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JDeQ
Burlington, Ontario
eating, drinking, laughing, travelling . . . living life to the fullest!
Interests: Travel, food, drink, books, current events, politics, art, theatre, movies, music - life really!
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This was pure comfort in a pot! We had a cabbage from our CSA delivery that we wanted to finish up before we went away. We also had a bag full of bits of kielbasa in the freezer that kept... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at A Life, Lived
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Italian wedding soup is an Italian-American soup consisting of green vegetables and meat. It is popular in the United States, where it is a staple in many Italian restaurants. Generally it consists of a chicken-based broth, greens, meatballs, and small... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Life, Lived
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Just before we went away I wanted to use up the last of our Thai Basil from the garden. After some googling I found this recipe online which used 1.5 cups of Thai Basil leaves. Perfect! Longtime blog readers know... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Life, Lived
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I think we picked the perfect time to visit Sonoma. The weather was amazingly warm during the day, it was cooler at night, and the vineyards were a riot of colour. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Life, Lived
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I had posted on facebook about shipping wine home and was asked why I just didn't pack it in our luggage. This is the reason why: We had a lot we were packing or bringing in our carry on bags... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Our original plan was to stay in the house until the 15th. What that meant however, is that on the 15th we'd need to wake up rather early in Sonoma, pack, leave the house, drive to SFO, fill the cars... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Life, Lived
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This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'rock'. The rocky coast of Maine. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Life, Lived
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I saw this online a few weeks ago and it really resonated with me. Unfortunately I can't find the originaly site to provide full credit to the original author. SIGH 1) We need to recharge alone. This right here is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Normally on our last day of vacation we are in a panic trying to try and fit in everything that we had planned to do all week. Not this time. Instead we drove into Healdsburg to ship a case of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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I know that some folks get depressed about turing 50. I have decided to embrace it! My 50th was on July 14th and I am determined to enjoy a drink on the 14th of every month to celebrate this new... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Rose had planned our activities on Sunday. Our first stop was the girl and the fig (yes, all lowercase) for brunch. The food at the girl and the fig is France meets California meets Sonoma. Focused on locally grown and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Saturday was one of those days where we didn't have a ton of plans so the day kind of evolved. Frankly I think that these are the best vacation days! It was the first day of the Sonoma Art Trails... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Paul had planned a day on the coast for 'his' day. We hopped into the car and headed west through Guerneville and Monte Rio. When we reached Duncans Mills we pulled off the road for a short visit. Located about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Before we had left for California an online friend had suggested that we go to Acorn for a tasting. I dutifully sent off an e-mail requesting an appointment and was booked in for 10 AM. We were a bit late... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Wednesday was 'my' day in Sonoma. This is what we have taken to calling the days that we have planned. It was also the day that required the most traveling - so we set out relatively early to make our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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After too brief a stay in San Francisco it was time to head up to Sonoma for a week. We had decided to rent two cars to make travel easier - two of us and our luggage in each. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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On our last day in SF Paul and I set out early - we had things that we wanted to see before we left! We skipped a big breakfast - when your pants are getting snug 3 days into vacation... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Our second day in San Francisco was planned by mom. She didn't plan on eating for some reason so we had to build that in. :-) Mom and Rose breakfasted in the hotel restaurant. Paul and I walked to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Our first full day in the city was meant as a foodie day. In my word there is high food (i.e. fancy and odd stuff) and low food (i.e. classic comfort foods that would never be written up in a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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It would appear that we have arrived in San Francisco in time for a record breaking heat wave - thank goodness we tossed in a bunch of shorts at the last minute! I think we have been in SF about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'entwined'. I could have had the perfect pic yesterday - we arrived in SF for a SF/wine country vacation and decided to wander the big Williams Sonoma store in Union Square. While we were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Today's the day that we head off to San Francisco and Sonoma with my mom and sister in tow. One of the things that we did to help plan the trip was identify 'our perfect day' for all of us.The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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I have become addicted to ratatouille thanks to our weeky CSA delivery. For a longest time this summer our weekly delivery of vegetables was full of tomatoes, zucchini, onions, garlic, and eggplant. A number of people said 'you have everything... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Happy October! Long-time readers will know that on the first Wednesday of each new month a group of cooks from across North American join together in the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club. It was my turn to select the theme... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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It has been awhile since Paul and I were back in San Francisco - far too long if you ask me! It will be great to return on Friday and wander the city. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at A Life, Lived