Shepherdstown, was the first place I encountered to challenge my narrow view of what towns in West Virginia are supposed to be like.

Nestled against the Appalachian Trail, Shepherdstown is a tiny little explosion of culture and hippy hipsterdome. This is the kind of small town you love to stumble upon and spend a day, week or lifetime in.
Decorated with chic boutiques and 'I could care less' coffeeshops it simulates any city with a scene, but reduces it to a three block radius.

This is my second time here, and I sort of want to see what a season would feel like.

NOTE: Thomas and Wheeling also deserve recognition for their abilities to challenge what towns in West Virginia are supposed to be like.


The Baltimore free farm

We played a show at the Baltimore free farm, an amazing and inspirational collective of people who are pioneers in urban sustainability.


Back in Virginia ... for now

We came back to Virginia a couple of days ago for a wedding on Laney's side of the family.
She was a bridesmaid, so Jameson was forced to wear a suit.

Here was the result:

Today we leave on tour across the midwest for a couple of weeks.
Hit the ground running.

Adventures in Puerto Rican produce: part 3

This is a corazón

Corazon also means "heart" in Spanish, so this is also called a heart fruit. It's flavor is very similar to the Guanabana, but perhaps a little less sour and not as potent.

It is very milky and sweet and is fun to eat because you have to spit out these big black seeds that cling to the fruits flesh.

After eating one raw I had the idea to freeze the other side and see what it would taste like frozen. The result was very tasty, like frozen yogurt.

New flavor idea Johanna and Daryl?


slide show: Culebra

Jameson and Lauren seasick

We had a rough ferry boat ride to the island of culebra. It was the most intense boat ride I have ever experienced, a straight hour of pitching and rocking, the boat slamming against the waves. Luckily the way back was with the wind and much more peaceful.

Adventures in Puerto Rican Produce: part 2

This is a "breadfruit" also known in Puerto Rico as "Pana".

Breadfruit is quite strange looking. It grows on large trees with big leaves. They form as bulbous, scaly, green balls that hang from the branches. I bought this breadfruit off the back of a pickup truck for $1 in Ponce.

Upon opening this fruit, we quickly realized that it was not made to be eaten raw. Jameson sliced the thing up and we used it all week as a mock meat. We treated it just like tofu. We spiced it and sautéed it in oil. We used in and Asian stir fry and Mexican fajitas and in sandwiches.
Breadfruit has a starchy consistency. It is nearly flavorless on its own but absorbs other flavors well and for only $1 it is a lot cheaper than tofu.

slide show: Bacardi Factory