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    A Very Berry Kiwi Christmas

    The best thing I took away when I was learning how to cook like a Cambodian was a new friend: Kate. Kate’s contagious laughter and ability to make fun of herself is instantly endearing, especially at moments such as when the chef asked her if she was attempting to make chocolate cookies when hers came […]

    January 12, 2012 2 Comments Travel
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    Lady of The Rings Trilogy: Part III

    The Ride of The Ring If Queenstown is the downtown lady in the social spotlight, Glenorchy is her shyer little sister who lives upstate and keeps her secrets offline. I went to visit her for two reasons: (1) I wanted to spend a day in the sleepier, “real” New Zealand and (2) I didn’t want […]

    January 10, 2012 1 Comment Travel
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    Lady of The Rings Trilogy: Part II

    Lady of The Lake Queenstown is like the M&M’s you tediously pick out of the trail mix and save for last, being rewarded for your work and patience with a few blissful moments of the best part. And I savored her sweetness so much more after four nutty days on the Milford trail – I […]

    January 9, 2012 3 Comments Travel
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    Lady of The Rings Trilogy: Part I

    When Peter Jackson brought his crew to his native country to film the wildly successful blockbusters about Tolkien’s heroes and their omnipotent bauble, he also unlocked the beauty of New Zealand, its topographical variety and jaw-dropping scenery, to the rest of the world. Whether almost starving in the fjordlands, losing my heart to a lake […]

    January 8, 2012 8 Comments Travel