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 …]

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 …]

The Art of Burning Man

Burning Man

Burning Man is an annual event, or should we say happening, that takes place in Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada. Burning Man is a gathering of a community in a temporary city, not to be confused as a festival. Each attendee is a participant in the event and is encourage to provide something to [Read more …]

Billings Montana Side Trips

Little Bighorn National Park - soldier dress

You don’t have to go too far from Billings Montana for some interesting side trips. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Park One Billings Montana side trip is sixty miles away–The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Park Memorial. It commemorates the spot of General George Armstrong Custer’s famous Last Stand. It portrays the battle not as an individual [Read more …]

What to do in Billings Montana

Billings train depot

Billings Montana With 110,000 citizens, Billings is Montana’s largest city. It was created by and named for the president of the Northern Pacific railroad who built a key rail stop a few miles outside of Coulter. Although it has long-since disappeared, Coulter was an established town and paddle-wheel steamer stop. The area grew into a [Read more …]

Other Montana Places of Interest

Gardiner town steet

In our last several blogs, we wrote about numerous places to visit in Montana. These included: Ghost towns such as Virginia City and Nevada City Billings Montana; and Side trips around Billings Montana This blog talks about some of the other places we visited in Montana. Gardiner Montana Gardiner Montana is a small town that [Read more …]

Montana Ghost Towns

Virginia City handing eplica

Virginia City—Ghost Town Modernized Virginia City Montana was founded in 1863, after the discovery of gold in Adler Gulch. More than 10,000 prospective miners and suppliers flooded the area. Virginia City grew rapidly from settlement to boomtown to a full-fledged city of 5,000 permanent residents and more than 1,200 buildings within a few years. It [Read more …]

The National Parks in Wyoming

Jackson Wyoming town

Jackson Wyoming Jackson Hole is the valley encompassed by the Teton Range to the west and the Gros Ventre Range to the west. Fur trappers originally inhabited Jackson, followed by homesteaders. Today this 10,000 person town, is (along with the neighboring Teton Village ski resort) the entertainment, cultural and culinary center of Jackson Hole. The [Read more …]

Idaho: Rafting, Hiking and Exploring

Hells Canyon road view

Amazing but Joyce had never been to Idaho before. Tom’s only time there was on a very short business trip to Boise. This trip provided a very different insight for him into the state. We briefly explored a few of the state’s “major” cities and natural and historic sites. Our first, and primary motivation was [Read more …]