When Kat and I arrived at Portland International Airport on Thursday morning, long before the sun would rise, we were nearly giddy as we passed through security, ecstatic that our adventure to New York City had finally arrived. As we made our way to the gate, we noticed a monk walking in front of us, […]
On a random weekday evening, as I was flipping through the channels, I came across a showing of Austin City Limits, a grand performance series on PBS showcasing some of the finest musicians in the country. The episode featured a Seattle ensemble named The Head and the Heart, and with their stunning ACL studio performance, I was instantly a fan. Formed in 2009 thanks to an open-mic night at a local bar, the folky, heartfelt tunes from Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell, and Charity Rose Thielen are touching but not overwrought, detailing the universal struggles between the head and the heart.
Hot on the heels of a very successful – and über-Maui-focused – Ka’anapali Fresh, the folks at the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival swung into town to present Malama Maui this past Sunday – the first off-island, offshoot of the larger Oahu-based event taking place this weekend, September 6-9. Held oceanside at the beautiful Napili Gardens of the Hyatt Regency Maui, with honored guests, chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi in attendance, the evening’s lineup included Iron Chef Japan’s Hiroyuki Sakai, Marcel Vigneron, Rick Tramonto, Hawaii’s Bev Gannon and Sheldon Simeon, and Greg Grohowski, executive chef of the Hyatt Regency.
The magnitude of the show had my stomach in ropes long before Friday officially arrived. As I rolled through Chicago’s suburbs on the L-train pre-dusk headed toward Wrigley Field, the butterflies became a frenzy of activity, the main event nearly within reach. Fellow music fans packed the train’s car, anxiously, and some of them drunkenly, […]
I blame Kevin Sandri for my appreciation of the food cart. My first year in Portland, his cart, Garden State, was selling sandwiches at a waterfront food festival. Not familiar with the cart, I – the unsuspecting, naive victim – grabbed the cod sandwich without much thought or expectation. When I took a bite, I […]
People head out to Las Vegas to engage in high stakes poker matches as well as to participate in their favorite table games. Whenever Sin City is mentioned, the associated word with it is usually “gaming”, and there’s nothing wrong with that since it is unarguably the gaming capital. However, recent times proved that Las […]
Talk about the birth of an event. Back in 2000, founders Katherine Pugliese and Kelly Odom began brainstorming the details of a gathering that would become the premiere showcase of St. Croix food and wine offerings. “We were pregnant and hormonal,” Pugliese explained with a laugh, reminiscing about the start of the Taste of St. […]
‘Tis July, which can only mean one thing to a bartender – it’s nearly time for Tales of the Cocktail. Though I won’t be making the trek to New Orleans this year for the ‘tender reunion of all reunions, why not take a moment to raise a glass to those who put in long hours […]
It is a travel experience of days gone by. The calming rock of a steady train, the fast-moving scenery whipping by the nearly floor to ceiling windows. My forehead stayed pressed against the window while trees, lakes, mountains sped past as we made our way through the Canadian countryside, taking me back to the time […]