On the Road: The Leftovers

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any trip reports; be they old or new. After going through my online photo archives, I unfortunately determined that I don’t have any other vacations documented well enough to do a comprehensive report. But I do have some odds and ends from various trips and decided to combineContinue reading “On the Road: The Leftovers”

Phil & Jim’s Cheesesteaks: The Sum of its parts

I gave credit to Jim Pappas and his Cheesesteak Adventure blog in a couple of my early cheesesteak posts back in September of last year. He is currently running his third annual March Cheesesteak Madness contest, which has local judges picking the best cheesesteak in the Philly region. There are 64 sandwiches broken down intoContinue reading “Phil & Jim’s Cheesesteaks: The Sum of its parts”

Top 10 Athletic Feats of All Time

I am overdue for both a Top Ten list and a sports post. So I figured I’d knock both out in one shot. “Athletic Feats” is a somewhat ambiguous term. I’m using it in three ways: a remarkable single performance; accomplishments achieved by an individual during the course of a single Olympics; and, in theContinue reading “Top 10 Athletic Feats of All Time”

Calling a Food Audible for Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is much bigger than just the game itself. There are the parties, commercials, the betting on everything from the outcome of the coin toss to which team will score first, and of course, there is the food. As a traditionalist, I tend to stick with the basics when it comes to whatContinue reading “Calling a Food Audible for Super Bowl Sunday”

Where Have You Gone, Barry Sanders?: The Decline of Sports

I’ve decided to demonstrate what a curmudgeon I now am with this post. For years before I was fanatical about cheesesteaks, burgers and barbecue, the Philly pro teams and a handful of individual athletes were my driving passion. But I have a difficult time working up any intensity over who wins or loses at thisContinue reading “Where Have You Gone, Barry Sanders?: The Decline of Sports”

Lunch Truck Heaven: Denver 2016 (conclusion)

Later that day, after our great food-truck lunch, we went to the luxurious and classic Brown Palace Hotel for afternoon tea. The lobby is spectacular and reminded me somewhat of the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia. They also had a bar named after one of my favorite historical figures. The tea service itself was a realContinue reading “Lunch Truck Heaven: Denver 2016 (conclusion)”

Lunch Truck Heaven: Denver 2016

My only trip to the Mountain time zone took place in 2016, when my wife and I flew to Denver. We initially planned to hit a couple other spots outside of Colorado’s biggest city and state capital, possibly Colorado Springs or somewhere scenic in the Rockies. But we made what I consider to be theContinue reading “Lunch Truck Heaven: Denver 2016”

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”

The Genesis of My Pessimism

Anyone who reads this blog knows that searching for and eating good food is my biggest passion. But that wasn’t the case when I was coming of age during the 70s and early 80s. I lived and died with the successes and failures of Philadelphia’s professional sports teams during those years. Unfortunately, there was moreContinue reading “The Genesis of My Pessimism”

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”