Another year. Another Friend Feast. And 2019’s Friend Feast was a sparkly, decadent, and delicious throwback to the 1980s. In Vegas. See, each year we have a theme or a main dish that’s very shareable among 14 or so guests. Last year was Mexican-inspired. The year before that was paella. We’ve also done a shrimp boil, fried chicken and champagne, and then two menus of more fancy food (pre-kids!) in 2014 and 2013. This year, my husband’s late grandfather’s annual tips to Vegas served as the inspiration. A few times a year he’d travel to Vegas — but not the…

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Folks have been plotting vacations around wine since, well, pretty much forever — something to which Jenn can clearly attest — but I know more and more people who are doing the same thing when it comes to craft beer. I spent a day in Portland, Ore. (after this race … and subsequent wine tastings) checking out the beer scene (and falling in love with Cascade Brewing, which is a must-visit if you’re a fan of sour beers, because they are the pioneers of that movement), and I have a few friends who’ve visited places like Asheville, Grand Rapids, and…

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