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A Taste of New Orleans

I woke up hungry for the Shrimp & Grits from Ste. Marie’s. Yep, for breakfast. My mind immediately went to the meal I’d enjoyed just a few weeks ago at Ste. Marie’s in New Orleans. The menu described this dish’s ingredients as: “tasso, stone ground grits, Abita Amber reduction.” An avid cook myself, and one […]

New Orleans , restaurants , Uncategorized - April 4, 2012

NOLA Itinerary #2

: : : : : : : : : :  DAY TWO { I’ll need some of that thick, strong, chicory coffee like they serve at Café du Monde } Out of bed early the next morning . . . just in time for an 8am breakfast meeting at the  NOMA, the New Orleans Museum […]

Learning , neighborhoods , New Orleans , restaurants - March 6, 2012

NOLA Itinerary #3

: : : : : : : : : :  DAY THREE Another one of those 8am mornings. Coffee better be strong, especially after a night on Oak Street. We’ll visit other industry-related sites in the morning then move to the NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, for a panel discussion. Folks, […]

New Orleans , restaurants , Uncategorized - March 6, 2012

NOLA Itinerary #4

: : : : : : : : : :  DAY FOUR They let us sleep in this morning. After all, it’s Saturday in the Big Easy. At 10:15 we jump right into an entrepreneurship discussion at Launch Pad, New Orleans’ innovative collaborative work spaces. I’d love to work in an environment like this. The […]

New Orleans , restaurants - March 6, 2012

What to do in NYC?

Two of my Facebook friends from Sweden posted this question on Facebook yesterday: “We’r 2 girls from sweden going to NY now on the 13th March, You guys have any tips for fun stuff to do / see / eat *_* or just wanna hang? 😀 Cheers! /Maria & Ida the explorers.” How in the […]

neighborhoods , NYC , restaurants - March 2, 2012

NYC’s Top Restaurants*

* according to Forbes Magazine (with my own commentary) . . . since they didn’t include my very favorite, Cafe Habana, I’m putting this disclaimer first thing. Since my time in NY, I’ve had lots of friends ask for recommendations for good places to eat. Folks, I traveled to NY on a teeny little budget, […]

NYC , restaurants , Uncategorized - March 2, 2012

New Orleans: Musts

My FB/Bloggin’ friend just sent me a tip on where to find the city’s best Bloody Marys. Her message reminded me that I need to keep everyone’s recommendations somewhere handy. Here we go, and Michelle, you lead the pack: Somethin’ Else Cafe: “although slow to arrive” the “food is worth the wait.” French Toast, Crab […]

New Orleans , restaurants - February 5, 2012

Chelsea Market

One of my favorite spots for ‘meandering’ in New York is Chelsea Market, located at 75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets). It’s described by Wikipedia as “an enclosed urban food court, shopping mall, office building and television production facility located in the Chelsea neighborhood.” It houses such companies as The Oxygen Network, the […]

neighborhoods , NYC , restaurants , Uncategorized - November 14, 2011

Hell’s Kitchen

I walked through this neighborhood a few days ago. I’d heard it was and up-and-coming area but couldn’t really see much to photograph and write about. But its name, Hell’s Kitchen, intrigued me. You’ve gotta love anyone who lives in this area – they’ve got to have a certain edginess about them. Can you imagine […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - July 23, 2011


One thing about New Yorkers . . . they tell you like it is. “Park here and we’ll strip your car clean.” Not like us Southern belles who beat around the bush. I like that about new Yorkers. Michele and I started our day just like natives ~ bagel, toasted with bacon and horseradish cream […]

restaurants , Uncategorized - July 5, 2011


I want to name today’s post “Stupid Is as Stupid Does.” Just like Forrest Gump, I started walking toward my subway station and kept walking until I hit the East River. Then I turned around and walked until I hit the other side, the Hudson River. In other words, I walked the entire width of Manhattan, twice. […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - June 29, 2011


Today was a reality check. It was a typical Monday morning with leftover client work from home to complete, a conference call to make and some billing to send out. My equipment was not cooperating with me. The software I use every day of my life decided to crash. The backup drive I’d brought from home […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - June 28, 2011


  Where do I start? I’ve got so much to tell. First time in my life I’ve ever arrived at the airport on time. Write that one down. The night before I left was quite eventful. We had a bad storm and a tree fell, covering the driveway. Then we lost power. Couldn’t wash clothes, […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - June 26, 2011

gotta get it together

Got to the airport this morning ~ on my way to see a client in Richmond ~ and there were people everywhere. Don’t remember when the Atlanta airport was so full. Yesterday was the last day of school and tomorrow starts the long Memorial Day weekend. So a packed house should have come as no […]

restaurants , Uncategorized - May 26, 2011


I woke up this morning with a big ‘ol lump in my throat. I’ve got an especially emotional week ahead of me. Jim and the boys left early this morning to drive to Charlotte, NC for work. They were gone by daybreak, so instead of having my usual cup of coffee, I decided to walk […]

restaurants , Uncategorized - May 23, 2011

There’s nothing Krispy Kreme won’t cure

Woke up a little low this morning. Lots of things on my mind. I figured a walk just might cure me. This time I wanted to walk a totally different area so I headed straight to town, to the Krispy Kreme on Ponce. Still a bit dark outside and with a few minutes to kill, […]

restaurants , Uncategorized - May 14, 2011

Sidewalk Cuisine

Ever heard of The Vendy Awards? It’s the Oscar Awards for street food vendors, or as they like to be called, “New York City Sidewalk Chefs.” Pretty smooth spin on ‘hot dogs.’ Yep, once a year an annual competition is held to find the Best Street Food Vendor in the city. The $100-per-ticket admission goes […]

neighborhoods , restaurants - April 18, 2011

My home-away-from-home In NY

A friend from church who lives in NY will be in Europe all summer, so she has asked me to house sit her home while away { twisted my arm! }. Only 7-8 blocks from Parson’s, I couldn’t have asked for a more incredible gift. My home-away-from-home is a studio apartment in a lovely part […]

neighborhoods , restaurants - March 5, 2011



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