2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode I

Having resolved the Christmas Gift Mystery (thanks Dale Leibach), I can’t leave Christmas behind without mention another gift. I have a hard time shopping for other people.  It’s rare that I pick a really good gift.  I did hit a home run one Christmas.  I gave Nancy tickets to see her favorite singer in concert in Paris.  That wasn’t the home run.  Since Nancy knew then … Continue reading 2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode I

Another Look at Orozco’s, San Juan, Puerto Rico

As if they didn’t have enough problems in the wake of Hurricane Maria,  Puerto Rico has been hit by an 6.4 earthquake and a 6.0 aftershock.  The damage was centered on the southwestern portion of the island, west of Ponce, and San Juan seems to be unaffected as of this writing.  Our hearts and, I trust, our help go out to Puerto Rico. Mindful of … Continue reading Another Look at Orozco’s, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Sloppy Mama’s, Arlington, Virginia

Sloppy Mama’s is the best barbecue place in the Washington area — at least in the DC-Virginia part of the area.  I’m hedging because there are a couple of new all-wood barbecue places in Maryland that I haven’t tried. so stay tuned.  I’m keeping my powder dry, but Sloppy Mama’s owns the DC-Virginia crown. I went to Sloppy Mama’s as part of my continuing efforts on … Continue reading Sloppy Mama’s, Arlington, Virginia

Best Restaurants in Southwest Florida: Marco Island, the Everglades, and Naples

Is it cold where you are?  Raining?  Snowing?  All of the above?  Then you’re thinking of sun and sand.  I certainly am, and I just got back from Florida a few days ago. Nancy and I have been regulars at Marco Island during the winter the last few years.  Marco is as far south as you can go on the Florida West Coast without getting … Continue reading Best Restaurants in Southwest Florida: Marco Island, the Everglades, and Naples

Where to Eat on I-95 from Washington to Florida: Updated

Many Americans are driving to Florida this winter.  For those of us on the East Coast, that means a lot of time on I-95, a lot of stops for refreshment, and probably an overnight.  You’re pretty much on your own for food recommendations if you’re coming from north of Washington, aside from Forno’s of Spain in Newark.  I really would love to have your suggestions — send … Continue reading Where to Eat on I-95 from Washington to Florida: Updated

Great Barbecue in Lexington

Every now and then I look up from my plate and try to take a broader view of barbecue and other great issues.  As you’ll recall, not all that long ago, Nancy and I headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a family wedding.  I, of course, left a day early because driving to Charlotte means going through Lexington, North Carolina.  The drive to Lexington gave … Continue reading Great Barbecue in Lexington

Good News for 2020 — Raleigh Barbecue is Taking Off!

Update:  My peripatetic brother, Jim, alerted me to yet another new barbecue place that will be coming to Raleigh– Lawrence BBQ.  It will be in Boxyard RTP, a still-developing cluster of new food and retail options in the Research Triangle Park.   I’ve thought of Triangle Park as the Sahara of food in North Carolina, and a good place to eat will be welcome there. … Continue reading Good News for 2020 — Raleigh Barbecue is Taking Off!