Caving in Vietnam

There’s Throwback Thursday (and now Tuesday) and Flashback Friday- so why not Memory Monday?  Here’s one of my favorites from two years ago.  Such an incredible trip to Vietnam, especially our trek to Son Doong Cave – supposedly the world’s largest. Our visit to Phong Nha National Park and the surrounding jungle was with Oxalis Adventure Tours – the…

For the Love of Zion and Danger

After the second wedding in Portland, we hopped a cheap flight to Vegas and spent a mostly uneventful night there minus a confrontation with a homeless, mentally ill woman who threw water on me.  (Yes, thankfully, it was just water.)  As it turns out the city shuts down around 10pm on a Monday unless you’re…

The Beauty of New York State Parks

I admit that I’m not that well-traveled in this country.  Given the choice between England and New England, I’d pick the overseas flight rather than the traffic-filled drive.  But in the summer, air travel can be cost-prohibitive.  Plus, if you don’t have the ability to get away for a full week or more, it may…

Bastille Day Tribute: The New Wine Bars of Paris

Having a glass of wine in France is like having water in the US (unless you’re in California). In fact, you’ll rarely be offered water when dining in Paris. On this Bastille Day, I thought it was fitting to finally finish my last post on Paris and write about the French tradition of wine consumption,…

Chilling Out in Charleston and IOP

When trying to plan a last minute getaway, the first consideration is the weather.  Any place where the forecast calls for little chance of rain and warm weather works for me – and, of course, good food.  With those caveats in mind, we ended up booking an impromptu 3 day weekend trip to the Charleston…

The New Nashville

From its humble days of meat and three’s and chain restaurants, Nashville exploded onto the food scene a few years ago with the widely acclaimed Catbird Seat in 2011, followed by Rolf and Daughters in 2012 and Husk a year later.  The previously under-the-radar “hot fried chicken” also became a national sensation.  Now it’s accessible…