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Super Simple Cuban Pulled Pork – Slow Cooker

This recipe is super simple and amazingly delicious.  It’s the closest thing to the lechon asado I had for new years in Miami growing up. Start with a good bone-in pork shoulder or butt with a nice layer of fat and stuff with with garlic. Sprinkle with…

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Norman & Marshall’s 8th Annual Christmas Party

Good times, great food, amazing friends!  Highlights of the party include some amusingly competitive games of pool, laughs at the fire pit walking away smelling like a fire place, amazing pulled pork, pickled onions, SPICY salsa, and chicken enchilada casserole — not to mention the…

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2013 Australia/New Zealand Cruise in Review

We had a great cruise, a full review of the Royal Caribbean Australia / New Zealand cruise itinerary will come soon… until then, here are the cruise highlights! Itinerary: Nov 19-23: Travel to Sydney, see the sights, and board the ship: Cruise Day 1 (Nov…

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Australia-New Zealand 2013 Day 2 (Opera House & Zoo Tours)

0600 Sydney Time – I called down to the front desk to inquire about having the complementary breakfast delivered (like they do in Washington D.C. for a nominal delivery charge), and was surprised to find that they only offered it in the dining room.  We…

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Australia-New Zealand 2013 Day 2 (Sydney Chopper & Scenic Lunch)

0805 Sydney Time Arrive in Sydney – We were first off the plane and made our way to the immigration and customs area. While everyone else in our party went through the express immigration line, I decided to take advantage of my Global Entry status…

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Australia-New Zealand 2013 Day 1 (Travel)

1502 CST Depart Austin – We left AUS on time on an Airbus A319…. Fortunately we were able to use our global upgrades, which afforded us guaranteed first class seats.  This was a nice reprieve from our typical wait-to-see-if-measly-1k-status got us an upgrade… We were…

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Hill Country Limmer Wine Tour – Dripping Springs Fall 2013

63.5 miles, 21 wines, 17 people, 4 wineries, 1 limmer… After months of planning, 17 happy souls hopped in an 18 passenger Limmer (Limo + Hummer = Limmer) and ventured into the Texas Hill Country to sample some of the finest wines around! We started with…

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Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Soup with Kelp Noodles (Paleo)

Norman was craving Thai food and I was creeping around Huffingtonpost.com looking at the Food section and came across a slow cooker recipe for this soup…it was pretty simple, we didn’t have a lot of time to cook, and I decided to take my ow…

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Spicy Lavender Lemonade

A little late for summer, but this drink packs a satisfying punch and makes great use of my peppered lavender infused agave. Mix 1 part fresh squeezed lemon juice with 1/2 part peppered lavender infused agave and 2 parts grape-based vodka like Ciroc or Cooranbong. Shake well and strain…

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Spicy Lemon Cauliflower “Rice”

It took a while for me to get this one right… I really enjoyed some lemon rice a coworker brought me a while back.  His wife, who just came to the states from India made some lemon rice that was satisfyingly spicy and tangy at the…

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