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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The End of the Road: By the Numbers

Lila and I have been home for just about a month now. Setting up house, buying cars, paying bills, and visiting with family and friends. Getting back into this so-called “real life” has been taking up most of our time, so there has been little time to work on finishing up our blog. How do we summarize our thoughts about a whirlwind trip that took us through 22 countries in thirteen and a half months? What did we learn about ...

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Hong Kong: One Foot in China

Hong Kong was our final destination, so Jeff and I decided that, even though we were practically out of funds, we were going to splurge and go out with a bang. After traveling for thirteen months we needed to make ourselves presentable for our return home. We checked into a nice hotel, located in the financial center of Kowloon, and set to work dispensing of our old clothes and purchased a couple of ...

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Vietnam: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

Endless scooters – Hanoi, Vietnam

We landed in Hanoi in the afternoon and took a taxi through the countryside and into the city center. Passing miles of lush green countryside, water buffalo wallowed in the mud, workers in pointy hats were bent in half tending to the rice patties that stretched before us. My first thought was that this is exactly what I ...

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