A couple of years ago, Nathan and I ventured to New Orleans in December, returning home a couple days before Christmas, and we had a blast. The weather, the city, its people, the food … oh, the food! I’m getting off track. Anyway …
I recently returned from a trip to New York City, where I got to sit down and enjoy fine dining at one of New York's hidden Greek treasures, Kellari Taverna, located in the heart of the city near Times Square and the Theater District. This traditional Greek taverna caught my eye at first gleam with its contemporary Bohemian charm. Guests mingled in every corner at the open bar or seated around the open kitchen outlined with fresh tomatoes used to make their delicious Greek salads, once ripened.
On Jan. 29 I had the pleasure of attending the closing dinner of Amelia Island’s well-known Restaurant Week. The week celebrated cuisine from the island’s popular dining destinations and in which different restaurants and companies showcased different ingredients and dishes to locals and visitors.
As I continue to explore places in North Carolina, I decided to take a trip to Aurora. This little town doesn’t offer much for tourists, but there is a cozy restaurant, Frank and Shirley’s, my friends have raved about. On Friday nights they have all-you-can-eat fried flounder that’s touted as the best around. Unfortunately, Frank and Shirley’s is closed on Sunday, but we were there for the town’s other unique draw: Aurora Fossil Museum.
During our long weekend family get-together in Arizona a few weeks ago, we spent one day in and around the town of Cottonwood, a town of about 12,000 located on the Verde River in "the heart of Arizona wine country," as its tourism site proclaims. You may be shocked to hear (if you're at all familiar with my blogs) that we didn't visit any tasting rooms or wineries while in Arizona (time was short), but I was more interested in sites and attractions unique to this part of the country, leaving wining to another visit.
Although we’ve closed out January and are headed into February, I am still reflecting on my highlights of 2022. While many things stood out, I think the best part was seeing some great musicians live in concert. When the legendary Spotify Wrapped came out, I saw just how much I listened to these artists and realized I was lucky enough to see the majority of my top artists in concert this year. Here is a breakdown of some pretty awesome performances I saw from my top artists over the past year.
My birthday last week turned into a four-day celebration. It included delicious food, exciting sports, fun music and great friends.
I seem to be on a bit of a sports roll lately …
One of my favorite trips I took was a couple summers ago with my children — not sure why my wife wasn’t with us, but off we went. We drove about two hours toward the Poconos to Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, to a place called Boulder Field, in Hickory Run State Park. The park has some great hiking trails throughout; however, we always spend most of our time climbing on the rocks at Boulder Field. Once you get to the park area, follow the brown-and-yellow signs for Boulder Field. As you get deeper into the woods of the 16,000-acre park, the paved roads turn into gravel roads, and then the gravel roads turn into dirt roads. The last turn on the right has convenient restrooms, very much appreciated after the long ride. Once we were ready to go, we went about 20 yards or so from there and parked our car.
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Without visiting, it’d be easy to throw Chicago into any number of categories. Everyone thinks they know Chicago; after all, it’s the third-largest city in America, the most prestigious foodie city in the country, the city of jazz, a comedian’s playground, an architect’s dream, a writer’s paradise. The list goes on. Only when walking the streets themselves do you realize there’s nothing categorical about the Windy City, especially as it continues to evolve.
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Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
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