My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish

I mentioned how much I loved the corn pudding at Arnold’s Country Kitchen in Nashville a few days ago. The Blue Willow Inn of Social Circle, Georgia, is another of the most noteworthy restaurants for classic Southern dishes. I started making their corn pudding recipe for Thanksgiving five or six years ago and it’s becomeContinue reading “My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish”

Ten Greatest Athletes I’ve Seen Perform Live

This was a difficult list for me in that I saw a lot of great athletes in my youth and younger adult years. There will unquestionably be some who disagree with me when I mention some of the noteworthy stars I left out of the top ten. I’ll start with them. I went to aContinue reading “Ten Greatest Athletes I’ve Seen Perform Live”

Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part three)

The next morning, we headed north into the Midwest to visit our friends in Bloomington, Indiana, where my wife attended Indiana University. A few of her closest friends from those days went to work for the school after graduating and never left Bloomington.  The route from Evansville to Bloomington took us right past Washington, Indiana,Continue reading “Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part three)”

Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part two)

I was beyond eager to start trying out some of the Nashville restaurants I had been reading about and drooling over from the photos on the roadfood site for the previous decade-and-a-half. We only had one full day and two significant meals scheduled before heading north, so I had to narrow down our options andContinue reading “Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part two)”

Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part one)

All hell broke loose in Philadelphia during late September of 2015. That’s when Pope Francis visited town. To say his arrival upended the normal routine of those of us who worked in Center City – Philly’s downtown area – would be an understatement. Driving into town wasn’t an option and public transit would be overflowing.Continue reading “Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part one)”

Old School Burgers: Willow Grove, PA

Yesterday I wrote about a place called The Hot Dog Stand that has better burgers than hot dogs. Today I am posting on Old School Burgers, which has better cheesesteaks than burgers. Actually, their full name is Old School Burgers, Dogs & Shakes, but that’s a bit much to put in a title and I’m notContinue reading “Old School Burgers: Willow Grove, PA”

The Hot Dog Stand: Folsom, PA

There is a stretch of MacDade Boulevard in Delaware County, outside of Philadelphia, that is full of enticement for those who enjoy roadfood as much as I do. Cheesesteaks, hoagies, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, roast pork, ice cream – you name it – can all be found on a stretch of busy road that isn’tContinue reading “The Hot Dog Stand: Folsom, PA”

Backyard Barbecue: Graduating to a Smoker

I posted about my experiences smoking meat on a charcoal kettle grill a while back. In 2016, I decided it was time to graduate to an actual smoker. While I would have loved the kind of classic-looking offset smoker used by some of the nation’s top barbecue joints, my research indicated that low-to-mid-range offset smokersContinue reading “Backyard Barbecue: Graduating to a Smoker”

Ten Most Memorable Orchestral Performances I’ve Attended

I’ve attended between 200 and 300 orchestra concerts since the mid 1980s, with my busiest concert-going period beginning in the late 1990s and lasting about a decade.. My home orchestra, the Philadelphia, were on stage for most of those performances, but I also began traveling up to New York to see other elite orchestras fromContinue reading “Ten Most Memorable Orchestral Performances I’ve Attended”

Back With Old Friends (and another cheesesteak)

I’ve been friends with the guys standing to my left and right in the above photo for a combined 88 years. But before today, we hadn’t seen each other since a Christmas party in 2019 due primarily to the COVID situation.  The three of us and our wives enjoyed each other’s company again over lunchContinue reading “Back With Old Friends (and another cheesesteak)”