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Drink Local: Mt. Hood Pint Glasses From North Drinkware

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Mt. Hood Pint Glass by North Drinkware

If you like to drink local, then put your money where your mouth is and check out North Drinkware. They’re making handcrafted, Made in USA, pint glasses with Mt. Hood in the bottom. The result is stunning.

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March 4, 2015 at 11:14

​Coffee: Six Degrees of Caffeination – A Beautiful Video About Our Favorite Drink

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Loving this video by Swallow Magazine founder James Casey.

Via: Nowness

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February 27, 2015 at 14:55

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How to Make Dried Apples

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How to Make Dried Apples, photo by Anna Brones

In an attempt to eat more local, I have been trying to find things in my regular baking and cooking repertoire that I can switch out for alternatives that come from closer to home. Dried fruit is something that I use a lot of, and this week I experimented with drying my own apples. Turns out it’s super simple, and the footprint of these apples is a whole lot less than figs, apricots and dates that come from much farther away.

You use the same method you do for drying citrus peels – an hour or two in the oven at low heat (I did them at200°F (95°C)) – and you end up with tasty dried apples that are good on their own, or in baked goods. The full explanation is over on Foodie Underground.

Next on the to do list: drying pears.

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February 27, 2015 at 09:32

Vintage Siphon Coffee Ads

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Vintage Siphon Coffee Ad

I had a fun time researching this week’s The Kitchn coffee column, all about siphon coffee.

My favorite part is how popular siphon coffee brewers were during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and how many vintage ads for them you can still find.

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February 26, 2015 at 12:05

Ever Felt Like This Ordering Your Coffee?

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The specialty coffee industry can get a lot of flak for the intensity that it puts into making a good cup. But just like many things that we consume which take time to make – wine, beer, cheese, etc. – there will always be passionate people behind them, and we should have respect for that. You can geek out on anything after all. But that doesn’t mean you can’t poke fun sometimes.

This video that Everything But the News from PBS Digital Studios did is hilarious. I think we can all find some humor in it.

Enjoy!

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February 25, 2015 at 10:11

Happy Chinese New Year, From Paris

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Happy Chinese New Year, From Paris photo by Anna Brones

Paris is a postcard city.

Even if you have never been to Paris, you have a vision of what the streets and people look like. From books and movies, you have garnered what the ambience in a bistro must feel like. From paintings you know that there are cobblestones. From history class you probably know a thing or two about the Bastille and maybe even the Eiffel Tower.

Happy Chinese New Year, From Paris photo by Anna Brones

There are so many people that never come to Paris, and yet they have a view of it etched into their minds.

But while Paris is beautiful, romantic and all those other things you always want it to be, it’s also much more than that. In fact, it is so often completely different than the postcard view.

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February 23, 2015 at 19:01

Traveling on The Ghan: Australia’s Transcontinental Railway

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Traveling on The Ghan: Australia's Transcontinental Train  photo by Anna Brones

Last fall I spent a couple of months in Australia, and while I have had great intentions of sharing some photos from that trip, this has yet to happen. In the meantime though, I am excited about a piece I wrote for Roads & Kingdoms about taking The Ghan, a train that goes all the ay from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south, crossing through Australia’s Red Centre.

The Ghan is anything but fast. With an average speed of about 53 miles per hour, this is the definition of slow travel, but the train’s snail’s pace is perfect for taking in the desolate, unforgettable landscape outside the window: dusty red ground and dry desert foliage well adapted to the arid environment. We pass a pile of old timber, what looks to be a former cattle loading area. The pieces of wood are dark with age, left to bake under the Australian sun.

Read the whole article here. And check out some of my photos from the trip below.

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February 18, 2015 at 07:19

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