss, one more pastelito, one more mango at the mercado.
The first lagniappe …

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