2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode II

God bless our men and women in uniform!  Especially my nephew, Murray “Cuatro” Johnston.  Cuatro’s current uniform is that of a West Point cadet, but this spring it will be that of an Army lieutenant headed off to Fort Benning to prepare to lead an Infantry platoon.  You met Cuatro as the Founder and First President of a Barbecue Club at St. Anselm’s Abbey School for Really … Continue reading 2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode II

Moist Brisket in the Washington Area!

Sloppy Mama’s in Arlington sells moist brisket as well as lean! I here confess error and hope for your forgiveness. In my otherwise glowing review of Sloppy Mama’s, I groused that, like other Washington area barbecue places, they served only lean brisket.  Hard as it may be to believe, I was wrong.  Flat wrong.  I was extrapolating from the general state of brisket in the Washington area. … Continue reading Moist Brisket in the Washington Area!

The Sheraton Suites Resort, Key West, Florida

The Blog has been focusing on food, of course, but it occurs to our large professional staff that you might be interested in great places to stay, as well.  That revelation came because in our after-Christmas trip to Key West, we stayed in a really nice place —  so nice that it inspired me to start writing up hotels when Nancy and I stay at … Continue reading The Sheraton Suites Resort, Key West, Florida

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