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Businessman's Lunch in New Orleans: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

This entry is part of a series, New Orleans Scene»

By Thursday the conference grind was beginning to grind on us a bit. I had just the pick-me-up in mind for lunch, though: A visit to Gordon Biersch, a brew pub and restaurant conveniently located across the street from the Hilton where the talks […]

High's Restaurant: The Perfect Lunch Opportunity When You're Touring the Guadalupe Wine Trail

I know, Texas Wine Month is over. Gone. Kaputski. Defunct, expired, moribund. Dead, dead, dead. But that doesn’t mean you should stop enjoying wine! Or for that matter, that we should stop talking about it entirely until next October.

While Paula Jo and I were out drinking our way across the countryside foraging through the […]

A True Oasis in the Desert: BJ's Brewhouse

I was making the fairly lengthy trek home from the Frozen North vicinity of the Oklahoma border, north of Fort Worth, when I decided I needed to tank up. How did I discover this? Well, there were these deep, bass grumbles that were getting so loud it was interfering with the music. Oh, the […]

Friday Follies: Where's the Beef? Right Here

In 2008, Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar set the Guinness Record for the world’s largest hamburger. Well, I’m sorry to say, that’s been whipped like a red-headed stepchild summarily dismissed this year. The old number of 134 pounds was summarily squashed by the new monster, weighing in at an astounding 164.5 pounds.

Steve Mallie’s not […]

The Finest Ol' Inn in Ireland: The Dunraven Arms in Adare

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

A fairy-tale trip needs an enchanting guest house as a base of operations. We had ours: The Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare, Co. Limerick. Founded in 1792, The Dunraven has everything a modern, quality hotel should have. More importantly, it has “quaint” built into its […]

Home Again, Resting and Remembering

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

Today was very hard. Just getting out of bed, after yesterday’s mad dash (and six extra hours due to time-zone relocations), was Very Hard. Realizing we’re not in Ireland anymore, well, that was the Hardest of All…

It was fun, though. Grand, glorious fun! All the […]

Our Return Begins: Birr Castle, Tullamore and Dublin

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

We enjoyed one last, full Irish breakfast in the Maigue Restaurant this morning, then came the hard part: Saying goodbye to everybody. We’ve only been here a bit over a week, but somehow it feels like leaving family or something. Maybe that’s because the Dunraven […]

Lazy, Rainy Sunday in Limerick

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

This morning dawned gray and damp, which means it was later than normal before the birds began chirping outside our window. In fact it was nearly 4 A.M. before the serenade began! I guess they stayed in the pub too late or something, and just […]