Category Archives: North America (non-NYC)

Thirsty: The Capitalist Edition

Last year, I took a brief trip to Indianapolis, Indiana.  Overall, I had a good time – the hotel had bikes to borrow, and the weather and food worked out…that is, until I came upon an enterprising CVS (drug store/supermarket) … Continue reading

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Product Review: Fastachi Hazelnut and Pistachio Butter (Massachusetts, USA)

Disclaimer: In exchange for a review of Fastachi, I received small containers of hazelnut and pistachio butter. Stemming from a regional New England tribal word that means “little gift,” Fastachi, originally called Mixed Nuts, is the brainchild of an Armenian … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: Le Meridien Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Disclaimer: In exchange for this hotel review, I received a night’s-stay in a suite at the Le Meridién Charlotte, North Carolina.  The woman who helped me arrange this was very proactive and accommodating; not only was this a last-minute request, … Continue reading

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(What Was) The Binghamton Ferryboat in Edgewater, New Jersey, USA

It’s not easy, voluntarily going to New Jersey.  But if you’re into history, like me, and strip malls, unlike me, the borough of Edgewater might be a curious day trip from Manhattan.  Move over, bizarre apartment building probably influenced by … Continue reading

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Raspados (Shaved Ice): There’s a Drought in my Dessert

Flying in from the endless sprawl of Los Angeles, it’s difficult to think of a more dissimilar landscape than El Centro, in Imperial County, California. Well, that’s not true.  You’ve got glaciers.  And Pyongyang. The point is, Imperial County is … Continue reading

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Airline Safety Cards

Note: With two notable exceptions below, I almost always ask one of the flight crew if I can take an airline safety card. Do I really want to take an airline safety card as a souvenir?  They’re typically cooped up … Continue reading

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Product Review: The Gracious Gourmet

Note: In exchange for a review, Bridgewater, Connecticut-based The Gracious Gourmet sent me three different spreads  – roasted eggplant tapenade, hatch chile pesto, and portobello mushroom tapenade.  All photos are courtesy of The Gracious Gourmet. After spending nearly 25 years in … Continue reading

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