For more than 1,000 years the city of Kyoto was the capital of Japan. Over that time it developed a rich history and many important cultural institutions. Today, the well-preserved and affluent city offers seemingly endless things to see and do. We only got to spend one day and two nights in the city back […]
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If you drive Highway 101 up the Oregon coast right now, you might notice an unusual fall landscape–shrubby and angular, brick red fields. This is where cranberries come from! These cranberry fields are also called a cranberry bog — a recessed rectangular pit, filled with a dense mat of cranberry bushes. The berries grow on runners […]
One of my favorite things to do in a new city is to visit local food markets and Nishiki Market in Kyoto, Japan was top of my Kyoto travel wish list. Food is serious business in Japan; traditional Japanese cooking, or washoku, is so important to the culture that it was recently placed on UNESCO’s […]
This is a guest post by Dianne Sivulka. We love visiting National Parks and try to visit a few each year. California is fortunate to have nine National Parks, more than any other state. Visitors to California often choose Yosemite or the Redwoods, but fewer people venture out to the Channel Islands. Perhaps that’s because […]
FOOD + DRINK
Alternative title: How I Convinced the Wife to Let “My Mother” Come Live With Us. Since I started thinking about bread a few months ago, I’ve read about a thousand blog posts and articles that take the mother joke way too far. Obviously, when I say mother, I’m talking about my sourdough starter culture (often called […]
While I could have spent our entire trip to Budapest in their hot spring baths, I’m glad that I had to come up out of the water long enough to eat. While Hungarian food is not very well known outside of the country, minus goulash (gulyás), I found there was a lot more to know […]