Some delightful Middle Eastern cookbooks and food blogs

We've gone out to eat at Lebanese restaurants in Jacksonville so often recently and enjoyed it so much that I ordered several cookbooks in an attempt to replicate the experience. I love the history of all of the civilizations surrounding the Mediterranean, and their food is a living history of sorts. It has also been … Continue reading Some delightful Middle Eastern cookbooks and food blogs

Americans have made avocados the new cash crop for Mexico’s drug cartels

I have been loosely following the kidnapping of the well-known Mexican conservationist Homero Gómez González, who has made it his pet cause to protect the habitat of monarch butterflies who migrate to Mexico annually. Left-leaning American news media like NPR have made it sound as if he was likely murdered by one of Mexico's cartels … Continue reading Americans have made avocados the new cash crop for Mexico’s drug cartels

Veal brains and the used bookstore of my dreams in Jacksonville

Our family had a most interesting day today. This was completely unintentional, as I had planned to spend the day painting our kitchen and breakfast nook. We woke up and hurried to get ready for our local library's book sale. I had heard wonderful things about all of the books they have available each year, … Continue reading Veal brains and the used bookstore of my dreams in Jacksonville

Absinthe, early auto racing, and John D. Rockefeller’s house

Our family loves serendipity, and today was quite full of it. We had to drive down to Ormond Beach this morning to check out a posh place for boarding dogs. We are planning to drive down to Fort Lauderdale for the International Boat Show later this month (a weekend full of yachts!) and we can't … Continue reading Absinthe, early auto racing, and John D. Rockefeller’s house

Karate, curry, and hunting for Neptune (maybe)

We are finally back into our "normal" routine. For most of the time we've lived in Florida, Elise has done two extracurricular activities: hunter-jumper horseback riding (with endless riding camps) and piano. About a month ago, she asked us if she could quit piano (or at least put it on hold) to take up karate. … Continue reading Karate, curry, and hunting for Neptune (maybe)