Our Long Weekend in Virginia: Part 3

By our vacationing standards, it felt like Sunday had already been a busy and productive day by the time we returned to our hotel following our visit to the Civil War museum and brunch at Perly’s. But we still had another tourist stop and meal on the itinerary before packing it in for the eveningContinue reading “Our Long Weekend in Virginia: Part 3”

Our Long Weekend in Virginia: Part 2

I’ve mentioned in a post or two that I have a particular fondness for old drug stores that are still filling prescriptions and also have a soda fountain and/or lunch counter. They are probably a rarity in every region of the country at this point, but the Southeast seems to have a few more leftContinue reading “Our Long Weekend in Virginia: Part 2”

Our Long Weekend in Virginia: Part 1

My wife and I hit the road for the first time in a while this past weekend. Our destination was Virginia, where we spent a night in Staunton before heading southwest to Richmond, the state capital, for a couple more days and nights. Those of you who have read some of my old travel postsContinue reading “Our Long Weekend in Virginia: Part 1”

A Classic Small-Town Cafe Closer to Home

During the stretch of years when I was road-tripping around the interior of the country fairly regularly, one of the restaurant genres I always sought out when drawing up my pre-trip dining itinerary was small-town cafes and luncheonettes. There is a place called The Coffee Station that is not far from where I’ve lived forContinue reading “A Classic Small-Town Cafe Closer to Home”

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”

Robert D. Kaplan: A Mind Apart

By Barry Zukerman With all due respect to Jonathan Goldsmith, who plays “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in Dos Equis beer commercials, I submit that Robert D. Kaplan is truly deserving of that title. Among today’s writers and commentators on international affairs, he has an increasingly rare willingness to put aside partisanship andContinue reading “Robert D. Kaplan: A Mind Apart”

New England: 2010-2015

I’m in a bit of a travel lull and have reported on most of the old vacations for which I have digital photographic records. Unfortunately, I was a little late in getting on board with digital photography and don’t have anything easily accessible for the first five or so years my wife and I traveledContinue reading “New England: 2010-2015”

My 2021 Food Highlights

Another unusual year has come and just about gone. It would be remiss of me to pass up an opportunity to do a year-end roundup of my culinary highlights of 2021. I’ve actually only been blogging since September and don’t have a record of everything I’ve eaten going back to the start of the year.Continue reading “My 2021 Food Highlights”

Early Midwest Trips III

If you’ve kept up with this report the past couple days, you may be wondering why we traveled to Indiana so often during this period. In addition to feeding my various cravings, another reason for these repeat trips was to keep close tabs on the young daughter of our Bloomington friends. She was in herContinue reading “Early Midwest Trips III”

Early Midwest Trips II

We hit the road for Kentucky and Indiana again two years later to see another significant Lincoln-related sight, visit our Bloomington friends, and, of course, sample more regional food specialties.  Rather than driving straight through, as we did in 2010, we stopped in Pittsburgh for the night. One of my closest friends lives there withContinue reading “Early Midwest Trips II”