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The Many Faces of Scottsdale

By |2018-05-18T03:23:57+00:00May 11th, 2018|Food and Drink, Hotels & Resorts, Scottsdale, The Traveling Pooka|

Whenever I used to think of Scottsdale, I thought of two things—golf and the desert. Of course, it’s so much more than that. On a recent trip, I was surprised at the diversity of activities, especially the many “walkable” neighborhoods of Downtown Scottsdale. Here’s a small sampling: Old Town -- For “Old West” ambiance, check [...]

Malbec in Mendoza

By |2018-05-10T18:53:20+00:00April 27th, 2018|Argentina, Food and Drink, Hotels & Resorts, Spas and Wellness, The Traveling Pooka|

Looking out my window on a cloudy, gloomy evening, I cheered myself up by reaching for a glass of Malbec. This rich, deep-colored wine from Argentina has the flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry, and chocolate. Although Malbec grapes are difficult to grow in many areas, the grapes thrive in Argentina’s famous wine-growing Mendoza region, [...]

Three Charleston Restaurants with One Surprise Winner

By |2018-04-15T06:57:40+00:00April 15th, 2018|Charleston, Food and Drink, The Traveling Pooka|

Three Charleston Restaurants with One Surprise Winner: A quick trip to Charleston, South Carolina, provided a chance to try three restaurants. Husk, Hominy Grill, and Fleet Landing on the wharf. Here’s the executive summary of my personal opinions: Husk: Great historic old house, contemporary inside, and good service. As for food, well, neither my friends [...]

Loving Charleston, Husk I can pass

By |2017-09-25T03:27:50+00:00May 4th, 2017|Food and Drink, The Traveling Pooka|

    Couldn’t wait to try Husk, the famous Charleston haunt. It was fun, and I don’t need to go back. So, we ordered lemon meringue pie. What we got was just too weird and didn’t taste that great. It was a lemon custard, wrapped in a dry crust, topped with architectural slabs of dried [...]

Restaurant Georgia Opens in Santa Fe

By |2017-09-25T03:27:51+00:00June 10th, 2014|Food and Drink, The Traveling Pooka|

Georgia Opens in Santa Fe My friend David Morris was in the office recently and just happened to mention his new Santa Fe restaurant Georgia      opens this month. A one-time owner of Santa Fe’s legendary Geronimo restaurant, David lives part-time in Santa Fe, part-time in Dallas, and part-time as a world travelers. The [...]

Auberge du Soleil, Artichoke Soup, and Beehive Cake in Wine Country

By |2017-09-25T03:27:51+00:00November 12th, 2009|Food and Drink, Hotels & Resorts|

 A three-day long birthday celebration in Sonoma required a week of recuperation. Well, maybe longer, since the party was early in September, and it's now November. Most of the time, we enjoyed meals prepared by our hosts at their gorgeous home overlooking the Sonoma Valley in California. Sitting on the top of a small mountain, [...]

Peaches for Dinner: A Vail Treat

By |2017-09-25T03:27:51+00:00September 7th, 2008|Food and Drink|

I've never considered a dinner of peaches until my friends and I went to the Vail Farmer's Market over Labor Day weekend and carried a basket of beautiful orbs back home. To celebrate the unofficial end of summer, I was invited by friends who own a wonderful house overlooking the golf course in East Vail. We [...]

The Perfect “Big Night” in Boston

By |2017-09-25T03:27:51+00:00May 5th, 2008|Food and Drink|

Oh, oh, I found it! Or better said, it found me. The absolutely perfect romantic Italian restaurant in Boston. No gimmicks. No joke. There I was in Boston, a foreign and fascinating city to a Southerner like me, attending a conference, when who - to my surprise - should be sitting in the lobby waiting [...]

The Traveling Pooka Returns

By |2017-09-25T03:27:51+00:00November 4th, 2007|Food and Drink, The Traveling Pooka|

Pookas rarely stay in one place for long, so it was no suprise, when Pooka mysteriously disappeared some 20 years ago from his frequent guest appearances in my Dallas Morning News column, only to return tonight ready to roll once again with his pics and pans in the travel industry. He insisted I open this [...]