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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

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

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

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

….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 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

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

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

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

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

An Apple a Day… In A Glass of Cider, Please!!

The Forest of Dean in west England holds many tasty discoveries; artisan cheeses, rolling green hillsides of plump lamb & mutton, farm after farm of fruit orchards, and most note … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 4 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

Feels Good & Tastes Heavenly! Akvavit !!!

16th century Danish nobleman and home-brewer of sorts, Eske Bille may have originally only had intentions of improving the herbal elixir left over from the Black Death but little did … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 8 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

Brown Bread on The Hill

One of the wonderful friends I’ve met while here in Slane is Eamon. A tall, strapping, football loving Irishman, who’s family has lived on the Hill of Slane in the … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

Waking the Senses in Carlingford Ireland

Despite the short, cloudy days – Ireland this winter is wonderfully mild and perfect for outdoor exploring. Yesterday I was treated to a road trip compliments of my pal Freddie, … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · 6 Comments

Enchanting Fore Abbey

Venturing the back roads on a rainy, windy day I traveled to Fore Ireland. Home to an enchanting Benedictine Abbey site with a scenic and mysterious bog like location, various … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

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

Loughcrew Megalithic Site…Amazing!

(A bit longer post than usual, but worth the read and definitely worth a visit if you wander to Ireland…. For you non-readers lots of pics and video at the … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 8 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

A Day By The Sea

A gracious friend road tripped me up through Louth County today to find a fisherman. So near to where I have been staying and unbelievable I had yet to see. … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 9 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

Shepard’s Pie….A Poor Man’s Dish, That Everyman Loves

The Shepard’s Pie is a loved dish throughout Ireland and across the British Isle. It’s origins stemming from the Middle Ages when minced meat pies were in favor.  Most likely … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

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