Culturally curious. Eager to explore and experience as much as possible, whether down the road or across the globe. Bitten by the travel bug ten years ago, around the same time pogs made a comeback [in my life, only]. Consumer of mass quantities of chocolate and baked goods.

I live in the tippity top of the northeast U.S., in Presque Isle, Maine. Surrounded by French-Canadians and the occasional tacky French pop-techno radio station, I am greeted daily by rolling hills, seemingly endless fields of potatoes, and plenty of endearing accents. Originally from Minnesota, and proud to be of Nordic heritage, I am no stranger to the world of affected speech.

If you choose to read more, you will find that I most enjoy documenting unique travel memories and opportunities, from abandoned motels in South Carolina to unsanctioned hiking trails in Hawaii. As travel is a relatively rare luxury (it has been five six years since I lived abroad in Montpellier, France), you may also note that I more commonly seek thrills through chocolate taste testing and baking extravaganzas.

In the fall of 2012, I founded Antler Chocolate, a small-batch craft chocolate company located in the wilds of northern Maine. The company is currently in the product development stage.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions, or illicit hiking opportunities you may have. Thank you for reading !


21 Responses to “Apropos”

  1. julu 2011/09/11 at 16:21 #

    you are my favorite girl on the planet

  2. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe 2012/02/06 at 17:32 #

    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog; it has led me to yours, which is wonderful and I’m already enjoying what I’ve read so far. I love that you also enjoy cooking and eating new and exciting foods, and your photos are just gorgeous!

  3. noebelldreams 2012/03/12 at 19:51 #

    I love your blog! You have such a fresh approach and your stories and photos are the best. I especially love the chocolate one!

  4. Britt Townsend 2012/03/29 at 20:19 #

    Love this Emma! I should be studying forest economics but I can’t tear myself away from your delicious adventures! Hope you are enjoying Presque Isle–the ladies of Nutting miss you!

    • emma 2012/03/30 at 06:41 #

      Hi Britt! Thanks, Britt!! Good to hear from you – I miss the ladies of Nutting too:)

  5. Richard Tango-Lowy 2012/04/01 at 20:07 #

    Nice! I look forward to meeting you next week.


    p.s. I recognize the Olive & Sinclair label–I used some of Scott’s couverture last year and enjoyed it thoroughly!

  6. Otto 2012/04/17 at 22:30 #

    Emma –

    I meant to write about a post you made on your blog back in December but I have been very busy. Thanks for the link to the Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter restaurant. I have a friend in the Twin Cities that I like to visit now and again (I live in SE Wisconsin), so it’s nice to find out about someplace new.

    So I am returning the favor for when you come back to the Midwest. It’s a little out of your way (Eau Claire) but from what my co-workers say it’s the tops.

    The name of the place is Norske Nook. Here is the web site:


    I am told they have fabulous pies, and it seems sweets is a pleasure of yours. The next time I go up north I will stop at both places.

    Warning: I am told to stay away from something called Lutefisk.


    It’s Norwegian. I looked it up and it may just be something to avoid.
    By the way, I enjoy your writing. It’s always a pleasure to read someone who has a good grasp of the English language. Sadly I can’t partake in many of your sweets postings as I am diabetic.

    Take care,


    • emma 2012/04/18 at 06:53 #

      Better late than never! I’m impressed by your dedication to come back and comment, so many months later. Thank you:)

      Ah, the Gasthaus. It’s been over a year since I was there, but I was actually just thinking about it last week. Mmmm, spätzle.

      My mum loves the Norske Nook! I’ve actually never stopped by, so it’s great to be reminded of its presence along that seemingly endless stretch of 94. It is actually not out of my way at all, because I always drive home (I have a cat), and by that point in the drive I’m keen for a yummy distraction. Fabulous pies sounds enticing and inviting and all sorts of delicious, I must visit on my next drive across Wisconsin!

      But now now, lutefisk isn’t 100% horrible. It just has a 100% horrible smell, a 100% horrible backstory, and a 50% horrible taste. It isn’t for the faint of heart (or nose), that’s for sure.

      Thank you for the writing compliment, that makes my day. And even if you can’t indulge in the sweets I write about, perhaps you can at least devour them visually!

      Thanks so much for your comment, Otto, it means a lot!

  7. Otto 2012/04/18 at 19:53 #

    Lutefisk! Ok, I’ll sample it when I go to the Norske Nook next – this fall. I’ll report back… if I survive. :)


  8. the usual bliss 2012/07/05 at 18:22 #

    I wasn’t going to comment just yet… until I saw the B Boys quote above. Now I must! Loving the things I’ve read so far- and your photos are gorgeous. So glad Freshly Pressed led me to you!
    Check me out at theusualbliss.com sometime for a little bit about life out West in Park City… :)

    • emma 2012/07/05 at 21:13 #

      Quoting the Beastie Boys is one of my life’s chief objectives. I try to do it whenever possible, whether in print or in lyric. And I’m still deeply saddened about MCA… I wrote a tribute slash chocolate review back at the end of May, but it feels like time hasn’t really passed since then. It’s still heartbreaking.

      I will definitely check you out – any friend of the Beastie Boys is a friend of mine;)

      • the usual bliss 2012/07/05 at 23:12 #

        I saw them live twice. The second concert was in Seattle- I took my brother. It was his first concert and he high-fived MCA during their encore. Broken heart with the loss for sure!

        • emma 2012/07/06 at 07:07 #

          That is just about the best story that could be told! What a wonderful memory for both of you. It is a regret of mine that I never got to see them live…

  9. Big Hungry Gnomes 2012/08/12 at 06:35 #

    Hello Emma
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my little blog. I just thought I would let you know that my blog has moved and is now bighungrygnomes.co.uk. Unfortunately, if you want to remain subscribed to my blog, you will have re-subscribe to this new address. I realise this is a little bit of a nuisance but I would really appreciate your continuing support and interest in my blog

  10. The Economic Vegetarian 2012/10/12 at 11:31 #

    Hi Emma, this is a fanatastic blog! My heart skipped a beat when I saw madeleine in the title (my favourite petite cakes). Look forward to tagging along in your culinary adventures

  11. Miss Meshow 2013/05/15 at 23:27 #

    greetings from Colorado! I popped over here to see where you were from because of your fiddleheads and nettles at Tastespotting. My folks are in Presque Isle, as we speak, to visit my fam. My father is from Caribou. You probably know my cousins or something. Do you have a store front for your chocolate business yet?

  12. jtsomr 2013/09/09 at 20:52 #

    Herro! I was searching for information about logging and came across your blog. Having just moved to Van Buren(literally five mins from the Canadian border) a week ago and not knowing anyone or really anything about where I am I’m sure I’ll appreciate many of your posts.. and you really can’t lose with chocolate. :]

    I love hiking and exploring so if you ever find yourself in Van Buren let me know! Take care.

  13. Lukas Rowland 2013/12/29 at 12:34 #

    I find the name “Presque Isle” very funny. I imagine it’s on a peninsula? I’m an American living in Québec, so I understand being surrounded by French Canadians (and even being married to one).

  14. Carolle 2014/04/13 at 19:02 #

    I really enjoyed tripping across your blog. Thank you !

  15. Rachel G. 2014/11/03 at 17:00 #

    I’m so excited to have stumbled upon your blog! I arrived here after searching for information on Reishi tinctures. I am going to start there and then explore making it into bitters for cocktails. Here’s to drinking to your health, and Minnesotans! (I’m writing from St. Paul)

    • emma 2015/01/17 at 16:11 #

      Hi Rachel! Have you tried making reishi bitters yet? I’m curious!

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