Napa (City) Restaurants

Since we were staying in the city of Napa, our restaurant visits, especially for dinners, were focused around the city and nearby Yountville. Among our best (and in one case, worst) dining experiences were:

Boonfly Café. We had lunch at the always crowded, always delicious Boonfly Café (roasted chicken flatbread, cheeseburger with the fixings and [Read more ...]

Napa Wine Experiences—St. Helena to Calistoga

Our two weeks in Napa gave us the opportunity to spend more times than usual at a number of wineries. Some were new to us. Others, long-time favorites. The following posts on Napa Wine Experiences begins in Los Carneros, at the southern tip of the valley, and ends in St Helena and Calistoga, in the [Read more ...]

Napa Wine Experiences—Yountville to Oakville

Our two weeks in Napa gave us the opportunity to spend more times than usual at a number of wineries. Some were new to us. Others, long-time favorites. The following posts on Napa Wine Experiences begins in Los Carneros, at the southern tip of the valley, and ends in St Helena and Calistoga, in the [Read more ...]

Napa Wine Experiences—Los Carneros

Our two weeks in Napa gave us the opportunity to spend more times than usual at a number of wineries. Some were new to us. Others, long-time favorites. The following posts on Napa Wine Experiences begins in Los Carneros, at the the southern tip of the valley, and ends in St Helena and Calistoga, in [Read more ...]

Two Glorious Weeks in Napa

We always love our Napa trips. Typically, however, we are he for two, three or maybe four days at a time. We feel compelled to explore of catch up with so many wineries and restaurants that we return with a full trunk and a severe case of overload.

This trip was different. We had [Read more ...]

New York City Restaurant Update: May 2014

Although keeping up with NYC restaurants is always an experience, we lucked out this year by visiting shortly after the announcement of the annual James Beard nominees. We ended up visiting three new restaurant and best chef nominees, plus a number of others we had wanted to try.

The three nominees were:

Betony. When we [Read more ...]

New York City Art Update: May 2014

Four full days is never enough in New York. It certainly cramps our museum-going activities, forcing us to miss some perennial favorites (especially MOMA, Frick and the Metropolitan). And this was despite the fact that we has to miss two Frank Lloyd Wright exhibits. (This disappointment, however, was totally mitigated by the fact that the [Read more ...]

New York City Theater Update: May 2014

Another theater season; another trip to New York to catch up on shows, museums, restaurants, galleries, art shows and, of course, the overall buzz of the city.   This year, based on strong recommendations of friends, we diversified our theater going experience by going to not just one, but two musicals. (Actually, since one was [Read more ...]

A Tale of Two Ryokans in Kyoto Japan

We have always wanted to stay in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese guesthouse where rooms are separated (or at least decorated) by paper screens, rooms are decorated tastefully, yet sparingly: floors covered with tatami mats, low dining tables at which you sit on cushions on the floor, mattresses that (after dinner) are laid directly on [Read more ...]

Kyoto Restaurants and Food Markets

Kyoto has a lot of wonderful restaurants and food markets. We tried our best to sample as much as we could. Our ryokan dining experiences were special experiences that we will talk about in our upcoming blog on Kyoto Ryokans.

Nishisaka, which is in the heart of Gion, specializes in Shaba Shabu, but offers a [Read more ...]