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Georgia: Cuisine, Culture, Antiquity Tucked Into One Wee Country

  My first taste of Georgia was at the table of a Southeast Washington apartment, which I wrote about in this story for The Washington Post. Since then, I’ve become something of a Georgia groupie, attending events where Georgian food or wine are served, meeting many others who are from Georgia or have spent time … Continue reading

Bah-bah-bah: spring babies on a farm

Good Friday was coming up and my friend Wendy came a’calling with another field trip idea. Last time, she wanted me to join in an almost irresistible trip to collect and “process” heritage breed turkeys for Thanksgiving. But somehow I did resist the urge to go (deadlines have a way of wrecking pre-holiday slaughter plans), and I’ve been kicking … Continue reading

Tasting the ‘world’s best water’ — and still being OK with tap

This blog post originally appeared at BayJournal.com, where I’m on staff, and is appearing here with permission. Twenty-one. That was the number of bottled waters — set as sips before us in glass stemware — we judges were tasked with parsing in just one round of the recent 26th annual International Water Tasting competition in Berkeley … Continue reading

Europe: five cities, five days (and the food)

I’m back from a whirlwind walking tour of Paris, the Chablis region of France, a factory in Germany, Turin in Italy and the World Expo in Milan. Let’s hit the highlights… Though I minored in French in college, this was my first time stepping foot outside the Paris airport and onto Parisienne soil. So, despite getting … Continue reading

Virginia wine country — revisited

Isn’t Virginia beautiful? This is a view from the winery we stayed at now two weekends ago, Veritas Vineyards. Perhaps you were among the thousands of people there, too, for the last Starry Nights concert of the season, featuring Love Canon and some beautiful first-of-fall weather? I am fairly obsessed with this wine-growing region near … Continue reading

Happy Anniversary to my favorite person!

Happy anniversary to my husband of four whole years! I can’t quite describe the awesomeness that is this man. I mean, I knew he was great when I decided to marry him, but I had no idea how great. Truly! I have been amazed more and more every year at what a great decision I … Continue reading

Summer’s not over — a few more food events for your calendar

I just got back from one of the best food-focused events I’ve attended in DC — the farm-to-street party at Union Market — the culmination of a great Eat Local First week. What made it great? In my opinion, it was the focus on local food businesses and the direct access to the entrepreneurs behind … Continue reading

Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel & a Seafood Paella Recipe

It’s not hard to guess what crossed my mind when I found out we’d be gallivanting through Madrid for a couple of days on the back end of our trip: The f.o.o.d. I’ve been to Las Tapas in Alexandria and Jaleo in DC. I know that good things can indeed come on little plates. I … Continue reading

Expanding our belts & worldview in Turkey

The thought of distilling more than a week in Turkey into a post — and the lingering jet lag — is enough to help me put this off a few more days… and then I realize it has been a few days since we returned. Our trip to the Cappadocia region of Turkey, mostly NevĹźehir … Continue reading

Turkey & Spain, here we come!

We’re headed to the land of Turkey tomorrow! Though, international flights being as they are, I can’t be sure we arrive tomorrow or even the next day (the friend who wrote our itinerary does military time, and I refuse to assimilate). And by we, I mean me and my husband, and six of our friends. … Continue reading