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I can haz turkey?

Lots of Driving, Lots of Fun

By     |    Nov 26, 2012
Posted in: New York     |    No Comments

Wow, what a long weekend. We’re back in Trumansburg after about 1,500 miles of driving and 15 pounds of turkey eating. What fun! We returned to a not-yet-done roof and a still-ugly house … and a thermostat reading 45°. Our pilot light has been re-lit and we’re rekindling our excitement for the area with a copy of Edible Finger Lakes. Lisa’s already learned that there’s a local salt vein we […]

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The Best Chinese Place in Trumansburg, New York

By     |    Nov 19, 2012
Posted in: Food, New York, Trumansburg     |    No Comments

On one of our first nights in our new place, Lisa met one of the staff from the local Chinese place on the street. It “served the best Chinese food in town,” the woman promised Lisa. We ordered take-out a few days later — they were right. When we first moved to Chicago, we lived around the corner from a place that bragged it served the best Chinese food in […]

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No more of these, please.

Gift Ideas for Travelers and Vagabonds

By     |    Nov 8, 2012
Posted in: Money, Travel     |    No Comments

It’s coming up on the holiday season. The Black Friday Christmas buying binge is about to begin. It’s a difficult time of the year to be anti-stuff. But some stuff can save you money, make you more mobile, and help you travel. This is that stuff. These are perfect gifts to add to your Christmas list, give you favorite traveler, or buy yourself. Full disclosure: Amazon links contain affiliate tracking codes. We […]

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A beacon for weary travelers.

Ithaca Food, Ten Years Later

By     |    Nov 5, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Food, Ithaca, New York     |    No Comments

This weekend, we were at Just a Taste in Ithaca and we thought we recognized our waitress. “Have you worked here for a while,” I asked. “Yeah. A loooooong time,” she said. “Like ten years? We haven’t been here for ten years and you look familiar.” “Longer than that,” she said. I knew it! One of the most fun parts of being back in the area is sampling our old […]

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The storm before the storm before hopefully some calm.

So Far, Not So Smooth

By     |    Oct 29, 2012
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Our re-introduction to non-transient society has not been smooth. We arrived in Trumansburg on Friday to find our place still under construction (wet carpet, wet paint, wet roof). We ended up camping in the Finger Lakes National Forest instead, where we had our first rowdy camper expedience of the trip — our neighbors arrived drunk at 1AM, set up their tent in the rain, and attempted to start a bonfire […]

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The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip.

barVino: The Coolest Place North of I-90 in New York

By     |    Oct 25, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Food, New York     |    No Comments

In the sleepy Adirondack town of North Creek, there’s a new restaurant. It’s called barVino (lowercase ‘b’ and uppercase ‘V’ and all one word). They have live music every Wednesday, a great wine list, and a tasty beer list. They also serve delicious food. After visiting one of Lisa’s dad’s projects in Tahawus (pronounced “Ta-HAUS” — two syllables, not three), we stopped in for a bite. Dishes are small, meant for sharing, […]

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Mmmm ... beer.

“Montreal Style” Pizza at Ottawa’s Big Rig Brewery

By     |    Oct 24, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Canada, Food     |    4 Comments

After an afternoon at our local IKEA … in Ontario, Canada (Ottawa, to be exact), we were in need of a beer and a bite. Big Rig Brewery promised both. First: the beer. I got the sampler (Golden, Red, IPA, Stout). Lisa ordered a pint of the brown ale. All were tasty. Lisa even liked their red ale (Lisa typically hates red ales). The brown ale was superb. We ordered […]

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$9.95 for a six-pack of Busch. Yikes.

In Canada, ALL Booze is Expensive

By     |    Oct 23, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Canada     |    No Comments

When we were in London, we noticed UK booze was pricey, wine and liquor especially. Cider and beer was a bit more in line with our expectations. Then we visited Canada, Ottawa specifically. OMFG. Look at these pics from the state (province?) liquor store (note the current exchange rate is about 1:1): So I did some research. Canada is far from the worst. England ranks pricier (which we expected). Who’s the […]

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Hasta la vista, Penske.

The Ride Across (Driving from Chicago to Ithaca in a Penske Truck)

By     |    Oct 19, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Chicago, Drives, Ithaca     |    1 Comment

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know that Lisa does something like 98% of the driving. She’s a pro. And she gets carsick when I (reluctantly, of course) volunteer to drive the winding, fun roads. We’ve put 35,000 miles on our van in the last year. Of that, I’ve maybe driven, let’s say, 20 hours, max. Let’s also assume 60 MPH, so 1,200 miles. That revises my […]

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Well, it rained through the sunset. This is after we built the fire back up.

Full Circle Bonfires

By     |    Oct 16, 2012
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Almost exactly a year ago, I stood next to the biggest bonfire I’ve ever seen in Northern Wisconsin. Cripes, was that a YEAR ago? Now we’re in Upstate New York, and it was time for another bonfire. This one promised to be nearly as big … if the weather held. So not quite as huge … but still a pretty awesome October tradition.

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