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Yesterday was a beautiful almost-spring day, so Brian, Megan and I took a road trip to Philadelphia. I’m a huge fan of the city, having spent my freshman year of college there, and I try to get back at least once a year. (It’s an easy drive from where I am now…)

The focus of the trip was a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the Van Gogh exhibit, which was beautiful. But the real find of the trip was the Perelman Building, a newly renovated and expanded annex to the museum that focuses on modern art and design. Keep reading…


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If there’s one thing Germans are good at, it’s Christmas. (Well, there are lots of things Germans are good at, but you get what I mean…)

The day after we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the States, outdoor Christmas markets open up all around Germany. Picture beautiful cobblestoned city squares packed with vendors selling handmade goods, delicious sweets and Glühwein, which is the German version of the wonderful mulled wine served around Europe during winter. Apparently, Nuremberg has the biggest and best Christmas market in the whole country, so we were right in the center of the action. Keep reading…

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Every year, Megan visits her sister and her sister’s family in Germany for Thanksgiving, and every year, I think about joining her. Well, this year I finally did it.

It was my first time in Germany. I haven’t done a lot of European travel, just trips to Italy and Spain, and my last big excursion was more than five years ago, so I was excited for the visit. Keep reading…

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When I was a kid, we always bought Country Time lemonade mix in the summer. The thought of making lemonade ourselves, using real lemons, never really crossed our minds. Why go through all that trouble when you could just scoop some powder out of the canister, mix it with water and be done?

Well, I finally made my first batch of real lemonade the other day, and you know what? It was harder than using a mix. But it wasn’t that much harder. Sure, I had to cut and squeeze the lemons, and I even made a simple syrup to sweeten it. But it was worth the extra effort, because the lemonade tasted so good.

That’s the big thing I’ve noticed as I’ve started doing all of this cooking and baking from scratch. It does takes a little more effort, but at the end of the process, you still have the same number of pots and pans to clean up. So why not eat real food instead of using a mix?

(If you’re interested in the recipe, it’s two parts water for one part fresh-squeezed lemon juice, with ginger and simple syrup to taste…)

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Yesterday was Megan’s birthday, so we went on our traditional birthday trip to Haandi for some incredible Indian food (and beer).


I’m not known for being an adventurous eater, so the first time I ate Indian food many, many years ago was under duress. But it has definitely become my favorite type of ethnic food, and Haandi never fails to serve the best.

Megan’s birthday celebration continues tonight with a BBQ party at Alicia’s, then dancing at the champagne bar at Napoleon.

And I’m baking her a special cake on Sunday. More on that shortly…

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