| Apr 14, 2012
I'm on my way down to lower Orange County in our old minivan, the Honey Fitz. It's bleeding power steering fluid, but other than that the Honey Fitz is charging out of the barn, three of the four cylinders firing in sequence, the other a virtual wooden...
| Dec 12, 2013
Coherence is overrated. That's the conclusion I draw from Beatrix, an agreeable hodgepodge of a restaurant that opened six months ago in River North and has been doing brisk business ever since.
Focus? Fuggedaboutit. This Lettuce Entertain You...
| Jul 25, 2013
One great thing about a hotel restaurant named The Lobby is that it's easy to find.
The great thing about this particular Lobby, the soaring space inside the Peninsula Chicago Hotel, is that Lee Wolen, brought on as chef de cuisine last year, has turned...
| Mar 25, 2013
Controller Wendy Greuel pulled off a surprising coup last week when she secured the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor despite an acknowledgment by many labor leaders that they feel closer philosophically to her opponent, Councilman...
| Apr 5, 2012
— The old man, reportedly ill with cancer and exhausted by the agony devouring Greece, just couldn't take it anymore.
His name was Dimitris. And so he walked out Wednesday morning onto the beautiful and peaceful Syntagma Square across the street...
| Aug 24, 2013
Regular readers of this column know that dining is a prime motivation in plotting the road trips that inspire these Florida postcards.
Whether it's crab-cake sandwiches at the Baltimore Orioles spring-training stadium in Sarasota or smoked mullet at the...
| Aug 17, 2013
What's in a name?
Consider the origins of Yeehaw Junction, an unincorporated rural community in southern Osceola County that boasts one of Florida's iconic roadside attractions. Even for longtime Floridians, the Yeehaw Junction exit on Florida's...
| Mar 30, 2013
A remarkable bird is the pelican; his beak can hold more than his belly can.
Standing two feet away from a gorgeous brown pelican perched on a piling on the fishing pier in Cedar Key (cedarkey.org), I wished that something more meaningful would have...
| Jul 31, 2010
The potential of oil washing ashore on Gulf Coast beaches has made this a difficult summer for the tourism folks on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Yet the resourceful tourism folks in St. Petersburg are doing an admirable job of making the best of it. The...
| Oct 5, 2013
It's the season for ghost hunting and there are numerous destinations that offer potential encounters with departed souls.
Put these haunted stops on your itinerary, if the spirit moves you.
The Florida House Inn, Fernandina Beach (floridahouseinn....
| Mar 26, 2013
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GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — My cabin was the ultimate in location, location, location.
Don't misunderstand; it was a perfectly pleasant little cabin, if not a bit small (some might say cozy), with log walls, matching wood furniture and a...