Book Update

file name crimson sofa

“Can’t wait till your book comes out!” “Let me know when your book is out!” “Hey, when’s your book coming out?” This post is for all my friends and acquaintances and great people I met while I was traveling, to answer their ever-optimistic questions. First, the book (working title: The Crimson Sofa) is now scheduled …

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Kitchen PSA: Cast Iron Care


We deviate slightly from this blog’s travel mission to deliver an essential message for home: Cast-iron pans are cheap, sturdy, non-stick, and incredibly easy to care for. I have to say it, because people seem to have the wrong idea about cast iron–that it’s somehow a finicky, fragile thing that needs special care. And this …

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Addis Ababa Food Tour with Addis Eats

These guys are in the restaurant, in view of everyone. They're also sort of hammy, and loved having their picture taken.

Did I mention they eat Ethiopian food in Ethiopia? I mean, of all the crazy things! This only struck me as remarkable, I suppose, because the Ethiopian restaurants I’ve been to all have very much the same aesthetic and presentation and menu. So I assumed they were presenting a semifictional version of Ethiopia, the way …

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