Syracuse Gets its First Winery


Add a new stop to your New York winery tour route. Although you may have well toured the Finger Lakes, Long Island and Hudson Valley wine regions, you should now consider adding Syracuse to your to-visit list.

As we discussed in our 2013 post, Can Syracuse Become a Food and Wine Destination?, we [Read more ...]

Syracuse Restaurant Update– 2014

The best part of our annual Syracuse food experiences typically consists of explorations and selected purchases at the fabulous Fayetteville branch of Wegmans and our annual clambake (with clams, mussels and all accompaniments from Wegmans).

While we absolutely enjoyed these experiences, we also enjoyed two of the city’s restaurants:

Lemongrass. This perpetually (based on [Read more ...]

Catching Up with Chicago Restaurants – 2014

We always go to Chicago with a list of restaurants we would like to visit. This year’s list included a number of the city’s hottest new spots—spots such as Tanta, Nico Osteria, Fig and Olive and Kinmont. Unfortunately, based on limited time, the fact that many are not open for lunch and our desire to [Read more ...]

Catching up with Chicago – 2014

Our 2014 Chicago trip was designed primarily around two a chance to visit two “art” exhibits:

An Art Institute of Chicago exhibit of Rene Magritte’s work from his most productive and innovative period, between 1926 and 1938; and A visit to three of Frank Lloyd Wright Racine Wisconsin buildings, especially his masterwork SC Johnson [Read more ...]

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Racine Wisconsin Legacy

As you may remember from our 2012 Blog, A Morning in Oak Park with Frank Lloyd Wright, we are huge Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) fans. So, when we read that not only had Wright’s legendary SC Johnson Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin been opened for seasonal tours, but also that the newly renovated Wright­-designed Research [Read more ...]

Portland Oregon Restaurants

Although we certainly want to see the primary sights and explore the more interesting neighborhoods of the cities we visit, we are practically obsessed with experiencing some of their best and most interesting local restaurants. While we did get to, and absolutely enjoyed, three of our top priorities, could not make it to all the [Read more ...]

Exploring a New and Different Portland Oregon

Portland was the last leg of our trip to the Willamette Valley’s International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC). Although we have enjoyed previous visits to the city, our last visit consisted primarily of long walks rough two of Washington Park’s beautiful gardens–the renowned Rose Test Garden and the wonderfully tranquil Japanese garden. We spent so much [Read more ...]

Willamette Valley Restaurants

We love exploring restaurants. We were, however, otherwise occupied during our six-day visit to the Willamette Valley. The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) kept us full occupied for two and a half days (not to speak of another evening for our Pre-IPNC Dinner at Cristom Winery. And even during our time visiting wineries, we seldom [Read more ...]

Best of our Willamette Valley Winery Experiences

We enjoyed (and typically bought) one or two wines from the vast majority of Willamette Valley wineries we visited. In other words. We bought a lot of wine!

A number of wineries, however, four stood out: Wineries were we enjoyed virtually every wine we tasted. Among this rare breed were:

The Four Graces. This winery, [Read more ...]

Carlton/Yamhill and Eola-Amity Hills Area Wineries and Restaurants

Yamhill-Carlton is at the northern end of the Willamette Valley, while Eola-Amity Hills is at the southern end. Given the diversity in the Valley, and among these two AVAs, one might expect the wines from each to differ greatly, as do those from the contiguous Newberg and Dundee Hills AVAs. Surprisingly, while the soil types [Read more ...]