Monday, July 26, 2010

local eateries with a side of links

I think they call it "link-love." Somebody links to your blog and you link back.

Lettuce Eat Kale is a real blog (i.e. regular posts by a professional writer who happens to be my best buddy Sarah.) Last week, Sarah documented her discovery of local eateries after a post-surgery convalescence in which she was all but house-bound and banned from driving. In Learning to Love the 'Hood on Foot, she not only calls me "Marge" in public but she nicknames me Nurse Ratched. All in good fun. I guess. All I can say in my defense is that nothing comes between me and my morning coffee. And, honestly, Sarah, would it have killed you to have a supply of coffee on hand in anticipation of my visit? (Ideally, a medium roast, fair trade blend from Cole Coffee.)

Anyway, you linked to me so I'm linking back.

For the record, these are some of my favorite local eateries, all within walking distance of my home:
Meantime, another good friend, Matt, read both of our blogs and writes:
  • "You should write something scathing about Sarah in your own blog just for revenge." (Done!)
  • "After reading your blog, and spending some quality time getting a smog check for my car, I was ready to sign up for carlessness!"
I'm happy to have inspired you, Matt. (For now, I won't recount any of my recent doubts about this whole carless experiment -- I'll save that for a future blog post.) Matt, by the way, is one-half of the Matt and Ashley partnership. In the spirit of link love, I'll link to Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore where Ashley has several of her one-of-a-kind, button and wire necklaces on sale.

More gratuitous links: Jan Dunsford is a talented, Maine-based jeweler and artist (who happens to be my mother-in-law). Check out Jan's work at ArtJewel Designs and on Etsy.

Feel the (link) love! Ditch the car!


sarah said...

Dear Margaret,

I would have had coffee for you but I don't drink it and while I sometimes keep it in the freezer for guests who need a shot, I usually end up giving it away as it sits there, untouched, for months.

And, um, to be perfectly honest, it wasn't high on my list pre-surgery.

Anyhoo, last week I spent about $1,500 on my car before I even got behind the wheel -- major service, rego, smog check -- so I was feeling a bit like ditching the mobile myself.

But then I spent y'day tooling around all over the place and -- call me a carbon footprint ne'r do well -- my love affair with the freedom that an auto allows began anew.

Thanking you for all the link love, baby (I guess) and looking forward to reading your "rethinking" post.

oops! Sarah

sarah said...

p.s.: like your header, very clever.

Karen Frisa said...

Your MIL's jewelry is beautiful! Thanks for posting the link. And I'm looking forward (?) to reading your post on your doubts about your decision to go carless. I'm hoping to get rid of my car in the not too distant future, so what you have to say will be interesting.