Slowing Down on Skis

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Skiing with KidsWhen my eldest daughter was three, I had asked her if she wanted to surf. The idea excited both of us. After all, she enjoyed flicks like Lilo and Stitch, where a destructive, koala-like extraterrestrial takes well to the waves. For me, surfing is my sport of choice.

 

Some people said that three was too young, but I was just eager to get her on a board.

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Drinking in the War of 1812

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Best Cocktail Bar in Portland MaineFew people today give much thought to the War of 1812. But when Josh Miranda was growing up in Portland, Maine, he obsessed over it and one battle in particular. The skirmish had taken place off the shores of the city and had claimed the lives of two ship captains, Britain’s William Burrows and America’s Samuel Blyth. Miranda would often take breaks from his paper route and sit atop the raised box tombs of Blyth and Burrows, who were buried side by side in his city. Read more

The Officer and the Vintner

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Jerry Riener has worked homicide. He has conducted undercover narcotics operations with the DEA to bring Sinaloa cartel members to justice. He’s done all of these things as a police officer in Washington, serving the state for two decades. He can also pour a flight of reds. Reds that he has produced himself.

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Band of Bohemia: The First Michelin-Starred Brewpub

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Band of Bohemia First Michelin Star BrewpubWith more than half a dozen breweries in Ravenswood, nearly all of which opened in the last five years, the district is quickly becoming the beer center of Chicago.

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A Conscientious Food Tour in Portland, Maine

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Maine Food For Thought at ScalesOn my last day in Portland, Maine, I recognized that I had a problem. The city, which Bon Appetit magazine selected as the Restaurant City of the Year, had an overwhelming number of exceptional eateries. Even if I would select an establishment from Portland’s top ten best eateries—should such an objective list exist—it would still be a lose-lose, for picking one meant leaving two hundred other gourmet restaurants unvisited. The hardships of first-world living. Read more