Monthly Archives: August 2005

More Exciting News

I ordered a new camera last week and it has arrived!  It was shipped to my parent’s house so I will not get my hands on before this Saturday –but soon, soon dear friends, I will once again bring regular posting and pictures of food to all those who graciously allow me to bend their […]

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J - hi gemma, can’t wait to see the food pictures you’ll be taking with your new camera…cheers,j

Michele - Hi Gemma, that picture is stunning. And please do post about non-food related things, we want to hear it all :) All the best on your upcoming trip, it sounds very exciting and I can imagine you must be completely thrilled about the adventure that lies ahead of you. I look forward to reading about it!

Melissa - Hola from rainy Panama! Congratulations on your new camera…

gemma - Thank you! It has been fun getting to know the new camera. It isn’t fully under control yet, but I know we are going to be great friends.

Food Blog Map

I stumbled across a neat map that Tana at the Small Farms Blog has set up.  If you have a food blog feel free to add it to the map.  Even though I already know where most of the food blogs I read are based out off, this seems like a great way to get […]

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gustoblog - La mappa dei food-blog

Deliziosa idea, quella di segnalare su una mappa le “sedi” dei food-blog !
Aggiungete il vostro (così vediamo se ne manca qualcuno ai link in basso a destra di Gustoblog…), e curiosate tra gli altri !
[Trovata su Part Time pro bon…

Exciting News

Exciting News! I have officially given notice at my job and I will be leaving my place of employment in a matter of weeks.  Shortly thereafter John and I will be boarding a plane to London and setting out on six months of traveling. (The impetus for all of this is a result of our […]

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tanvi - that is very exciting indeed! i have been a lurker at your blog for a while now, and i do hope you’ll be able to post during your adventures!

tamara - the inn crowd in singapore is probably the best deal (hostel) in the city, if you end up there. if you do go to malaysia, kuala lumpur isn’t so great, kind of hard to navigate, i hear the highlands are nice.
i hope you write about your travels online…

Antonietta - that’s great news & i do hope you enjoy your travels. if you end up in auckland new zealand, i have a friend that might help you find a place to stay.

Monkey Gland - Hey there, sounds like a trip and a half! You’ll love it, remind me of my travellin’ days [looks wistfully into the air]

boo_licious - Do come to Malaysia then you get to eat all the yummy food we have. KL is nothing much as it’s a big city but you should go to places like Malacca and Penang which is more historical. If you’re coming during non-monsoon season (around Sept/oct), then you can also make a trip to the East Coast for the beaches and diving.

Molly - What great news, Gemma! As is only appropriate, I’m very, very jealous. Please do keep posting and reporting from wherever you are, if it’s not too much trouble. But more importantly, soak it all up!

J - hi gemma, wow! how tremendously exciting…if you do wind up in southeast asia, and are dropping by singapore, would be more than happy to fill you in on the sights, smells, tastes …cheers,j

gemma - Thank you everyone for your kind words and advice!

Pille - Have fun travelling! If you’re near the Baltics sometimes in December/early January, drop me a line, and I may show you personally or then email the links to the best cafes/restaurants to visit in Tallinn:)

Sticky - Likewise, if you reach Hanoi and feel like some street food experiences, drop us a line at stickyrice.

gemma - Pille and Sticky, thank you so much! Those are two areas that we are seriously considering/hoping to get to. I will be in touch if it works out.

Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes

Last week my parents, my brother, and I drove four hours north to Waupaca, Wisconsin.  We have spent a week in Waupaca every summer of my life.  Waupaca is a tiny town situated about an hour and a half North of Madison by car.  While Wisconsin is home to many lakes, Waupaca itself boasts 22 […]

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lizzy - I didn’t think anyone else knew about ting. and that picture of the cheese curds made me hungry… I know what I’m doing first thing when I get back to wisconsin…spotted cow and fried cheese. delicious.

Michele - Hi Gemma, what a wonderful description of Waupaca. I’ve never been there but you certainly make it sound very charming. Inner tube rentals and the Ting Pop!
And I’m so happy that you posted a picture of those cheese curds, I was hoping you would. I will be daydreaming about them for a while. It sounds like you had a great time, I’m sure it was hard to leave!

gemma - Wow Lizzy, I had no idea anyone else had heard of Ting either. I am impressed. Mmmm. fried cheese curbs and spotted cow. I wish I could eat some with you, but it sounds like I will be gone when you are here. . sniff.
Thanks Michele, I’m glad you liked the cheese curd picture. I remembered your request and was sure to document them for you!

Juno888 - I don’t think so… but it’s really that book..

Katie -
My Family goes to waupaca too. Here’s another story about waupaca from my dad.

Paul - I found your post while searching for Ting. Having grown up in Waupaca, I have very fond memories of Ting and thought it was long gone. I used to love the orange.
While the Harbor’s cheese curds are ok, there are many other places in WI with curds that put the Harbor’s to shame. My favorite is the “battered” variety. I used to like the Harbor’s, but I don’t even eat them now that I’ve tried these. Often they are fresh and hand battered. The version the Harbor sells are frozen and can be purchased in nearly any store, food club, or your local “Schwans” distributor.

Tammy Fisher - I want a Ting shirt! Where can I get one?!

Gemma - I wish I knew Tammy! I want one too.

joann bendik - Just got back from Waupaca. after 27 years of almost yearly waupaca vacations, my daughter, now 25, had to announce that her “childhood is officially over” when told that ting is no longer being made. sad. sad. sad. and to think of how i recycled the cases of ting that we’d bring home to downers grove, il., but then forget to return it to waupaca. now, i feel responsible for the end of ting. we did visit clear water harbour, the red mill and our favorite restaurant The Pine Tree Supper Club that is closer to New London. Also, scooper’s ice cream and the Tom Thumb miniature golf continues!

Jo Anne Costello - I spent every summer of my childhood in Waupaca as well, making the 2 day drive from New York with my parents and brother and sisters. We would stay a couple weeks on Round Lake with my grandparents, who lived there year-round. Katie, I read your Dad’s story and loved it (I started going to Waupaca in the ’60s). Sadly, my grandfather passed away 4 years ago, the house was sold, and we have not been back since.
I remember cheese curds and Ting – the green Ting was the best! We used to walk to Lorimer’s Trading Post every night after dinner and buy frozen Milky Ways and eat them in the little park across the street. Later, we would sit in that park and wish we were old enough to get in to the Casino!
I am hoping to get back to Waupaca soon, but in the meantime, I am looking for Waupaca or Chain-O-Lakes sweatshirts or T-shirts. Does anyone know if there is any place to get them online?

gemma - I was just up in Waupaca and can confirm that Ting was no where to be found – Even at our old stand by Weller’s. The end of an era indeed.
I’m so glad I wrote about Ting. The memories you have all shared with me about Waupaca have been a joy to read. Thank you!

Amanda Lorimer-Crowell - This is awesome. I am the granddaughter of Sarah Lorimer who ran the Trading post.
I so miss every weekend, summer, trip up to the Chain.
I will have a special connection to this place for the rest of my life.