Category Archives: On Living

Catherine’s Step-by-Step Successful Summer Grill Guide (Ode to the Romesco)

Want vegan, gluten-free, all-grilled dinner fare? New to the grilling scene?  Read me! I love romesco. It’s that simple. I’ve blabbed about this love once on this blog already, but I thought I’d expand on that slightly with some critical advice, not only how to make it, but how to make it via a backyard gas-free [...]

The Beginning of the End – PDX > SF

(Blink… blink… blink, goes my cursor) See, I don’t even know how to really start this. And actually, I barely did. After writing that pathetic first sentence, I closed the computer. That was last night. How do you wrap up years upon years of good and bad times – major struggles, some victories, your favorites, [...]

Juice Cleanse: Three Day Report

Cleanse day one: Let’s start with the ‘why.’ Why am I opting to make my life a lot more challenging by going on a three-day juice/smoothie cleanse? Let’s just review the past 24 hours: I ate a doughnut, orange puff, egg sandwich, double ice cream cone, lychee daiquiri and three whiskey ginger ales. And that [...]

Winter Runaway Tour: Bend, Cape Coral, Savannah

This winter, my partner and I were found exploring three new cities of which I was unfamiliar: Bend, Oregon; Cape Coral, Florida; and Savannah, Georgia. The statistics are: 17 days, 8 planes, 2 bed and breakfasts, 1 hotel, 1 kayak, 1 pair of snowshoes, 1 house of my girlfriend’s mother, lots of Starbucks and lots [...]

How Lady Gaga Kept Me (Mentally) on the Grid

Author note: I know I usually write about food topics, but as my tagline above reads “critical thoughts on here, now, eating and drinking,” well, I’ve allowed myself a little bit of wiggle room to stretch out my writing topics beyond the hottie foodie things. This here essay is an example of the “here and [...]

Finding the Fun in Fungus

Yesterday was an anomaly. Here’s why: I was successful at something without having to try that hard. That can only lead me to believe that chanterelle mushroom picking is insanely easy. My girlfriend had been talking up this field trip for a while and I was very hesitant for two reasons – 1) I was [...]

Dear gum, I love you.

I just unwrapped the thin plastic film protecting my constant companion from intruders: The Orbit Big Pak, boasting 35 pieces of powdered, chewy, minty sticks of bliss. Yes, I’m talking about my three-letter rock: gum. Gum and I go way back, back to the days of my girlhood. “Pass me a piece of gum, will [...]

Travelouge: Zihuatanejo

Consider yourself warned. This is my longest blog post to date. Just in case you haven’t gotten enough media coverage about my adventure to Zihuatanejo, Mexico that I took back in March, here’s the epic tale in its entirety. Enjoy. * * * * * * * * * * one: On plane It’s interesting [...]

Words of Yesteryear and Now

Although 2008 is officially behind us, I’d like to select a few of my fav. lexicons of the year, and invite them to stick around in 2009. 1) Boutique (adj) Definition: Unique, exquisite, specialty, limited Example: Hilton is now attempting to open their very own boutique hotels. Analysis: I don’t think we’re done with this [...]

Ready, Set, Nov. 4

I feel like I’m swimming in important and anxious dates. The holidays are officially underway, not to mention my school deadlines. But this post is about voting. It’s about voting, without talking about politics. Even though we’ve been absolutely soiled to the gills in election coverage, I still wanted to make sure and make my [...]