Bernard Haitink: 1929-2021

The great Dutch conductor, Bernard Haitink, has passed away. Although he retired in 2019, I considered him to be the greatest living maestro. I had the pleasure of seeing him conduct live once, in 2002 with the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. Bruckner’s eighth symphony was the entire program and it was a very memorableContinue reading “Bernard Haitink: 1929-2021”

Weekly Review: Sofie’s Steaks

I’ve driven past Sofie’s Steaks in Morton, PA, a number of times and have wanted try them for a while. The fact that they were closed down for a fairly long time delayed that. But I noticed recently that they’ve re-opened and decided to give them a shot as my weekly cheesesteak. Sofie’s offers bothContinue reading “Weekly Review: Sofie’s Steaks”

My Lifelong Love Affair with Corned Beef on Rye

While I write frequently here about cheesesteaks – and yes, I do love them deeply – there is another sandwich for which I have had serious affection since an extremely early age. I refer to the Jewish delicatessen stand-by, corned beef on rye.  It was my maternal grandmother, the late-great Mom-Mom Bess, who turned meContinue reading “My Lifelong Love Affair with Corned Beef on Rye”

Weekend Road-Trip to Cleveland

Most of my wife’s relatives live in the Cleveland area, so we go there periodically, including the past couple days. Unless you’ve got a lot of extra time on your hands, allowing you to take the Lincoln Highway across Pennsylvania into Ohio, the drive from Philly to Cleveland on the PA and OH Turnpikes isContinue reading “Weekend Road-Trip to Cleveland”

Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner was an Austrian classical composer who lived from 1824 to 1896. While he wrote other works, he is today known primarily for his nine numbered symphonies. There were also two earlier efforts at the genre from his student days that are labeled as Symphonies 0 and 00.  I assume most of the peopleContinue reading “Anton Bruckner”

Getting Our Kicks on the Mother Road: Chicago to St. Louis, 2011

I would guess most people that like to drive around less touristy parts of the country in search of charming small towns, historical gems and regional food specialties, like I do, have given some thought to driving Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. Some have been fortunate enough to do it. I’m not oneContinue reading “Getting Our Kicks on the Mother Road: Chicago to St. Louis, 2011”

I see a cheesesteak pattern developing

While the intensity of my cheesesteak craving has died down a bit from where it was for much of the Summer, the completist within is driving me to push forward in a foolish quest to try all of the highly-rated steaks I’ve read about since discovering the cheesesteak blog and Facebook group I referred toContinue reading “I see a cheesesteak pattern developing”

My Ten Favorite Roadfood Restaurants

I know. I said at the top of my post on Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse that it would be difficult to list my ten favorite restaurants. Well that got me to thinking. While it really would be nearly impossible to list my ten favorites across all restaurant-genres, it would be a tad easier if I stuckContinue reading “My Ten Favorite Roadfood Restaurants”

Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse

It would be difficult for me to pick the best or ten best restaurants I’ve ever eaten at. I love food and have had a lot of memorable meals out at a wide array of restaurants, from hole-in-the-wall roadfood joints to fine-dining establishments.  But when it comes to picking the funnest restaurant I’ve ever beenContinue reading “Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse”

Charlotte 2017: Road to the Super Bowl

The 2017 NFL season was a magical one for Philadelphia Eagles fans. We had spent a lifetime watching our rivals hoist the Lombardi Trophy after winning the Super Bowl while all we had was an occasional close call and an overload of agonizing frustration. That all came to an end in early 2018, when theContinue reading “Charlotte 2017: Road to the Super Bowl”