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just a little khao tom

It's been months since I've been back in the States but despite abundant work, house projects, family, and training the pony, Thailand is still on my brain.  Since getting back, I've closed one escrow, opened two others and am now close to another. Where I wish I was: I also managed to watch my oldest niece perform in her last season of Color Guard. She's graduating this year and I cannot believe it! Although she towers over me at this...

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just a little piece of Thailand

The significant lover and I were lucky enough to not only be awake for midnight on New Year's but to be celebrating in Thailand with two of our loveliest friends. Needless to say, we gathered plenty of stories from our day spent with elephants at Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai to toasting on top of one of Bangkok's rooftop bars. There are lots to share but I wanted to start by giving you my favorite takeaways from our trip: Don't...

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just a little top 10 tricks learned from SDBWFF

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival comes once a year and just in time to stretch out our bellies before the Thanksgiving holiday.  This year SDBWFF teamed up with SommCon to educate industry professionals and serious wine enthusiasts about the trends, technology, and science behind the beloved libation.  Needless to say, I was in my element at both events and couldn't wait to share the top ten tricks and facts that I learned this year.  I had the...

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just a little excitement over the upcoming SommCon @SDBWFF

Next weekend is my third romance with the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival.   This time of year I feel...I feel...what's the word for patriotism for one's city?  Civicism?  Well, that's how I feel.  And this year, perhaps because third time is a charm, the SDBWFF has collaborated to align its annual event along with SommCon, which promotes, distills, and elaborates on the business of wine.  I'm drooling.  I'm drooling triple because this time around, I'm representing my dear...

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just a little in my kitchen this November

October proved to be chaotic if not downright stressful.  I'm hoping that the faint glimmer of sunlight that I see isn't a mirage and that we'll soon be through it.  When it comes down to it, the sum of the positives outweigh the negatives right now but I have a nasty way of remembering less-proud moments when I'm going through this cycle.  As far back as an ignorant and angry comment made in high school to as recent as a...

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