Saturday, August 15, 2009

Blogroll questions #1

I am part of a blogging group where they give you a topic a week and you are supposed to write about it. I've been part of the group for about five weeks and managed to never answer a single one of the questions so I'm doing it all at once. This will also placate the people who say I don't write enough about myself on the blog :)

I have AT LEAST four more blogs to post and they will be backdated to when they actually happened, so make sure to check back and check back blogs!

What's the farthest you have traveled for food? Did you fly across the country just so you could have the perfect bowl of clam chowder? Did you cross the state line just for a scoop of ice cream? What was it, how far did you travel, and was it worth it?

I've traveled several hours for fondue with friends and it was absolutely worth it. I've never traveled specifically for food with no other reason (no friends, no other reason to visit) but it's definitely made me choose one location over another (New Orleans over Miami for example) because I like the food better.

Write about what you eat when you're alone. Is it any different from what you eat when you have friends over, or even when you're eating with your s/o or kids? Why is that?

No, not really. I eat the same thing when Josh is around as when he isn't. The only difference is that when I'm by myself I will sometimes forget to eat. My favorite two foods to make for myself are potatoes sauteed with a TON of garlic in olive oil and tortilla soup. I like to make those particularly for myself because I don't like to share them :) When friends are around, we tend to go out to eat, although several of them (Rachel and Erin, I'm talking to you!) have taken to cooking with me when we visit, which I LOVE.

What were you doing on March 25, 2008?

I don't really remember but I think that was when I went on my Hong Kong/Taiwan/China trip for work. It was absolutely excellent. I particularly loved Taiwan and would travel there again in a second. It was beautiful with lots of trees and mountains, the people were nice, the food was great, and it was amazingly inexpensive after Hong Kong and Japan.

Looking back: What were you doing one week ago, one month ago, one year ago, and 10 years ago?

One week ago: I was in New Orleans. I LOVE New Orleans. I have so much fun there and the food is absolutely delicious. It's easily my favorite place in the US.

One month ago: I was in Montreal. I liked Montreal but I found it frustrating--I actually found it easier to get around in Tokyo than in Montreal--there was definitely more English around and I don't speak French.

One year ago: I was at the Iowa State Fair and I had just returned from two months in Tokyo. Talk about a giant difference!

Ten years ago: I had just graduated high school and was getting ready to go start Iowa State University. It was incredibly exciting and incredibly scary. I always knew I wanted to go to college but it was my first big move and none of my friends were coming with.

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  1. Hey, class of '99 represent! :)

    Those were cool posts, and thank you for sharing.

  2. Hi Jessica! You've won one of my cookbooks. Can you email me? kjf916 at gmail dot com. You've won Cook's Illustrated 2001! Kate at Warm Olives and Cool Cocktails

  3. If I were a member of that bloggers' group, I'd be behind too. Each one of those questions is a daunting multi-parter.

    Funny, but I actually find Montreal a very easy city -- most people are bilingual, even if French is their preferred language, in many cases. The older parts of the city are very walkable, and the public transportation is excellent too.

    Claire @

  4. Are you caught up yet? You should have been procrastining other stuff by updating blogposts! :)

  5. I loved reading your answers. I hope school is going well for you so far. I've spent quite a bit of time your way getting my daughter settled in for her sophomore year. I envy you guys living in such a beautiful city.


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