29 01 2011

We were excited to discover that was finally delivering to Pennsylvania, a state overrun with ridiculous liquor laws.  Recently we took advantage of a free shipping deal at and ordered an entire case.

We found that the selection of wines is huge, although for the most part, only large-scale producers’ wines or collectibles are available.  (We couldn’t find any of our favorite Sonoma Pinot Noir producers, for example.)  There are also some good value brands available, such as the Cristalino Brut Cava priced at $7.99.  It wasn’t amazing but it was a solid deal for a pleasant bottle of bubbly.

We ordered a mixed case and it only took about a week for it to be delivered.  All of the wines arrived safely and came with handy bottle tags to keep track of the wines.  Already on the tags are the name, vintage, order date, price, and relevant ratings.  There is also space for you to write in any notes to help you remember whether or not you want to buy it again.

If you want to order from we recommend ordering during cooler months so that your wines don’t get scorched or frozen.  Also try to look out for free shipping deals because it could cut the cost of your order considerably.

2010 in review

5 01 2011

WordPress sends along these nifty year-end reviews and even though I hardly did any posting this year due to pregnancy and a new baby, the blog is holding its own.  Now if only I could get back to Japan or Ireland some time soon to create new, popular posts.

Thanks so much for reading, everyone!

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 33 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 195 posts. There were 82 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 147mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 3rd with 147 views. The most popular post that day was Eat.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for hachiko, schmitter sandwich, nakamura kyoto, the schmitter, and adriatic grill temple.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Eat April 2008


Tokyo Walking Tour: Shibuya and Harajuku March 2009


The Schmitter May 2009


Kaiseki Review: Nakamura-Ro, Kyoto March 2009


Dingle Peninsula: Moran’s Bus Tour May 2008