Monthly Archives: July 2011

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark gets a makeover

We just got back from Spider-Man. This is the second time we’ve seen a show before and after they fixed it (The Addams Family was the first). The original version was so bad it prompted me to write a review … Continue reading

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Some Broadway shows have plots so convoluted that it requires advance study to follow them. This is a not a problem for Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The entire plot may be summarized as: three drag queens and a bus. … Continue reading

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Eleven Madison Park

A few months ago Linda and I went to Eleven Madison Park with our friends Ron and Bev, and had the best meal of our lives. So it was with some trepidation that I made a reservation for a return … Continue reading

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Trump International Hotel

This is the first time we’ve tried this hotel, and it seems ideal. Our room is a spacious one-bedroom suite that overlooks Central Park. The view is really quite amazing. Best of all, the hotel restaurant is one of our … Continue reading

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Road Trip Wrap Up

10 Days, 11 States: Chicago IL, Detroit MI, Cleveland OH, Pittsburgh PA, Hot Springs VA, Beckley WV, Asheville NC, Sevierville TN, Charleston SC, Savannah GA, Jacksonville FL and home to Orlando. A little over 2000 miles. Attraction Highlights The Rock … Continue reading

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Matthew’s

We arrived in Jacksonville in the afternoon and went to Matthew’s for dinner. It was an excellent meal, and it was nice to end our road trip on a high note. The six course tasting menu was well thought out … Continue reading

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Yorktown and Clamagore

Dani was up late editing her Duchess of Malfi video, so she slept in, and when she got up we walked a few blocks to The Pit Stop Deli for some tasty sandwiches. Then we drove across Charleston’s impressive Bridge … Continue reading

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Charleston

We left Asheville in the morning and stopped in Columbia, South Carolina for a surprisingly tasty Indian buffet at Punjabi Dhaba, then continued on the Charleston, arriving at The Planter’s Inn about 3pm. It’s a Relais & Chateau hotel at … Continue reading

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Forbidden Caverns

Dani and I took a day trip to Eastern Tennessee to see Forbidden Caverns. I think in the past it might have been called Blowing Cave, but the PR guys changed it for obvious reasons. In any event, it’s on … Continue reading

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Asheville Downtown

Our early morning Harry Potter extravaganza ended about 3am, and I only got about five hours of sleep, although Dani got a couple more. We had breakfast and a lazy morning at the condo, then headed to downtown Asheville for … Continue reading

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Asheville, NC

Before checking out from The Homestead we had breakfast in the dining room and used our resort activity credit to take the shuttle up to the ski lodge and try our hand at archery. Lots of fun, but we made … Continue reading

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The Homestead

We had a lovely if somewhat long drive today. We stocked the car with all the goodies from the club level of the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland, and headed for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is a surprisingly beautiful city, nestled among many forested hills. … Continue reading

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Today we visited The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one of Alcorn McBride’s largest midwest installations. We were greeted by Meredith, the curator of the new Women in Rock exhibit, who gave us a fabulous personal tour of the … Continue reading

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The Henry Ford

I didn’t really know what The Henry Ford in Dearborn Michigan was until we came here. Silly me, I assumed it was a car museum. But it’s much more. The museum includes important artifacts from American history, such as Kennedy’s … Continue reading

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Road Trip: Chicago to Orlando 2011

10 Days, 11 States: Chicago IL, Indiana, Detroit MI, Cleveland OH, Pittsburgh PA, Hot Springs VA, Beckley WV, Asheville NC, Sevierville TN, Charleston SC, Savannah GA, Jacksonville FL and home to Orlando. A little over 2000 miles. The day before … Continue reading

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Lincoln Park Zoo

Now that Dani has finished her German class (and got an A, of course) we have a couple of free days in Chicago before our road trip. We spent today at the Lincoln Park Zoo, a lovely oasis of greenery … Continue reading

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Fourth of July in Evanston

We decided to avoid the traffic and stay in Evanston for the Fourth of July. Dani made her traditional berry and jello flag cake, I grilled some steaks, Linda made Julia Child’s sauteed pearl onions, and we watched the spectacular … Continue reading

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The Girl and the Goat

The Girl and the Goat is the new restaurant by Stephanie Izard, winner of Top Chef. Barely open a year, it has already won a James Beard award, and is the hottest restaurant in Chicago. I reserved our table three … Continue reading

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Moto

Saturday night we made our annual visit to the molecular gastronomy weirdness that is Moto. We often use a limo service to get to Chicago, because the cost for a town car is about the same as a cab. But … Continue reading

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