Category Archives: Not In Chicago

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Urban Farmer, Portland Oregon, June, 2017

After a weekend of photography in the Alford dessert in the far southeast corner of Oregon, I returned to Portland to overnight before flying home the next day. I have not spent a lot of […]

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Halleck Vineyard Inner Circle Wine Club Dinner & Play in NYC

I got hooked on fine wine almost 40 years ago on my first trip to the Napa Valley. However, as much as I enjoy the beverage itself, a huge part of the pleasure of drinking […]

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Brunch at Firefly, Washington DC, March 2017

Valeria and I recently paid a brief, but enjoyable, visit to Washington DC to attend the wedding of an old friend’s daughter. We had a little free time when we arrived and enjoyed a (mostly) nice […]

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Cafe Deluxe, Georgetown, Washington DC, March 2017

Valeria and I had the great pleasure of attending the wedding of an old friend’s daughter in Washington DC this month. The main affair was, of course, the wedding and events around it, but we had a little […]

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A Barge Cruise on the Burgundy Canal, Day 4, Part 2 Ravières, Dinner at Restaurant Les Millésimes, Noyers-sur-Serein

If you are keeping score, this is my 10th blog post detailing a 7-day, 6-night luxury cruise aboard La Belle Epoque, a hotel barge in the fleet of European Waterways. The last post in this series, A Barge […]

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El Aljibe Restaurant, Havana, Cuba

It had been a long day! Up at 4:00am for an early flight from Miami to Havana, Cuba. Off the plane on onto a bus to the Plaza de la Revolución, then to a couple of parks. […]

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The Noodle Shop, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Once upon a time, if you did not gamble or hire the “ladies of the night,” Las Vegas was an inexpensive place to visit. The gambling tables subsidized the room rates and buffet meals while […]

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Pete’s Coney Island II, Lake Orion MI, October 2015

Most of my restaurant reviews are for pretty high-end restaurants. There is a reason for that. I love to cook and am quite happy making dinner at home most every night. When I go out, […]

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Burger Bar, Las Vegas, August 2015

Have you ever wondered what one of those insanely expensive hamburgers ($50—100 or more) is really like? Why do they cost so much? Do they taste 10 or 100 times better than a basic fast food […]

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Market, Saint Helena CA, July 2015

Valeria and I love to visit the northern California Wine Country for lots of reasons. The weather is almost always great (as in “at least better than Chicago”), the scenery ranges from relaxing to breathtaking, […]

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