Category: Best of AWB

Surfing into New Orleans

I'm sure that some folks are getting tired of reading about the trip we took to New Orleans. My apologies, but it is a city that resonates very deeply with so many; myself and Amy included. I remember watching on ...

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Crescent City Phoenix – The Return of New Orleans

When you say "New Orleans" it is difficult not to think of Hurricane Katrina. So when we first were invited to fly into town for "Harrah's Greatest Weekend Ever" the cynic in me thought, "they don't want us to see ...

The Holiday Party: Or How Not to Throw up on Your Boss

With the end of the calendar year upon us, those companies who aren't budget cutting by playing Scrooge with their employees will be hosting the annual "holiday" party. These can be a great way to enjoy some food and ...

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In defense of decadence

“Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.” -Ernest Hemingway Writing about food ...

Thanksgiving: It’s Not Always about the Food

Thanksgiving in our family was always a dilemma -- Joe wants to host everyone at our house, and my brother wants to host everyone at his. Before my father died, it was always at my parents' house.  My mother would ...

Jack, the Very Bad Dog

When I met my wife she had two dogs and what seemed like 100 cats. The cat herd actually only numbered 4, but that was of little comfort to me. Over time the number of cats decreased by half, then ...

Tragedy as Marketing

I grew up in a town that knew tragedy. On the night of November 15, 1970, a chartered jet airliner carrying the local university football team, coaches and a number of prominent residents crashed in flames on its approach to the ...

The Local Food Movement

"I know that if I ever go looking for my heart's desire, I'll never go any further than my own back yard. For if it isn't there, I never really lost it." - Dorothy Gale (Wizard of Oz) Eat and drink local ...

Beware of Wine Bloggers!

Steve Heimoff knows a lot about wine, and he is a pretty decent writer. So, when he warns us about a new threat to the wine community we should heed his words. Here are the aforementioned words of wisdom and ...

Best Moment of an Overwhelmingly Good Trip

This trip to California is winding down, we are packing to leave. Instead of thinking about returning to my cage tomorrow, I am focusing on the amazing memories this journey has provided. There are so many things that I will ...

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