A Culinary Adventure

Before setting out on our world adventure I had decided to use this trip productively to learn all I could about the cuisines of the world. My plan was to take an occasional cooking class and sample the variety of yummy things each unique country had to offer. Eight months into the trip and I’ve only managed a week long cooking course in Peru and with our budget stretched so tight the serious wining and dining I had dreamt of ...

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2015 Sonoma County Beer, Cider & Spirits Conference

My brother-in-law Matt and I attended this conference a couple of weeks back. Great insight into the state of the craft beverage industry in Sonoma County. Overall the industry has been growing more than 25% a year for several years now. Sonoma County now boasts 42 craft breweries, cideries and distilleries.

Check out the video presented at the show. Nice production.

Nice article in the local paper ...

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Certified Beer server

Today I completed my Certified Beer Server course and passed the test! I am now an official “Certified Beer Server” in the Cicerone Certification Program. One small step in my continued beer education.

Learn more about the program here.

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East Meets West in Turkey

It’s amazing how, by crossing an imaginary line, the landscape and feel of a place can change so dramatically. I’ve felt it in every country we’ve crossed into, and Turkey was no exception. Just across the border and the parched dry Syrian countryside was suddenly replaced by ordered rows of olive trees, grape vines, and endless fields of towering sunflowers all welcoming us to Turkey. And this was just the beginning of our experience in this wonderful and beautiful ...

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Sun Salutation

Manoj – Sun Salutation

Lila and I are currently in India. Still having an incredible journey. We spent the last week in Kochi (Fort Cochin), in the state of Kerala, in the far south of the country where the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal all come together.

We spent the week at yoga class (my back needed it!), and ...

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Adventures in the Syrian Arab Republic

Months before Lila and I begin our trip around the world, we contemplated the difficulty of eventually crossing the border into Syria. The Syrian embassy in San Francisco would only allow us to obtain visas issued in the U.S. three months prior to our visit. This would pose a problem since we would be passing into Syria almost seven months after leaving the States. We wrote a letter to the passport office requesting second passports in case we would ...

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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Bordered by Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel, the West Bank and the Palestinian Territories, Jordan sits precariously smack dab in the middle of a powder keg of swirling political turmoil, yet manages to keep a balance between the tugging idealogies surrounding it. Some refer to Jordan as the Switzerland of the Middle East, and it’s easy to see why with the laid back attitude of its people and their young King (Abdullah II) pushing for progressive social and political ...

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