Category Archives: United States

Western Roadtrip

Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico in 12 days and 2600 miles In July 2019 Dani and I set out on a 2600 mile, 12-day road trip of the western states. We had a bucket … Continue reading

Posted in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, The West, Travel, Uncategorized, United States, Utah, Wyoming, Yellowstone | Comments Off on Western Roadtrip

Paul McCartney

For the first time, Linda and I both were able to spend a month in Chicago together this summer. It was fun to kick back and chill in River North. A bum left calf and foot kept me from walking all … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Music | Comments Off on Paul McCartney

Comprehensive Bordeaux Tasting: 1989/1990

Every year, in preparation for their annual Bordeaux auction, Hart Davis Hart hosts a comprehensive Bordeaux tasting that offers an opportunity to taste two different vintages of nearly all the first and second growth Bordeaux, side by side. This year’s vintages were particularly … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Dani, Wine | Comments Off on Comprehensive Bordeaux Tasting: 1989/1990

Oriole With Our Wine Group

We saved the best for last! After several days packed with wine events, great dinners, museums and sightseeing, we had our farewell dinner at Oriole. And what a dinner it was! Chef Noah Sandoval and Pastry Chef Genie Kwon knocked it … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Dining, Linda | Comments Off on Oriole With Our Wine Group

Alcorn Tours Guide to Chicago

Refer to this map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OuwGVQUX3rFKMRJi_Vx3DWp_OKE&usp=sharing Geography Chicago is on the west shore of Lake Michigan. Much of the area along the lake is various parks, from Lincoln Park on the North to Millennium and Grant Parks on the south. The … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Dining, Wine | Comments Off on Alcorn Tours Guide to Chicago

Riedel Stemware Seminar

A few years ago Linda and I attended a Riedel stemware seminar while on a Celebrity cruise. The premise of the seminar was that different shaped glasses make wines taste different. We went in very skeptical but came out completely believers. … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Dani, Wine | Comments Off on Riedel Stemware Seminar

Chicago Museums

We picked the right weekends to visit Chicago. The weather was perfect. We originally scheduled this trip for our Next season tickets. The Alps-themed meal turned out to be lackluster, but we had a lot of fun anyway. We visited … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Sculpture, Chicago, Dani, Linda, Technology | Comments Off on Chicago Museums

New York Dining

We’ve had a fabulous long weekend in New York, and although the purpose of the trip was to see the new musical, Waitress, we also had a chance to visit some favorite restaurants, and try a few new ones. Here’s … Continue reading

Posted in Dani, Dining, Linda, New York | Comments Off on New York Dining

Waitress

This anniversary trip to New York City features a lot of fine dining, but it started because of Waitress, a new musical based on the movie, and with a score by Sara Bareilles. Dani asked for tickets for Christmas, and … Continue reading

Posted in Dani, Linda, New York, Theatre | Comments Off on Waitress

Momofuku Ko

I’ve wanted to visit Momofuku Ko ever since I read about it in the excellent book, The Rosie Project, which you should definitely read. It’s very hard to get a reservation, but thanks to split-second timing last week I was surprised … Continue reading

Posted in Dining, New York | Comments Off on Momofuku Ko

Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando – Linda’s Road Trip Blog

I flew up to Chicago on Friday to spend some time with Steve and Dani. The weather is very strange this time of year – we had lunch outside yesterday and it went from very sunny to threatening to rain … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Dining, Linda, Midwest, The South, Wine | Comments Off on Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando – Linda’s Road Trip Blog

Alinea – a Return Visit

Alinea is widely regarded as the top restaurant in the United States, but when we visited five years ago we weren’t impressed. The service seemed stiff, and there were too many directions involved in how to eat each course. But it … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Dining, Linda | Comments Off on Alinea – a Return Visit

Corn Maze and Apple Picking

We took advantage of cool weather and beautiful blue skies to drive 60 miles west of Chicago to All Season Apple Orchard in Woodstock, Illinois. From Late August until early November they have a corn maze, apple orchard, and many other attractions. … Continue reading

Posted in Dani, Midwest | Comments Off on Corn Maze and Apple Picking

From Lincoln to Twain

At the start of the Labor Day weekend Dani and I made a quick overnight road trip to Hannibal Missouri to see Mark Twain’s birthplace. Along the way we stopped in Springfield, Illinois to checkout The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library … Continue reading

Posted in Midwest | Comments Off on From Lincoln to Twain

Michigan Wineries

Dani and I made a day trip around the lake to visit some Michigan wineries. It was an easy drive, and there were some nice wineries (although not really world-class wines).  

Posted in Dani, Midwest, Wine | Comments Off on Michigan Wineries

Farewell to Evanston

It always seems a shame to sell a place, just when you get it perfect. The Evanston condo served Dani well for six years, beginning with her Sophomore year at Northwestern. Here is a look back. Before OK, it is … Continue reading

Posted in Dani, Evanston | Comments Off on Farewell to Evanston

Road Trip: Orlando to Chicago

After purchasing the new condo in downtown Chicago we wanted to transport some big, heavy stuff like art work and dishes, so Dani and I decided to road trip via Atlanta, Nashville and Louisville. This would have the added advantage … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Dani, Midwest, The South | Comments Off on Road Trip: Orlando to Chicago

Burgundy and Bordeaux at Capa

Our friends Ron and Bev are the only couple we know where no matter what old wine I pull from my cellar, they can match it. So when they invited us to try Capa at the new Four Seasons Hotel … Continue reading

Posted in Dining, Orlando, Wine | Comments Off on Burgundy and Bordeaux at Capa

Dock Party at Hillstone’s

Every year Ron hosts a dock party at Hillstone’s. It’s a great venue if the weather cooperates. Last year we froze our tushes off, but this year it was perfect: mid 80s with a constant breeze off the lake. In … Continue reading

Posted in Dining, Linda, Orlando, Wine | Comments Off on Dock Party at Hillstone’s

Universal

For Christmas I gave Dani a VIP tour of Universal Orlando. She was sick after Christmas, so she flew back to town President’s Day weekend to do it. These tours are limited to twelve people. A guide takes you around … Continue reading

Posted in Dani, Linda, Orlando, Theme Parks | Comments Off on Universal

San Francisco and Central Coast 2014

Prior to spending Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, we met Dani in San Francisco for a few days of sightseeing, and then drove down the coast. Our flight in gave us a spectacular view of the coast, the Golden Gate Bridge, … Continue reading

Posted in Central Coast, Dani, Dining, Linda, San Francisco, Wine | Comments Off on San Francisco and Central Coast 2014

New York

Following our cruise we spent a busy four days in New York. Upon arrival we checked our bags at the Waldorf Astoria Towers and headed south to the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial is very well … Continue reading

Posted in Linda, New York | Comments Off on New York

Boston

Linda got to celebrate her birthday in Boston, our last stop before New York City. We were last here (on separate trips) when Dani was looking at colleges, so it had been a while. For lunch, we decided to check out … Continue reading

Posted in Linda, New England | Comments Off on Boston

Portland, Maine

The ship arrived fairly early in Portland Maine and we cleared immigration on board and went out for a morning walk. Not too many shops were open yet, but we made out way around most of the visitor’s section along … Continue reading

Posted in New England | Comments Off on Portland, Maine

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

I really enjoyed this tour of Chicago’s architecture, as experienced from the river. The volunteer docent on the 90 minute trip was a professional architect who provided great insight into the history and design of the buildings. I had been … Continue reading

Posted in Dani, Evanston, Linda | Comments Off on Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

Bristol Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Having grown up in Southern California in the 1970s, I thought I knew what a Renaissance Faire was: a collection of tents and small booths set up temporarily on sprawling farmland. Bristol Renaissance Faire is something completely different, and closer … Continue reading

Posted in Dani, Linda, Midwest | Comments Off on Bristol Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Next: Trio

Next is Chef Grant Achatz’ “next” restaurant. Achatz is the creator of Alinea, regarded by many as America’s greatest restaurant, and Chicago’s only 3-star Michelin restaurant. I approached Next with some trepidation because I’m not a fan of Alinea. I … Continue reading

Posted in Dani, Dining, Evanston, Linda | Comments Off on Next: Trio

Three Dots and a Dash

I’ve always loved Tiki bars, since I grew up in Los Angeles, frequenting Trader Vic’s, Don the Beachcomber, the Islander, Beachbum Bert’s and many others. It’s sad that they’re all gone. But the good news is that Three Dots and … Continue reading

Posted in Dani, Dining, Evanston, Linda | Comments Off on Three Dots and a Dash

Boka

Of all the Michelin starred restaurants in Chicago, Boka must be one of the greatest bargains. For little more than the cost of a typical restaurant you can have a spectacular meal. And the cozy yet classy, relaxed yet professional … Continue reading

Posted in Dani, Dining, Evanston, Linda | Comments Off on Boka

Pride Sushi and Thai

  What a delightful surprise! This small fusion restaurant is creating some of the most beautiful—and tasty—sushi in Chicago. The menu is about half Japanese, half Thai, and many of the fusion items are spicy, such as their take on … Continue reading

Posted in Dani, Dining, Evanston, Linda | Comments Off on Pride Sushi and Thai