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From Bangkok to Phuket – A Culinary Journey through Thailand

This year’s food party took us form Bangkok to Phuket – A Culinary Journey through Thailand! We had so much amazing food, the hardest part was picking the winners: [Most Creative] Michelle & I Thaied in first place!  Michelle made “Fun Thai Me” pizza –…

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Paleo “Pasta” Sauce with Zucchini Noodles

This recipe has become almost a weekly staple in my house.  Carol gave it to me and has graciously allowed me to share it! >>Thanks Carol!<< It makes a LOT of sauce, so I’m able to freeze quite a bit, and it heats up quickly…

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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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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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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 Peppered Lavender Infused Agave Nectar

So I’m walking through the syrup aisle at my favorite liquor store (yes, it’s that big that it has a syrups aisle) and started to long for the fun and creative drinks I used to play with before I gave up refined sugars.  I’ve gotten…

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Weekend in Alaska

It’s that time of year again… time to make sure we get enough miles to maintain our elite status despite the apparent lack of work travel (which is mind boggling considering how much we travel for work!!) So we decided to make a quick run…

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Park Hyatt Washington, DC

I worked for many years in hospitality hotel operations for both Marriott and Hyatt. Now that my job requires me to travel, I really enjoy trying out different properties and witnessing the various levels of customer service from the “other side of the desk”. I’ve…

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