Acts as Taggable On Tutorial with Rails 5

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For more posts in this series, check out my tutorial on Devise Authentication with Rails 5. Acts as Taggable On is one of my favorite underrated (and awkwardly named) Rails gems. There’s almost always the need to search or organize objects in a Rails application and using tags simplifies the process so much. It also saves developers […]

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5 Hidden Moscow Bars You’ll Never Get Into

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Moscow does hidden bars right. There’s no pretense of secret doors hidden behind a bookshelf, or phone booths where you dial just the right number. No. Moscow speakeasies do not want to be found. They conceal themselves well — behind unmarked metal doors and dingy alleyways that smell like cat piss and warm garbage water. These places […]

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April-May 2018 Reading list

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Truth be told, my cooking style is all over the place – I’ve never met a plate of (gluten-free) pasta that I haven’t fallen in love with; I try to make vegan Buddha bowls whenever I can. But at the end of the day, my comfort food is always Russian – spring potatoes with dill, […]

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Travel Tips: Yokohama

Yokohama doesn’t have the crowds of Tokyo, the quiet charm of Kyoto, nor the frenetic buzz of Osaka. But it does have the sea. There’s a beautiful port and the remnants of Yohokama’s former past as the window into Japanese trade. There is also ramen and beer, which makes it the perfect place for a […]

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Swedish Vanilla Almond Cake

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Dave and I got engaged in Stockholm, sitting on a park bench and overlooking the water of Gamla Stan. It was a biting cold October afternoon in Sweden, so as soon as I said yes, we stopped at a café for fresh cinnamon buns and coffee. This particular almond cake is best served right out […]

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February 2018 Reading list

a year of magical thinking and alias grace

I gotta be honest –  this month, I had to really resist the urge to give in to my basest desires, tune out, and just re-read Fifty Shades of Grey –  because my mind was craving something vacuous, among the heat of Ngapali beach and the haze of frozen margaritas. But I didn’t. In part because I knew […]

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I ate live octopus

Technically the octopus was already dead, but its tentacles still wiggled frantically, proclaiming their last hoorah. Here is the thing, it’s just sashimi, right? That’s what I kept telling myself going into this. The live octopus – or sannakji  – is a Korean speciality. For the meek, it’s a culinary feat. For the brave, it’s just a […]

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