If it’s Monday, it must be New York

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So made it to NYC yesterday.  Only one day here before we embark on the Queen Mary 2 for our Canadian adventure.

Got in about 2:30 and had lunch at the Shake Shack by Central Park – a great burger and fries.  Last night we went to the Met to see Norma.  My first time to see a Met production.  Sondra Radvanovsky was great as Norma, but the opera itself really wasn’t one of my favourites.

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After the opera, we hoofed it to dinner at Dopo Teatro Trattoria near Times Square.  Great italian food – papparadelle with short ribs (remember, I’m a short rib fiend) and cannolli.  We had the house wine, so I’m not sure what they were, but nice pairings.

I guess my next posts will be when we get back from the cruise and I can get to the Internet again.

Greetings from Boston, MASS!

20131012_164144_resizedSo finally it’s our vacation…first stop is Boston.  Rain and 56 outside, but much better than Austin at 85 and 1,000 percent humidity.

Staying at the Four Seasons, across the street from Boston Common.  Got some great photos – hoping I can post them here.

Last night we ate at Masa Boston.  It was fantastic! I started with the Autumn Chopped Salad and had the short ribs for my entree (if short ribs are on the menu, that’s what I’m having.)  Brian started with the brisket empanadas (probably the best thing we had the entire evening) and had the pork loin with chorizo.  Wine-wise, we started with a pino gris (so-so…I can’t even remember the name).  I had a Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Malbec Reservas 2010 with my entree; a great pairing.  All-in-all a fantastic meal.  If you’re in Boston, definitely try Masa.

Today was genealogy – cemetery hopping in Hingham, Hull, Roxbury, and Haverhill.  That odyssey deserves it’s own posting, but here’s one from Hingham.

20131013_104330_resizedTonight is German food at Jacob Wirth (http://www.jacobwirth.com)…really looking forward to that.

Greetings from Rapid City, South Dakota – Land of Snow

So I’m at a conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, the day after the worst October blizzard on record.  These poor, poor people – 30 inches of snow, drifting to eight feet in places and power out for days.

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Despite this, Rapid City seems to be a nice little town.  The downtown area has some quirky shops and some decent little bistro-type restaurants.  If you’re here, I highly recommend Wine Cellar Restaurant.  As the name implies, a really impressive wine list.  I enjoyed several – ok four…my hotel was one block away and I was walking – glasses of various reds.  Standouts included the Three Saints 2009 Syrah from the Santa Ynez Valley and the 2008 Hendry HRW Zinfandel from Napa.

The Syrah was great with the bread and garlic-golden raisin puree.  The Zinfandel was perfectly paired with what was one of the best beef fillets I’ve ever had.  It was topped with thick-cut, smoky, perfectly prepared bacon and an outstanding béarnaise sauce.  Dessert was a cold fudge pie with caramel and sea salt.

I generally don’t like going out by myself when I travel, but they seated me at the bar and I met some locals who really made the evening enjoyable.  I’d definitely come back.