Willamette Valley Oregon

Goodfellows wines

COVID canceled the 2020 International Pinot Noir Celebration. While we don’t go every year, we had tickets for the 2020 festival. We had planned to spent time in the Willamette Valley to taste wines and restock our cellars of some of our favorites. Oh well, now we hope to attend the 2021 event. However, even [Read more …]

Oregon’s Rogue River Wines Region

cowhorn Wines

When we go to Oregon for wine tasting, we usually go to the Willamette Valley. But after an early 2020 Oregon Wine tasting that took place in San Francisco, we wanted to branch out in our knowledge of Oregon wines. Craving a limited (and safe) car trip from San Francisco during COVID, we headed to [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 …]

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 …]

Antwerp: From Birth to Near Death and Back

Antwerp - Brabo Fountain

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 …]

Bruges—From Fishing Village to Tourist Mecca

Bruges - Swans

The Rise of Bruges Belgium Bruges Belgium began as a small fishing village in the 2nd century AD. As citizens began raising sheep. the village evolved into a trading port around wool exports, and increasingly around the cloth that it wove. While it initially traded with a growing number of communities, it was vulnerable to [Read more …]

Ghent Belgium

Ghent - Sint Baafskathedraal Church

Ghent is an easy day trip from Brussels. The city was built on the basis of textiles. As a major trading center in the Middle Ages, it built a grand city center to celebrate and demonstrate its position and wealth. It continued being prosperous through the mid-17th century until the Dutch closed the canal that [Read more …]