Lisa got the Vegetarian Ramen with cheese.

Mr. Coleman Can’t Compete With @momofuku Ramen

By     |    Jul 29, 2013
Posted in: Food, New York     |    No Comments

We recently discovered Mind of a Chef on Netflix. The show is great, but there’s one big downside of watching it — it leaves you wanting to eat food you may not have easy access too. We don’t all have a noodle shop down the street to satiate the cravings the show creates. And packaged ramen can only do so much, a lesson we learned on the road. Luckily, we found […]

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Back to the Corporate World

By     |    Jul 16, 2013
Posted in: Jobs, Money, Reality     |    3 Comments

We’re headed back…back to the corporate world. It’s OK, I’ll wait a minute while you check the date. No, it’s not April 1st. No, really, this is not a joke. I’ve been offered a job, a job in the corporate world, which I’ve accepted. Yes, really. This is something we were told we wouldn’t be able to do. If we quit our corporate jobs, people said, that was it. We’d […]

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Mt. St. Helens, east Portland.

Overheard: Moving to Memphis

By     |    Jul 10, 2013
Posted in: Oregon     |    2 Comments

Overheard this exchange in a bar the other day: “Memphis? Didn’t you get the memo?” “I know, I know. I’m supposed to be moving to Portland.” “Everybody that moves away from here moves to Portland!” “There’s no music scene in Portland. It’s much better in Memphis.” “Really? Most people here are under the impression that everything is better in Portland.” Fittingly, I’m reading A Good Place to Live: America’s Last […]

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Other bars take note: THIS is a view.

Getting a Beer in Salt Lake City, Attempt #2

By     |    Jun 28, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Utah     |    1 Comment

Last time Lisa and I were in Salt Lake City, we had trouble finding a local watering hole. We ended up at Uinta Brewery in basically an industrial park. The beer was good, but the vibe of the city rubbed us wrong. Too bad, too, because there are a lot of reasons to love this town. Anyway, I found myself serendipitously back in Salt Lake City. Well, more accurately, I […]

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A few months ago when the stack of papers grew taller than a wine cork.

State of the Union: 1H 2013

By     |    Jun 18, 2013
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While we’d once wrangled it into near submission, time has really started to roll lately. Here’s what we’ve been up to. Book: Done (almost) We’ve got a few people looking at the last draft of our book. As soon as we go through one more round of revisions, it’ll be available on Amazon. We’re pretty excited about Amazon’s publishing platform — it’s very slick. Still not ready to share the […]

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Green chili cheeseburger: perfection in New Mexico.

National Burger Month Suggestions

By     |    May 7, 2013
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Well, according to the internet, it’s National Burger Month. According to me searching on Google, that designation may be a bit dubious, but pretty much every news outlet is ready to play along. Whatever. We’ll play too. Burgers are yummy. Need a burger? Up for a drive? Check out our middle-of-nowhere best burger list. Everything from the Jalama Beach Burger to the Adirondack Larry Burger, 2,500 miles east of Jalama […]

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The perfect New York fish fry from Doug's To Go.

This is How Your Fish Fry: Doug’s To Go

By     |    May 1, 2013
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The New York fish fry tradition is strong enough to warrant a mention on Wikipedia. Upstate New Yorkers love their breaded and fried haddock sandwiches. Lisa’s favorite? Doug’s in Cortland. Problem is, we’re never in Cortland. Luckily, there’s Doug’s To Go, a traveling fish fry-mobile that sets up all around the area. We tracked them down one day and this is what it looked like:    

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Portland, Maine.

Portland, Maine Has a Homeless Person Problem

By     |    Apr 23, 2013
Posted in: Maine     |    No Comments

Portland, Maine wasn’t what I expected. I expected a cute, sea-side city with quaint shops and streets and seafood shanties. Granted, that’s exactly what Portland is and what it has, but it has a lot of other things going on, most noticeably, homeless people. There are cute shops and great restaurants and fun bars, but they’re all located behind an overwhelmingly visible population of street people. I haven’t seen this many […]

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Google Fiber’s Next, Next Stop: Portland, Oregon

By     |    Apr 18, 2013
Posted in: Oregon, Texas, Utah     |    No Comments

If you follow this blog, you know I’m a bit of a nerd, so I read about things like Google Fiber. The big news lately has been about its expansion to Austin, TX, a city we didn’t exactly fall in love with. Now the news is that it’s expanding to Provo, UT as well. We were even less fond of Provo. There’s a pattern here and I can read it […]

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J's Oyster lobster roll.

J’s Oyster in Portland, Maine

By     |    Apr 10, 2013
Posted in: Food, Maine     |    No Comments

Ever since moving out of Chicago (and away from Half Shell and Fish Bar), I’ve been searching for great seafood shacks. My current favorite is in Florida near the Appalachia Bay. I’m also fond of Washington’s  Willapa Bay oysters. I’ve found another spot to add to the list: J’s Oyster in Portland, Maine. It’s wonderful. J’s Oyster is basically Half Shell moved above ground and put on a pier (Half Shell is […]

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