Category Archives: Not In Chicago

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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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Brix Restaurant, Napa CA, July 2015

Although I visit the Northern California Wine Country, on average, more than once a year, there are still a number of excellent restaurants that I have not had a chance to explore. Topping the list […]

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Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA, April 2014

One of the most luxurious places to stay in the Napa Valley is Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford. The rooms, the views, the restaurants and the spa are all world class. Alas, the price of […]

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Barndiva, Healdsburg CA, April 2014

Many people who say they have visited “The Wine Country” in California have never left Highway 29, the main road that runs the length of the Napa Valley. To be sure, there are plenty of […]

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Kendall-Jackson’s Partake, Healdsburg, CA, May 2014

Partake is Kendall-Jackson’s restaurant and tasting room in Healdsburg, CA and it is a great place to enjoy delicious nibbles and good wines. The food is  excellent. The mass produced KJ wines are good values […]

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