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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now for something completely different…..

Most all of you know i’m currently a hobo foodie wandering about Europe on a shoestring budget. But I’m also a P.M.G … Proud Mother of a Geek!! (By the … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

Cupping Joe

For a mainly rural area of quaint villages and hillside farms often referred to as the “poor man’s Cotswolds”, in the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire region in England, the range of artisan foods … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · 6 Comments

Feast by Fire

“Fire is elemental and primitive; the most miserable situation clears up when somebody gets the fire going.” – Dorothy Hartley, Food In England 1954 The Gloucestershire hillside fields were covered … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 4 Comments

Red Red Wine for the Emerald Isle

Over these last couple of months in east Ireland, I discovered an island not only rich in history and heritage but on the edge of an economical rebirth with many … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

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 Christmas dinner leftovers, and 60% … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

For Meat Lovers ONLY….Vegans Be Wary

Being raised in a house full of hunters, dating a few riflemen and cowboys – I’ve eaten my fair share of woodland bounty. Never being a big fan of game … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

Mr. MaCabe and His Fresh Veg

The Irish historically have been a people to develop and perfect skills of  life unlike most other cultures of early existence. The Celts were navigating the earth and building sacred … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

Last Weeks Deliciousness

Last week as I was enjoying my pants being a size smaller i found myself indulging on some of Ireland’s most delicious and sometimes not-so-healthy foods. Here is a quick … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 5 Comments

Rugby a Short History …OR… You Did What?? (My Mother Is Not Gonna Like This One)

One of the most grueling pastimes around, Rugby is a sport of constant battle, skillful footing, strength, wit and endurance. Bruises, cuts, sprains and breaks are all part of this … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · 3 Comments

A wee Irish Tune

It doesn’t take too many pints or “pleases to get an Irishman singing, and I’m finding that pretty much all Irishmen can sing beautifully!! After our visit with artisan butcher … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 6 Comments

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