Hiking in Champagne: Orbais-l’Abbaye

A cool hike nearby at an ancient abbey? And we need something for dinner? Of course I want to join you–when do we leave? Continue reading Hiking in Champagne: Orbais-l’Abbaye

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“We’re staying in a horse trailer?”

“We’re staying in a horse trailer?”

My friend and I wince. Our abode is oozing filth: linoleum floors are sticky with long-dried spilled liquid, an exploded soda in a non-functioning mini fridge, the kitchen sink’s broken faucet knobs, a toilet I didn’t want to touch, unclean bedding and spiders everywhere. We hit the jackpot. Continue reading “We’re staying in a horse trailer?”

Pseudo adobo?

Pseudo adobo?

My eyes start to water. It’s the spiciest food I’ve eaten and it’s not spicy. It’s salty, tart, tangy, garlicky and other, unknown flavors. I’ve never heard of the dish. It’s also true I’m 10 years old at the time. Continue reading Pseudo adobo?

Wine Sharks: Introductory exam

Wine Sharks: Introductory exam

Hands are sweaty. Click. Long sigh. Now, to wonder. I’m stepping into another world: registering for the Court of Master Sommeliers’ first level course and exam, called ‘Introductory.’ The requisite 200-page workbook covers a vast amount of info: the entire world of wine, beer, sake and spirits; service, salesmanship, and hospitality; and the deductive tasting method. Time to study up. Continue reading Wine Sharks: Introductory exam