What’s On My Reading List

What’s On My Reading List

I’m an avid reader and like to set an annual goal for myself. This year, I am trying to read 50 books, last year I read 47. I am a huge fan of tracking all my books on Goodreads. This lets me file away recommendations from people as I hear them, and know what I’ve...
Where to Dine in Raleigh

Where to Dine in Raleigh

Along with my bitters research, I also made time for a few good meals, and a couple more drinks while in North Carolina. Raleigh is an easily walkable city with plenty to see and do. I spent most of my time indoors working, but here’s where to dine in Raleigh,...
Bitters and Bars in Raleigh

Bitters and Bars in Raleigh

I’ve been making craft cocktails at home for a while. Over the past few years, I have acquired all the tools and ingredients needed to create a variety of libations. However, I’ve been stumped about how to properly use cocktail bitters. I figured it was a good...
The Best Vegetarian BBQ in Kansas City

The Best Vegetarian BBQ in Kansas City

Kansas City has been a BBQ town since the early 1900’s when Henry Perry arrived from Memphis and started smoking meat in a trolley barn near 18th & Vine. The BBQ in KC is characterized by three things: the wide variety of meats (even fish) that are used; the...
Packing for Two Weeks in a Carry-on

Packing for Two Weeks in a Carry-on

I enjoy the challenge of getting everything I need into carry-on bags. Not only do I save time at the baggage carousel, and avoid lost bags, I save money. It also makes it easier to get around. Hopping into a Lyft or onto a train is so much better when you can hold...
How to Pick the Perfect Cocktail

How to Pick the Perfect Cocktail

Years ago, I memorized a few standard drink names. This gave me a way to have an answer at the ready when I went to a bar without a cocktail menu in sight. In my quest to discover cocktails, I had to figure out what I liked (tough!) and how to navigate ordering new...
A Weekend in the City – Day 1

A Weekend in the City – Day 1

Since I’ve been traveling so much, I decided to join my husband’s conference trip to New York City. I flew standby into the city on an 8am flight, so I beat Brian by a couple of hours. (It was a good thing I did, as my original flight got delayed by 2.5 hours. I...

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