| Jul 31, 2014
| 10:30 AM
What a way to start the day!
My daughter Reggie, a San Francisco teacher, and I are soaking in a piping hot mineral pool -- one of four at different temperatures -- at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Innâ€™s expansive spa. The picturesque hotel, spread...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 4:52 PM
My wife, Laurel, and I had laid out an idiosyncratic European itinerary for our trip last fall: to London for theater, to Paris to scout Ernest Hemingway's long-ago haunts, to Friedrichshafen, Germany, for the Zeppelin Museum, and finally to Hamburg to...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 5:20 AM
"Where are you headed today?" the front desk manager asks as I check out of my hotel in London.
"We're headed to Florence tonight for a steak, and then we're off to Southern Italy first thing tomorrow morning," I say.
"What an extravagant life you lead,...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Admit it. The last time only time? you thought about Nebraska's biggest city was when Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning yelled "Omaha!" about 40 times in a playoff game last January.
That was fun, sort of. Imagewise, pro sports haven't been...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 7:11 AM
A couple months back, I did an article that was far too many beers in the making: A drinking tour through 11 of my favorite local neighborhoods.
It was a pretty inclusive list, I thought, but it turns out there's no such thing in a city as diverse as...
| Jul 15, 2014
I love France -- it is one of Europe's most diverse, tasty, and exciting countries. It brims with the good life and a special appreciation for culture, music, art, food, and wine.
But Americans can feel pretty dowdy when confronted with the casual...
| Jul 24, 2014
Our club: Founded in 2008, the Windy City Wine and Book Club is a group of 18 fun-loving, passionate, career-oriented and diverse women.
How we got started: Our founding member, Anne Uible, decided to start the club shortly after graduating from the...
| Jul 29, 2014
Q: I want to know the best way to store cheese...soft cheeses, hard cheeses, etc..Every time I open up the cheese after getting it at the store, I can't wrap it the way they do and it ends up in a Ziploc bag. And can you freeze most cheeses or does it...
| Jul 23, 2014
| 1:23 PM
All day Tuesday, they came to the Grand Cru wine bar with swollen red eyes, hugging one another and trying to make sense of the loss of a good friend and boss.
They lifted a glass and reminisced about Nelson Carey, the genial and worldly publican of...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 2:19 PM
On Thursday, Vivo Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar in Hanover will debut a biweekly series of Italian movie nights. Each movie night will feature a four-course prix-fixe menu inspired by that night's film.
For the series opener, "The Godfather," Vivo's...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 10:00 PM
How do you find your next favorite wine? (Hint: Looking for the label with the weirdest animal on it won't necessarily get you there.) Wine bars are a great starting point if you're just dipping your toes into the wine world, and Chicago doesn't lack...