• eat and drink

    Eat slowly, deliberately, and with pleasure

    “Eating with the fullest pleasure – pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance – is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.” – Wendell Berry

  • active life,  arizona,  hiking,  other US travel

    Hiking in Arizona

    Arizona happened to be the place I found myself for my first anniversary with Raisin Bread. He lived in Phoenix for a number of years, and we were in town for his friends’ wedding. We wound up being there for the weekend and took the opportunity to explore a number of the areas natural wonders. Phoenix in January is absolutely perfect with its sunny skies and mild temperatures. Our first day was spent driving to Sedona and taking in Red Rock State Park. We both weren’t appropriately dressed to hike. Instead, we found some easy walking trails and drove to various viewpoints. It always amazes me just how diverse the…

  • dc metro,  eat and drink,  restaurant reviews,  restaurant week

    Eat and Drink: The Oval Room (DC Restaurant Week Summer 2010)

    Tuesday night was my first foray into DC’s Restaurant Week. I was skeptical at first because while LA Restaurant Week has tiers depending on the price range of the restaurant’s normal menu, DC’s had one price across the board: $35.10 for dinner. I was also worried that service would be lacking. Perhaps I thought they would look at me and realize that I don’t have a real job? I arrived a few minutes early to The Oval Room and was seated by the maitre d’ (the hostess was seating another couple at that time) in the center of the back room. He complimented me on my new purse before leaving my…

  • baltimore,  cape may,  eat and drink,  explore,  new jersey,  other US travel,  restaurant reviews

    Cape May, New Jersey: A Weekend at the Shore

    When I heard that Raisin Bread’s family was spending a week at “the shore,” for some reason, the image in my head went straight to this: Then, I discovered it would be at the Jersey Shore, and although I have never actually watched that television show, my mind went to orange-colored people who frequent the gym and consume vast amounts of alcohol. Instead of party beach, however, I found myself in the idyllic town of Cape May. I googled it prior to leaving and found out that it is known for its historic residences. How very charming! (I’ve been watching a lot of old movies – rented from the library…