Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This has been the summer of the pickle so far.  My brine-filled cup has runneth over with pickling cucumbers and dill seeds and I'm doing my best to keep up.  I've come to the realization that canning and pickling is my new baking, which is great because I can eat far more pickles than cookies without busting out of my cutoff jean shorts.  For super quick refrigerator pickles go here.  For heat preserved kosher style dill spears, here.   And if you want to host a hamburger party this summer, call me, I'll bring the pickles.



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Back in June we flew out to San Francisco for a few days and then made our way east to Yosemite with friends Heather and Nick.  Everything about Yosemite National Park felt like magic to me - the endless evergreens, the thousand year old giant sequoias, the seemingly endless skyline of granite mountain giants.  We camped at Wawona for two nights and hiked in the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias as well as a portion of the High Sierra Loop that took us to the top of Vernal Falls.  Hiking at Yosemite was nothing like previous hikes I've taken in Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina (and should I have even expected it to be?) and I was surprised by how few of miles we were able to log daily due to the elevation and terrain.

Prior to our trip I read in a National Geographic guide book that Yosemite is approximately the same land area as the state of Rhode Island.  This completely blew my mind!  The next time we make it to Yose I want to make it a priority to check out the eastern side of the park and Tuolumne Meadows.

Cheapside Cafe


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Confession: I went to Cheapside Cafe three times in the last week - twice for weekday lunch and once for an early Saturday breakfast.  Just like everyone else, I love everything about this new breakfast and lunch cafe in the downtown Cincinnati 8th street design district.  Aesthetically, the place is clean, bright, white and simple inside and out.  The tables are decorated with succulents from Fern Studio to add just the right pop of greenery to the space.  Seating outside is by picnic table, encouraging community and the urge to strike up a conversation about whatever delicious meal choice you and your neighbor made. 

Of course the food is perfect.  Here are all of the things I have eaten at Cheapside, all of which knocked my socks off:  the kale salad with marcona almonds and grapefruit wedges, buttermilk and chive potato chips from Hen of the Woods, grilled cheese sandwich with spaghetti squash (!!) and green chiles, and the oatmeal brûlée - the best combo of dessert and breakfast I have had in awhile. Absolutely order a cold nitro coffee, it’s like drinking a coffee with the mouth feel of a beer; it’s perfect for an afternoon pick me up.  

Until I manage to eat my way through every item on their menu, I’m sure I’ll be back at Cheapside on a weekly basis. 

planning a trip...


Sunday, June 8, 2014

...to California!
Brian and I are heading to California later this month to spend a week between San Francisco and Yosemite.  This will be my third trip to San Francisco, and just like the previous two times I've been there I  keep threatening to not come back home (except to pick up Wally dog, of course).

It's easy right now for us to get stressed about plans and itineraries, but I keep reminding myself that the planning and anticipation leading up to a trip is often the most happy and fulfilling part.  This will be my first time in one of the great National Parks and I want to soak as much of Yosemite into my soul as I can in the short time that we're there.  Stay tuned for shots of the Golden Gate Bridge (always), giant Sequoias, and Half Dome - which we are not climbing due to a unanimous fear of heights amongst our hiking group :)

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