Category Archives: Travel Log

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Southern Cut Barbecue, Chicago, July 2017

In the United States, barbecue (long, slow cooking at low temperatures with wood smoke) is generally associated with the Southern states. Texas boasts of its brisket and beef ribs smoked with a flavorful spice rub […]

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Cuba, Day 2, Part 2: Old Plaza, San Francisco Plaza, El Templete Restaurant

It’s time for us to return to Cuba and continue our exploration of the once largely forbidden (to US citizens, anyway) now somewhat accessible island. Valeria and I traveled with Ross Halleck of Halleck Vineyard […]

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A Barge Cruise on the Burgundy Canal, Day 6, Part 3, Farewell

Well, faithful reader, welcome to the 16th and final entry in a series of posts chronicling a cruise down the Burgundy canal aboard European Waterways luxury barge hotel, La Belle Epoque. If you missed any of […]

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A Barge Cruise on the Burgundy Canal, Day 6, Part 2, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain and Semur-en-Auxois

The last entry in this series, A Barge Cruise on the Burgundy Canal, Day 6, Part 1, Montbard to Venarey-les-Laumes, Courcelles-les-Montbard, and Alesia, was the beginning of the end. That is to say, it began describing […]

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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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A Barge Cruise on the Burgundy Canal, Day 6, Part 1, Montbard to Venarey-les-Laumes, Courcelles-les-Montbard, and Alesia

Our week on La Belle Epoque, a luxury hotel barge that is part of the European Waterways family, was coming to an end. This, our sixth and final full day on board would be full of […]

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A Barge Cruise on the Burgundy Canal, Day 5, Part 3, Fontenay Abbey

In my last entry in this series, A Barge Cruise on the Burgundy Canal, Day 5, Part 2, Ravières to Montbard, I covered many of our activities on the fifth day of our cruise on the […]

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The Stone House, Georgetown, Washington DC

Valeria and I recently had a chance to spend a weekend in Washington DC. No, we weren’t there to deal with politics or politicians, but rather to attend a wedding. We had an afternoon free between […]

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A Barge Cruise on the Burgundy Canal, Day 5, Part 2, Ravières to Montbard

As I hope you have already seen in A Barge Cruise on the Burgundy Canal, Day 5, Part 1, A Balloon Ride Over Burgundy, we arose early on our 5th day aboard La Belle Epoque for an […]

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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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