Time for an Adventure!

I’m heading to Philadelphia in a couple of days for a work-related conference. This will be my first time to the City of Brotherly Love, the home of the Flyers and Rocky Balboa, the birthplace of the United States. And the Philly cheese steak sandwich. Honestly, I never really considered visiting Philly on my own, […]

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Stone of Hope

I missed the polar vortex in Washington, DC by a day. From the day before to my first full day, the temperature shot up about 20 degrees, from the low-20s to the low-40s. That might be standard DC winter temps, but as a California boy, damn did I suffer wandering from memorial to memorial. I […]

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Tale of Two “San” Cities

I traveled quite a bit this last quarter of 2018, for both work and leisure. Among the places I found myself were my two favorite “San” cities–San Francisco and San Diego. (Sorry, San Jose, but you don’t make the cut.) I had dinner at a couple of great restaurants which I want to highlight. The […]

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Tagine Dreams–Bringing Morocco to Me

Morocco is one of those countries that–for whatever reason–has been on the top of my to-visit list. I don’t know much about the country besides what I’ve read in books or the newspaper; don’t have relatives living there–no real connection besides Paul Bowles, a camel bone mirror, and episodes from Bourdain and Zimmern’s shows. But […]

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Recipe: Khoresh fesenjān

The most difficult thing for me when making khoresh fesenjoon (or fesenjān), a pomegranate-walnut stew, is finding that balance between sweet and sour, and not letting either overpower everything else. The pomegranate molasses or concentrate brings the main flavors of the dish–tangy, sweet, and sour–while the ground walnuts establish the creamy, nutty body. The flavors are […]

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Two of my favorite things in DC

Washington DC reminds me a lot of Sacramento. They’re both cities whose foundations are politics and government. They have distinct neighborhoods that each have their own look and feel. Rivers run through both. Both are in states of redevelopment and, thus, gentrification. DC seems like it’s about 10 years ahead of Sac, though–there is a […]

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Eating KFC in the Pyrenees

It’s hard for me to believe, but this December will mark 10 years since my last trip to Europe. Ten years since I walked along La Rambla and wandered through the Barri Gòtic in Barcelona with Eulalia. Ten years since I reflected before the miroir d’eau in front of the Place de la Bourse and […]

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