Archive for the ‘Restaurants’ Category

Muir Woods, Napa, and More

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

I just had a beautiful California orange for breakfast. Notice, I said "beautiful" and not delicious. I've come to believe that Florida fruits are bred for taste, while California fruits are bred for beauty... and that THAT'S the real reason there are agricultural inspection stations near the Republic of California's ...

Madison Cave Man

Monday, July 1st, 2013

I'm at the Comfort Suites on 1253 John Q Hammons Dr., in Madison WI. This is my second night here. I was a little worried last night because there's a restaurant across the way that has very loud live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Last night's session went until ...

Two quick reviews: Taco Ardiente and Truly Organic Pizza

Friday, February 15th, 2013

For lunch today, I went to Taco Ardiente, on the strength of a Yelp review. I had shredded beef enchiladas. They were okay, but nothing to write home about. They came with your typical rice and refried beans, and some fresh salsa with a dollop of sour cream. I'd give ...

Day 3 in Sarasota

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Today is my last day in Sarasota for this trip. Tomorrow night through the 19th, I'll be at a house rental in Naples. This morning, I planned to go to Duette Park, so I went. But, it was closed! En route, I passed Lake Manatee State Recreation Area, so I decided ...

Madigan’s Waterfront Restaurant in Occoquan, VA

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Excellent seafood--fresh and well prepared--but the air is completely contaminated with smoke from the bar. During our 65 minute wait for a table tonight (we didn't make a reservation), there was no comfortable and warm smoke-free place to wait. Even once seated in the restaurant, the smoke still found us. We ...

Top’s China Goes to the Top of Our List

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Top's China Chinese Restaurant8727-B Cooper Rd.Alexandria, Virginia 22309 We just had the most wonderful dinner from Top's China. We had never gotten food from them before, and we weren't expecting much. But, the food was absolutely delicious—almost as good as House of Dynasty, and in some ways, as good. And, in ...

Lincoln and Fried Chicken

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Still in sightseeing & exploring mode, we decided to try someplace different for lunch today, and then to visit one of many places we've never explored. Today began with an inspiring 9:30 service at MVUC this morning—with really nice music and a great history lesson on the formation of the ...

Day 6: Mostly Glendalough

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Yesterday, we got another of our famous late starts, and headed immediately for the Leo Burdock's chipper in Rathmines. Traffic was heavy, and the address we had for it was wrong, but we did eventually find it. Most of the LBs are supposedly take-away only, but we didn't want to ...

Philly and Ralph’s

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

We're at the Embassy Suites near the airport in the Philadelphia area. We came north to see the Late Renoir exhibit at PMA. We got a late start, and stopped for lunch at Chap's Pit Beef in Baltimore. We were pleased to see that they'd added a generous outside eating ...

Thai Square

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Karen & I decided to try a Thai restaurant in Gaithersburg for lunch today. Alas. When I called to verify their openness & hours, the phone was answered with just air after 3 rings. Strike one. So, we next decided to try Tara Thai in Arlington. We didn't bother to call ...

BGR The Burger Joint: No Thanks!

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Karen & I decided to give BGR The Burger Joint a try for lunch today. When I saw the flames caressing the ground beef patties, I thought I'd found a winner for sure. That thought persisted right up until the first bite. Bottom line: well below average. For my tastes, their ...

XO Taste (and not enough taste)

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

My verdict: Exceedingly bland. I won't be going back. XO Taste is hard to find. It's at 6124 Arlington Blvd., but actually it's on Patrick Henry Drive. Once you know that, it's not so hard to find. But, even after you've been told "turn right on Patrick Henry," you're still drawn ...

West Palm Beach to Brunswick, via Stuart

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Before leaving the south Florida area, we hit a couple of banks and went to the Sterling Elliott Museum in Stuart. I'd been to that museum many years ago. They have several rooms of nice art, as well as many rooms of historical artifacts. They have a large garage filled ...

Singing Bamboo in West Palm Beach—Off Key

Friday, February 12th, 2010

There were really good reviews of Singing Bamboo on the Internet. But, I'm singing a different tune. Karen ordered beef Hunan style. It was bland—no spiciness at all. Are they afraid to actually make those asterisks mean anything? It was decidedly lackluster, and the broccoli was overcooked. I ordered scallops & ...

Margarita’s Cantina—Soso.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

We're at the Binghamton Comfort Inn, in NY. It's an older property, but seems to be okay. One oddity, however, is that the public restrooms downstairs require keycards to access. That doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the safety & security of the motel. For dinner, we decided on Margarita's Mexican ...

From East Hazel Crest to Sioux Falls

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

I need to start making audio notes so I can remember what I did. I left East Hazel Crest at about 8:30 this morning. I decided to play Garmin roulette and see if there was anyplace interesting along the route. Not far from where I was at that point, it told ...

Piola—not quite

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

We tried pizza from Piola (on Wilson Blvd) tonight. It's an Italian chain that is making inroads in North and South America. We thought they'd be swamped, so we ordered carryout—a thin crust pizza and a thick crust pizza, both with "spicy salami" (aka pepperoni). Alas, what we got was ...

The Kitchen at Le Gourmandin

Monday, April 20th, 2009

In my April 17th posting, I wrote a bit about Le Gourmandin, the restaurant where we dined on Friday night. I'd like to say a little more, now that my source of blogging information has been capped (for now, since we're home). We arrived without a reservation. As a result, ...

Rainy Lake Como

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

It rained all day long—varying from light to hard. Now that we're back in the hotel room, it's stopped, and there's blue sky showing. Go figure. We spent the day driving around Lake Como. There were many picturesque villages along the way, as well as a few snow-capped mountains. But, each ...

From Innsbruck, Austria to Lallio, Italy, via the Dolomites

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

We're in Lallio, Italy. It's Thursday morning, April 16th—we arrived at about 6 last night. Here's what we see from our window. We arose this morning in Innsbruck and had a lovely breakfast of bacon, ham, eggs, and other assorted items. After that, we loaded the car, and through the use ...