My First Blog…

I’ve never really believed in keeping a journal. People who know me may find that statement odd because I do like to write, or at least I have in the past. So I say that opening statement quite literally, I’ve never actually kept most of what I’ve written. That being said, I can’t claim that…

Mystery Street Food, Phuket, Thailand

I’m pretty sure the last thing I tried, the one in the picture, was some sort of octopus. Either that or some alien being that had been skewered and roasted. Prior to that, we had tried a few things that, despite the vendor’s attestations that it was chicken, had the texture and flavor of no…

Pizza (any pizza), Dar Poeta, Rome

It’s bread, pomodoro and cheese. Can it really be so much better in one place or the other? Now, I can’t definitively state that this pizza was the best I’ve ever tasted. But, it definitely was one of the most memorable. We saw this place on travel sites but the resounding recommendation was from our…

Afternoon Tea, Franco’s, London

OK. So, this was definitely not traditional afternoon tea and the price was anything but regular as well. But in terms of flavor, presentation and exquisiteness, this was definitely an experience worth having. The tea is for one person but the associated, finely crafted nibbles were plentiful enough for two and at the same tasty…

All the Drinks!, Yauatcha Soho, London

Located in the heart of London’s Soho District, Yauatcha Soho is a great spot for a late night bite. But, for me, the drinks were really what set this place apart. I think my favorite, and the one in the picture, was the Szechuan Margarita. It had the right notes of spicy and sweet and…

Chocolate Dessert, Saga Restaurante, Costa Rica

This dessert was delightful. It consisted of a chocolate ganache/truffle, served on a bed of custard with a raspberry compote. It was accompanied by a wee dollop of vanilla ice cream on a ginger snap. But the real kicker for this dessert was my daughter’s reaction. She was just over a year old and this…

Churros Con Chocolate, Chocolateria San Gines, Madrid

I couldn’t quite decide whether to put this as one of my favorite drinks or bites to eat, so it’ll get both. The churros here are not the unholy gum shredding mess, doused with cinnamon and sugar, you may get at the typical food truck or “Spanish” restaurant. These churros are light and airy inside…

Risotto, Lisbon

The Risotto at this Restaurant with an infamous name, Lisbon, Portugal. I have described it as a transformative experience. The rice was perfectly cooked, not mushy yet not firm, creamy but not sticky, with the right balance of saltiness. The grilled shrimp imbued lightly sweet yet smoky flavor to the dish. There were mushrooms to…

There’s wine in them hills!

 I didn’t really expect to find wineries in the North Carolina mountains. But, on my many trips and vacations to the region, I’ve managed to find and try three of them with a few more that I have yet to explore. Searching for wineries near me, I found a handful of wineries within 30 minutes…

Great Driving Roads in North Carolina Mountains

Any list of the best scenic drives in the US definitely has to include the Blue Ridge Parkway. At almost 470 miles (755 km) in length, it qualifies as the longest linear park in the US! Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway is a thrilling experience. The picturesque views are quite often breathtaking and the elevation and direction…