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…

Italian Supper

Here’s Brandt welcoming everyone to our house in Umbria…well, our house for a week in 2012. Channeling the La Dolce Vita spirit we hosted Supper Club Sunday evening.  This was our first time to have a theme.  It was our dear friend Teresa’s turn to host but she is dealing with a health challenge.  We send her…

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…

ONE amazing weekend!!!

Disclosure: For those of you that come here looking to drool over the food…sorry.  I know, four days in NYC and no food shots?  That was not the focus of the weekend.  We did have a great meal and visit with Jennifer and Quinn McHenry at Nizza.  Check out the Nizza website and Jennifer’s blog…

’tis the season…

Last week we had 70 degree temperatures and then we had WINTER… Snow… Sleet… Ice… COLD WINTER!!! I’m sure residents of  St. Paul, Juneau or Reyjavik might scoff but for this Southern boy…we’ve had as much winter as I care to experience for one season. It’s not even the middle of December. What in the…

Coast-to-Coast

I’m sitting in a glass room on Pacific Coast Highway with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.  Before we get to why I’m in this setting I have to go back to Friday.  The weekend began with another trip to South Carolina; Columbia this time. Friday evening we celebrated the birthday day of a…

Charleston Day II

Founded in 1670 as Charles Towne in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston adopted its present name in 1783. It moved to its present location on Oyster Point in 1680 from a location on the west bank of the Ashley River known as Albemarle Point. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants,…

Charleston Day I

I have to admit I got off the plane and went straight to eat.  I had a list; okay? Charleston history while rich and dramatic pales in comparison to its culinary, art and architecture offerings.  I started at Hominy Grill…highly touted for its Shrimp and Grits. Pardon my culinary confidence but I can do Shrimp…

…end of summer

While I certainly still the feel the heat and humidity of summer on the farm in Mississippi my summer activities ended this weekend in Indianapolis, IN. Again, many have asked where I’ve been and complained about the lack of communication.  I understand why my cousin at Bake or Break  made blogging into a career.  I find…

Scenes of Summer

When last we spoke it was the Fourth of July and we were in East Tennessee.  I can’t believe I’ve been away from you so long. Moreover, I get tired thinking about what I’ve done in between posts. I didn’t realize I was so busy until I was telling a friend why I couldn’t take…