Monthly Archives: February 2006

Brno, Czech Republic

I spent the last few months traveling from London to Beijing. Here is a taste of one place we spent time. Follow the links to read about others. November 11th-15th, 2005 We left Liszó, Hungary, spent one night in Budapest, and then headed to Brno, Czech Republic. There we visited a friend from college, Chris, […]

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J - hi gemma, the pierogi looks awesome! i can only imagine how heartily wonderful it must have tasted

Sera - Hi!!!
It’s been such a long time since we’ve talked!
your pierogies look awesome
Try a dough that is 1 part flour to 1 part sourcream. It is really delicate and fries up beautifully in the saute pan. just knead it until soft. it should be sticky, but use lots of flour when rolling out.
Glad to hear that you and John made it home safely.
I am going to Singapore and Korea at the end of April for that competition I’ve been practicing for. It’s going well, just last minute glitches that need to be worked on.
See you later
I will update my blog more after the competition

gemma - Thanks J, I anticipate trying them again soon!
Hi Sera, it is great to hear from you. Your suggestions sound intriguing, I will definitely try them. Congratulations on the competition! That sounds very exciting. I hope you will tell us all about it. Have a safe trip and best of luck!

Liszó, Hungary

I spent the last few months traveling from London to Beijing. Here is a taste of one place we spent time. Follow the links to read about others. November 8th-10th, 2005 Our Croatian friends set us up with a friend in Varaždin, Croatia where we stayed for a night. Our new host subsequently set us […]

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shaz - I am so envious! Eeverything looks relaxed, peaceful. Its making me hungry. shaz, food blogger from singapore

gemma - Hi Shaz, it was indeed quite peaceful there. No heat or running water will do that to a village. People were did what they needed to to get by, and seemed to truly enjoy their other moments.


We have returned to Chicago in one piece and with most of our belongings. It is disorienting to be in familiar surroundings after so long in so many new places. These last 5 months have been some of the most fascinating of my life. We met amazing people, tasted delicious foods, and saw breathtaking sites. […]

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evan petrie - Hey Gemma, I am glad that you and John made it back safely. Good luck with your job search. Once you get settled in and things slow down a bit you should come down to Iowa for a visit.
much love,

Joe - Glad to hear you arrived back safely! I have so enjoyed having a visual tour of your trip!

Bea at La Tartine Gourmande - I just discovered your blog and what a delight, food and travel, all the things I love!
Welcome home if Chicago is your home. This is where my husband’s family lives and where he, my husband, partially lived!

Alex - Hi Gemma! It’s so nice to see news from you and so good news from Chicago. You know that troubles finally make good, so that was realy wonderful time we spent together in moscow, i hope to see you and John soon again anywhere :)

Ivonne - Congratulations on your homecoming … all the best!

gemma - Hi Evan, I am coming out this weekend. Looking forward to seeing you!
Thank you Joe and Ivonne!
Thanks Bea. Yes, Chicago is home. We had such an amazing trip, but I have to admit it is nice to be back in a familiar place!
Hi Alex! I am glad that we met you, even though it started out with a missed train. I had a really great time in Moscow, thank you for everything. I too hope we meet again one day soon.

keiko - Gemma, I’m glad you’re back safely – I’ve enjoyed reading your wonderful adventure and look forward to hearing more about it. Take care.