Archive for ‘Travel’

November 16, 2011

Chocolate Show 2011

The New York Chocolate Show, as its tagline states, is “the world’s largest event dedicated to chocolate.” …Or to many, heaven on earth. …And for me, the cause of a three-day chocolate high. As I admit in my “about” section, as healthy as I may attempt to be, chocolate will always be a part of my life. I choose to believe the studies that say chocolate is good for you. You know, antioxidants and all. I currently limit my cocoa intake, but sometimes you just have to let loose.

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November 4, 2011

Bed and Breakfasts

One of my favorite things about bed and breakfasts, is of course, the breakfast.

Last spring, Mike surprised tried to surprise me with a weekend getaway. He told me to keep a particular weekend free because he had something planned, but I’m just awful with surprises. Now if I didn’t know there was something coming, I would be pleasantly shocked when the unexpected revealed itself.  But if I know there is a surprise, I want to know what it is. I’m like a six-year old in that regard. We spent hours debating how he could have actually surprised me, and I think it comes down to a fake plan and lying, which is probably not the best solution.

Anyhow, things at work were six-days-a-week busy to the point that on Sundays all that we did was laundry, necessary errands, and watch movies. Mike wanted to do something fun, so he booked us a stay at the top-ranked B&B up in Mystic Connecticut where we could visit the Aquarium and explore the town on bikes. He picked this one because of the rave reviews for their breakfasts. (I think the boy might know me pretty well…) Little did Mike realize, March in Mystic is in the realm of freezing temperatures.  No bike riding for us, but bundled up in winter gear with gloves, we did visit the aquarium and penguins.

  I spent an inordinate amount of time petting rays and sharks for a person in their mid-twenties…

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October 14, 2011

Apple Season

My family and I went apple picking last weekend. Let’s just say that will be the last time I go apple picking for at least five years. Without little kids, it just isn’t worth walking through a dusty, winding orchard and stepping on rotting apples to grab a bunch of fruit that I could have gotten for half the price at the farmer’s market.  It just plain feels like work.  That we paid for.

At least they are some darned good apples! Pictured here, with some caramel I had been trying to hunt down.

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September 9, 2010

Riflessione sul Cibo

aka: “Thinking about Food.”

Travelling through Italy has left me with a number of thoughts, many of them about food.  While others may come here to soak up the culture in the form of art or religious monuments, I have my own agenda.  Of course I visit the obligatory attractions, but not with the vigor of other tourists.  I breeze through the churches and frescoes in favor of museums about science and ecology.  Yet, even while these places satisfy my curiosities and broaden my understanding of the Italian language, they aren’t the reason why I chose to come here either.  My moments of enlightenment come not from paintings, statues, or cathedrals… they are born from my plate.

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