The Lost Sea

Take an hour’s drive from Knoxville to Sweetwater, TN and you can find yourself at the The Lost Sea Adventure. The site is part of the historic Craighead Caverns and is America’s largest underground lake. My song for this entry is “Swing Tree” by Discovery because the chorus is about being at sea.   The…

Williamswood Castle

My day job comes with a lot of perks, and one of them was having the privilege of working remotely from a medieval Scottish castle. Except this castle is only half an hour from our office in Tennessee. Our crew had been working there for some time and we were so excited for the opportunity…

Venerate Your Dead: Asia

“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” -Terry Pratchett I began this series with my first entry Venerate Your Dead: The Americas while planning a menu for a Samhain Sabbat / Day of the Dead dinner party. Feel free to read that blog for a better…

Venerate Your Dead: The Americas

“Dealing with death is the root of culture.” –Friedrich Dürrenmatt In preparation for an upcoming Samhain Sabbat, I drew on some of my knowledge of remembrance rituals and of death and funeral rites for menu inspiration. I majored in Anthropology and always welcome an opportunity to bring what I learned to the table, especially in…

Red Square Love

I never imagined that I would spend the turn of my third decade in Moscow’s Red Square, until it happened. Visiting Russia had long held a top spot on my bucket list but always seemed out of grasp. When I earned my TESOL/TEFL certifications a few years ago I started tutoring in English and German…

Epicurious in Asheville

Asheville really hits the spot when it comes to healthy food, funky beers, street art, flying freak flags, beautiful handmade goods, and world-famous breweries. I am quite lucky to have a big “framily” in Asheville and always look forward to seeing them, discovering new places, and settling into old haunts. Here is a collection of…