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Snapshot – Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour (Waterbury, VT)

Filed in Food, Snapshots, Travel by on January 18, 2015 0 Comments
Snapshot – Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour (Waterbury, VT)

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, we drive out to Waterbury to the Ben and Jerry’s factory. Perhaps it’s the chilly weather. Perhaps it’s the fact that a winter storm warning is pending, and Vermonters are being encouraged to batten down the hatches. Perhaps it’s because the ice cream production line doesn’t run on Sundays. But […]

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Snapshot – American Flatbread (Burlington, VT)

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Snapshot – American Flatbread (Burlington, VT)

It’s always nice when Trip Advisor steers us right, and this is the case when it steers us to American Flatbread, where the local cider is cold and the pizza is piping hot (a good thing, on a day when the high is around seven degrees). My custom pie (with nitrate-free pepperoni and Thompson Farm […]

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Snapshot – The Junction (Essex, VT)

Filed in Food, Snapshots by on January 18, 2015 0 Comments
Snapshot – The Junction (Essex, VT)

We’re at The Essex, a “culinary resort” in Essex, Vermont. Everyone raves about The Junction, so we make reservations for Saturday night and prepare to tuck in for Chef Alex’s six-course tasting menu. At first, things don’t go well. We’ve reserved a seat at the chef’s table, a communal bar bordering the kitchen, where diners […]

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Snapshot: Lake Champlain Chocolates (Burlington, VT)

Filed in Snapshots, Travel by on January 18, 2015 0 Comments
Snapshot: Lake Champlain Chocolates (Burlington, VT)

You can’t possibly visit Burlington, Vermont, without strolling Church Street, and you can’t possibly stroll down Church Street without at least sticking your head in the door of Lake Champlain Chocolates. Just inside the door, the jolly employees stack newly made mounds of fudge into wooden bins (where they look, at first glance, like enormous, […]

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Our Most Memorable Meal in Spain (Zestoa, Spain)

Filed in Food, Travel by on January 12, 2015 0 Comments
Our Most Memorable Meal in Spain (Zestoa, Spain)

Our day out with Aitor Delgato (one of two great guides you should use if you’re visiting the Basque region) begins with a  tour of San Sebastian. We’re lucky; despite the Basque region’s reputation for rainy days, the air is suffused with the kind of cold, bright sunshine that makes taking a bad photo impossible: And […]

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Christmas in Plaza Mayor (Madrid, Spain)

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Christmas in Plaza Mayor (Madrid, Spain)

On the ninth day of Christmas, we’re in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor. And so is everyone else, it seems. Unlike Americans, the Spaniards celebrate the full twelve days of Christmas, and Day 9 — just three days before the three kings come bearing gifts to children — is prime time for shopping and celebrating. Despite the near-freezing temperatures, […]

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Mark Takes a Fall

Filed in Travel by on January 10, 2015 0 Comments
Mark Takes a Fall

During our recent visit to Amsterdam, I took a tumble. One minute, I was strolling along the sidewalk. The next, I was flying forward. I struggled to catch myself, taking short, rapid little steps that increased in speed and frequency as I came closer and closer to the concrete. In the end, though, gravity and […]

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Dinner with the Little Prince

Filed in Uncategorized by on December 29, 2014 0 Comments
Dinner with the Little Prince

After walking up an appetite on Amsterdam’s chilly streets, nothing sounded better to us than spicy Thai food. Technology is our friend: a quick check of entries at TripAdvisor.com and Google confirmed that the highest-rated Thai food within walking distance of the hotel was Little Thai Prince, a cozy eatery packed with locals and suffused […]

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Give Yourself the Christmas Present I’m Giving Myself

Filed in Personal, Writing by on December 24, 2014 0 Comments
Give Yourself the Christmas Present I’m Giving Myself

We’re in Oxford, Mississippi, strolling the square on Christmas Eve Eve (that is, the night before the night before Christmas). Colored lights drape the trees. Cheerful diners pack the restaurants. As we and our family walk down the street, our happy chatter fogs the damp evening air. We end up at Square Books, Oxford’s quintessential independent […]

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A Short Course in Critical Thinking

Filed in Moments, Uncategorized by on December 15, 2014 0 Comments
A Short Course in Critical Thinking

This morning, our building’s access control system is down. As a result, the key fobs we normally use to operate the elevators, open the gate to the parking garage, or unlock doors when we return to the building, aren’t working. Because no special access is needed to exit the building, everyone walking his dog or […]

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