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Chicken Riggies!

Chicken Riggies

By     |    Oct 9, 2012
Posted in: Food, New York     |    3 Comments

I really love discovering regional dishes (like the Sonoran hot dog and Binghamton Spiedie), what’s wonderful is that we’re STILL discovering fun, regional dishes, like chicken riggies, in places that we’ve been countless times. Well, I am at least. Lisa’s had this one. Chicken riggies is from the Utica/Rome, New York area. It’s chicken, rigatoni (the “riggies,” natch), hot or sweet peppers, and creamy tomato sauce. It’s tasty, and I’ve never seen […]

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Hopefully this isn't our home for long.

Apartment Hunting in Ithaca

By     |    Oct 8, 2012
Posted in: Ithaca, New York     |    2 Comments

Well, we made it east. Last week was a long week. We started the week in London, flew to Chicago, trained to Wisconsin, then reversed that back to Chicago, emptied our Chicago storage closet, rented a moving truck, and drove east. Now we’re settled into a new storage closet in Ithaca and living with Lisa’s parents while we shop for an apartment 80 miles away. Problem is, there aren’t a […]

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What a delicious tradition!

Britain’s Greatest Culinary Tradition: Sunday Roast

By     |    Oct 5, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, England, Food     |    1 Comment

I love the idea of Sunday roast. No, not the kind where you berate your supposed friend and mock his achievements (that only happens on Comedy Central), the one where you make a delicious meal with friends and family. That kind of roast. Sunday roast is just wonderful. It’s usually a lunch affair, traditionally involving some sort of roasted meat, potatoes, other veg (UK-speak for vegetable), and a “pudding”. “Pudding” is […]

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Freixenet 2010 Vintage Especial. On sale at Sainsbury's.

The Best Wine Deals in London

By     |    Oct 3, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., England, London     |    No Comments

Slight amendment to this post. We did find two good wine deals while in London. Half-off Champagne at Tesco. Just some random French bottle. It was pretty great and £12.99 ($21), 50% off its normal price. Not worth $42. That’s Bollinger price territory back home. Half-off 2010 vintage Freixenet (fresh-e-net) at Sainsbury’s. Normally, Lisa’s not a huge fan of the black bottle, but for £6.99 ($9.70), we had to try it. It was fantastic. […]

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Scotch Eggs are £0.95 at Marks & Spencer, where this one is from. This one would get rave reviews at any US gastropub.

A Tale of Three Scotch Eggs

By     |    Oct 1, 2012
Posted in: England, Food, London     |    No Comments

Scotch eggs are a novelty in the States. They’re the hip new thing that gastropubs serve. I think we first had them in Chicago at either The Gage or Longman & Eagle. Not sure … it may have even been at Three Floyds brewery in Indiana. They’re slowly creeping into the beer-food culture. To the uninitiated, Scotch eggs are hard-boiled eggs covered in sausage and breading then deep-fried. They’re delicious […]

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October 11, 2011 ... van in Wisconsin. It's about four feet to the right on October 11, 2012.

Twelve Months Later

By     |    Oct 1, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Schedule     |    6 Comments

Well, we did it. We made it a year on the road! October 1st, 2011 is when this all started. Honestly, it has been pretty wonderful. The first month was tough bouncing around between New York and Wisconsin, but once we got going, once we started to head west, it all came together. We spent those next 10 months camping nearly every night. Yes, we stopped at a few houses, […]

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This post and the Rosetta Stone server similar purposes.

English Pronunciations for Americans in London

By     |    Sep 28, 2012
Posted in: England, London     |    3 Comments

Yes, we speak the same language, but not only do we not use the same words for things, we pronounce things differently. There’s like these insider secret pronunciation rules that outsiders just don’t know and locals take for granted. Here are the ones I’ve noticed. Greenwich. Not pronounced like a green witch, it’s gren, like grenade, itch. Gren-itch. But we all know that one, right? Leicester Square. I want to […]

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Looking Forward to Ithaca

By     |    Sep 27, 2012
Posted in: Ithaca, New York, Reality     |    1 Comment

Yes, we’re having a great time in London. And on one hand, I don’t really want to leave. On the other, I’m really looking forward to getting settled into Ithaca. Here’s what I’m looking forward to. Downsizing  Yep, downsizing. We’ll move everything from our storage locker to Ithaca, but I bet a lot gets donated to the Ithaca thrift stores. We’re so used to living with less that I don’t […]

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British Cuisine: __ on Toast

By     |    Sep 26, 2012
Posted in: England, Food, London     |    No Comments

There’s something going on with British cuisine. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good. We haven’t had a bad meal yet (don’t believe the rumors). Not even close. But there’s this fascination with things on toast. We had grouse offal on toast at St. John Bread and Wine. We’ve had mushrooms on toast at The Fox. The other day, we were at a pub early and the staff dinner was something unidentifiable served […]

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13 Amp fuses from Bradbury's Store of Things in Hackney.

The London Win: Fuse Edition

By     |    Sep 26, 2012
Posted in: England, London     |    No Comments

We blew a fuse on the electric tea kettle. Not sure how I managed that, but I did. Tripped the breaker in the house too. Finding and flipping the breaker back was easy. The fuse, that was another matter. In Chicago, we lived around the corner from a mini Home Depot. Down the street from that, there was an Ace Hardware store. On Clark, a block in the other direction, […]

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