Monday, December 31, 2012

H is for: Happy New Year! {Best of 2012}

2012 was my first full year with E is for Eat...and it's been a fabulous one. There have been many highlights...but in the interest of closing the book on 2012 and looking ahead to 2013...I narrowed it down to just a few. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with me, and please have a safe and happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

G is for: Great Barrier Reef & the Whitsundays {Australia, Part III}

Australia is obviously a pretty big country (almost as big as the U.S. in fact), so there was no way we could begin to see it all in two weeks.

Aside from the days we dedicated to Sydney, the wedding, and wine country...we had time for one more stop. We narrowed our options to Melbourne or the Great Barrier Reef. Ultimately, we decided we couldn't go to Australia without visiting Queensland and seeing one of the world's seven natural wonders.

(And bonus points for those of you who noticed I jumped back to "G" for the purposes of keeping the posts chronological. ;))

Saturday, December 29, 2012

H is for: Hyams Beach, Hunter Valley & Happily Ever After {Australia, Part II}

I suppose H could also stand for: "Hitting the Open Road," or "Honk" in, that's what happend a few times when I forgot which side of the road I was supposed to be using.

Driving in a foreign country is challenging enough...but how about throwing in a steering wheel on the right side of the car and driving on the left side of the road? It's no joke. Imagine doing something one way for 17 years to a point where it's almost second nature and then force yourself to suddenly do the opposite.

My mom was brave enough to put her life in my hands as we set off for the second leg of our trip. After spending three days in Sydney navigating ferries, riding trains and walking...we were ready for a new adventure. This one took us south of Sydney to a little town called Nowra (which I had to practice several times before pronouncing it correctly in an Aussie accent..."Naaahhhh-Raaa.")

G is for: G'day Mate! {Australia, Part I: Sydney}

Seasons greetings....happy holidays...and a thousand apologies.

In the short time my blog has been in existence, this is by far the longest I have gone in between posts. More than three weeks. Almost a month. It's embarrassing.

But as excuses go, I think mine is pretty solid (other than the fact I'm using one in the first place). I was out of the country. For two weeks. And this wasn't just your run-of-the-mill jaunt to Mexico. We're talking a 14 hour flight, a 19 hour time difference...we're talking Australia.

To summarize, it was nothing short of amazing. But those who know me well know I'm horrible at summarizing. And with that...I kick off Part I of my Australian adventure.

Monday, December 3, 2012

F is for: Fernet-Branca {ice cream} with a Ginger {syrup} Back

There's a portion of you who cringed when you read the title of this post...another portion who cheered, and still others who asked, "What the heck is Fernet?"

For the uninitiated, Fernet is an Italian liquor that has so many secret herbs and spices, it would be exhausting trying to list them all. Many would describe it as a "mouthwashy" taste...and I would argue that most people hate it the first time they try it. (Ok, maybe the first five times....check out funny gifs on the experience here, or here.)

It's popular in Italy, Argentina, and...San Francisco. Go figure. In fact, 50% of the Fernet consumed in the U.S. each day is consumed in San Francisco. It actually has a really cool history in this city, dating back to the Prohibition days. I highly suggest checking out this article from SF Weekly a few years back. And while I too was among those who didn't like the taste initially, I've come to love and embrace Fernet, and it's one of my go-to drinks nowadays.

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