Tag Archives: Wine

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Howells & Hood, Chicago, June 2017

Valeria and I have walked by Howells & Hood many times. We often considered making a reservation there, but never did. Reviews often said it was loud, sometimes mentioned poor service, and there was a […]

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Pinstripes, Chicago, June 2017

Have you ever found yourself in the mood for a game of bocce, a few frames of bowling, a drink and maybe dinner? Well, I’ve got the place for you! Pinstripes is a small (currently 7 […]

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Tortoise Supper Club, Chicago, May 2017

The Tortoise Supper Club, as the name will suggest to some of you, attempts to reproduce the atmosphere of the supper clubs that were popular in the 50s (maybe before, but that’s as far back […]

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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 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 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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Cuba, Day 2, Part 1 Plaza de Armas, Cathedral Square, Mercaderes Street

It’s time for us to head back to Cuba, so we can continue to explore its history, people, music and food. In my first blog in this series, I gave an overall introduction to the trip […]

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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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