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Lobster Lobster Lobster and More Lobster

As visions of lobster rolls danced in my head. Our trip to Provincetown started at 3:30 am on Tuesday. It was a long travel day hugging the east coast traveling in two planes and a boat to get from Charleston to P-town. But we arrived safe and sound twelve hours later, exhausted but here and ready for R&R and wine. Of course wine, always wine.  And yes, lobster! After checking-in, we knew what we needed to do before anything else – get a lobster roll.  At this point this was more than an early dinner than the lunch we never had as…

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Provincetown in 3-2-1…

Wedding images are posted. Bills are paid. Friends are staying at the house taking care of the fish. So let it be said, I am on vacation. And boy, do I need it bad this year. I am leaving all the computer issues behind me, my sister’s kidney stones are a thing of the past, and the puppies are in good hands. So off to Provincetown, we go. This trip makes our seventh year. It is where we got married in 2013 (our 25th year together). It is one of my favorite places in the world. And one of the few places where I…

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Wine for the Weekend

I know it seems silly to say it’s a wine weekend when every weekend includes wine at some point. But hey, it’s Friday, and I have had a rough couple of weeks so just go with it. The wines I am talking about today are incredible treats. I know I say that all the time but that is one of the great things about wine. There is a surprise waiting for you inside every bottle. And that is what makes wine so exciting and unlike any other beverage. Just when you find a special treat, it is gone, and the search…

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Queso Fundido Pizza

I’mmmmm baaacckkkk! OMG, yesterday was such a fantastic day!  I started the day with a 3-mile walk with my niece-puppy and sweat by butt off. Then I finished processing and posted a wedding for one of my clients while doing six loads of laundry. While the computer chugged away on the wedding, I went to a wine tasting at Monarch Wine Merchants and met some new importers. Came home and made a Queso Fundido Pizza that I have imagined in my head for over a week. By then it was 10:30 pm and I was exhausted so I could not keep…

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Wine Tasting & August Social Recap

Wow, I needed this wine tasting. Too many crises and juggling way too much. It could not have come a day too soon. Since I last posted a lot continues to happen to limit my ability to post every day.  Yes, my crashed computer was misdiagnosed and then “fixed” but not really. Then three days later, fixed again only this time for real. But now that first fix is causing problems because it conflicts with much of my image editing software. I can either spend seven hundred to a thousand dollars to update software.  Or I can get it back to…

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August Social & Wine Tasting is TONIGHT Aug 3

What better way to turn the dark days of my July into the fun days of August. The August Social & Wine Tasting is tonight and I can not wait to see those of you who can make it. I have missed you and am sorry that I went dark for several days. That is what happens when your computer crashes multiple times over several days. And after two trips to the Apple store it gets an extended stay and they promise it won’t come home until its fixed. Add to that the kitchen incident that you already know about,…

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Coffee: Important – But My Other

It’s 9:00 am – Is it Happy Hour Yet? I have to say that today totally sucked. To understand why it sucked so bad let me give you some background. Since we have lived in this house, we have had to redo our kitchen ceiling three times within a three year period due to water damage from the bathroom above on the second floor. Every time it is a different reason, the commode leaked, a pipe under the sink leaked, the bathtub leaked. We would fix the issue and then wait several weeks before repairing the ceiling to make sure it…

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Sun-dried Tomato “Tartar”: Intense & Flavorful

Years ago when I lived in Chicago, there was a natural foods store that competed against Whole Foods and for what ever reason that is where I shopped for my organics and natural foods. They had this incredible spread made with sun-dried tomato and some cheese as well as other ingredients, and it was so incredibly good. A container of this spread was always in my fridge. The flavors were intense and rich and creamy and absolutely delicious. Then Whole Foods bought this chain of stores, closed them all and the spread disappeared, never to be seen again. I know it…

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Restaurant Run Down

Hits & Misses and Updates at Charleston Eateries I have been out to eat at many a restaurant over the past few weeks, but it has primarily been for lunch or a quick bite. So today will do a restaurant round up of some of the many places I have dined. Some good, some great and others not so good. This is just my experience. Take it for what it is. Restaurant Update: Hen and The Goat  – A Breakfast Update Last time I talked about Hen and The Goat was during a lunch visit. Well, folks, I know this…

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Two Amazing Wines: Out of the Park!

It was on Friday evening at “happy hour” when Gary, Eve and I drank the wines I am sharing with you today.  First, a bit about my friend Eve. We have worked together for years in the wedding business and became fast friends. Known for its high-stress situations and perhaps a Bridezilla as well, weddings have a way of bringing vendors together, as we bond over the craziness of that day. She and I have been on opposite schedules for months, so we needed some private time to do some serious catching up. So on this night, we talked and we…

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Refrigerator Casserole

“Hey, Grandpa… What’s fer Supper!” Oh, I know I am dating myself when I use a line from television of days gone by.  This quote, of course, is from the Grandpa Jones long running skit on Hee Haw.   If you look at the linked example of the skit, all I can say is… you had to be there… back when we only had three channels. When apparently things did not have to be funny to be funny.  I can just hear him saying refrigerator casserole. And then describe what is in it. Back on Topic At any rate, I seem to have…

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