grateful (COUNT=1391)

i++ brunch with Audrey featuring croissants (Petit Thuet), kiwi berries (Harvest Wagon) and Sharon’s crepes

i++ beet ravioli @ Tutti Matti with Kathy + her mum

i++ malbec @ Table Three in STL with TO GFS Team

i++ latte @ Perfectly Uncomplicated Latte

i++ puer tasting @ Crimson Tea with Tanya

i++ eucalyptus shampoo @ BRIKA

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mosel part ii


I have uploaded all my photos from the mosel valley, home of the steepest vineyards in Europe.

River view @ Haus Burgfrieden (our train was delayed! delayed train in Germany, how is this possible, we asked the owner; this train is always delayed, says the owner)

Hirschgulasch mit Pfifferlingen @ Dazert (there are many German words for beef, he says) (my filet mit Senfrahmsauce was delicious as well)

Cheese for Dinner @ Alte Gutschanke

Pickled Cherry Dessert @ Gaststatte Noss

Bicycle rental @ Schalt Werk (we got regular bike but ebike only EUR 20 per day)

Riesling tasting @ Stephan Treis and Franzen (picture above from Neef)

Interesting semi sweet red wine @ Peter Mentges

Lye roll @ Diewald supermarket




He’s been thinking about visiting Charleston since we saw Scott’s BBQ (yes Hemingway South Carolina) on Parts Unknown (new season starting this week). Now I’m making plans. I’m using the OR/WA template as opposed to the Louisiana template because this will be a slightly longer trip.

First Day of OR/WA Trip: Fly into Seattle, drive 60 minutes to Olympia (the state capital), drive 2.5 hour to Hood River, old board head barley wine @ full sail

First Day of NC/SC Trip: Fly into Charlotte, drive 90 minutes to Columbia (the state capital), eat po’boy @ bourbon, drive two hours to Charleston

Second Day of OR/WA Trip: Bike the fruit loop

Second Day of NC/SC Trip: Walk around Charleston

Third Day of OR/WA Trip: Drive to Willamette Valley via Columbia Gorge

Third Day of NC/SC Trip: Drive to Magnolia Gardens

Fourth Day of OR/WA Trip: Drive to Tillamook via elk cove (see picture above) & willakenzie, hike cape lookout

Fourth Day of NC/SC Trip: Drive to Middleton Place

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collingwood (count=1081)


Up to 2012, I was a big fan of Niagara on the Lake. Then it felt too big.

Up to 2014, I was a big fan of Prince Edward County. Then the Drake hotel opened.

In 2015, I’m rooting for Collingwood. After coming here to ski for many years and getting married here last year, it’s really growing on me.

  • i++ Biking from Collingwood to Meaford
  • i++ Stopping at Thornbury Bakery Cafe for a scorn bursting with blueberries
  • i++ Biking back from Meaford to Collingwood
  • i++ Stopping at Cheese Gallery for charcuterie
  • i++ Pickled asparagus paired with
  • i++ Coffin Ridge Cider
  • i++ Driving by Georgian Hills and tasting
  • i++ Seyval Blanc; I’ve avoided this in the past because it’s known as East Coast Chardonnay and I’m not much of a Chardonnay person but this was perfect
  • i++ Geek soap @ dags & willow
  • i++ Last but not least … spending thanksgiving with his family!