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ON THE BOURBON TRAIL

I am a late-coming Bourbon imbiber. I tried Bourbon in college when, trying to be cool while staying on campus one summer, my roommates and I hung out a bit with the “townies” who lived in one of the apartments of our complex. We were invited several times by these cute guys to hang out with them at the local quarry where we drank cheap beer and were offered shots of Jack Daniels. I wanted to like it, but back then I found it harsh and too strong for me.

But several years ...
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It has been many months since my last entry, but waxing poetic about Tuscany never gets old, so here's my next installment. To recap, we spent 2 days in Florence and then drove through the countryside for our stay at a farm near a charming hill town. We watched our hostess bake items for the Farmer's market, ventured into the nearest "big" town, and made a dinner for ourselves. 

Bright and early the next day, we traveled to San Gimignano. Viola warned us that it would be touristy, but so many ...
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Spending time on a farm in Tuscany has been my dream for a very long time and this past September, that dream was realized. I searched AirBNB for the perfect place and my dreams were beyond fullfilled. Nestled in the hills of Tuscany, south of Sienna and north of Grosetto, near the tiny hill town of Pari, is a very old farm owned by Viola. She is a breadbaker, baking with centuries old methods using a wood-burning bread oven. We had an apartment to ourselves with a beautiful, big kitchen, a l...
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What a weird winter! It is true that usually by the end of February I am done with the cold and the snow, but this year, I was still craving some real winter. We even went up to mid-central Wisconsin trying to find some snow and most of it had all but melted. The Northeast, which does not know how to handle getting dumped on, got most of our snow! I must admit, I was a bit jealous. But winter isn't over yet, and I am grateful for the snow storm we just had, for both the farmer's sake and my o...
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