Ride on, Vienna

    Why did we end up in Vienna—Waltz? No.  Mozart? Nope. Fluency in German? Nein. Love pastries? Not really. @Bourdain?Brainbuzz, germinate a few years, back burner, a "someday […]

Porchswing at SoBou

When traveling, sometimes it's fun to try something new and then stick with all of its iterations and permutations. OK, "all" is a bit strong […]
John Boutte


What a great show last Saturday night with the amazing John Boutte.  @dbaneworleans

Crabby Wife

Sometimes there's nothing else you can do first thing in the morning. You just have to have a #crabbyWife. Crab cake, shrimp étouffée, two eggs […]

Mira! Another good rose

Currently ranked #2 for summer rosés at our house, Miraval, by celebrity winemakers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie really is a good one. Nicely produced […]

Chop! Enjoy! Repeat!

On a recent visit to the best wine in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone, we enjoyed a lunch which started with some delicious salumi. We asked […]

Cold Springs Tavern

After all these years of driving up to Los Olivos or Los Alamos or even back from Paso Robles through the San Marcos Pass (CA-154) […]

Vesuvio Rosso

Here's a nice sub-$20 food wine. Nice acid and balance, a little bright cherry and a hint of smoke from the volcanic soil. Pretty ruby […]