Monthly Archives: December 2012


There’s nothing like East Carolina barbecue and The Pit in downtown Raleigh does it right. It’s hard to beat chopped pork, black eyed peas, and collard greens.

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My Five Favorite Albums of 2012

Choosing a top five was really difficult for me this year, but the post-Christmas lethargy brought on by too much stuffed cabbage is keeping me from mustering enough energy for a top ten. So here goes my best shot: 5. … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

“Advent is ultimately about death. The end is near. You are going to die. Happy Holidays.” – Pastor Vito Aiuto, from the liner notes of Silver and Gold.

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O Little Town of Bethlehem

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Christmas Cookies

After a horrible afternoon of last minute shopping at the mall (my most hated of all places) we came back to find Julie’s mom had made us gluten-free Christmas cookies. Biting these guys’ heads off was very therapeutic.

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Breakfast at Kale

I finally got to take Julie to Kale for kahvaltı. Everyone I know who has been there agrees: it’s the best Turkish breakfast in Istanbul. We met my friend Çağan, who is finishing his last year at Boğaziçi University,  and we enjoyed catching … Continue reading

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Istanbul Streetz, Vol. 5

Right off Istiklal Caddesi on the Şişhane side. I won’t translate the word “bok” for my more sensitive readers.

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A couple of mid-rise sky scrapers have gone up in my old neighborhood in the 11 months I was gone. Life as usual in Istanbul.

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In N Out

Still thinking about our last meal in Arizona.  

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Road Bike Party

This is some of the best trials riding I’ve seen since Danny Macaskill– only it’s on a carbon road bike! Unbelievable. HT: Chris Burgess

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