Category Archives: Gastronomy

Hungry in Manhattan: The Prix Fixe Lunch, Part III

It is a fact. I have better taste in food than in clothes. And this is why, the first time we stepped inside Café Boulud I momentarily considered flight. The graciously appointed dining room brimmed with what author Tom Wolfe, … Continue reading

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Hungry in Manhattan: The Prix Fixe Lunch, Part II

“But doesn’t it feel like you’re in the middle of Grand Central Station?” Well, yes. And no. Perched on the west balcony of Grand Central Terminal is Cipriani Dolci, a tiny jewel in the crown of the famed string of … Continue reading

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Hungry in Manhattan: The Prix Fixe Lunch, Part I

The best-kept dining secret in NYC is really no secret at all – like leaks out of the White House, everyone seems to know the scoop: the best way to enjoy snazzy Manhattan restaurants is to skip the exorbitant dinner … Continue reading

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A Grand Introduction: Mackinac Island

We didn’t know jack about Mackinac. It was only during the twenty-minute ferry ride from Mackinaw City over to Mackinac Island that we realized we’d been saying it all wrong. Despite that “c” at the end, it’s pronounced with an awww, not an aacckk. I later … Continue reading

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Glen Arbor: Lake Michigan with a Cherry on Top.

Glen Arbor sits pretty, right on the pinky finger of the mitten that is the lower peninsula of Michigan. It gazes fondly to the northwest over Lake Michigan, making for some terrific sunset views and it boasts the lovely Big and … Continue reading

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Wynn-ing in Las Vegas.

Just back from five sultry summer nights at The Wynn in Las Vegas, where the most sinful thing we did was to order up our morning coffee from room service. Oh, and there was that Béarnaise sauce on our Steak … Continue reading

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Q: Does Dining in Brooklyn Make You Hipper?

A: Close. But with that extra whisper of an i. Not hipster, not hipper, sadly, just hippier. But, at least briefly, also happier! We always enter Brooklyn with breath held, suspecting we may be turned back at the border for … Continue reading

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Two Days and 10,000 Calories in Bologna.

Let’s go back to Italy, shall we? The travelogue left off after our four days in Firenze, but the trip went on: we boarded a Trenitalia for a brief visit to bustling, historic Bologna, site of the oldest university in the western … Continue reading

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3 Hours and 35 Years in Montalcino

We could have remained cocooned at Castiglion del Bosco forever, but after a few days the weather cleared and the sun came out and the Via Francigena beckoned. The road, which stretches from Canterbury, England all the way to Rome, has … Continue reading

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In Tuscany: Kings of the Castiglion

There is a saying about the pleasure of doing nothing and resting afterwards. It is serious work, not to be undertaken lightly, and after decades of searching, we found the perfect setting for it: the exquisite Castiglion del Bosco in … Continue reading

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