Wine and Food Overload

The obvious promotion of celebrity chefs, TV shows and food conglomerates has reached international proportions with festivals from Aspen to Barbados.  Tickets cost upwards of hundreds of dollars, and that doesn’t include plane fare or hotel.  Supposedly a portion goes to charity, but that’s questionable.  Even smaller festivals, which focus on local ingredients and promote…

A Fall Weekend In Portland

Portland may be known for its quirky ways, a focus on local food, food trucks, craft breweries, city wineries and inventive cocktails, but there’s more to do than eat and drink in this eco-conscious, dog and bike-friendly city.  In a recent weekend visit to see a college friend, I didn’t even attempt to scratch the…

Oktoberfest, Of Course!

Despite its name, this holiday — turned universal excuse to drown one’s self in giant glasses of golden beer — is actually celebrated in September.  That’s why I’ve chosen it for this month’s travel post. The fest begins when the mayor of Munich (aka the bürgermeister) taps the first keg at noon, which takes place this…

Off The Beaten Path In Bruges

It’s easy to see why Bruges (or Brugge) is known as the Venice of the North. You can leisurely stroll along the pathways near the canals and take in the picturesque houses. But the feel of this Belgian city is very different from Venezia and can easily be enjoyed in a weekend. Start your morning…

The Glories And Mishaps Of GoogaMooga: A Redux

You should be reading a glowing review of this year’s Great GoogaMooga, but the “rain or shine” event was canceled on Sunday because of … rain. Taking into account prior complaints, event planners ensured that cell service was better, lines were almost non-existent and ATMs abounded.  The trading cards – if you could locate a…

Celebrating Sustainable Seafood In NYC

On Tuesday the NY/NJ Baykeeper held its 2nd Annual Oyster Benefit at the Scandinavia House.  The stars of the event were the excellent Montauk Pearl oysters from Montauk Shellfish Company.  Gordon shucked furiously trying to keep up as the guests slurped down the briny goodness. Fortunately I don’t have to head out to the Hamptons…