What draws us to Turkey. This latest trip is our third time. Could it be the people? The food? The amazing coastline with turquoise blue waters that run from the Aegean down to the Mediterranean. It’s the cradle of civilization. Archeological sites galore if that’s what you like. Us, we like the beach clubs, the food, the shopping, the walking, meeting the people, taking in all the local action. We ddidn’t see one archeological site even though we weren’t too far from one big one.Read More
…..Lots of them on our road trip to Mendocino.
When I think of Mendocino I think of Dough Sahm and Sir Douglas Quintet and the song they made popular in the late 60′s…”Mendocino, Mendocino, where life’s such a groove you’ll blow your mind in the morning”. (Really, those are the lyrics-well it was the 60′s!). It’s just a little off the grid and still has that 60′s hippy vibe but also has some incredible retaurants and inns along the coast. It’s three and a half hours north of San Francisco which makes it a destination, not a day trip. It’s probably what Napa was 20 years ago. The historic or “hysteric” council depending on who you talk to, will not allow any development to deter from the town’s original look. No box stores, no chain stores, no Starbucks. For that you have to drive to the next town. Mendocino sits on the edge of the Pacific Coast and wherever you go whether it’s on the Big River, Route 128 or any of the other number of roads winding through the mountains, the natural beauty is everywhere.
So this sounded like somewhere we’d like to visit and we headed west for the long 4th of July weekend.Read More
We’ve been eating! I haven’t been posting but I’ve been eating. And, here are some great new finds:
Empire – at the Seaport. Wow! I can’t say enough. I’m still dreaming about the Lobster Cupcakes. They were outstanding. The hot and sour soup served in a big bowl, some Singapore noodles. All awesome. Great looking restaurant. Open kitchen with a sushi bar. Great bar. Lounge area where you can reserve seating. It has it all. In fact, we had to go back and weren’t disappointed the second time around.
Tryst – in Arlington. A wonderful little restaurant. We stopped there for dinner before a show at the Regent Theatre, spent almost 2 hours with some friends. At the table – a great bolognese, a perfect hamburger, some delicious epanadads and crispy calamri. A definite return to Tryst. They also own Cook in Newton. Tryst is small and it has a nice bar if you that’s your preference.
Row 34 – located in a warehouse space in Fort Point Channel brought to you by the people who own Island Creek Oyster Bar. So you know it’s probably going to be pretty good. And it is. Industrial looking, we sat at the bar (of course) and had a terrific bowl of clam chowder, some perfectly prepared fried clams and butterscotch pudding.
These are all restaurants worth revisiting.
Wait, T\there’s more on the way.
So, see you at the bar……
The Kentucky Derby – I got a hot tip. A sure winner. I never bet and rarely watch the Kentucky Derby but it sounded like fun thing to do – go to Suffolk Downs, do some people watching and bet on a few horses. So I did a quick study on the field, Roy did some studying on how to bet and with money in hand we went to Suffolk Downs with L and M and J and C who relied on us and our knowledge (they’re very trusting). We had a system. Roy would bet on the ones that weren’t favorites and I bet on three favorites including my sure thing. I had to bet on Wicked Strong because he had a Boston connection and a portion of the earnings are going to the One Fund; Intense Holiday, my sure thing; and, Riding on Curlin, another Boston connection. Well, they say that the favorite hardly ever wins but he won yesterday. Six of us betting and six of us lost! Oh well!Read More
I’m not a religious person but I think I found heaven. In fact, Peter one of the exceptional guides at Isla Palenque told me that he thinks he knows that if there is a God, he’s on Isla Palenque.
Where to go, where to go? That was this year’s dilemma for our winter vacation. When an email popped up about The Resort at Isla Palenque, a private island in the Chiriqui Province of Panama, we couldn’t book it fast enough. Why? A private resort with only 6 casitas, luxurious with all the amenities you could ask for, beaches, great food. How could we miss? Plus, with non-stop service from Boston on Copa Airlines, it was a great incentive to go to Panama. Done deal!Read More
We went to The Sinclair in Harvard Square last week. It’s a much needed live music venue with multi levels to view a show. Bruce in the USA was playing and if you’re a Springsteen fan and need a fix, find this guy. Three hours, yes three hours of Bruce. A look alike, with all the mannerisms, a great band and if you closed your eyes, you would think you were hearing the Boss himselfRead More