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Scotland Adventures with Baby / Leek and Mushroom Soup

The Isle of Mull is a mystical place to drive through. It is on our itinerary because we have to pass through it to get to the Isle of Iona. We set out as early as possible with Llewyn (our then 5-month old) and all of our gear because we know it is going to be somewhat of a drive from our B&B. Little do we know about single-track roads and passing places and the misty fog that rolls in and obscures the view of oncoming vehicles. Many times we think we're in for a head on collision as I grip the side door (once I gripped Zak’s arm on the shift, forgetting that I was sitting on the opposite side of the car!) and hope we don't slip off of the edge of the unforgiving road with no shoulders. Too bad for Zak: he isn’t able to take in the views because of his constant attention to the road.

Italy Adventures / Basic Vegetable Stock

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Last year around this time I went on my first writing residency in Tuscany, Italy. I set out to write a personal essay on soup. What came out of it was a series of vignettes about my relationship with Zak and how soup is intimately intertwined.

Early Spring in San Diego

I spent the last week of March in San Diego. The farmers’ market in Little Italy was bustling. I was excited to discover that most of the spring fruit and vegetables that I usually wait for until May/early June were already in season and out for sale in the farmer’s stalls. I couldn’t help but indulge in some strawberries and asparagus, along with many other fruits (oranges and lemons, of course). I also discovered a mysterious fruit, the cherimoya, which I will tell you about!

A Road Trip

A Road Trip

Last month, my husband and I went on a road trip in California. It was a welcome relief from a crazy winter of study. We shifted from work mode into vacation mode quite easily, but there was another shift that we had to make.

Rather than planning our trip out day-by-day with a rental car and a new hotel each night, we decided to go California style and rent a VW camper van. This way we could stop wherever we were and not have a set itinerary.