Sacramento Murals: A City’s Stunning Surfaces (Gallery)

Detail of Maverique Style House mural, I Street between 20th and 21st. Portrait by Love Ponci, other features by Meme, Reds, and Beth Emmerich

(Disclosure: I received a discount on the International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) registration fee in exchange for writing three posts about my experiences at the conference.) It was a long hot drive to Sacramento for the International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) — a searing 95 F and increasing traffic intensity as I reached the city’s outskirts. Construction and […]

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Mid-Michigan Blogging

High-wheeled bicycle on Mackinac Island

(Updated, 11/26/16: fixed broken links, deleted obsolete section about food trucks) I recently took a ten day trip to Michigan, so here’s a random round-up of some highlights. Old and New Buildings Over the last few years, “Old Town” Lansing been greatly improved with spruced-up buildings, antique shops, art galleries, dining spots, a river trail […]

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The Black Eggs of Owakudani in Japan

Hello Kitty characters help sell black eggs at Owakudani in the Hakone region of Japan

Two of the highlights of the Hakone region of Japan — an area about 1 1/2 hours south of Tokyo by train with beautiful mountains, lakes, and all sorts of attractions — are black eggs and a wooden handicraft technique called Yosegi-zaiku. The black eggs of Owakudani are chicken eggs that have been hard-boiled in […]

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