Awesome sign in a new Indian restaurant in Savannah

I do manage to actually have a life between traveling and reading, although readers of this blog would be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Since we returned from Hawaii in early January, my life has been a mix of very quiet and very busy. It’s sometimes a challenge to balance everything. Continue reading “Interlude”

Au Cheval

We were able to meet up with my cousin Ariana one last time on our Chicago visit, this time for brunch at another Hogsalt restaurant, Au Cheval, an upscale diner. Like Maude’s Liquor Bar, we left the ordering in Ariana’s hands, and a tableful of amazing dishes soon appeared. The coffee was French press and nicely balanced, and every single dish we had was out of this world.

Omelette with roasted peppers, espellette, and fresh chèvre – perfectly cooked with a smooth and light texture.

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Maude’s Liquor Bar

Dinner at Maude’s Liquor Bar… I can tell you right off the bat that my photos will not come close to doing this food justice. We were meeting my cousin Ariana there for an 8:30 reservation, but since we took the train up we padded our schedule and got there at 8 to try one of their many appealing cocktails. We both settled on the St. Germain Fizz, a delicious blend of Nuit Blanche vodka, Aperol, and St. Germain. Despite it being a Thursday night, the place was packed and buzzing. The restaurant has a very lovely (and dim) ambience. Here’s a shot of the bar:

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Chicago Midwest Clinic

This week, I tagged along with Domingos while he attended the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. He hadn’t been in 10 years, and I hadn’t been in 13 or 14 years! We lucked out with days that were all mostly above freezing, a rarity this time of year in Chicago. The Clinic moved to the McCormick Place convention center 10 or so years ago, and we had a room at the adjoining Hyatt. This was incredibly convenient, despite the fact that we missed the central location of the Palmer House or the Hilton. And we had a nice partial lake view from our window. Here are a few shots from our window at different times of day: Continue reading “Chicago Midwest Clinic”


To escape the hotel one day, Domingos and I headed over to Annapolis, which is only a short 30-minute drive away. Our first stop was the Vida Taco Bar, which had an excellent and diverse lineup of unique taco combinations. You can order each taco with a flour or corn tortilla, or a large lettuce leaf. On Sundays, house margaritas are only $6, so we indulged with a couple each while enjoying some incredible tacos. Continue reading “Annapolis”


We’ve been back in the States for a week, so I guess it’s time for an update! I’m finally over the jet lag and I’ve made it through most of my PCS to-do list, at least everything I can do before our household goods and storage are delivered. I’m thoroughly sick of hotel living, but it is what it is. We had a very long day of travel last Saturday, but we survived and no one hassled me about my viola, so I count it as a win.  Continue reading “Transitioning”

Bangkok Food Tour

A 30-hour layover in Bangkok on our way to Bhutan? Sounds like it’s time for another food tour! Unfortunately, this tour was one of the more lackluster ones that we’ve done. There was some good food, but no real feeling of immersion, no real cultural or sightseeing stops (we briefly paused to look at the exterior of one wat), and no single food that really blew us away. I’m still glad we did it, as it got us out of our hotel and into the city center for a couple of hours, but it can’t hold a candle to the food tours we’ve done in Rome, Seoul, and Chiang Mai. Continue reading “Bangkok Food Tour”