Tag Archives: travel

Chef Vincenzo Betulia

After years at Campiello, Chef Vincenzo Betulia and his wife Anna struck out on their own and opened Osteria Tulia on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples.  The restaurant has been one of the biggest success stories ever and has changed traffic patterns on this popular street, moving more people to the quieter west end.  Within a year of opening, Vinnie ...

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Bonsai Village tour outside Tokyo

About 45 minutes outside downtown Tokyo is a suburb known as Bonsai Village.  The homes here sit amongst the most beautiful bonsai gardens, both personal and retail greenhouses.   Walking the streets of Bonsai Village is an adventure.  If the garden gates of a home are open, it means visitors are welcome to stop in and look around.  Many of the ...

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Retail Heaven in Japan

Japan is full of cool things to buy.  Everywhere you travel the stores are beautiful to look at and usually specialize in a single thing or a single style.  Outside Tokyo there are more small retail stores set up in homes along the street.  And everywhere in Japan, the packaging is all important.  Even the smallest item is carefully, beautifully ...

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I love Japan

Throughout Japan I am confronted with things that astound me either for their beauty, design, or just how different they are from Western culture.  Here are just a few examples:

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Best of Naples 2015 – Part two!

Last week I wrote about my favorite burgers and sandwiches in 2015. This week it’s appetizers. Or appetizers as a main course! I find that the appetizers are often the most imaginative and flavorful part of a restaurant menu. If I’m not excited by anything on the main course side of the menu, instead I’ll order a series of appetizers. ...

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Best of 2015 – Part One

Well it’s the end of the year. Time to reflect back on favorite dishes from 2015. Let’s start with casual burgers and sandwiches. My favorite burger of all time was a Guy Fieri burger on the Carnival Breeze cruise ship out of Miami this summer. Maybe it was the Caribbean sunshine on the deck of the cruise ship, maybe it ...

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Best Chains for the Road

I’ve been travelling a lot lately and inevitably find myself looking for a great place to eat. My first choice is always to look for a good locally-owned restaurant but sometimes that isn’t available, convenient or easy to find. That’s when I seek out my favorite chains. These are my go-to favorites:   Bricktops is expanding throughout the Southern States. ...

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