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Madrid Mini-break of Indulgences

With only three days in Spain, Madrid won two of them, and most was spent indulging as a foodie should.  Madrid is no doubt a bustling, modern day city filled … Continue reading

October 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Word On The Water

Out the northside of London’s Paddington Station you’ll find a floating oasis often unnoticed by usual visitors to the Big Smoke. Where conventional lines of existence are colorfully blurred, where … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hot Pots In A Cold Land

Although Mother Nature wreaks occasional havoc over this land, she also extends an apology by providing Icelander’s a special retreat in the form of hot pots. Bathing has become an … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Iceland’s Ancient Ways….. Sorcery For Survival

In a land of rumbling earth with dark winters and endless daylight summers, with hot steam rising from ginormous cracks in the ground and numerous mountains belching forth ash and … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Iceland’s Ancient Ways…. Shelter

When the vikings first arrived in Iceland back in the 9th century, they discovered a coarse yet manageable new world ripe for the picking, uninhabited but for a few Gaelic … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Taste of Iceland

The remote shores and dramatic environment of Iceland make for delicious but slim pickings in the way of culinary choices and on occasion brings a moral dilemma to the table: but … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Awe Inspiring Iceland … Part 1

Dramatic: from the endless scenic landscapes, to the ancient tales of it’s early Viking settler’s, to the turbulent natural forces lying in wait… The first word of association when I … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Visual Taste

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and how true. Often it takes days if not weeks for me to scribble out a coherent, completed thought in my … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

In The Big Smoke But Dreaming of Green

In the Big Smoke (London), existing on the necessities performed in the ” today” so that i may enjoy the “tomorrows”. I find my sense of creative-self choked by the … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 8 Comments

A Pedal Through Yesteryear

It was a gray, misty day which only made the fields look more green, as if that were even possible here. The air had a faint sweetness of spring blooms, … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 6 Comments

A Dry Day In Ireland a.k.a “No Pints Friday”

It’s Easter Holy Week in Ireland, and being immersed among a deeper see of Catholics than almost anywhere besides Vatican City, i’m intrigued at the faith and traditions that move … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

Some of the best beds….

Over the past year and a half i’ve never worried much where i would lay my head, sleep coming easy to me and fate always finding me in a safe … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Florence….The Drive-By Tour

Off the path, and i mean that on so many levels, but doing a quick “drive-by” of Florence Italy. Met a fellow a American lone-wolf traveler and we spent a … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 6 Comments

A Sign Of Inspiration…& Amazing Pork!!

Monday, 24 March Viterbo, an ancient city built some say by Hercules, definitely civilized by the Etruscans, and since seen centuries of Popes, politics, war and growth. But here i … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

No Via Francigena…But Plenty of Angels & Artichokes

Sunday, 23 March From the start of this trip a stillness comes over my mind as i try and reason with myself on this odyssey ( I’m guessing this is … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Pilgrimage of the Not-Quite-For-Sure

And so it begins…. As I wrap up 3 overwhelming yet unimaginable days in Rome, today I begin the Via Francigena pilgrimage route (in reverse) from Rome to Canterbury England. … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · 7 Comments

Stoney Hills, Thatched Roofs and Peat Fires

The west of Ireland possess a serene yet melancholy beauty that can engross every sense of ones self. A journey across this country’s midland takes you from the rolling green … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Finding the Sacred Pancake

As i was making my way through London City to one of the most extensive collections of food and wine archives i happened upon a large and excited crowd gathered … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

A New Odyssey Begins…

After a wonderful respite back home in Missouri, enjoying way too much home cooking and cocktails with friends; my itchy-feet broke in a new pair of Doc Martens and are … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · 6 Comments

Tractor Pilates and Milking Maid Duties

Originally posted on Rucksack Foodie:
Off  the grid and on the farm is where I can be found as of late. Exiting what turned out to be an unsavory work…

February 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Curvy Roads & Forgotten Treasures

(This is my unedited version of an article i guest contributed for the hugely popular and hip Paris based site MessyNessyChic on Dec 10, 2013) In Missouri, the old timers say … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Winter’s Finale & Spring’s Invitation

For centuries, today January 6th marks a transitional moment in the winter spiritual and social calendar. Twelfth Night, Feast of the Epiphany, Yuletide end, Feast of Fools, even the Roman … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

A Year Ahead of Opportunities & Goodness For All

The two faced Roman God Janus, represented beginnings and change. The name sake for this month of January, the Romans looked to this god for inspiration as they reflected on … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

2013: Highlights Of An Amazing Year !

The most asked question since i’ve been home is, “What was your most memorable moment this year?”….not an easy one to answer. Some of the best moments were only a … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 5 Comments

Stoneing, Fox Hunting, & Hot Whisky Does a Holiday Make!

Originally posted on Rucksack Foodie:
The day after Christmas back home in Missouri includes waking up to a house strewn about with new toys, spending the day indulging on Mom’s…

December 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

….And To All A Christmas Pudding

“On a silver dish the Christmas pudding reposed in its glory.  A large football of a pudding, a piece of holly stuck in it like a triumphant flag and glorious … Continue reading

December 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Sip Back In Time

Originally posted on Rucksack Foodie:
Wandering the streets of Dingle Ireland, I happened upon a shop window reminiscent of an antique/junk shop in America, upon entry I was pleasantly surprised…

December 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Misfits Inspiring

I just experienced one of the most inspirational nights in many a moon at the St. Louis International Film Festival, viewing the Documentary Shorts of Artist Lives, and most especially … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 5 Comments

A Taste of Home

A little over a month I’ve been “home”, hugging my man-son, sharing too many bottles of wine and endless laughs with friends and rediscovering all the wonderful-ness that can be … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 6 Comments

Foodie Making Moments

In one of the Soho Literary Festival Panels i attended the question was presented, “Have foodies taken the fun out of restaurants ?” …Suddenly i found myself cringing a bit … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

A Part of Something Delicious

Food and community are synonymous in my world. Where each alone is a moment in life,  the coupling together of food and community provide you memories to last. So volunteering to … Continue reading

September 21, 2013 · 10 Comments

More than just Guinness & Cabbage….

The bulk of this journey I have found myself in Ireland. Perhaps it was the comfort I took in familiar views, Ireland reminding me of the hills of home.  Perhaps … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · 5 Comments

Tractor Pilates and Milking Maid Duties

Off  the grid and on the farm is where I can be found as of late. Exiting what turned out to be an unsavory work stay that had brought me … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · 4 Comments

Absorbing Alsace…And Needing A Babel Fish!

After a sensational whirlwind week in Paris with the best girlfriends from back home, the tranquil life of the Alsace region was a welcome respite. We all hopped a train … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

Paris: St. Denis Cathedral …. Awesome Dead People, Their History & Fairy Tales

This post I’m sharing the page with fellow traveler, gourmand, and bestest friend Lisa Glenn who’s special interest and bottomless well of  information lie in medieval history and all the … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

Needs become Desire..Alsatian Traditions, Gourmet Delights

Sometimes food and drink gracefully evolve into gastronomical wonders out of the depths of a master chef’s kitchen and sometimes it’s simplest of form continues as it has been for … Continue reading

May 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

My Sunday In Alsace…Just A Little Update

A cold and rainy Sunday in Westhoffen France marks the first of a few weeks i’ll spend in this tranquil and beautiful place. The Alsace region of France is the … Continue reading

April 28, 2013 · 10 Comments

Paris Overload – Getting Lost The Right Way

Granted my main focus for going to Paris was to meet up with 6 of the most wonderful friends ever for a proper week of girl chat, wine consumption & … Continue reading

April 23, 2013 · 3 Comments

In Search of Eel Pie

I didn’t have a definite plan of action when arriving in London last week. I had walked the streets before, a few years back hitting most of the tourist highlights … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

London Night Out -Punjabi Style

The tastes and sites I’ve been introduced to because of a simple friendly exchange have been priceless. I met Avtar a second generation southeast Londoner who was traveling for work in … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

First Taste In London Town

I left the shores of Ireland, a notebook brimming with half scribbled stories of even more Irish tastes and delights to be completed upon my return, only to arrive in … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Easter Flame or “No Pints” Friday In Ireland

It’s Easter Holy Week in Ireland, and being immersed among a deeper see of Catholics than almost anywhere besides Vatican City, i’m intrigued at the faith and traditions that move … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · 6 Comments

No Better Place To Be For St. Paddy’s Day!

Being in and out of Ireland over the past few months, I’ve really grown comfortable in this familiar but foreign land, due mostly in part to the warm folks that … Continue reading

March 17, 2013 · 8 Comments

A Sip Back In Time

Wandering the streets of Dingle Ireland, I happened upon a shop window reminiscent of an antique/junk shop in America, upon entry I was pleasantly surprised to find a pub. An … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Visiting With A Master

You never know where one conversation might lead you. This one lead me to the beauty found and the legacy being built from the art of Irish Crystal. I arrived … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

Dingle for a Day…Not Long Enough!

The scenic beauty of Kerry Co. Ireland presented its lovely welcome just on the other side of Tralee,  where the wetlands stretched out into the bay and the Slieve Mish … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 8 Comments

A Day At the Farm…Dinner Inspired!

A sunny day in Ireland, so I took full advantage and wandered a wee road trip out to the very small hill top village of Ardcath to see a man … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

‘Boots n Burbs’ Getting To The Heart Of It All

If ever you’re wondering who the Rucksack Foodie “is” and what has motivated this tour of the unknown, interesting and delicious then here is a peek into the dark abyss … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Taste of the Wild Side

One of the many reasons I decided to revisit Ireland this month was to attend the annual Game Night Dinner at Dolly Mitchell’s Pub, and was it ever a night … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · 8 Comments

Goatskins, A Martyr & Homemade Pizza… Ingredients For Love

Every conceivable cliche’ of love known to civilization is at it’s maximum use potential today, as love and admiration become a tangible commodity.  I could ramble on about the gross … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 11 Comments