Road Trip 2016

Cross country road trippin’ with my baby girl who’s relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada.  Day 1 began in Washington, DC and meandered through the rolling hills of western Virginia.    Above, the countryside of Winchester, VA.  Below, a larger than life cross in Bristol, VA.    The Volunteer state of Tennessee…      Even got a shot of the Sun Sphere …a last bastion of the Worlds Fair.    Onward to Nashville!!  Home of the Grand Ole Opry!   This town was hopping!  Quite the night life there but we were too beat from the long day of driving so we settled for … Continue reading Road Trip 2016

Smith Public Trust, D.C

The up-and-coming Brooklands area has a few tricks up its sleeves.  Busboys and Poets, Brookland Pint, & pizza, Steel Plate and Smith Public Trust.  Had the occasion to enjoy dinner at Smith Public Trust this evening, and enjoy we did!     Just like that picture, the chef is winking at us with his eclectic, adventuresome menu.  The restaurant’s decor is also wink and nod “spare” but homey.    We sampled the Pork Belly Bahn MI, the Public Burger, and the Austin Texas Street tacos and we were not disappointed by anything.  Prices are reasonable and Happy Hour makes an early … Continue reading Smith Public Trust, D.C

Mother’s Day with Jose!

  Whenever I return to the D.C. area, chances are that I will be visiting a restaurant of Jose Andres.  They are dear to my heart and always spectacular.  Today’s Mother’s Day dinner was no different.  A wonderful cheese plate to begin….    Aceitunas de Ferran Adria….a tribute to the original molecular gastronomist/best chef in the world……liquid olives…    Tortilla de patatas…. the classic Spanish tortilla…    Flamenquines….a pork roll stuffed with cheese and deep fried…..wonderful!    Finally, my favorite of the evening…Puntillitas de Cadiz…. Baby squid and beans in a green sauce topped with a fried egg…estupendos!!    Although I neglected … Continue reading Mother’s Day with Jose!

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

One of the most beautiful churches I have ever been in…         Beautiful mosaics,  wonderful apses  with little prayer areas, wondrous iconography and frescoes….                             I cannot believe I haven’t visited this beautiful place before now!   Glory be to God! Continue reading Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Cherry Blossom Time in Washington, D.C.

Spring has sprung all over the country, but nowhere more beautifully than in my new hometown of Washington, DC! We took the ten minute drive into the district today to view the fantastic blossoms that were the gift of the Japanese people to the U.S. 100 years ago. Their beauty is fleeting in this unseasonably warm weather, so come see them ASAP. You will not be disappointed! Continue reading Cherry Blossom Time in Washington, D.C.