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The Spice of Life

This is the restaurant where I work, its an old building from 1909, was originally a bank but was a bar for 50 years or so and now it is a nice restaurant with lots of personality.
The food is great and so is the wine list. (and we have Guinness on tap.)
March 2007 we have been here for 10 years. Last night we had an anniversary party that everyone in town knew about except for me. It is also my 10 year anniversary. My boss organized this party that consisted of about 30 present and former employees including my 2 sons who are away at college. She actually flew people in to come to this party. I was in a total state of shock for most of the night (until the wine kicked in) It was an awesome night all around. Thank you Karen.

I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and I'd like to share it. That doesn't stop me from wanting to travel any chance I get. I manage a busy restaurant and so summer vacations are nearly impossible. So I take off in slow time November and where better to go in November then to the Mediterranean, more specifically Italy. and then when we get back to Montana the ski season has begun. Cross country that is. Life is good. My birthday is in December and my favorite way to spend it is skiing or hot springs and a bottle of great red wine. I love Italian and Australian reds but I'll try anything. I buy the wine for the restaurant and so have the opportunity to try all sorts of wines all the time. Tough job but someones got to do it. Anyway enjoy Montana.

One of our favorite weekend camping destinations, camping on Flathead lake, especially when the cherries are ripe.

If you live in Montana you must have a dog

Guido, he is our buddy. Half boxer, half australian sheppard. I saw a dog book at costco and there was a picture of a bull boxer that looked exactly like Guido. So whatever he is, he is a sweet dog.

This is the coolest hot springs, this pool belongs to a totally restored 1930s style hotel, its cheap, its fun, they have great music. I send all visitors to Montana here. I haven't been recently and its time but alas we have other parts of the state to get to this week.

This is what we do for fun in the spring, some years we find 30 pounds and some years we find none. But its always like a big kid easter egg hunt. It is now May 2008, and the mushrooms are here!

One of our best trips was to Croatia. It was wonderful, beautiful, good food, good wine, nice people, and affordable. What more can you ask for? Check out my travelogues to see how nice it was. (I got kind of lazy in the tip building department)

VT people I have met in no particular order

Jumpingnorman and family
Chris and Mark I do not know your vt names! Help me out here.

Cashiers or however we spell Claus, that was the best time we had in Denmark

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    Jan 27, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Sorry I missed the big day. Out of sight but not out of mind. Hope you had a great B-Day.......d:o)

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    Jan 6, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Happpy belated birthday Ellen, I've been away from VT for a while.Hope you had Joyful and pleasant festives

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    Dec 24, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Ellen this is some of the "old time" feeling of VT.........Happppppppppyyyyy Birthday!!! Kathy in Florida

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    Dec 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Happy Birthday sweet Ellen xx

  • JessieLang's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Happy Birthday, Ellen! I hope you have a great day today, and a very happy Christmas as well.

  • Dymphna1's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Happy Birthday. We should go camping again sometime.

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    Dec 21, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Hey girl. It's that time of the day to say, let's go get a beer! Oh yeah, have a Happy Birthday while you are at it. Ellen, may all your wishes come true. Well, some of them, maybe not. LOL. May your day go as planned and may you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Now, go and have a good time. Cheers! Larry :-*

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    Dec 21, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Happy Birthday, enjoy your day!

  • 68maciek's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Happy Birthday Ellen!

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    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Happy Birthday Ellen!

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