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Eating My Way Through the 2014 Erie County Fair

During a visit to the Erie County Fair, rather than tour the fun house or grip for dear life on one of those rides that now turn me green, my parents and I were on a foodie adventure.

Beer Brunch with Fat Point Brewing and OPUS Restaurant in Punta Gorda, Fla.

You read the headline right. I recently attended a beer brunch featuring craft beer from Fat Point Brewing at OPUS restaurant in downtown Punta Gorda, Fla. I’ve attended wine dinners where wine is paired with an entrée and I’ve attended my share of wine tastings but attending a beer brunch was a first. I have to say, it was pretty marvelous and I’m hoping more beer brunches are in my future.

Adventures in Dining at The River and Rail in Roanoke, Virginia

There’s nothing I enjoy more than when a meal ends up being a dining adventure. I savored one of those foodie experiences last month in Virginia at The River and Rail, a southern Bistro in the historic South Roanoke neighborhood. It was one of those standout experiences where I witnessed the marrying of flavors and textures I didn’t know possible as they playfully danced on my taste buds.

Sometimes, a Good Story is in Your Backyard. Rick and His Antique Bus

Sometimes, a good story is in your backyard. My travel this summer has been intentionally limited and in an earlier post, I shared how I’m using this time to regroup. One of the thrills of traveling is meeting interesting people willing to share their tale. Yesterday, I was reminded we don’t need to travel thousands of miles to hear a good story.

Did I Score Big on Concert Tickets From ScoreBig.com?

Did I score big on concert tickets from ScoreBig.com? Summertime means outdoor concerts and earlier this month, for one night I felt like a giddy teenager again (except for the beer in my hand). On a steamy Florida night I was dancing like a fool and singing at the top of my lungs as Def Leppard and KISS rocked the stage of the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, thanks to ScoreBig.com.

Beer Brunch with Fat Point Brewing and OPUS Restaurant in Punta Gorda, Fla.

You read the headline right. I recently attended a beer brunch featuring craft beer from Fat Point Brewing at OPUS restaurant in downtown Punta Gorda, Fla. I’ve attended wine dinners where wine is paired with an entrée and I’ve attended my share of wine tastings but attending a beer brunch was a first. I have to say, it was pretty marvelous and I’m hoping more beer brunches are in my future.

Travel to Virginia: Staunton is Cute as a Button

Heat from the donut radiated through the to-go container and warmed my...

Travel to Ireland: Feeling Small at the Cliffs of Moher

Spend any amount of time in Ireland and you’ll discover the Irish are brilliant storytellers. Folklore and true tales have been passed through generations and if you have an open ear, hear these tales from your taxi driver, new pub mates, random folks on the street, and of course, your tour guide. I explored Southwest Ireland with Paddywagon Tours and discovered how they serve up a heaping bowl of fun storytelling to complement the Emerald Isle’s stunning scenery.

Travel to France: Walking in the Paths of Romans and Artists in Arles

Walking through the dark cryptoporticus of Arles, France, I couldn’t help think how cool this was, both literally and figuratively.

Will Sending My Elected Officials Postcards from State & National Parks Make a Differnce?

Is it a crazy idea to send my elected officials postcards from state and national parks during my summer travels?

What Have You Damaged in a Hotel Room?

What have you damaged in a hotel room?? If it hasn’t happened to you already, someday it will. Oh, trust me.

Travel to the Domincan Republic: My Trip to Samana in Instagram Photos

Ah, beautiful Samaná. An ecotourism paradise with gorgeous, uncrowded beaches, turquoises-blue water, hypnotizing waterfalls, sweet fruit, and warm, welcoming smiles. Enjoy my February 2014 journey through my Instagram images tagged with #EcoSamana.

Book Review: Only in Spain by Nellie Bennett

Thank you, Nellie Bennett. Because of you I’m now dreaming of grabbing a floor-length skirt layered with ruffles and heading off to Spain to learn flamenco. Before reading “Only in Spain: A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir about Food, Flamenco, and Falling in Love” the idea never crossed my mind but because you so eloquently shared your sacrifices to follow your passion to learn authentic flamenco, I want to run away with gypsies, too.

Finding Old School Treasures and Pop Culture at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia

Given the choice of thrifting at a flea market or visiting a shopping mall, I’ll always choose the former. I was in my element browsing the aisles and piles of Black Dog Salvage during my spring visit to Roanoke, Va., seeking a treasure with personality to add to my home.

Putting My Hot Air to Work With Glassblowing in Staunton, Va.

I huffed and puffed yet didn’t inhale while putting my hot air to work during a glassblowing session at Sunspots Studios in Staunton, Va. Receiving a consultation with a glassblower was like having a consultation with my hairstylist.

Up Close and Personal with the Amish on New York’s Amish Trail

During my summer trip to Buffalo, my parents and I set out on our next adventure, New York’s Amish Trail. My fascination with the Amish probably began before I was 5 years old when my family made road trips to visit friends in Titusville, located in Western Pennsylvania.

Travel to Japan: How to Use a Japanese Toilet

Traveling to Japan? Be prepared on how to use a Japanese toilet and understand the etiquette of peeing in Japan. Peeing should not be hard. It’s a natural function. But just like everything in Japan, there’s certain etiquette to follow. I spent a month in Japan and one of my biggest challenges was conquering the Japanese toilets to become queen of the throne.

Did I Score Big on Concert Tickets From ScoreBig.com?

Did I score big on concert tickets from ScoreBig.com? Summertime means outdoor concerts and earlier this month, for one night I felt like a giddy teenager again (except for the beer in my hand). On a steamy Florida night I was dancing like a fool and singing at the top of my lungs as Def Leppard and KISS rocked the stage of the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, thanks to ScoreBig.com.

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Case of the Mondays or Post-Vacation Blues?

I did my duty as an American last week. I took a vacation to help stimulate the economy. It officially ended last night when I went to bed and today, I dragged myself to work feeling a little depressed. Do I have a case of the Mondays or am I suffering from post-vacation blues?

Up Close and Personal with the Amish on New York’s Amish Trail

During my summer trip to Buffalo, my parents and I set out on our next adventure, New York’s Amish Trail. My fascination with the Amish probably began before I was 5 years old when my family made road trips to visit friends in Titusville, located in Western Pennsylvania.

Eating My Way Through the 2014 Erie County Fair

During a visit to the Erie County Fair, rather than tour the fun house or grip for dear life on one of those rides that now turn me green, my parents and I were on a foodie adventure.

Travel to Japan: How to Use a Japanese Toilet

Traveling to Japan? Be prepared on how to use a Japanese toilet and understand the etiquette of peeing in Japan. Peeing should not be hard. It’s a natural function. But just like everything in Japan, there’s certain etiquette to follow. I spent a month in Japan and one of my biggest challenges was conquering the Japanese toilets to become queen of the throne.

Sometimes, a Good Story is in Your Backyard. Rick and His Antique Bus

Sometimes, a good story is in your backyard. My travel this summer has been intentionally limited and in an earlier post, I shared how I’m using this time to regroup. One of the thrills of traveling is meeting interesting people willing to share their tale. Yesterday, I was reminded we don’t need to travel thousands of miles to hear a good story.