Work will bring me to Texas next week so I decided to use the opportunity to fly out later this week to visit a good friend who lives in Austin before I have to go to Dallas. Unfortunately, Sergio won’t be able to join me while I am visiting Laura and Brian, but I will be joining a former college roommate and friend who will also be in Austin visiting at the same time.
October 2009 – Austin, Texas
I’ve visited Austin, TX a handful of times since that first visit in October 2009 and always have fun. The tiny city has grown significantly in the seven years since I first visited but it retains a quirky charm that distinguishes itself from the rest of the state. The city’s obsession with large cows which are the University of Texas mascot is puzzling but they can make for fun pieces of public art. Whenever I visit Austin, I stay with my friends in a leafy neighborhood of Austin called Westlake that is really just a well situated suburb. I’m sure we will get out for a night or two but most of our time will be spent relaxing at my friend’s beautiful home; maybe poolside if it is warm enough.
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This photo was taken about 10 years ago in Cabo Frio, Brazil. We will be celebrating the New Year once again with our friend “Junior” shown above with us, but this year we will be celebrating together in São Paulo. I hope you enjoy your New Year’s Eve no matter where you are or how you decide to celebrate.
Feliz Ano Novo
Justin is one badass unicorn
On Christmas Eve my buddy Justin posted this photo. It is unclear to me if he was feeling inspired by my Bear-Naked Chef post from earlier in the week and what – if anything – he is wearing under the apron. Regardless of what he has on (or doesn’t), I can assure you he is one badass unicorn.
Frenchie – BosGuy – Yankee in March 2016 – Charlotte, NC
One half of an amazing couple has arrived back in Boston today with the other flying back on Friday night. When our friends moved away from Boston a couple of years ago Sergio and I practically wept. Not only are they dear friends who we love, but they are a culinary super couple who hosted dinner parties that foodies only dare to dream about.
I have a special blind tasting prepared for their return on Saturday morning and I’m also looking forward to bringing Frenchie and The Yankee to Boston’s new Public Market which they’ve yet to visit. If you love stunning photography and food check out the blog in my blogroll or by selecting the link in this post.
Olivia is both a friend and an avid reader of this blog. Among her favorite posts are the weekly Furry Fridays that I share so I wanted to thank her for her friendship and take a moment to wish her a very happy birthday. The photo below I had been saving for a future Furry Friday, but I’m posting today in her honor.
Last week I wrote about a campaign started by two straight guys called #KissesForKim to show their support for marriage equality and to show Kim Davis (the rather notorious Kentucky clerk) that love is greater than hate. To show their support for this affirming message my friends Dirk Caber and Jesse Jackman shared a rather romantic kiss poolside.
While I still maintain that Kim is a homophobic imbecile , I do like the message of #KissesForKim, because of its love and life affirming statement; live and let live. So I was happy to see my friends (also notorious in their own right) The Maverick Men send me a picture to show their support #KissesForKim.
Let me know your thoughts and feel free to share photos of you kissing the one you love with the same hashtag. While I don’t know that it will change Mrs. Kim Davis’ mind, I do think it sends a wonderful statement that another person’s spite will not triumph and that in itself is rather sweet to savor. Thanks again Cole & Hunter.
At 9:03 in the morning on September 11, 2001 hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 75-85 of the WTC’s South Tower, killing everyone on board, including my friend Graham Berkelely. While I still think of him during happier times of the year, I can’t help but remember him on this day.