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27 April 2011
Eponymous dining in Philly

Earlier this month we spent a quick weekend in the City of Brotherly Love, and got to check out two fantastic restaurants in South Philly:

bitters at Fish

1708 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Fish serves up amazing seafood (I know, shocking!) in a cozy neighborhood setting. We ate at the bar and had some of the freshest mussels I've ever tasted, awesome octopus, and halibut to die for. Plus anyplace that has such an extensive selection of bitters is all good in my book. Even more exciting, the wine list included a bottle of Verdicchio from Jesi. It wasn't from one of the wineries we'd visited, but of course we had to give it a try, and had a fun conversation with the sommalier about agriturismos and lesser-known Italian varietals.

pigging out at Cochon

801 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Our truth-in-naming tour continued the next night with a visit to Cochon, which specializes in -- you guessed it -- all things piggy! And pig out we did. I channeled my inner Tony Bourdain and ordered the pork trio, figuring this was a rare chance to try grilled cheek (along with some scrumptious sausage and braised bacon). Om nom nom! Cochon is one of many BYOB restaurants in Philly, where bizarre liquor laws make it easier for eateries to thrive when patrons bring their own booze. Just be sure to stock up before you cross the PA state line, as wine can only be purchased at state stores and from what I understand the selection tends to be less than stellar.

I highly recommend both of these restaurants as a way to sample the best of Philly's burgeoning foodie scene.

Hop on over to Wanderlust & Lipstick's WanderFood Wednesday for more mouth-watering travel foodie posts.

* Up to the challenge - winetasting in Jesi
* Fish
* Cochon

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16 April 2011

magnolia + pollen

The magnolia tree in our front yard is astonishingly beautiful each spring, replete with fluffy pink petals that exude springy cheer. But, alas, springtime in DC is a double-edged sword, as allergy sufferers know. And the other day I came face to face with what's been causing itchy eyes and runny noses for me and many others this season. Just look at that nasty pollen, just waiting to fly out and prickle up my sinuses! Mother Nature is such a bitch sometimes. :)

magnolia in full bloom

Fortunately, recent thunderstorms have blown most of the flowers off our trees, and we're back to good old green leafy goodness. It was fun while it lasted, sneezes and all.

(Yes, I'm a day late for Photo Friday, but go check out Delicious Baby's weekly carnival of photo goodness anyway!)

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13 April 2011
Meet, Plan, Go! ...it's baaaaaaack!
Ready to realize your travel dreams? Stop dreaming and start packing!

Meet, Plan, Go!

I'm thrilled to announce that once again I'll be hosting the DC location of Meet, Plan, Go! We had so much fun last year that we're coming back, bigger and better than ever.

On October 18, 2011, dreamers and experienced travel veterans alike will gather in 17 cities across North America to learn more about career breaks and extended travel. The idea is to:

* MEET inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers in your area.
* Get motivation, contacts and resources necessary to PLAN the trip of a lifetime.
* And start taking concrete steps forward to get ready to GO!

Wish You Were Here? Meet, Plan, Go! Oc 18, 2011

I'll admit it, I love it when travelers get together to swap stories. It's exhilarating and motivating, and it's the main reason I help organize monthly #DCTravelTweetup events and try to attend TBEX each year. Travelers have an infectious enthusiasm and we love to share tips on how to get the best deals, give advice on finding the best-kept secret spots, and inspire others to get out and go.

But what do you do with all that excitement when you're not sure how to make your travel dreams a reality?

If you've been bitten by the travel bug but remain in a state of overwhelm about how to make it happen, do we have the event for you. It doesn't matter whether you want to ditch it all and become a digital nomad, take a career sabbatical to recharge your batteries, or just find a way to work more travel into your existing lifestyle. You'll get valuable advice at Meet, Plan, Go! At every event will be individuals who have fulfilled their own dreams of traveling around the world, or are currently in the planning stages. Their real-life stories include an understanding of the unique challenges that all long-term travelers must overcome in order to claim their freedom on the road. They want to share their experiences and inspire you to live your dream.

MPG DC 2010 panel
last year's dynamic DC panel

Meet, Plan, Go! is happening simultaneously in 17 locations, so if you can't make it to DC there might be another one somewhere near you. Each city's host brings their own flavor and experiences to the event. I really enjoyed the opportunity to work with this wonderful group of people last year, and look forward to adding some new Kickass Hosts to the group. Get to know the fabulous folks who will be hosting in 2011.

OK, are you jazzed?? So now what?

Online registration will be available in the coming months, but in the meantime stay updated on the latest happenings by following MPG on Facebook and signing up for the Career Break newsletter. In the Twitterverse, follow @CareerBreakHQs and brand-new @MeetPlanGo and watch the hashtag #meetplango.


* a recap of last year's DC event
* New York Times article about Meet, Plan, Go!
* follow Meet, Plan, Go! on Facebook
* sign up for the Career Break newsletter
* meet 2011 MPG hosts


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01 April 2011
Photo Friday: hankering

oktapodi wants to learn to surf

Lately, oktapodi's had a strange craving to learn to surf, to sing along with Don Ho, to bask in some sweet beachy goodness. Could it be the cold late-Spring weather? Perhaps, but something else is afoot...

Scuba Junkies

oktapodi <3s Spring Lake

oktapodi has a hankerin...

For more fabulous travel snaps, check out DeliciousBaby's Photo Friday.

* view all oktapodi photos
* My night with oktapodi
* Showing your O face

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