It has been a long few weeks, hasn’t it?  I’m trying to remember a time in my life where I was really feeling all 24 hours of the day.

Even my dreams are stressful.

And not like, scary or “thriller” dreams, but like silly day to day stress. Meeting deadlines, being stuck in traffic, trying to unscrew really small screws with a tool that’s too big…normal stuff.

It’s insane, so I checked my horoscope…normally I don’t go in for that stuff, but I don’t think it’s so bad that Universe tells me things are going to be “okay” every once in a while.


It told me to “engage in creative endeavors” so here I am, sitting in bed with my laptop writing this blog and being slightly distracted by the intensity with which Lester is cleaning himself.

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A note to my wife

I have many memories of being in love.
I’ve been in love in Greece and Belize, on a train to Seattle and on a boat in the BVIs. I’ve been in love in some of the most amazing places in the world and if you asked me to describe any of them to you, I’d always begin with her.
Her smile as we walked into Disney World together for the first time, her eyes as she saw the Parthenon on our first night in Greece, her kiss in the hallway of my 3rd apartment in Chicago, and her glow as she walked down the aisle.
My memories are full of her because, thankfully, my life is full of her.
I cannot wait to make more memories in the years to come.
To my wife, Stacey, I love you more than words can say.
Happy anniversary.

Quick and dir…I mean healthy

Stax and I are doing this thing. It’s kinda new and hip so I wouldn’t blame you if you hadn’t heard of it.

It’s called “eating healthy”.

What you do, is eat foods that are generally less likely to kill you than other foods. So instead of things like hamburgers or three Chipotle Burritos in one day, you eat spinach and fish and other green things.

Oh, and yes, I did once eat 3 Chipotle Burritos in a single day (two in one sitting) and while I am disgusted at myself, I am also incredibly proud of that feat. Come at me, Adam Richman.

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The Garlic Ginger Shrimp Blues

I really wanted to call this post Cooking to Forget but I could hear Stacey’s voice in the back of my head as I wrote it.

“Soooooo dramatic, Todd”

So, I decided to go with the (slightly) less dramatic title, even though it is still every bit as much of a “VagueBook” post as the initial one.

Truth is, things at CampGarcia have been a little tough of late and outside of the obvious, friends, family, not living in Russia, two things really help to lift the weight of the world.

Cooking and Stacey’s smile.

If you listen hard enough, you can actually hear Stacey’s eyes roll at that sentence…

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Getting Crabby in Baltimore

If you hadn’t guessed, food blogging is not my main source of income…or any income to be honest.

Waiting on you Foodnetwork and/or Travel Channel!

In my spare time when I’m not cooking and writing about cooking, I work at an eCommerce firm…digital commerce firm as a Senior Account Executive. High-level (business type phrase) I work to help people sell their goodies online using our goodies and everyone feels good…ie.

One of the coolest perks of my job is travel, I get to travel a lot. I used to hate flying, terrified of it. But once I realized that on the other side of the flight there was a new city with new food and cultures to experience, I got over it…also I have to fly a lot.

This week’s trip brought me to Baltimore and more importantly…to the wonder that is Blue Crab.
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Something Simple This Way Comes…

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of this podcast called Lore. It’s a good short podcast for the trip to and from the office and it’s generally very interesting.

If the title didn’t give it away, the content of each episode centers around “lore”. Stories of ghosts, folklore, haunted houses and witchcraft etc…

Which freaks me out. Like, legit freaks me out. I have the imagination of an over imaginative 5 year old so these stories stick with me a bit. In fact, the other night I was checking our apartment doors for the fourth time before bed (stupid cats making stupid scary noises), I saw three stacked paint cans that looked like a little goblin.

I stopped, gasped an audible “Oh no” and turned the lights on in a panic. Rediculous.

Well, you’re probably wondering what this has to do with food. I think that a lot of people scare themselves into thinking they can’t cook and just like my paint can goblin, it’s not the reality.

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Biscuits and Groovy

I hate baking. Well, I don’t hate it, but since I’m not very good at it I try and avoid doing it whenever I can.

Which is why I was surprised to find myself making Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits on Sunday night. Well, maybe not that surprised.

Well, maybe not that surprised…considering no one forced me to do it and I went to the store to buy the necessary ingredients…but you get my point.

“But why would you bake if you dislike it so much?”

That’s a great question fake person I use to further my blog posts. I’ll tell you why.

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