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

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

A Look Back: Hunt’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant, Panama City, Florida

It’s Thursday, or at least it will be tomorrow, and that means time to re-post a restaurant review from the earlier days of the Blog.  I stepped outside today and immediately decided that a post from the sunny South was in order.  Here’s one from a wonderful seafood places: #### After meals at the Peg Leg Porker and the Golden Rule, Nancy and I continued south to … Continue reading A Look Back: Hunt’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant, Panama City, Florida

Marty’s BBQ, Wilson, North Carolina

You’ve met my good friend, Jim Oliver, here. In addition to being delightfully unconventional and hugely funny, Jim is the soul of generosity.  Jim’s from Creedmore, outside Raleigh, and his Momma still lives there.  Jim visits her often, as every son should.  When last we got together, Jim and I were talking about North Carolina barbecue, of course, and I mentioned that, Bill’s having closed, my … Continue reading Marty’s BBQ, Wilson, North Carolina