2018…thanks for the memories

Before we jump head first into 2019 we pause to be grateful for a wonderful 2018. My business afforded us several opportunities to travel this year.  We visited family coast to coast and celebrated anniversaries, birthday’s (three where both digits changed) and the joy’s of living. We met new friends Miles at Tamboli Produce and Rachel…

Sunday Breakfast

I’m  not a breakfast guy.  I’m actually not a fan of many traditional American breakfast foods…especially before, say 9:30.  Mom and dad loved breakfast and I married a man who believes the marketing line, “if it ain’t eggs, it ain’t breakfast.”  Mom always did a “full breakfast” on Sunday…and still got to Sunday School.  I…

Best of the West

We recently visited Nevada and California.  Out of respect for your time I’ll share the “Best of” from the trip. Best Plating Chile Relleno, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, Ceasar’s Palace Best Greeting The pines and aspens of  Northstar Resort and graciousness of our friends Linda and Jim. Best Welcome Cocktail Actually, we had champagne upon…

June Wedding Part II

The wedding day began with elegantly presented brunches. in beautifully appointed homes with lovely hosts, lots of exuberance and maybe just a tiny bit of anxiousness. Southern Accents should have covered this.    Everything was done to perfection to honor the bride and her entourage. Can you die…this looks like it was styled for Saveur.  …

From the Mountains…

American themed songs often mention mountains as in purple mountain majesty and from the mountains to the prairie.  Thus, it’s only fitting to celebrate our nations birthday back in the mountains of East Tennessee…our new second home. The March 30 post Good Friday, Food and Friends gave you a glimpse into why we would make…

This Solitary Life

I know two weeks is too long to be away. I feel certain you have been sitting staring at your monitor the whole time. Now, you have to clear your schedule because this will be the longest post in history. However, you’re about to see my life in a two-week retrospective. I’ll begin with the…

It Can’t Get Any Fresher!!!

The Memphis Farmers Market opened today.  So, let me go ahead and admit there’s a “pot of greens” on the stove right now. WHITTON FARMS Of course, it’s always great to see farmers like Keith and Jill Whitton that we enjoy shopping with every year.  “How was your winter” re-sounds throughout the market. CUCINA BREADS…

Rise Up and Eat!!!

Easter sunrise was somewhat damp in Asheville.  However, by the time we arrived at St. Mary’s Episcopal the puddles were glistening from a warm sun, the robin’s were singing a joyful anthem and our hearts were filled with anticipation of re-birth. We understand the altar has been bear for the season of lent.  Yet, today…

Sunday Brunch

Sunday is a wonderful day of the week. To claim it as a real day of rest offers the opportunity to relax and enjoy personal time or gather with friends and family. Therefore, it often arbitrarily becomes a day for memorable meals.  I’m not a breakfast fan.  However, Brandt loves breakfast…7/365…he doesn’t really get going…