Archive for May, 2009

Breakfast in New York: Bar Americain and Norma’s

I’ll be perfectly honest, the days when I miss living in New York are few and far between.  Mostly I love “country living,” but also as time has passed many of my friends have moved out of the city.  On top of that, now that I’m no longer single, crashing at someone else’s place is a bit more of an imposition than when I could just climb into bed with one of my girlfriends at the end of a night on the town, or fall asleep on a recliner in someone’s cramped apartment.  But every once in a while I go in to visit a pal, or see a concert, or just to have a really nice meal.  This weekend, BD and I went to New York to celebrate our anniversary.   Continue reading ‘Breakfast in New York: Bar Americain and Norma’s’

Grilled Tofu w/ Sage Pesto

Earlier this week I came home and BD was acting very mysterious… He quickly covered up his computer screen when I walked into the apartment, and wouldn’t make eye contact….. yes, that’s right, he was planning a surprise dinner for me

… what did you think he was doing?  

Anyway, since I ruined the surprise we decided to make it a team effort, and it turned out deliciously.  I grilled the tofu, and BD made this amazing sage pesto.  Here is the recipe. Continue reading ‘Grilled Tofu w/ Sage Pesto’

a crêpe-y saturday

 

Claudia came over this morning and she, BD, and I had a feast of crêpes.  It was an all-morning and into-the afternoon affair, after which we all lounged in the living room and watched a cute movie called “Bottle Shock” about Napa Valley wines, followed by a late afternoon trip to close-out at the Allentown Farmer’s Market.  The total effect was exactly the kind of Saturday I wanted to have amidst the thunderstorms both literal and figurative. Continue reading ‘a crêpe-y saturday’

Eating Well and Walking it Off in Portland Maine: The Porthole and The Blue Spoon

 

I’m back from my weekend in Portland Maine.  Claudia and I managed to really get the most out of the weekend, taking panel discussions from the New England Political Science Association conference and hitting the streets to unpack the details of why there wasn’t (and isn’t) more protest of the war in Iraq and how inappropriate and depressing it is to hear political science professors talk about legislative subcommittees such as Education and Health and Human Services as “women’s interest committees” in a presentation on women’s role in legislature. !  Continue reading ‘Eating Well and Walking it Off in Portland Maine: The Porthole and The Blue Spoon’

Vignola: Eating Local in Portland Maine

I’m in Portland for a long weekend of political science and exploring the furthest point northeast I’ve been in the US. I’ve never traveled to Maine before, and as you can maybe tell from previous posts – I love to go places!    

Claudia and I drove a long 7 hours and finally arrived in this lovely coastal town.  After a brief rest in the hotel room, we hit the cobblestone streets and explored for the early part of the evening before finally settling on Vignola for our dinner.  One of my main requirements when I look for a place to eat in a new city (other than something vegetarian on the menu) is an obvious incorporation of seasonal local ingredients.  The menu at Vignola beckoned us with a “cheese menu” and sealed the deal with a listing of the local farms which provide the ingredients to over half the dishes on the menu.  We had a grand dinner, and I’ll give the highlights here. Continue reading ‘Vignola: Eating Local in Portland Maine’


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Some kind of day for a beach hike.

Always be venturing.

LET'S - GO - OAK - LAND!

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