Thursday, November 11, 2010


I wanted to take a stab at chilli last night so did my normal "cram for the test" video surf to find out what the heck goes in a chilli!!!  As a recovering non red-meat-a-holic,  I had no idea where to start aside from that mound of ground beef in my fridge!

I watched a few videos and thought I'd try something own recipe incorporating what I liked from the videos I saw and...let's not lie...what I had in my kitchen!  The result,  a SOUTHWESTERN AMAZING CHILLI that will wow all who get to partake in the goodness.   I would love for my readers to give this a try one Sunday during the NFL games (or whatever games your watching) and let me know what you think.   I  think it is combo of meat, beans and seasonings work perfectly.   You taste and then the spice kicks's amazing in my opinion.  OKAY,  let's have a look!  Here is what you will need.

1 Jalapeno Pepper (Cut w/seeds removed)
1 Large Onion diced
2 Cloves of Garlic finely chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper Chopped
1.5 - 1.75 lbs of ground beef
(Get your spices out!)
1-1/2 Teaspoon of Chilli Powder
1-1/2 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
2 Teaspoons of Cumin
1 Teaspoon Oregano
1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Chilli Flakes
a small bunch of fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
14 Oz. of canned tomatoes
14 Oz. of canned beans.  I did mixed but do whatever your feeling
2 cups of beef broth (or throw a beef cube equivalent in 2 cups of water)
a cup of frozen corn
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream to throw on top ;)!'s a lot I know...but it's SO WORTH IT!  Follow me kids...

Heat a large dutch oven or equivalent over medium stove top heat and add a good lug of extra virgin olive oil...let it get nice and hot.
Add your onions, jalapeno pepper and garlic...let them work for a good 7 minutes.  Toss in your green peppers and let all cook for about 3 minutes (All of these times are approximate...just keep an eye on it)
I add a little salt and pepper to help the flavors get a workout.
Throw in your ground beef and break it up so all sides can start cooking.

Get those spices!  Add your chilli powder, cayenne, cumin, oregano and chilli flakes and give those a good stir.  Add your fresh parsley now also.

Go ahead...dip your nose down in there...take a whiff...yeeeeeeeah!  Smells good doesn't it ;)!?


After about 5ish minutes once the spices and ingredients have gotten through their introductions to each other...add the tomato paste and canned tomatoes.  Go ahead and add your beef broth and stir all ingredients.  I sampled at this point to see how my spice levels were.  This is usually where my "it's too bland" paranoia kicks add some salt and pepper if you think it needs it.  You should get a kick of spice after you taste..if it isn't hot enough,  add another Jalapeno OR Red Pepper flakes.

Turn your heat down so all can simmer.  Let your chilli work for about 15 minutes (No, I haven't forgotten about the corn.)  Go ahead and throw the corn in and leave for an additional 15 minutes stirring and tasting occasionally to monitor your flavors.  Add your canned beans and let all simmer for a last 5 minutes.  I turn the heat off and leave it for a few more minutes so all can thicken up but that is up to you...

While my chilli was cooking,  I made some quick rice using CK Broth instead of water and adding a ladle of the broth from the chilli to give it that south western feel.

Once your chilli is done,  grab a bowl and over your rice (if you made it) ladle some of that spicy goodness (that's the chilli) into the bowl...Next,  shred your cheddar cheese (or Pepper Jack if you can get it...not available over here in the UK) and add a dollop of sour cream.  Serve hot so the cheese melts into it ....take to your friends and loved ones and find a comfy seat so you can kick your legs up and take in all of the compliments.  It is GOOD!!!  (SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW)

Try it and let me know what you think!

DISCLAIMER:  Now, I have to be honest...some of your recipients will go rogue and throw in an extra cup of FIRE!  My boyfriend's weapon of choice is canned jalapenos and chilli flakes.  This ain't my style but that is what makes cooking so much can DO YOU ALL DAY LONG :)!  Enjoy the chilli kids!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Garlic be damned! These potatoes will be AMAZING!!!!

I have mentioned in prior blogs that I'm hosting my first Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people! (YIKES) test runs of my recipes are in order.  Last night I tackled a ghost from my past.......mashed potatoes.

Rewind to Thanksgiving circa 2005.  These were the dark days when the Southern Stump (that's me) could not even boil water...let alone prepare a dish.  I wanted, however, to prove to my family (and myself)...that I was growing up and capable of doing grown up responsible things.  I offered to make the mashed potatoes for our Thanksgiving feast.

All started well but .....after the potatoes were mashed and I was adding the spices and other ingredients...something went horribly wrong.  You see,  I was preparing garlic mashed potatoes and where the recipe likely (in hindsight) called for one bulb of garlic...I read "1 lb" of can see where this is going.

The smell of these potatoes could have wiped out the entire population of Transylvania.  The look of horror on my sister-in-laws parent's faces when they dug in (not to mention my immediate family who did the right thing and said 'They aren't THAT bad') was horrifying!  So you understand,  I have something to prove this year now that I'm a pretty decent cook!

I am re-tackling the GARLIC MASHED POTATOES!!!!

This year,  I am cutting back (WAY back) on the garlic...sticking to one or two cloves so you get a hint of flavor and not a bitch slap in the face and bad breath for a month!  I am also adding about a half cup (3/4 - 1 cup) of Parmesan Cheese which is not overpowering at all but adds an additional richness.

I was working on these last night in my test kitchen and when my man came in,  I warned him as I spooned yet another tablespoon of butter into my saucepan...that this is Thanksgiving Test Kitchen and it ain't light on the calories or fat content ;)!  Paula Dean would be so proud ;)!

Anyway,  here they are (along with some roasted veg and lemon grilled chicken).

Like a girl who blacked out on Friday so cuts WAY back on the alcohol for the next 3 weeks,  I think I'm still ooooober sensitive to the garlic taste and might even drop it to one clove only!   On Thanksgiving,  I will hope for the best and strategically put my head down as everyone samples.  Hopefully it will only be enough garlic to kill the demons of Thanksgivings past ;)!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"I was so excited...I had to walk away"

I got to meet a friend for lunch last week in Kensington at the cute lunch spot "Bumpkin".  I had a beautiful quiche with roasted tomatoes.  The restaurant was so adorable and I always love a kitchen that is visible to guests so you can see your food being prepared.  The green tiles were a great color along with the wide array of mirrors that were scattered throughout the restaurant.  Completely random,  but I also LOVED the wallpaper in the bathroom!  It is what I imagine it would look like if diamonds and snowflakes had babies.   There was a little hiccup with the service as our waiter waited on my friend to finish her soup before bringing out my food as she ordered salad also.   We ended up waiting 45 minutes for lunch as we didn't realize that was the hold up.  Oh well,  the food was well worth the wait and was as I like it...fresh and delicious!

After lunch,  we went to an art show and got our culture on...a great afternoon.

I also met my 1st London friend..Alyssa for coffee last week and she demanded I make my way to the flagship "Paperchase" store.   She was confident I would like it and thank god I took her direction!  This store changed my life...when I walked to the 2nd floor and saw the Christmas decor,  I was so excited...I had to walk away.  I felt my heart rate rising!!!  Hot Pink Christmas Trees!?!!?  Glitter Jesus in multiple colors!??!!?!  I couldn't contain myself!!!  It was as if a disco ball had exploded all over December up in there!  I LOVED IT!!!!  I also had an amazing experience in the gift card section where I found a) "Mrs. and Mrs" and "Mr and Mr" cards for gay couples (Love my gays and LOVE when they are recognized and allowed to share in the joy of greeting card receiving for their commitment ceremonies) and b) I found SHIRA and HEMAN cards!!!!!!  Any store that recognizes the single most important cartoon of the 80's is in my top 10 FOREVER!!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Spice of Life!

I have a new addiction and I feel like the first step to curing to talk about it...admit you have a problem.  What am I hooked on?  Heroin?  Acid? Crack?

I am addicted to the Indian food at "Spice of Life" in my neighborhood.

For 10 pounds (around $15.00),  you can get a starter, main dish, side and rice or Bread.  This is a lot of food and the cook staff at Spice of Life know how to make a mean curry dish.  They pride themselves on their always changing menu and fresh ingredients.

It has gotten to where the dining staff know my boyfriend and I when we walk in and they know to get my Gaymers Cider ready.  Our meal always starts with poppadoms (a light crispy dry bread) with a beautiful dish of sauces for dipping.  My favorite is a chili lime sauce with actual lime sounds strange but it is AMAZING.

When I started eating meat again a few months back,  my first lamb dish came from Spice of Life and now I always order the lamb dish while there.  Tonight I had a minced lamb served with peas in a red sauce.  It was medium hot and amazing.

We ordered Peshwari Naan tonight..  Naan is an oven baked flat bread that comes in many variations.  You can get it w/minced lamb inside (my favorite) or with garlic for example.  Peshwari Naan is a sweeter version with nuts and sultana grapes dried inside.  I wasn't a fan of the sweet flavors with my firey curry so would go back to a more savory flavor on my next visit.

As far as Indian food goes,  this is the best I have ever had.  It was an amazing evening,  amazing food with my amazing guy.  What a great way to start the week.

Spice of Life is located at 260 Lee High Road in Lewisham.
If you are ever in the area,  stop in for a meal that will not break your wallet and that you will not soon forget!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

United States Customer Service - 1 Blackheath - 0

I realize it has been a few minutes since I posted and I apologize.  The adjustment to London life has gotten the better of me over the last few weeks and I haven't been in the mood to do much of anything.  I am having a hard time with a few things here and the main being the interaction between strangers in everyday life.   

I was at the grocery store on Sunday looking at deli meat for some sandwiches to be served to guests we were having over that afternoon.  All of the sudden I felt an elbow to my rib...a man in his late 50's/early 60's was nudging me out of the way so he could reach some ham.  I was so shocked and the NY in me won vs. my zen side.

(laughing) "Ummmmm...I must be in your way.  Let me let you get in here."

No apology, No "excuse me", No "Screw you...I hate women" (I would have even been okay w/that to be honest).....he just carried on reaching for the deli meat.   To be fair........maybe he was deaf.

Fast forward 10 minutes...I'm walking down the sweets isle in search of something Halloween themed for our guests when all of the sudden,  I feel a pinch at my ankle.  I quickly turn around and a woman (late 50s/early 60s again) has clipped me with her shopping cart.  

NY'er attitude came back.

(Laughing harder this time) "Seriously?  Do you need to get by?"

This time I was mad.  Again, no response.  To be fair,  maybe she had never stepped foot out in public until this day and didn't know how to interact with society.

Now some would say,  that I need to lighten up and learn not to automatically attack back.  I thought about it later that maybe it is a good point in some ways...but,  maybe people also need to learn basic respect for strangers.  If you bump someone and come into their space,  say "Excuse me...sorry about that".  If you run over a foot w/your cart,  say "Oh no, I'm sorry!"  ANYTHING!  It is unacceptable to me that people disrespect each other like that.  It is one of my biggest pet peeves and something that I get REALLY challenged by over here.

:::::::Breathe in......Breathe Out::::::.....Now....something I LOVE HERE!!!!   

THE FOOD!  ....That is what this blog is primarily about so let's move on!

I walked to Blackheath today,  a dream neighborhood about a twenty minute walk from where I live.  I wandered through all of the cute gardening, kitchen and boutique(y) shops.   I knew I hadn't reviewed anything in awhile (and I was thirsty) so I wandered into "Boulangerie Jade",  a cute french bakery in the heart of the Blackheath neighborhood.  

They closed at 6:00

I walked in and noticed a girl was folding all of the chairs up inside and outside.  The woman behind the counter says to me "You can only order to takeaway".  (Eileen inner monologue "Hello,  How are you today?  No?  Okay......".) 

I was a little taken back as, like I mentioned,  they closed at was 5:35.   Now, I drink a lot of coffee and I know that it doesn't take me more than 30 minutes to drink it but I guess they were nervous I would set up shop and not leave.  Slightly annoyed but sill wanting something,  I ordered an Americano (Espresso and Water) and a Biscotti.

The coffee was coffee....good 

The Biscotti was quite amazing I have to say.   It consisted of Almond, pistachio, polenta, rum, lemon, flour, eggs, butter and sugar according to the cafe's website.  The interesting ingredient that stuck out and I noticed right away was the lemon.   It was not too strong but also cut the sweetness and added a citrus element.  I loved it and had never experienced that in a biscotti...and I have had quite a few of these.  I'm a dunker and these are the best for that!

Despite being challenged by the rude customer service,  I would go back to experience more of the Boulangerie Jade beautiful pastries and savouries....but I would try to get there at least an hour before they you aren't welcome after that...

To see more about Boulangerie Jade,  read here:

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mission Thanksgiving!

So, this year I'm hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for my parents and my new UK family.   The two groups have not yet met so this will be quite a gathering!

This is a holiday that will only be the "norm" for about 25% of us so I think I can get away with making a few rookie mistakes as I prepare my first meal for this important US holiday...and the only critical people will be my parents whom I think would compliment anything I made.  You see,  I could barely boil water 2 years ago and now I pride myself on my cooking.  I think (hope) they will be proud!

The restaurant, coffee shop etc. reviews will be back soon but for now...I'm so excited to announce my first side dish that will be prepared for my Thanksgiving festivities at my flat for my guests!  I cooked the Mario Batali "Babbo" version of Brussel Sprouts & Green Beans with pancetta and have to say....they were pretty darn good.  I thought about adding them to my Thanksgiving menu and my boyfriend said mid meal...

"You should make these for Thanksgiving"

It's official....they made the cut and are IN!!!!  Now,  I just need to figure out how to cook a turkey :-/

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Last weekend was one of the best in London thus far.  I got to enjoy some amazing food, friends and good times at a wedding for our friends Claire and James and also got to visit the Cake Britain EDIBLE art exhibition.  This is the worlds only exhibit that is eaten at the end of its two day run.   Visitors were invited back on Sunday to enjoy the taste of what, until then, were just beautiful (and sometimes strange) sculptures made of confection.  
I think my favorite cake of the day was "Captain Fairtrade",  likely named for the charity which the exhibit supported.  All donations went to support The Fairtrade Foundation, a wonderful organization supporting farmers in developing countries obtain fair trading terms in an industry that is challenging for the weaker, smaller, farmers.
Captain Fairtrade was designed by pop artist Peter Fowler and executed by Michelle Wibowo,  cake designer and winner of many cake decorating contests.  It is about a foot tall and made from sponge cake. It also had glowing eyes which I thought was very cool...not sure you could eat those!!!  Of all of the cakes at the exhibit,  I think this design was the cleanest and most polished.  See her website here:

Honorable mention would have to go to the mini hamburger cupcakes complete with a side of fries...all edible!  I think the burgers reminded me of home so I'm biased!   They were created by the cupcake team, "Crumbs and Doilies" who deliver their treats all over South West London.  This team reminds me of "Baked by Melissa" in New York as they serve mini cupcakes as she did all over Manhattan...ahhhh memories.  They teamed up with artist Jon Burgerman (ironically his real name) to make these little fun treats for the show.  I thought they were cute.  See more of their stuff here.

I would recommend the exhibit but, as I mentioned,  the cakes were eaten on Sunday!!!!   Next year,  I'm campaigning to get the Duff Goldman and his "Ace of Cakes" team THIS is how you do cake!  I'm just sayin....

Friday, August 27, 2010

You Don't Bring me Flowers

Today was a big day for me.  I find that when someone wrongs me or makes me really lights a fire under my bum to shoot for insane goals and achieve them.  It is how I deal with challenges, disappointments, heartbreak and is my "I'll show you..." strategy.  It's better than heroin or booze and I feel great when I get what I want.  I am starting work on a new project.  It will go under my "cut first/measure later" life approach.  This endeavour seems huge and unrealistic right now but I'm going to bypass the thinking and just start doing.........more details to follow.

Anyway...that isn't why we are here today.  I have found a GEM in my neighborhood that I wanted to share.  "You Don't Bring me Flowers" is a tiny adorable coffee shop just steps from my flat in London.  It is brilliantly British with little floral cups, tea towels, beautiful flowers for sale and local artists work on the walls.   I took my book and enjoyed a break from the job search and brainstorming I was doing at home.

Black Cherry Cupcakes at YDBMFlowers
The staff are lovely and can sometimes be caught singing and tapping behind the counter.  Paul Simon and Jewel's music can be heard quietly as you enjoy your cup of tea or, in my case,  Cafe Americano (image above).  I wish my neighborhood had more cute spots like this as it reminds me of my block in New York and even downtown Wilmington from my days in NC.  The boys can have their pubs,  I'll clam "You don't Bring me Flowers" as my new 'Local'.

Check them out here:

Thursday, August 26, 2010


I have thought and thought about how to keep this blog going and interesting. I could get on here and talk about how stressful it is being unemployed. I could tell you that I hate commuting in London (if we're being honest) and that, even though I like a lot about it here, I do miss my friends in New York VERY much.
Instead of whining, however, I thought...why not explore something that makes me happy and that I love. Why not start reviewing places I go in London. How much more fun is that!?!?!? Let's do it! Today found me trying to find a dress to wear to a wedding I'm attending in Wales this weekend. While walking around, I stumbled onto Kaffeine, a lovely little coffee shop on Titchfield Street in London whose card quotes:

"Given enough coffee, I could rule the world" - Author Unknown

I always get a little intimidated when I go into a "quick order" spot as I don't know right off the bat what I
want and I don't want to be rushed or hold up the line. Of course, the barista (who I think might have been a manager) came right over...

Him: "You alright? What can I get you?"

Me: "It's my first time here...I just need a minute."

From there, he was a dream...he walked me through all of their food choices (all fresh and beautiful) from Caprese Salad on a Baguette (my choice) to a range of fresh salads. The coffee shop
was bustling so I took a seat at a table with a guy who was reading a book which was my intention also as I sta
rted eating (I'm reading "Deluxe: How Luxury Lost it's Luster" which is about how luxury brands became capitalist mass companies and how the product suffers...very interesting...sep. Blog).

They heated up the sandwich which was made up of melting fresh mozzarella sliced cheese, beautiful red tomatoes and fresh Basil. The Baguette was perfect...I was in heaven.

The service was amazing which I think is something not always
easy to find in my new home...I would highly recommend it to
anyone in the Soho neighborhood. I will be going back soon!

You can check out their blog here!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

LONDON 1st 10 Days!

I have arrived and am here in London! I flew in last Sunday, July 25th at 8:00pm and was surprised by my UK Fam! They gave me an amazing "Welcome to UK" giftbag filled w/British swag (from traditional Brit Candy to Trashy UK Magazines) along w/a beautiful formal tea cup and saucer!

For the first 10 days...let's do "Top 5 Lists"...5 loves and 5 "will eventually get used to's"


1) The FOOD is so FRESH at the supermarket. I LOVE that!
2) The architecture. This city is beautiful
3) My apartment/flat. We have so much space and I love that
4) The people I have met so far. Everyone is very cool and helpful.
5) The Tube (metro transport) maps...they are so easy to read and navigate


1) COMMUTING! It takes forever to get from A to B and the transfers take forever as each station is HUGE.
2) COMMUTERS!!! People bump into you w/out even a remote "Excuse Me" or "Sorry bout that". I'm here to change this culture.
3) No Dryers...most people line dry ALL of their laundry
4) NO BRAVO TV!!!!! For anyone who knows me...this station is my FAVORITE and I have gone 10 days w/out it. I'm stuck with E!
5) The cost of Cabs. In NY, it is easy to just "hop in a cab and be there in 10 minutes" that attitude will cost you a lot of money. Once I have a job, it might be an expense that contributes to my "mental well being"

Overall though, I know I'm going to love it here. The fact that I have finally gotten a phone after a week and a half of trying to get approved for one is a HUGE energy boost. Once I have my job, I'm anxious to start my new life in this new FABULOUS city!!!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I have spent a zen (pre London move) week in California to spend time with my nephew Ryder as he was just born on July 1st, 2010. I had an amazing week bonding with him and winding down after feeling like my life has been in a blender in New York.

The blitz of "to do's" starts tomorrow with painting my room, running errands and getting ready for my big "going away" event that will take place downtown tomorrow evening. I have a feeling I will have a lot of laughs and a few tears saying goodbye to everyone and, my city...New York. I have mixed feelings going into the weekend. I'm obviously very excited to be back with my boyfriend in a new place...a new Country! ...but part of me is mourning the loss of a city that I love so much. I'll work through that in the coming weeks.

For now, I will enjoy my last few hours of bliss in California!!!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Okay, random today but all need to see this video of a disgruntled ballet ensemble member who wanted to go out of a professional company in style...I'm sure he was fired immediately after exiting the stage...

Basically amazing.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Lucky 13

Thirteen days to go until my journey to London officially begins. I'm excited, anxious, scared to death and oddly confident at the same time. I know everything will work out but uncertainty is never something I'm fond of in my wiser not twenties anymore age...

I was invited to a movie Wednesday evening and my response to my friend was "My life is in a blender until I move". I feel like I have a million tasks jumbled together in any given moment. I'm really flexing my multi tasking muscle for SURE! thing at a time!

Tonight I'm being treated to a "Last Supper" with one of my mentors and head member of my NY friend tribe, Felicia. We are going to La Conda Verde in Tribeca...take a look at this menu and're jealous just a little bit ;)!!! I cannot wait!!! I know I have a ton to do but I have to remember to see and bond with all of the amazing people who have gotten me to this point in my life in NY so I look forward to spending the evening w/"Felly".

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Being a Designer and looking for work!!!!

I tell all of my friends who complain, "I want a new job but don't feel like updating my resume!"....I say to them, "BE A DESIGNER...THE RESUME IS THE EASY PART!!!".

I have recently come to the realization that if I want the job that is the next level for me in my career when I move to London, I need to step up my portfolio so I have begun that project and will need to complete it before I leave...IN 25 DAYS!!!!!.

This AM, I was able to complete my first revamp 2 pages by doing some renderings and specs for a bag I did at J. Crew (See image above).

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Apartment Stress!

This week has been full of "To Do's" and I feel like I have gotten a lot done. The excitement of moving is shared with some stress in the weeks leading up to much to do.

1) Dr's appts. I have 4 in the next week!!!!Add Image
2) Furniture for Sale. Anyone need a rug, coffee table or dresser?
3) Spoke w/my provider...Cell Phone will be cancelled when I leave.
4) US Postal Service now knows when I will leave and my dear friend Kim has agreed to let me forward my mail to her since she is in the US. Fabulous!!!!

Stuff I still need to do:

1) Paint the walls in my room
2) Sell the Furniture...Anyone need a rug, coffee table or Dresser? Oh I already typed that?
3) Speak to my bank peeps to make sure I won't get charged any fees if I opt to keep my acct. open.
4) Find a Job
5) Seek Out Employment
6) GET A JOB!!!!!!!!!!
7) Come up w/concepts for our flat in London.

I think 4,5 and 6 will have to wait until I arrive in the UK...oh well..won't settle for something that isn't what I'm looking for in terms of employment just so I can say I found something. It might take awhile. Thank god for free health care!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bonjour from Paris!

I arrived in London on Friday, June 11th and have just returned from a two day excursion to Paris. I loved every second of it but also loved that I will be going back often once I move to London next month.

We were able to catch up with my dear friend Jenn Fox who is studying Wine at Le Cordon Bleu. She is pictured below enjoying some beer. The Eiffel Tower was some
thing I will never forget seeing.
It is HUGE and one of those sights you fantasize about seeing as a child. The whole thing was very romantic

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I'm headed over to London this evening to support our US boys in the World Cup this weekend. I am cautiously optimistic that we will pull out an upset victory!!! Let's see how my American pride translates.

Bags Packed. I'm sending over multiple bags with my fellow travelers so I won't have to ship things for the move.

Special Thanks to Selin, Eric, Gerry, Julie and Adrienne for helping me out. This is what we were dealing with in terms of bags...


Let's sum up what is going on and why I want to document it all.

Who I am and what is going on.

- Born, raised and edu-ma-cated in NC, moved to NYC 9 years ago and now moving to the UK...Londontown

Why am I blogging

- to keep my USA peeps up to speed on what is going on w/me (in novels here)

- to help other expats out who might be going through visa challenges, moving challenges etc. I will have first hand experience and can give a non corporate/real voice to how it works, what is rad and what sucks about it all as an American living in a new country.

- to just share random stuff that goes down...some interesting, some downers, hopefully most positive and most importantly...funny ;)!

Now let's figure this whole European thing out shall we?