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United States of Hot Sauce: Frank’s, Tapatio, and Tabasco

By     |    Feb 2, 2013
Posted in: California, Food, Louisiana, New York     |    5 Comments

Two regional food things surprised me on the trip: beer and hot sauce. Beer is much more regionally varied than the Bud Light commercials suggest — try getting Kokanee in South Carolina … or Yuengling in Yosemite … or Dixie anywhere outside New Orleans. Same with hot sauces. We are not a nation of Tabasco users. Surprised me. Here’s how it breaks down: The Northeast Favorite: Frank’s RedHot From the Garden State, Frank’s […]

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Beautiful Portland...loved by so many...other people.

I don’t like your city. Help me get over it.

By     |    Jan 31, 2013
Posted in: Adventure How To, Travel     |    3 Comments

We’re still getting flack in the comments on our posts about cities that didn’t resonate with us: Austin, Salt Lake City, Savannah, Provo, the Salton Sea, Portland. The intense anger that others feel, just from knowing that two people — two strangers whom they probably wouldn’t like anyway — didn’t like their city continues to strike me as odd. This passage from The Best American Travel Writing (2000 edition), by editor and […]

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Cheers!

Jobs: I [finally] have one!

By     |    Jan 29, 2013
Posted in: Ithaca, Jobs, Reality, Trumansburg     |    2 Comments

For the first time in a year and a half, I will be working for someone else. For the first time in a year and a half, I’ll be receiving a paycheck! Starting at the end of January, I’ll be working in the tasting room at a winery on beautiful Seneca Lake. After three months of job searching, all I can say is: phew. That was kind of tough. If […]

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Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Camping Tips: Finding Great Campgrounds and Campsites

By     |    Jan 29, 2013
Posted in: Adventure How To, Travel     |    2 Comments

On the road, we often spent a large part of our day figuring out where we’d stay each night. Sometimes it was stressful – if a planned campground didn’t work out, we’d need to start our search over at the beginning. We learned that it was helpful to always have a backup plan – and to have a backup plan for your backup plan. We prefer to camp in public […]

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The glorious shower icon

Campground showers or how to shower in three minutes

By     |    Jan 26, 2013
Posted in: Adventure How To     |    No Comments

A year on the road means a year of campground showers. Most campground showers are coin-operated, time-limited contraptions. They generally run for three to five minutes for a few bucks a go. That time goes fast — especially when the water starts out ice-cold. Through much trial and error, we figured out how to optimize our short showers. How to shower in three minutes, flat: Do a quick snake/rodent/spider/other gross bug […]

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Next Weekend: New York City

By     |    Jan 25, 2013
Posted in: New York     |    No Comments

It’s a bit ridiculous how much we’re looking forward to being in New York City. We can’t wait to visit friends, explore new areas, eat at Papaya King (that might be just me, not Lisa), and just stroll in an urban environment. And by stroll, I mean walk fast as shit. I am the fastest walker in Trumansburg by a factor of maybe ten. I crush other people on the […]

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Photo from Nate B. via Yelp.

Mexican Food Update: The Piggery, La Fiesta Brava, Viva Taqueria

By     |    Jan 24, 2013
Posted in: Food, New York     |    No Comments

The long and arduous search for chorizo in Ithaca is over. They make their own at The Piggery and it’s pretty damn good. It’s just artisanal, expensive stuff, not the cheapo, authentico stuff you get in California. But it’s satisfying our cravings. We miss chorizo — and we’re still looking for more options. The other day we found ourselves in Waterloo, NY and ready to eat. The Google suggested La […]

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Tanks outside the new Ithaca Beer facility.

Ithaca Beer Co: Our Local Brewery

By     |    Jan 22, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., New York     |    No Comments

Technically, there is a closer brewery — 3 Herons — but they don’t sell beer (yet). Ithaca Beer has been selling beer since the late ’90s. Their most famous brews are Apricot Wheat and Nut Brown. Both are delicious. But there’s more. Just after we moved to Trumansburg, Ithaca Beer opened their newly-constructed taproom, restaurant, and brewing facility. It’s amazing. It’s huge. We’ve been there three times already and I […]

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An awesome campsite in Chile.

Polygamy, Stress, Dreamliners and more!

By     |    Jan 19, 2013
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First, I can’t believe we missed this: The Polygamous Rockland Ranch in Utah. It’s near Moab. Writer Dave Seminara even stops at Love Muffin Cafe before his visit! Remind me, why is Lisa in love with Utah? Oh, right. This stuff. Meanwhile, Ayngelina over at Bacon is Magic learned what we learned — London is very cool. Lisa and I were talking about London food the other day — we both miss The […]

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Come for the oysters, stay for the burger.

The 6 Best Burgers in America: Middle-of-Nowhere Edition

By     |    Jan 17, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Best Of, California, Florida, Food, New Mexico, New York, Utah     |    3 Comments

Finding a good burger in a city is easy. There’s Dick’s in Seattle, Kopp’s in Milwaukee, In-N-Out across the Southwest, and Culver’s everywhere in the Midwest. But there’s something about being in the middle of nowhere and finding a great burger place. A cheeseburger in paradise is wonderful, but a cheeseburger in the boondocks is even better. Here are my six favorites: 6. Sebastian’s Store — Hearst Beef Burgers Sebastian’s […]

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