Tag Archives: winter getaways

Dreaming of a Red Christmas

I arrive to a grim, gray and blizzardy Manhattan. I am longing to see RED. I trot to Museum of American Folk Art‘s exhibition of bright geometric quilts created by recuperating soldiers from wool uniforms — cleverly named, “War and … Continue reading

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La Primavera: Part I

Wisteria Season March 20 is the first day of Spring. It is also my birthday. We leave Maine’s four-foot snowdrifts knowing it’s full-on primavera in Italy. There’s nothing I like more than eating my birthday dinner on a plastic tray … Continue reading

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Tuscan Wines Shine

Among my favorite Italian expressions is, “Anni e bicchieri di vino no si contano mai,” or “Years and glasses of wine should never be counted.” Here at Enoteca Athena in Brunswick, I am eager to begin a relaxed, uncounted evening … Continue reading

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Royal Pop-Up at Tempo Dulu

Lucky me – I’m invited to an eight-course Royal Thai dinner designed and prepared by Chef Goy Siwaporn, left, who hides a prodigious talent in her tiny frame. Best of all, the sparkling eight-course dinner is held at The Danforth … Continue reading

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“P” is for Paris

In the smoky wake of Notre Dame’s calamitous fire, I re-post this love letter to La Ville des Lumieres — the City of Light, Love and Art. Peonies Pompidou  Pâtisserie Petits bibelots Pique–nique Pouting a la moue Ponctualité Protest Pont … Continue reading

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Tempo Dulu

After an interminable Maine winter, my husband and I need a relaxing trip within a few hours drive. When we hear that Camden Harbour Inn is having a pop-up preview of their new Southeast Asian restaurant, Tempo Dulu, we jump … Continue reading

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Batali, Bastianich & Baudelaire

The New Orange Briefcase We are back in New York City for our annual art and tasting tour. My friend’s sturdy briefcase is a warm and sophisticated shade of orange which makes it easier than ever to follow him through … Continue reading

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Gator Gastronomy

Here at last are tasting notes from Lake Charles, where the food soars from down home to upscale without skipping a Zydeco beat. Our top picks from this cozy little corner of Calcasieu Parish include: 1. Down Home Breakfast: Boudin … Continue reading

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Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouller

Fat Tuesday at Last Cajun music is thumping and grinding as morning revelers dance a freestyle Zydeco mash-up of mambo, tango, two-step and whatever. Accordion, drums, guitar, fiddle and “frottoir” (washboard) are so boisterous you can’t hear yourself think. Then … Continue reading

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Throw Me Something Mister

Day 1 at Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana, home of the shiny, beaded and fried (pronounced “fraahd”). It’s Mardi Gras and we’re throwing green, gold and purple beads from Gumbeaux Gator’s parade float. We roll past hundreds of  kids … Continue reading

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