Lake Ouachita State Park – Arkansas

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Nature and Conservation, Parks and Recreation, States | 2 comments

Lake Ouachita State Park – Arkansas

Two of my cousins live in Oklahoma and one of them got married in May of last year. We weren’t sure if we’d have a new puppy by then or not so we figured we would go ahead and plan a road trip. And if you’re going to plan a road trip, might as well extend it to see as much along the way as you can, right?!

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Kihachi IS that Good!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Cities, Food and Drink | 0 comments

Kihachi IS that Good!

We recently had the privilege to dine at Kihachi Japanese Restaurant right here in Columbus, Ohio. If you’re a fan of Anthony Bourdain, you may have seen the episode of No Reservations where he enjoyed the omakase dinner (which does require reservations AND at least two days notice!). We did not partake in the omakase on this visit, but plan to go again and give it a try.

I also was so enamored by everything we ordered that I forgot to take pictures of most things and when I did remember, we were already half way through. Oops! There were six of us dining and we ordered about three different items each then shared the majority.

Chef Mike Kimura pays attention to absolutely every detail. As if amazing food wasn’t enough, he is also incredibly friendly and good natured when mingling with his guests. While in the kitchen, which is open by the way so you can see all the action, he is intense and focused.

There is plenty on the menu for even the most cautious eater. From free range grilled or tempura chicken, to assorted tempura veggies and braised duck. You will of course also find the most amazing sashimi I have ever had. I opted for the assorted platter which that evening included melt in your mouth tuna, red snapper, paper thin squid, octopus, and two other fish that I now forget the names of. We also tried matsutake mushrooms under the advice of our friends who are from Japan. They are fragrant and almost woody in flavor, but in the yummy way, not the gnawing on a tree way! We probably all drank our weight in green tea too. 😛

As soon as I saw blowfish on the menu, I knew I had to give it a try. I was nervous given the potential outcome if not prepared correctly, but Chef Kimura’s reputation convinced me to feel adventurous. When I have seen it on TV, it has always been prepared in razor thin slices and that is what I was anticipating. I also was told it would only be three pieces. It ended up being more like ten pieces and prepared almost steak-like. The texture reminded me a bit of steak, and I don’t recall that it had much of it’s own flavor. The ponzu sauce made the dish!

We had an unforgettable experience with wonderful company. Oh and the best green tea ice cream EVER. Sorry, I scarfed that down before thinking to take a picture or offering anyone a bite. 🙁

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Rose Parade 2016 – “Find Your Adventure”

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Parks and Recreation, States | 0 comments

Rose Parade 2016 – “Find Your Adventure”

So, Mommy Zesty turned 60 this year! One thing that always sticks in my mind about my Mom is that she loves the Rose Parade. It is the one thing she makes sure she sits down to watch every year, and she isn’t big on TV. You have to understand that my Mom is one of the most selfless people I know. She rarely, if ever, asks for anything, and always puts everyone’s needs and wants before her own. Therefore, when she mentions there is something she would like to do, I do my best to listen.

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Farm Life, Then & Now

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Parks and Recreation, States | 0 comments

Farm Life, Then & Now

It might seem a little strange to be writing about farms on a travel blog, but I did travel nearly an hour to get to them! How our food is raised, the traditions surrounding the raising of crops and livestock, and the bond of farmer to animal, crop, and consumer are also something I have a deep interest in and seek out to some degree on my travels near and far.

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Meeting the Family

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Meli | 0 comments

Meeting the Family

It’s been a little while but typing with paws is tricky so I tend to avoid it when I can use them to gnaw on a stick instead! Mom and Dad keep taking the sticks away from me though so here I am.

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