Taste Your Way Through Tasmania
Australia / Consume and Quaff / Thirsty Thursday / Travel

Taste Your Way Through Tasmania

Though craft beer has been booming on mainland Australia, it’s been moving a bit more slowly on Tasmania. However, the industry is gaining speed and there are several great options for craft beer lovers to explore on this wild island. Continue reading

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Get Over the Polar Vortex and Get Beach Ready
Travel / United States

Get Over the Polar Vortex and Get Beach Ready

A friend who lives in Connecticut called me last week. Apparently the polar vortex and all of the crazy weather that has been affecting the country got to be a bit too much for her.

“I need a beach–somewhere warm, not too far from an airport. I need to get out of here,” she said.

She’s not the only one who has been feeling this way. From tweets to Facebook posts to conversations that I’ve had with friends living from Colorado to Atlanta to New Hampshire, everyone’s a bit over the cold and ready for the beach. Continue reading

Anatomy of a Southern Funeral
Random / Travel / United States

Anatomy of a Southern Funeral

I don’t like funerals. I don’t look at open caskets. I’m not one for platitudes or pats on the shoulder or being told that God just needed another angel to heaven. It’s a nice thought, but I’m not quite sure that God was putting together a foursome and thought of Papa. Who knows—maybe that’s exactly what happened.

But I do love the civilities of being Southern and the rituals of a Southern funeral. This is not to say that a Northern funeral is not as nice. I’m sure it is. But I remember attending the funeral in high school when my Northern grandmother died. It wasn’t the same. Continue reading

Traveling for Taverns Guest Post: Forget Brennivin, Pass Me a Beer
Consume and Quaff / Iceland / Travel

Traveling for Taverns Guest Post: Forget Brennivin, Pass Me a Beer

Prohibition started in 1920 and ended in the United States on this day in 1933. Prohibition in Iceland went into effect in 1915 and lasted, to some extent, until March 1, 1989 (since celebrated as “Beer Day”). That’s quite a long time without a cold one to end the day. Luckily, Icelanders have embraced beer and its quickly becoming the … Continue reading