Category: USA

Stopping at home, en route to our final destination.

home 2016

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Just FYI: Since we’re still overseas, a comprehensive Punta Cana post will follow in mid January when we get back to France.  🙂

Geneva, Switzerland

The original Café de Paris butter

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Post Izumi Lunch Fade

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MO Bar @ Mandarin Oriental

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Turin, Italy


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MiaGola (CAT!) Caffè
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Lyon, France

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Les Fleurs du Malt

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Cassoulet of Snails

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Sardinia, Italy

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Dubai, UAE

World’s Most Expensive Shake Shack


Bangalore, India

moo. . .

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Even More Gulab Jamun!

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Girona, Spain

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Pardon My French (followed by late night Sunny & Annie’s!)

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Everything Bagel @ Tompkins Square Bagels

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Leftover Dan Dan Noodles from Han Dynasty

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Artichoke Basille’s

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Frankfurt, Germany

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


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Don’t you just love it when your website host does a database server upgrade while you’re overseas with access only on mobile devices? We’re back online, but we need to check on a few components along the way.

If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, we at least hope you had a good Xmas!

A week in Tennessee.  A week in Rochester.  A week in NYC.  Ten days back in France.  And back to NYC. . .for 52 hours.

This week, a group of us from various Xerox outposts attended the Intelligent Assistants Conference (IAC 2015). Thanks to Lufthansa, I unfortunately missed the cocktail reception in the Extreme Wow Suite on the rooftop of the W New York Hotel where I was staying.

This slight was made up for the next morning when I stumbled upon a hidden Aussie enclave in the basement of an office building: Bluestone Lane, and by stumbled upon I mean Amanda texting to say, “you know there’s an Aussie coffee place on 3rd.”  🙂

Australian staff.  Australian customers.  Awesome coffee.  A taste of one of the things we miss most about Straya.

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As I turn 38, let me bring you some selected highlights of our birthday bar crawls with friends in NYC last week. Health note – this was not all in one day.  🙂

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Empellón Al Pastor – starting sensibly with awesome tacos

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Drop Off Service

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The Bao

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Alphabet City Beer Co.

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Ace Bar – my first ever game of skeeball!

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Upstate- Craft Beer & Oyster Bar– best happy hour in Manhattan?

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Good Beer NYC

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Proletariat – an incredibly well put together beer list full of rare, interesting and (best of all) great beers and ciders.

And a special thanks to my Precious for getting in touch with people and planning such an awesome surprise to make me feel special for my birthday!

Brunch Cocktail

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Selection of Complimentary Starters with Warm Pitas

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Alphabet City Benedict

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I’m a sucker for a good shakshuka, and the food at Timna is delicious.  Plus, it makes a nice change from the usual Cafe Mogador brunch, located just a few doors up.

Cereal milk soft serve, crack pie & lobster rolls for everyone!  🙂




We often get soda type mixers at our local American, British, Canadian store- L’épicerie de Maud (providers of the poutine ingredients for our Eurovision party as well).  While perusing recently, I suddenly realised that I’d never had birch beer, so I looked it up.

I came across this post that said, “Birch beer tastes like Pennsylvania.”  I’ve never eaten Pennsylvania before, but I have eaten donkey in China, and this couldn’t be any worse.  After a quick search for Birch Beer Cocktails, I found this one, so here you have our very first:

Birch Beer & Bourbon

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Very tasty indeed!

We’re here again in DTW, awaiting our flight back to France and all things froggy.  We really did consider other options this time: leave the airport and spend the day in Ferndale, go to a day spa, get a hotel room for the day, but when we checked the forecast this morning and saw cold and snow, we decided to sit in a cozy lounge and catch up on some reading.

Although we’ve lost so much faith in being Delta medallion members this past year that we’re planning on switching our allegience to Air France/KLM for the foreseeable future, at least they’ve improved the food.

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Back to my book.  🙂