BBQing in the Snow of Winter

My first wife was a vegetarian. While I wasn’t, I did eat less mean than previously and tried not to cook meat that produced smoke (like hamburger) in the house. Therefore, since the mid-‘70’s, I’ve had a BBQ grill no matter where I lived. Whether in Fairbanks, Alaska, Italy, Germany or now, on Dauntless, I’veContinue reading “BBQing in the Snow of Winter”

Almost Done

I had hoped to leave Vallejo for my trip north as early as a week ago. It wasn’t to be and with the eastern Pacific high showing signs that it doesn’t know that summer is here, I doubt I will leave before mid-month! Talking with a boating friend Friday who is very attuned to theContinue reading “Almost Done”

How Fresh is Fresh

In the last 5 years Dauntless has visited almost two dozen countries.  While, I’ve been in couple dozen more in the last 40 years. That’s a lot of different languages and cultures. It was 42 years ago, that I first set foot in Italy and it would begin a life of living and experiencing newContinue reading “How Fresh is Fresh”

How Fresh is Fresh?

In the last 5 years Dauntless has visited almost two dozen countries.  While, I’ve been in couple dozen more in the last 40 years. That’s a lot of different languages and cultures. It was 42 years ago, that I first set foot in Italy and it would begin a life of living and experiencing newContinue reading “How Fresh is Fresh?”

Don’t Miss Great Foods Because of Bad Translations

A little background. I came to Vietnam with some trepidation. I don’t like hot climates, hot weather or most foods that they produce. I came to meet my special person though I had an open mind. In the early days, I made the mistake of saying I didn’t particularly like “Hot Pot” as Lãu isContinue reading “Don’t Miss Great Foods Because of Bad Translations”

Café Culture

I have two favorite cafés in Ho Chi Minh City, Bui Van Ngo Coffee is larger, fancier and also has some baked goods. Café Thuy Moc is smaller, homier and they make killer smoothies, my favorite being Sinh To Bo, an avocado smoothie.  They are also on a busy street corner that I can watch fascinatedContinue reading “Café Culture”

Provisioning for an Atlantic Crossing

I know I’ve not been writing for a while.  Without being on Dauntless, my life is not as colorful or at least I’m not talking about it as much. While perusing Trawler forum and Cruiser Forum, I came across the story of the two women picked up off of Japan: https://unreasonablydangerousonionrings.com/2017/10/31/19-reasons-this-survival-story-smells-fishy/ It did get meContinue reading “Provisioning for an Atlantic Crossing”

A Change of Plans Redux

Eons ago, back in February, when we first visited Galicia, the plan was to stay the winter. Off the beaten track, inexpensive, cool in summer and winter: Ideal. Then, life happens and the best laid plans of mice and men go astray. So, plan B was formulated.  For those of you keeping score at home,Continue reading “A Change of Plans Redux”

Ireland Part 1

It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to Ireland, the land is gorgeous, the people wonderful and the sun shines at least once a month to remind you what it looks like. Today, I took a day off.  Every day I’ve been working on Dauntless, getting my little projects done.  The new holding tankContinue reading “Ireland Part 1”

Spain – What’s Not to Like?

Just got back from a quick, one week, reconnoiter of Galicia in northwest Spain. A great week, that just confirms that the Dauntless adventure on the Iberian Peninsula this year and 2017, will be fueled by fantastic food and wine at prices that even a New Yorker would love. Everything good, nothing bad, don’t evenContinue reading “Spain – What’s Not to Like?”

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker

Alas the candlestick maker is no more. Being back in Waterford is so much like coming home; though I just left home to fly here. Umm, maybe I have two homes: wherever Dauntless is and wherever Julie is.  That’s simple enough! So I’m back in Waterford to make plans for what needs to be doneContinue reading “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker”