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Boots in the Oven
Rachel and Logan left Austin, TX in March 2011 for what will hopefully be a 14 month trip around the world. Find our main blog at and our moblog at
Interests: travel, culture, museums, reading, blogging, finding new friends on the internets
Recent Activity
Thank you! We took a bunch of pics. Logan's just finished editing them and given them back to me—now to sort, upload, and post!
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2014 on Exciting news! at Boots in the Oven
This will be a slightly different announcement than you're perhaps used to with this blog. (That's American Thanksgiving for our Canadian friends.) Yes! We're having a baby girl! I'm due November 29th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. So far all is well, though definitely strange. April was... tough. May was slightly better. And now I have a bit of a bump and am feeling good! We've also bought a house, though we won't be moving in until mid-August. There's a lot of change around here! I'm hoping to start posting a bit more now that the news is out. We went... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Boots in the Oven
For Mother's Day, we made a SUPERDEEDUPER quick trip through Chicago. One of these days we'll have to get up there for a more extended visit, but this time work got in the way and it was not to be. We celebrated Mother's Day at the Parthenon in Greektown, which has been the site of lots of family gatherings since before I was born. Before Greektown, though, DJ, CB, Logan and I went out for Puerto Rican food. The plan had actually been to go to Hot Doug's, which had just announced that they'd be closing in the fall. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Boots in the Oven
Oh my glarb, you guys, we've been so sick here! The Mother of All Colds set up residence in Logan's lungs, and then jumped to mine after a week. Lo, the house has echoed these many days with the racking coughs of an unhappy couple. Basically, it's been disgusting here for, like, three weeks, and we are SO ready to be DONE. A couple of weekends ago, we were really feeling something comforting. And the dish we find most comforting on the weekends is Hot Breads' pesarattu upma. Hot Bread's version is a dosa, or Indian crepe, made from a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Boots in the Oven
Family and friends said goodbye to our cousin Liz today in Tallahassee, Florida. Liz was the wife of Logan's cousin, Dusty. She was born and raised in Chicagoland (like me), moved to the South for college (like me), met a charismatic Southern man (like me), and decided to remain in the South (like me). They were married in 2004 (like us). They had two completely charming little blonde daughters, and Liz went back to graduate school. Logan and I were only lucky enough to meet Liz a few times, at family gatherings, but she was always so kind and sweet,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at Boots in the Oven
Thanks, Kristi! (I don't know what happened with the google plus login, but I will assume it's Typepad's fault, the goobers.) NINE YEARS. It's kind of hard to believe! Of course, the first year and the last year were both pretty quiet, so maybe I can only really lay claim to 7 years. :-) I'd highly recommend La Petite Grocery! But, as you know, there are so! many! wonderful places to eat in New Orleans! It's always hard to choose.
When we were in Louisiana in December, it was actually COLD. This was refreshing, as some holiday seasons it's downright balmy there, which makes it difficult to sit in front of the fireplace enjoying a nice hot cup of cocoa. (PITY US.) A couple of nights before Christmas, we all bundled up in our warm clothes and hopped in the car to check out Celebration in the Oaks. Celebration in the Oaks is a yearly lights festival that takes up acres and acres of City Park. Logan and I had never been before and were super excited to take in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Boots in the Oven
AJ, they were SO GOOD. Cooking project? What does crab run in upstate New York, I wonder?
I've been feeling a lot of tugging lately. This blog is still evolving, in my mind if not on the electronic page, and I'm just not sure which way I'll go with it! Anyway, for now, perhaps I'll keep it up with occasional restaurant and travel chat. I guess we'll find if it's possible for me to separate the personal on my other little blog from... whatever Boots is? (probably not, if the way this post is going is any indication.) We were in Mandeville for Christmas. Logan and I were lucky to have both a night down in New... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Boots in the Oven
Hey, Kristi! I'd say it's worth a try. I think it would be a nice happy hour option, or a place to go with a group of friends. I'm curious what you think!
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2013 on Salty Sow, Austin TX at Boots in the Oven
We haven't been eating out much lately, due partly to the holiday money crunch and partly to the Logan working time crunch. When we do go out, there's a bit of a push and pull between going back to places we know and love (Bufalina, Barlata, Maudie's, Ramen Tatsu-ya) and trying somewhere new. Who wants to spend hard-earned dollars and hard-won free time eating a meal that isn't all that fun or delicious? We ended up at Salty Sow last week. Foursquare informs me that we'd been there once before, about a year ago. I remember a reasonably priced, heaving... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at Boots in the Oven
Man, I WISH. I'm sure there are festivals dedicated to this most pillowy and delectable of Italian potato dumplings, but I haven't yet been to one. Luckily, I have a husband who occasionally indulges his love of the gnocchi (singular gnoccho), and last week was one of those times. We had gnocchi TWICE, guys. TWO TIMES. DUE VOLTE. DOS VECES, seriously. This is freshly made, with a tomatoey cream sauce. aHOOOga, amirite? Logan's refined his gnocchi recipe over the years. I'm not the recipe master Logan is, but I can give you a rough outline of what he did. He... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at Boots in the Oven
We had a pretty ridiculous weekend. Things got off to a bang with a sushi blowout, continued with an art crawl, and ended up with a trip to the races! The Formula One races in Austin, that is! First, though, sushi. I took too many pictures to relegate this to my journal-blog, which you'll find over here. (It's called Classy Otter because reasons.) These pics are all taken with my new phone, so YAY 5s! We hadn't been to Tomo in a while, and I'm not sure why. They just keep on turning out amazing, fresh sushi up on Parmer,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Boots in the Oven
Our October was both. Well, mostly weddings, which I did mention in this last post. We went to two, both in the DC area, both with particular costumes. My cousin's bunny slippers are the best. Well, perhaps they have some competition from my grandmother's Mardi Gras mask? First wedding: DC, Capitol views. (Also the best picture Logan's gotten of me in a while. Thanks, bear!) Parts of my dad's side of the family posing in the Metro. Second wedding: Rehoboth Beach, complete with crabs, and we were just in time for the Sea Witch festival. This meant lots of adorable... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Boots in the Oven
Oh good! I hope you find it useful - I know things change in China with a quickness!
Thanks, Jeanne! All of our images are actually hosted on Flickr, so hopefully that wouldn't make as big a difference. Part of the problem is that I'm just not sure what I want to write about any more! Perhaps a change of scenery would help...
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2013 on Struggle in a minor key at Boots in the Oven
Thanks, Kristi! I just registered a wordpress blog, and I started a Sett blog yesterday (though I don't think I'll be sticking with them... things are a bit clunky over there for my taste). Also, it's been way too long since we've gotten together! Let's do a happy hour sometime soon, k?
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2013 on Struggle in a minor key at Boots in the Oven
We were there on Thursday the 10th! Is was really wonderful, wasn't it?
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2013 on Struggle in a minor key at Boots in the Oven
Sigh. Yeah, the blog has been just about defunct lately. It just hasn't felt like home to me, anymore, and I can't help but feel that the person I am now is very different than the person who started Boots in the Oven back in 2005. I'm not sure what direction to go in, but I know I want to keep blogging. Perhaps a shift to a lighter (and less weighted down with history) wordpress site? I know Tumblr isn't enough for me, though the blog we keep there is a nice diversion. What to do? Perhaps just a little... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at Boots in the Oven
Huh. And here we liked Bogota (besides the tear-gassing on May 1). The market was amazing, the squares were gorgeous, and the people we ran into were really nice. Instead of jumping on us, you could maybe suggest other places you think visitors to your city would enjoy more? Just a thought.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2013 on Bogota- A Quick Rundown at Boots in the Oven
And the Oxheart pics are up on Flickr! I'm going to get to work tomorrow. (Cracks knuckles)
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2013 on Houston at the last minute at Boots in the Oven
Hey, are you following me on Instagram? Because I post there as bootsintheoven, shock. And here's proof, from an impromptu trip to Houston the weekend before last! Houston has one of our favorite museums, the Menil Collection, which does not allow photography inside. Sigh. But they have pretty tree-lined walkways. And really nice guys working a PB&J truck. Did you know that half a PB&J, on wheat bread, with apple slices, spicy peanut butter, and strawberry jelly makes a delicous, nutritious snack that will keep you going for hours? Monster PB&J truck knows. They'll even make you THAT VERY SANDWICH... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at Boots in the Oven
Lenoir, you little jewel-box of a restaurant... you precious salon. Thank you to you and your chef, Todd Duplechan, and your on-point waitstaff (Hi, Melinda) for making my birthday so wonderful. Lenoir is pretty terrific, guys. They have a prix-fixe menu, where you can choose three courses for $38. Considering that most of the items are local and everything is so carefully considered and prepared, this is a screaming, honking deal. I don't know how it's possible that we'd missed going here for so long. Reservations are an absolute necessity because did I mention, tiny? The six of us took... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Boots in the Oven
Life goes on! Obladee, obladaa, et cetera. Logan's working, I'm working (well, actually, strike that - I'm temporarily unemployed as of this morning, hooray end-of-project!), the cats are freeloading, and we've mostly been good little homebodies. What else is up? Well, we clearly have not been feeding and watering this here blog. It took us a bit of time after we got back from the trip to start hitting Austin's terrific array of farmers' markets (farmer's markets?). I like my litte Wednesday afternoon operation at the Triangle, which is usually nicely uncrowded and a perfect size, but a few weeks... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Boots in the Oven
Very cool, Pete! I'd love to try Golden Wok out. I used to work right behind there years ago but never made it! I'm also VERY curious about Llama's... Rachel
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2013 on Comida Limeña at Boots in the Oven