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Despite the fact that I just spent eleven months in Asia, I ordered Chinese food on my second day back. Because I'd spent the day at the ER and could hardly move and it was my best choice for delivery in suburbia. And because it is delicious....

My new nephew and godson, Colin, was born last August while I was in Barcelona. Which means that, when I finally met him, he was fourteen months old. Fourteen months old. I guess, to him, it didn't really matter, because he's at the age where he won't remember anything that was up over the past year anyways. And when we went out to dinner last week I was just another face who brought him a toy. But, to me, it's a little hard. Because I'm not sure if I ever will have children of my own. My nephews are all I...

Jeremy and I were watching Chopped on the Food Network. It's a show where chefs get mystery ingredients that never seem to go together and they have to create a dish with them. Heather was hungry and so she gathered up all the food we had on hand and told Jeremy it was his own version of Chopped. And so, we ended up with "meat stick omelet," which was, really, the only choice. And which was, really, much tastier than it sounds...

This was me in high school. I've been wanting to find an excuse to post that for a while, but I didn't want anyone to think I'm stuck back in 1999 or something. Because I'm not. I mean, I'm not going to say that high school were the best years of my life. Because God that would be pathetically depressing. (And, you know, because my 30s have been pretty damn amazing). But I'm not going to say that I had a miserable high school experience either. Because God that would be depressing too....

It was one of those October days where you could still eat brunch al fresco. Carrot cake pancakes, a cup of coffee with cream, and a strawberry mimosa for good measure. Where you talk girl talk and boy talk and life talk and travel talk with a friend. Where you walk home, three miles, from Division to Roscoe because it is still sort of warm in that way Chicago weather seems warm when the day before was cold. Where the sky is blue. Where the leaves are orange. Where people you pass say "hello," because that is the kind of...

On my last stint in Thailand, my last stint in Asia, before heading home after 15 months of travel abroad, I spent a month in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. And I ate. A lot. $1 in Thailand goes far, with most of my meals costing around 30 Thai Baht. I at a lot of stir-fries in Bangkok (like sweet and sour chicken and beef Lard na). I ate a lot of Khao soi, a northern Thai staple, in Chiang Mai. I ate whole fish and vegetables and tofu and pork noodles and fried morning glory and mango sticky rice at the...

I ate so much food in the Philippines in my month traveling around the country it's a wonder I still fit in my pants when I got to back to Thailand. With Chinese, Mexican, Spanish, and American influences, Filipino cuisine is richer and meatier than much of the food I ate around the rest of Asia and a far cry from Thai food and Vietnamese fare. The Filipino dishes I ate were were so rich, in fact, that one of my final meals in the country was a much-desired salad. I was lucky enough to spend my first and last few...