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…

A Weekend In Normandy

Normandy is known for so many things:  apples, caramel, cheese, oysters and, of course, the battles fought during World War II.  The beauty of the region is striking, especially along the coast. Beaches that were the sight of such human loss now welcome vacationers from near and far. I’m not usually one to do the…

Paris Restaurant Round-Up

Here’s my long-awaited list of other places to try in Paris: Spring The first buzzed about NY-style restaurant goes back to the limited seating that was started at Spring.  Though Daniel Rose, an American born in Chicago, never cooked in the U.S., his style of cooking is arguably very New York. My meal at Spring was…

Paradise in Phu Quoc

After hiking through rice patties and the jungle, sleeping in stilt houses and on trains (admittedly, there were a couple of decent hotel stays in between), we were ready for a little luxury.  And in Vietnam that doesn’t have to cost too much.   We wanted a beach escape without being badgered.  And since we’d planned…