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Some Random Thoughts About Cheltenham

The last time I was in Cheltenham was, I believe, December 2008 – and it was a dismal time. Businesses were going out of business and High Street was depressing. From my perspective, at the time, Britain seemed less outrageously expensive than normal and I ended up buying a lot of stuff.

This time British […]

Friday Night, at home.

Federweißer with pizza fixings in the background.

Before going into the oven. I forgot to take the baked picture…

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I was poisoned! And it was probably my own damned fault.

It’s funny how sometimes your body knows that something is wrong—like mine last night.

After eating an early dinner (following a late breakfast), which consisted of an artichoke, some instant mashed potatoes, and a serving of fruit sorbet, my body said, “Time to go to bed!”

So I went – deciding along the way to […]

Salzburg Essen

With 3.5 days in Salzburg, eating was bound to happen.

I stayed in a 4 star hotel, but with a discount rate that did not include breakfast – so all meals were out and about.

There were several notable restaurants.

The person I was with wanted to, quite specifically, eat at St. Peter Stiftskeller. The […]

There are three ways, dammit!

Yesterday I had a meeting with somebody and I brought with me a bar of chocolate for him.

He didn’t want it, explaining that he didn’t want to gain weight, then reluctantly accepted it, and then demanded I share it.

I didn’t want to share because after the meeting I was going to the gym, […]

Baking Sugar Cookies!

After one of my colleagues did me a favor, I offered to bring her a bottle of wine, or something.

She rejected my offer and said, “I want Christmas cookies!”

So I thought, “sure, why not?”

I was going to make cutout cookies, but given how much work I’ve had to accomplish this weekend, I […]

This sign does not mean what it says.

…but what does it really mean?

Cake and Wine for Koko the Birthday Girl

I spent my final weekend away on this trip visiting Koko and Boy, my two friends who have changed Indiana-no-place into Indianapolis with a nice home overlooking a small lake, a beautiful kitchen, and excellent conversation.

Although her birthday was Thursday, he big celebration was held Friday evening, when I showed up. I brought with […]

Guess what I saw today…

I had lunch with a couple of my excellent colleagues today. We’d left the office for a nearby Chinese restaurant that has pretty good food at reasonable prices.

After eating I leaned back and looked up at the ceiling where I saw something that caught me off guard.

Clearly I saw something there that […]

Sugar Shock: Coca-Cola Cake

All Germans who ate my Coca-Cola Cake agreed: it’s very very sweet. And very American.

Coca-Cola Cake

Preheat oven to 350F/175C (while heating toast 1 cup (0.24l) chopped pecans in oven for Coca-Cola Icing, see below)

Combine: 1 cup (225g) butter, 2 cups (220g) flour, 3/4ths cup (170g) sugar, 3 TBS Cocoa, 1 TSP Buttermilk, […]