London — The Museum

For my birthday last week, we spent a long weekend in London. My love-hate relationship with Londinium goes way way back–not quite as far back as the name Londinium (AD 36) but almost, in fact to 1998 when we lived there and the roof collapsed on the house we were renting. London fulfilled all the […]

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The Search for Gluten-free Beer in the Czech Republic

Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Pilsen, Czech RepublicI read on the Internet somewhere that the Czech Republic was one of the leaders in developing gluten-free beer, so naturally I believed this. Off I went with visions of gluten-free tastings, gluten-free tours, gluten-free lagers and pilsners. And all we found was smokers.If you are a chain-smoker, you […]

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Five Days in Beantown — Day 3

Second morning, Beantown Blizzard, from hotel windowThe snow is not going anywhere but in our faces. The area around Hynes Convention Center has become so dangerous due to the snow that people all around us are falling on their, um, keisters (I think that’s the word up here in the Northeast, right?). I have not […]

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Gluten-free through Southeast Asia?

I had such good intentions. I was going to print off dietary-requirements cards available free from Celiac Travel to use on our trip through Singapore, Thailand and Bali. I was going to buy a bottle of gluten-free soy sauce. In essence, I was going to turn over several new leaves: I was actually going to […]

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The Post in which Christopher sort of Apologizes to the Nation of Italy for Thinking it Served Only Bad Food to Tourists

(Important! If this post is cut off by photos at the end, try reloading the page. This usually solves the problem.) Tale of La Mimosas Yes, I can eat my own words. I’m going to tell you two tales, both happening in the same city. Rome. Before I left Munich, I did a bit of […]

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Give Me One Night on Ibiza

Note: If the bottom of this post is cut off, try loading the page again. One night on Ibiza is not enough. I could have stayed the whole summer. Let me rephrase that: I could have stayed the whole summer if the summer were a hundred days of low-season. I’m not sure I’d be able […]

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Celiac Awareness-slash-Short Story Month

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) __________________________ Were you aware of this? I wasn’t until my cousin Jennifer told me. She’s a Celiac too. Did you know something like one in ten of us is? Both Jennifer and I are adorable, but that’s […]

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The State of Things

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, please reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ____________________________________ Monday I got a cortisone shot in my problem-child shoulder because, after months of improvement, it’s starting to get worse–and now my right shoulder is hurting too. I’ve tried to stay away from my computer […]

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Safe in Rio de Janeiro?

Did you know that Carnaval in Rio actually lasts until the Sunday after Ash Wednesday? You did? Well, you’re smarter than I am. I was sure we’d get to Rio and find only the corpses, but there was still a few sparks, a few straggling revelers. There were also quite a lot of paint-slathered youths […]

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Five Things to Love about Bilbao/Bilbo

The Guggenheim, BilbaoThe Matter of Time, Richard Serra(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off by the homepage pictures, try reloading the page. This usually works.) First of all I have to say I knew I’d love Bilbao–or Bilbo as the city is known in Basque. I don’t know why I knew this–but […]

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