Levi Strauss as America’s Fashion Arbiter

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You probably have owned a pair of levi jeans at some point in your life. You may even have them on or in your closet right now. But do you know the history behind the jeans? And do you know how the Levi Strauss company has a pattern of identifying, shaping and positioning its humble [Read more …]

A Sparkling Vietnamese Treat: Lily Restaurant with Henriot Champagne

Lily Avocado, Dungeness crab and Kauai shrimp rolls with strawberry fish sauce

Lily is a not-yet opened Cal-Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco’s Richmond District. We hope that it will survive San Francisco’s restaurant shut-down and will open once the Coronavirus allows us to go out to restaurants again.If it does, it is definitely a place to go if the food is even 50% as good as the [Read more …]

Amsterdam Restaurants

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Amsterdam has many good restaurants. During our 5 night stay, we checked out many of them thanks to the recommendations of our concierge at the W Hotel. But as restaurants may come and go, we suggest that you check with your hotel concierge for the places that best suit your tastes. Restaurant Daalder Restaurant Daalder [Read more …]

Premier Napa Valley Release Week Tastings: 2020

Premier Napa Valley (PNV) is Napa valley’s primary showcase for futures auction of barrels of its most recent vintage wines. The event attracts wine professionals, and those from the wine trade and media from around the world. It also attracts us. It gives us a chance to taste and report on vintages that we will [Read more …]

Amsterdam Museums

Amsterdam Rijks Museum

Amsterdam has literally hundreds of museums. We had time to visit only five. You can find another perspective of Amsterdam museums on some previous blogs written by a guest contributor who spent a month in Amsterdam. Rijks Museum The Rijks Museum is Amsterdam and The Netherlands’s most important museum. It has a huge collection that [Read more …]

Amsterdam Dam Square Area

Amsterdam National Monument

Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands. It restored much of its city’s historic district after the war and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One can explore the city in many ways including cars/taxis, public transportation, bikes, or the old fashion way….walking. There is so much to see in the city. This blog talks [Read more …]

New York City Restaurants

We can never stay away from New York City, even if we only pass through it for a few days. We recently stopped by for 2 plays and some food. New York City Theater Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: The Temptations. We enjoyed hearing the group’s incredible songs, listening to [Read more …]

Delft Netherlands

Delft canal

Delft Explosion It was a typical peaceful October day in a typical Middle Age town. The weavers, the blacksmiths, the merchants, and the brewers were all going about their business inside the Delft city walls. The farmers were tending their crops and their cattle outside. Then came the explosion. An accidental spark set off a [Read more …]

The Hague

The Hague Hei Plein Square

The Hague is The Netherlands’ less than a fascinating city, at least for us. We visited The Netherland’s third-largest city and national capital primarily for one art museum—the Mauritius—and its proximity to two cities for a day trip, Delft and Rotterdam. Still, we explored some of its highlights on a raining afternoon and had some [Read more …]

Antwerp: From Birth to Near Death and Back

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Antwerp: From Birth to Near Death and Back The Romans found Antwerp Belgium in the second century AD. Antwerp rapidly evolved into a major river port and the northern boundary of the Roman Empire. Its sheltered, easy access to the North Sea made it a prized shipping port. By the 10th century, it was under [Read more …]