Roaming Rooster, Washington, DC

Do you remember the much-publicized challenge by Popeye’s to the Chick-fil-A fried chicken sandwich dominance? Me neither. I was reminded of it, however, by the arrival of a Roaming Rooster branch in Tenleytown, not far from our home. Roaming Rooster was a major beneficiary of the Popeye’s ad campaign. How? Just when lots of people were focused on fried chicken sandwiches, a local musician/influencer, Bri … Continue reading Roaming Rooster, Washington, DC

New Orleans by Myra is Back! In Lusby, Maryland

Oh, I got excited! Nancy and I went down to Lusby, Maryland, for the weekend and I saw it! The New Orleans by Myra’s food truck, the source of the best Shrimp Po-Boy and the best Oyster Po-Boy in the area. They’d been away for months, and I’d been left bereft. No more! Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer … well, … Continue reading New Orleans by Myra is Back! In Lusby, Maryland

The Tastiest Health Food: Boiled Peanuts

My brothers, Jim and David and I, were revisiting memories of our early years visiting my remarkable mother, Dear’s parents, Walter Ewing Griffin (Daddy Papa) and Selma Shadburn Griffin (Nana), in Vienna, Georgia. Vienna is pronounced with a long “i’ in the first syllable, just as you pronounce the sausages — at leasts folks down South do. Vienna is a small town in southern Georgia, … Continue reading The Tastiest Health Food: Boiled Peanuts

Pinkie’s Eatery, Owings, Maryland

Nancy and I recently took a major detour on our way down to Cove Point. It’s a long story that you don’t want to hear. At any rate, we found ourselves on MD 2 south of Annapolis as time for lunch was receding. Nancy’s emergency internet research revealed a highly rated place, Pinkie’s Eatery, that boasted Cajun/Southern food. It was just a few miles ahead, … Continue reading Pinkie’s Eatery, Owings, Maryland

The Best Coffee in Town, Key West, Florida

It can be a real challenge to find the best coffee in Key West. It’s a big town for coffee, especially Cuban style cafe con leche, and there seem to be a million choices. You can wander from place to place, drinking coffee, taking notes, and getting progressively more wired. Or you can cut the Gordian Knot and google “best coffee in town.” That miraculously … Continue reading The Best Coffee in Town, Key West, Florida

The Cafe at Louie’s Backyard, Key West, Florida

Nancy and I stayed over in Key West for a day after Liza, Mike, and the kids left so we could spend some time with Mike’s parents, Sue and David Boyd. Nancy and I did the same thing last year, and we had lunch at Louie’s Backyard with them before our afternoon flight home. You can read details here. That lunch was on the back … Continue reading The Cafe at Louie’s Backyard, Key West, Florida

Cuban Coffee Queen, Key West, Florida

Back to my Key West Cuban sandwich survey. Sue and David Boyd suggested Cuban Coffee Queen, so off we all went. Cuban Coffee Queen is set in the center of a city block. Not the middle of a block as in halfway down a street, but the very center of the block, as if it had wandered in among the other buildings and become lost. … Continue reading Cuban Coffee Queen, Key West, Florida

Floridita Food Truck, Key West, Florida

During our delightful stay at Havana Cabana, Nancy and I hit the Floridita Food Truck several times. Well, I did. Actually, the food truck is permanently parked, or rather set up, on the grounds of Havana Cabana. It is, in effect, the hotel pool grill, but all customers are welcome, and all should stop by. The truck is set under a big tiki, with plenty … Continue reading Floridita Food Truck, Key West, Florida

First Flight Restaurant and Brewery, Key West, Florida

Nancy and I met Michael, Liza, Ella, and Lily at Key West’s wonderful Butterfly Museum. (Sue and David Boyd had been there the week before with the California Boyds, Peter, Christine, Devon, and Ryan, so took a pass.) It’s a magical place, and you should go there with or without children. Afterwards, we went our various ways and regrouped at the First Flight Restaurant and … Continue reading First Flight Restaurant and Brewery, Key West, Florida

Quan Nuong Cay Sun, Hanoi, Vietnam: A Look Back

UPDATE: This is a minor update of a post many off you probably missed. Nancy is in Hanoi, seeing the sights for a few days before the start of the Operation Smile mission in Quang Gnai.  She is so nice that she left the air conditioned comfort of her hotel ($48 per night — she refused to stay in the Marriott which would have cost … Continue reading Quan Nuong Cay Sun, Hanoi, Vietnam: A Look Back