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Autry cellars artisan winery experience

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:31+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Food and Wine, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , |

When you think of great wines, California is as likely to come to mind these days as Bordeaux, Rioja, or Tuscany. It’s no secret that California’s wine industry has blossomed over recent decades to become one of the most notable in the world, producing some of the finest wines that rival those of [...]

Some Italians don’t like it hot

By | 2016-09-25T19:40:56+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Food and Wine, Italy, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , |

There it was again. The intrusive buzzer that made us jump each time it echoed through our Italian villa. Someone was at the security gate, asking to come in. An unfamiliar part of our new life in Naples included a security fence around our home with a pedestrian gate for guests. Looking out the window [...]

Canadians stuck in La Paz, Mexico

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:34+00:00 May 18th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Food and Wine, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , |

OK, OK…the plan was for our friends Matt and Madalin to arrive from Toronto and for us to jump on the boat and spend two glorious weeks at Isla Espiritu Santos and Isla Partida, which are islands just north of La Paz. However, Mother Nature (you remember her from our earlier post) had [...]

Lost and found in Benevento, Italy

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:34+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Food and Wine, Italy, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , |

The road was getting narrow. Reaching out from the back seat of our Harley-Davidson Street Glide, I could almost touch the tall, rough walls on either side of the bike. Up ahead, our friend Joe was leading us to the annual Apple Festival in the small Italian town of Benevento. A wrong turn [...]

A perfect week in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:35+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Food and Wine, Mexico, Travel, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I was awakened by the shriek of a great-tailed grackle or Mexican grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus). Over the next seven days, I would hear the call of many a Yucatan peninsula bird, and see even more of them. The four of us, Stretch, Miriam, Sam and myself, rented a two-bedroom condo steps away from [...]

A kiss and a promise in Naples, Italy

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:36+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Travel, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |

The MINI cooper was no more than six inches from our rear fender. Twisting to the left on the back of our Harley-Davidson Street Glide, I fought the restriction of my heavy leather jacket to turn backward and raise my camera with a right hand over my left shoulder. Focusing on the driver of the Mini, [...]

Baja-Ha-Ha — San Diego CA to CA-BO Mexico

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:36+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Travel, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s hard to believe that we left San Diego just two weeks ago as we’ve already had what seems like a mini-lifetime of cruising experiences on the Baja-HaHa. Before I tell you about the adventures and misadventures, we have to give major props to Latitude 38 for organizing the HaHa as it is [...]

Three gallons of gasoline in three days in a 2016 Nissan Sentra

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:41+00:00 February 13th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Car designers, Food and Wine, Nissan, Technology, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , |

While others are covering plants, stocking wood for fires and turning up the heat, I am sliding open the balcony door at The Resort at Pelican Hill to breathe in the seventy-degree salt-tinged ocean air. The resort is right on the Newport Beach coastline, a perfect place for a wedding or playing golf [...]

The Inn at Locke House Bed and Breakfast, Lockeford, California

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:45+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Aviation and Aerospace, Travel, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , , , |

Do you remember the last time you were in a hotel and stripped the bed in the morning when you were about to leave? Me either. But I do it when I am at a friend’s house, and I did it in the morning after spending the night at The Inn at Locke [...]

Prime Smokehouse with history of Jazz and Ribs

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:49+00:00 November 8th, 2015|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Food and Wine, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , , |

"My Daddy would dig a hole about four feet deep, chuck in some apple and hickory logs and a bag of charcoal, pull his special grate over the top and roast three or four slabs of ribs, a beef brisket or a pork shoulder. The meat would slow-smoke and tease us for half [...]