Month: December 2010

Culinary Travel Solo Travel

Circle of Eel Life in Hamamatsu, Japan

Yes, I admit it. Prior to a month-long visit to Japan in 2004 as part of Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange, I thought unagi was a karate concept invented by Ross on the television show Friends. A visit to Hamamatsu in Shizuoka introduced me to the sweet and savory freshwater eel called unagi and to Read More »

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Snapshots

Wordless Wednesday: Chilly in Buffalo, N.Y.

Ho, ho, ho! Hope you enjoyed Christmas. I traveled up to Buffalo to spend the long weekend with family. It was too short but I’m focusing on the quality time I spent. Enjoy this snapshot of my parents’ barn. And can you see what the thermometer reads? Brrrr, it was 14 degrees Fahrenheit!

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Culinary Travel Nature Travel Solo Travel Solo with Others

My Top 5 Travel Adventures of 2010

It’s true. The older you get the faster time flies and such was the case with 2010. Over the past year, I had some amazing experiences and opportunities but here are my top 5 travel adventures of 2010. Hope you enjoy this amble down memory lane.

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Wordless Wednesday: Winter Lunar Eclipse

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, was a special day. It was a lunar eclipse on the winter solstice. The next time this will happen is 2094 although the next lunar eclipse visible from North America should happen on April 15, 2014 (according to CNN) – what a Read More »

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Culinary Travel

5 Things I Love About SoBe Wine & Food Fest

Delicious food, free-flowing beverages and culinary celebrities. These are the primary ingredients in making the South Beach Wine & Food Festival successful. The 10th anniversary of the culinary festival is scheduled for Feb. 24 – 27, 2011, and although I’ve attended for the past two years, I probably won’t be attending this year. Unless the Read More »

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New in Sarasota, Fla.: Michael’s Tasting Room

Last night I celebrated a friend’s 60th birthday at Michael’s Wine Cellar & The Tasting Room in Sarasota, Fla. For those familiar with the award-winning restaurant Michael’s on East, this is a sister operation which opened this expansion (in a former beauty salon) in Oct. 2010. Hundreds of bottles of wine lined three walls of Read More »

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Fuzzies, Gadgets & Stuff

Your Florida Souvenirs Wanted for New Exhibit

Have a funky, unique, old, fun or rare souvenir from a Florida attraction? It may be the perfect artifact for a new exhibit on Florida attraction souvenirs called, “Remembering Paradise: Souvenirs of Historic Florida Attractions,” scheduled for display at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee April through September 2011. Souvenirs dating back to Juan Read More »

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Wordless Wednesday: Twinkling Holiday Lights

Can’t believe Christmas is just over a week away! Last weekend I headed to Punta Gorda to photograph some of the holiday lights. I was hoping to capture some cool images of colored lights reflected in the water but really didn’t have much luck with that. Enjoy these snapshots.

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Culinary Travel

My Top 5 Dining Experiences of 2010

2010 is wrapping up and I didn’t have the travel adventures I anticipated but I had a decent year of good food and memorable journeys. Here’s a roundup of my best eats of 2010 and not in any particular order:

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Culinary Travel Solo with Others

Breakfast at Blue Fox Cafe, Victoria, B.C.

During my fabulous 40th Birthday Celebration Trip last spring, ZeldaMae and I did some good eating along the way. While in Victoria, B.C., on our way to Craigdarroch Castle, we stumbled across a delicious little restaurant called the Blue Fox Cafe. Immediately walking in I knew it was my kind of place to eat. Funky Read More »

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