Category: North America

Cioppino, San Francisco’s Inimitable Fish Stew at the Iconic Tadich Grill

Cioppino, San Francisco’s Inimitable Fish Stew at the Iconic Tadich Grill

CIOPPINO. What is Cioppino?  It is a rustic, tomato based, intensely flavorful fish stew synonymous with San Francisco, where it is said to have originated in the mid 1800’s at the time of the California Gold Rush. The North Beach immigrant community of Italian Fishermen, on returning from their fishing expeditions, would use whatever was […]

CHEMAINUS, CANADA – Back to Life!

CHEMAINUS, Vancouver Island, Canada, was a dying Canadian Town. Then it was resuscitated through its art program. Ruth asked if I would like to visit Chemainus – like I knew what Chemainus was!!  So I said: “Let’s go!” The Ferry Next morning, we were in line for the ferry that would take us and the […]

The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery in New Orleans

The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery in New Orleans

The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery is a Re-Purposed Warehouse Hotel in the Heart of New Orleans. Chandlery | Definition of Chandlery by Merriam-Webster: Chandlery is an old-fashioned word derived from the stores that sold candles for ships lighting way back. Now it sometimes refers to a marine supply store but is seldom used […]

SIGHTGLASS COFFEE in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco

SIGHTGLASS COFFEE in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco

Updated: 7/12/2019 Subsequent to the devastating earthquake that occurred in San Francisco in 1906, the neighborhood South of Market Street was an Industrial wasteland. Run-down warehouses, diverse industries and sweatshops had remained in derelict condition for almost 80 years. In the 1990’s, there was an awakening with the beginning of the dotcom era. The South of […]

LETTER FROM PORTLAND OREGON — BARISTA

LETTER FROM PORTLAND OREGON — BARISTA

If it’s historic old warehouses, great street life and a funky, cool atmosphere that attracts you, look no further than the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon.  Centrally located and adjacent to downtown, what was once a decaying area of derelict warehouses, light industry and railroad yards has been transformed into the most hip urban area […]

Letter from Portland – KEEN GARAGE

Letter from Portland – KEEN GARAGE

KEEN GARAGE – is located in the Pearl District, Portland, Oregon. The Pearl District The Pearl District is one of the “must see” Portland neighborhoods. The District was previously a derelict collection of warehouses, railway yards and tenement buildings. It has gone through a renaissance and is today a hip, commercial and residential neighborhood with […]

EDENTON, NC – Visiting Eleanor

EDENTON, NC – Visiting Eleanor

Edenton, North Carolina has been described by Forbes Magazine as one of the prettiest small towns in the USA. If one could open a travel magazine, have the pages come to life  and then drive through the pages –  this gives  an idea of the perfection of this small town and its living, breathing community […]

EDENTON — THE COTTON MILL CONVERSION

EDENTON — THE COTTON MILL CONVERSION

Re-purposing a 1900s Cotton Mill for the 21st Century, in Edenton, NC How lucky could I be? I had read about the Cotton Mill conversion and asked Eleanor if she would put it on our itinerary when I visited her in Edenton, NC.  Little did I know that she’d ask her realtor, Anne Perry of Sotheby’s, […]

NASHVILLE, TN: Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music

NASHVILLE, TN: Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music

ON  THE   ROAD  AGAIN…………… Whoa, all I want is on the road again, Just can’t wait to get on the road again Going places I’ve never been, Seein’ things I may never see again………. And I can’t wait to get on the road again Ah, “On the Road Again,”  an award-winning song written by Willie […]