Things to do in Buenos Aires

December 26th, 2007 No comments

With our four-year anniversary this week, Suzanne and I were thinking back to our wedding and honeymoon. Also, a number of friends of ours have visited Buenos Aires over the years, so we thought we would take a little time to note some of our favorite attractions.

Follows is a brief list if some shopping and dining recommendations from memory. I will add more when I get a chance to find our old guidebooks to figure out other off the beaten path suggestions. Read more…

Categories: General, Travel Tags:

Ye Olde Trail Tavern

December 19th, 2007 No comments

Our last full day in Yellow Springs, we met up with Ty and Melanie, friends of ours from Carrboro, now living in California. We last saw them at their home in California in the Spring, and would probably not have seen them again for some time, except they were visiting with Ty’s family in Sydney, Ohio for the holidays. We caught up while walking around Yellow Springs, and investigating the shops, including two artists co-operatives (Yellow Springs Pottery and The Village Artisans Gallery), where we made some purchases.

When it came time for lunch, we decided to try someplace new (for us), and decided to eat at Ye Olde Trail Tavern. Selecting the Tavern as someplace “new” proved to be ironic, since the restaurant occupies the oldest building in Yellow Springs (constructed in 1844), and is believed to be the second oldest existing tavern in Ohio. Read more…

Categories: Dining, General Tags:

The Winds Cafe

December 18th, 2007 No comments

Family obligations bring us to central Ohio every year or two, and this time finds us in Yellow Springs for a Chasens family reunion of sorts. Yellow Springs is a small, progressive town, though progressive is probably an understatement, as Yellow Springs makes Carrboro look conservative. The town is probably best known for Antioch College, and famous resident Dave Chapelle. Suzanne, her brother Isaac, and I have a new favorite game, spot Dave Chapelle when we are downtown (I won yesterday with two sightings).

When in Yellow Springs, probably the nicest faire can be found at the Winds Cafe. To celebrate Suzanne’s grandmother’s ninetieth birthday, we took everyone out for a nice meal at this town landmark. Read more…

Categories: Dining, General Tags:

Suzanne’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert

November 25th, 2007 No comments

While pumpkin pie is the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, I also like to bake fudge pecan pie each year. This is my mom’s recipe and it always gets rave reviews:

Eileen’s Fudge Pecan Pie

1 frozen deep dish pie crust
1 stick butter
3 Tbs cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot water
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/8 Tsp salt
1 Tsp vanilla extract
1 can evaporated milk (5.3 oz)
1 cup pecan halves
Whipped cream

Take pie crust out of freezer. Preheat oven and an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet to 350 degrees F. In medium saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa, stir until dissolved, add hot water and stir with whisk. Blend in sugar, flour, salt, vanilla, and evaporated milk. Stir in pecans and pour into pie crust. Bake on preheated cookie sheet for 50 minutes or until custard sets. Serve with whipped cream.

Categories: General Tags:

All about the cranberries

November 22nd, 2007 No comments

While it may be odd, my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal are the cranberries. No, not the Irish alternative rock band that rose to mainstream popularity in the 1990s, nor the canned gelatinous cylinder that can be sliced into rubbery disks. I am talking about something prepared from fresh cranberries, or at least as close as I can get in the supermarket produce section.

Since Suzanne and I started hosting family Thanksgiving, I have chosen the cranberry preparation as my contribution, and not just because it is my favorite part, but because it is the easiest. I just finished making three different batches of cranberry condiments in under an hour, including my prep and cleanup time. Now just try to accomplish that for a turkey. Read more…

Categories: General Tags: