Ames and Des Moines, IA

My time in Iowa was filled with one of my best friends, awesome food, a little bit of education, and a concrete gnome!

International Update: 7.1.18-7.7.18

A fish food tale, a forgotten tragedy, an act of international compassion, an unfortunate dry spell, and a court's decision to protect the life of a little girl.

Missouri Wine Country: Hermann, MO

If you like wine and want a laidback wine country experience, come visit Napa Valley's Midwestern cousin.

International Update: 6.17.18-6.22.18

All I want to do is bore you with the news.

5 Places You Have to Visit on Main Street: Saint Charles, MO

These are my must-stop shops when I go downtown for the day.

Dear Mr. Bourdain

I could type thank you one thousand times over in an attempt to thank you for everything, but, Mr. Bourdain, I also want to say I'm sorry.

International Update: 5.21.18-5.28.18

I don't want to bore you with anything other than the news.

There’s No Place Like Home: Utica, NY

There's no place like "home," but "home" isn't always one place.

International Update: 4.16-4.22

It's always interesting, and enlightening, to learn about a country that's not your own.

VB Chocolate Bar: Cottleville, MO

There are a handful of things that can easily make a woman (or maybe just me) happy. The two that instantly come to mind are girls' nights and chocolate.