Category: Travel

The Hills are Alive! Picnic on a Mountain Top

The Hills are Alive! Picnic on a Mountain Top

A mountaintop picnic in Colorado’s Pike National Forest sparkled with nature and pineapple mimosas.

RIP K-Paul’s Restaurant in New Orleans

RIP K-Paul’s Restaurant in New Orleans

RIP, K-Paul’s. You will be missed, but not forgotten. Our celebration of your cuisine and legacy will continue as long as we are able to make a roux or blacken a fish.

A Recipe for Bruschetta, “Summer on a Plate”

A Recipe for Bruschetta, “Summer on a Plate”

Bruschetta is so simple, so summery, so garlicky-good. Ripe red tomatoes meet their life partner in soft green basil, with garlic and oil to seal their commitment.

A Year Ago Today: Paris Gare du Nord to London St. Pancras

A Year Ago Today: Paris Gare du Nord to London St. Pancras

A year later, reminiscing about the bustling scene at Gare du Nord in Paris and dinner at Da Corradi later that night in London.

The Joy of the Second Line

The Joy of the Second Line

A video that conjures the feeling of the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Charcuterie Dreams During COVID-19

Charcuterie Dreams During COVID-19

Instagram food pics by Carl the Roaster remind me of a lovely charcuterie board at the Gatehouse in London’s Highgate area.

Sit with Me and Watch the Birds in London’s St. James Park

Sit with Me and Watch the Birds in London’s St. James Park

We are all armchair travelers right now during the trials of COVID-19, and today I’m thinking of an afternoon stroll, a long conversation and the birds in St. James Park.

April 1, 2017: A Different Place, A Different World

April 1, 2017: A Different Place, A Different World

I had a really good day on April 1, 2017. It’s hard to believe it was just 3 years ago. It seems like a really different world today as the whole human race grapples with the coronavirus.

New Orleans Jazz Fest Anticipation: Watching Susan Spicer Make a Fried Oyster Salad

New Orleans Jazz Fest Anticipation: Watching Susan Spicer Make a Fried Oyster Salad

Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona did a captivating cooking demonstration at Jazz Fest in 2019.

Another Restaurant Find in London: Com Viet, the Best Vietnamese Food I’ve Had in the UK, or Maybe Anywhere

Another Restaurant Find in London: Com Viet, the Best Vietnamese Food I’ve Had in the UK, or Maybe Anywhere

Folks, this restaurant is a jewel. If you go to London, go to Com Viet. Just trust me. You’ll get your happy back.

A Respite in Covent Garden’s Floral Court

A Respite in Covent Garden’s Floral Court

Just around the corner from crowded Covent Garden in London, I found an unexpected peaceful haven, a magical courtyard. I had entered another dimension, Harry Potter-style.

I Crashed a Bachelorette Party / We’ll Always Be a Part of Each Other’s Stories

I Crashed a Bachelorette Party / We’ll Always Be a Part of Each Other’s Stories

These Wisconsin women exuded that effortless effervescence of youth when I met them by chance at the Electric Owl in Los Angeles.

The completely correct guide to eating and drinking on a plane

The completely correct guide to eating and drinking on a plane

I’m sharing this article from the Washington Post as a public service to all travelers.

Peacefulness and Pigeons in the Courtyard at the Museum of Edinburgh

Peacefulness and Pigeons in the Courtyard at the Museum of Edinburgh

On a solo visit to the wonderful Museum of Edinburgh, I spent some time in the courtyard and caught these pigeons courting.

January Dreaming: the Simple Elegance of a Summer Starter in Paris

January Dreaming: the Simple Elegance of a Summer Starter in Paris

For a moment, I was transported to 1950s Paris, walking along the River Seine, an accordian playing La Vie en Rose, the musician wearing a beret…ah, summer in Paris.

January Dreaming: An Afternoon of Wine Flights and Friends at Thornton Winery

January Dreaming: An Afternoon of Wine Flights and Friends at Thornton Winery

Thornton Winery bills itself as Temecula’s Original Champagne House, so of course we had to go there. We had a marvelous time enjoying the wines and our wide-ranging conversations.

Bay St. Louis Shorebirds and Mindfulness

Bay St. Louis Shorebirds and Mindfulness

Seagulls and brown pelicans in Bay St. Louis give me a lesson in mindfulness reminiscent of Thoreau’s experience at Walden

Deck the Halls at Heathrow – Again

Deck the Halls at Heathrow – Again

A whimsical and tasteful little Christmas tree at Heathrow Airport is just right.

Impromptu Texas-Sized Surf and Turf in Edinburgh

Impromptu Texas-Sized Surf and Turf in Edinburgh

I wasn’t expecting a Texas-sized offering when I ordered the Scottish Beef Burger as part of an Edinburgh hotel’s set menu, but that’s what I got, along with a foodie-worthy smoked trout first course.

By the Water: The Best Way to Relax (Introducing Gumbo Cove)

By the Water: The Best Way to Relax (Introducing Gumbo Cove)

Bay St. Louis has sun, sand, sea and serenity galore. It was everything we thought it would be, and more.


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