I was recently in Pensacola, FL celebrating the New Year and I’ll admit, for a place nicknamed “the redneck riviera,” it’s much nicer than you might think. Obviously my sisters being there was one of the best parts, but a close second would be the beaches in almost every direction. I can’t even remember how many beaches we saw and then we ran out of time to see the others! And I’m not talking pebble beaches, these were beautiful white sand beaches. Of course, I was looking at all the little animal prints in the sand and was able to find some sand dollar chunks and weird bits of shell. [More]
I recently got back from a trip to Florida, (which I will of course talk about more in a later post,) but the first thing I wanted to write about was baggage and the general flying experience. If you know me well, then you know I hate checking a bag. I have squished two weeks worth of clothing into a backpack to avoid it on multiple occasions. It’s probably been two or three years since I have been so unsuccessful at packing that I needed to check a bag. Needless to say, I don’t tend to give a lot of thought to checked bags. [More]
I visited Ottawa this past weekend. I had heard good things about the city for the past few years but somehow always missed it on my trips to visit our northern neighbors. The drive to Ottawa was great. Much like driving to Montreal, you get to go through the 1,000 islands (yes, that’s where the salad dressing originated!) And the crossing into Canada takes you over a couple of fantastic suspension bridges. Who doesn’t love that?!
I was staying near the capital region while there and I have to admit the architecture was phenomenal. [More]
A year or two ago I was in Montreal visiting some colleagues, and of course the conversation of hockey came up. We were trying to decide where to watch the game that night as the Montreal Canadians were scheduled to play. Someone mentioned that the Montreal Canadians was probably one of the dumbest hockey team names. Or at least the most unoriginal.
Of course, no self-respecting fan would just take a comment like that so they quickly turned to me and said something to the effect of, “well you have The Americans!” [More]
Not far outside of Buffalo, NY is a place called Orchard Park. I often say that I’ve lived in this state my whole life and continue to find new things. This is exactly one of those times. Orchard Park is about an hour from where I grew up and this weekend I discovered a beautiful bit of nature with my family on a hike.
The sight is called the eternal flame and it’s pretty magical to see in person. The hike is a bit difficult and requires a trek through some mud, across some shale, and over a lot of fallen trees. [More]
I recently gave a quote for the site We Love Rochester NY and I thought if it wasn’t clear yet, I should state. I do love Rochester, NY. If you’re too lazy to read through that blog let me summarize the awesomeness of this city.
The people are amazing. There are a lot of young people here for college which means there is a whole lot of educated young people. Who doesn’t love to be surrounded by that? And what makes it really great is the schools here are all fairly different. For instance you have U of R which tends to bring in a good number of ivy league contenders from wealthy backgrounds. [More]
OK so this weekend I picked, cooked, and ate a wild puffball mushroom. I tried to cook it up a whole bunch of different ways because I’ll be honest, I’d never cooked one of these before. After lots of internet research and dirty dishes I came up with a few ways to try cooking it up.
Stir-fry with Coconut Oil – I’m not a huge mushroom eater so I wanted to start out with something that I figured had a low chance of being disgusting. I’ve been addicted to coconut oil the past few days and I’m a firm believer that if you add enough onion to something it will taste just fine. [More]
I’ve been living in New York for over 25 years now yet I continue to be surprised by the beautiful parks we have. This weekend I spent some time at the Evangola State Park for a car show.
The WNY Mopar group organized the show as part of the tomato festival and it was a great day for it. Cars showed up all the way from Canada! They had food vendors, live entertainment, and of course the beauty of the beach.
The park was expansive and had playgrounds, sports fields, and did I mention the beach? I grew up outside of Buffalo and always considered Lake Erie to be a second-rate waterfront, but where the Evangola State Park sits it’s absolutely beautiful. [More]
This Independence Day I spent time with my sisters (well, two of them) and my brother-in-law on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. It’s been my second trip this year and even so, I was able to see plenty of things I hadn’t seen the first time.
On this trip we stayed on the east side of the island in a small family-run hotel just outside of El Yunque National Park & Rainforest. The Hacienda Moyano was a fantastic place to stay. Our hosts showed us around the property and let us eat whatever we could find which meant a lot of mangos and bananas! [More]
This year I went to my first even Comic Con. It was a whole lot of fun and to my surprise I wasn’t as interested in hunting down stars or finding the big name booths. One of the most fan parts was actually checking out the smaller comic publishers and seeing just what people are up to.
Awhile back I made fun of one of my now-ex’s for buying art at a comic convention. It seemed like a pretty stupid idea to go to a comic convention to buy art, but I had to eat those words. I came back with multiple art pieces. It’s funny how you can just come across some art and artist who completely capture a thought, mood, or moment. [More]
This summer I have been doing a fair bit of camping. More camping than I have probably done in the rest of my life combined actually. That being the case, I decided to stop by Runnings to grab a few things this evening. As I was headed into the store I noticed a baby calf coming out of a small sedan.
I couldn’t help but think about all the possible scenarios of how a calf could have ended up in the parking lot of an outdoors supply shop. As I perused the isles I started to forget about the calf and the two girls outside with it. [More]
You may have had wine ice cream before, but what you might not know is a little ice cream shop in Central NY had to fight so that you could! In fact, to my knowledge, this is the only place that makes wine ice cream. It gets shipped across the globe! I had had it before, but recently had the chance to go visit the ice cream parlor in person. It’s not all that special looking, and it does close pretty early, but it’s worth it.
The ice cream that the freeze and ship tastes the same as the ice cream in the shop, but for whatever reason the texture changes. [More]