Visiting Santa Barbara County wineries: a primer
Drink / Reviews 2013/2014 / Santa Barbara / Travel / Wine

Visiting Santa Barbara County wineries: a primer

I regularly get asked by friends and family who are planning on going wine tasting to share my advice and recommendations with them.  After sending variations of the same emails to many of them, I decided to publish my thoughts for everyone to use and enjoy.  Let’s start with Santa Ynez Valley and Sta. Rita Hills wineries … Continue reading

Going out with style:  Tokyo String Quartet bids a fond farewell to Chicago
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Going out with style: Tokyo String Quartet bids a fond farewell to Chicago

This past Tuesday, the Tokyo String Quartet played what first violin Martin Beaver said would almost certainly be their last concert at the Ravinia Festival.  In all likelihood, it will also be their final appearance anywhere in the Chicago area.  With Kazuhide Isomura (founding viola)  and Kikuei Ikeda (longtime second violin) deciding to retire, the … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / New York / Travel

Lincoln Center “Great Performers” 2012-2013 season announced

New York’s Lincoln Center has announced the line-up for their “Great Performers” series in the coming 2012-2013 season.  Their press release (available HERE) leads by mentioning a visit by Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, specifically highlighting the New York premiere of John Adams’ oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary in a staged … Continue reading

Automotive / Las Vegas / Travel

Unexpected delight & disappointment: 2012 North American International Auto Show and 2012 Consumer Electronics Show

I know everyone is anxious to talk about the big “Mahler Project” that the Los Angeles Philharmonic is putting on, but before I do this, I must digress.  While music is a huge interest of mine — certainly the biggest one that applies to this blog —  I have many others as evidenced on the menu … Continue reading

Visiting the speakeasies of New York:  Please Don’t Tell (PDT)
Drink / Mixology / New York / Spirits / Travel

Visiting the speakeasies of New York: Please Don’t Tell (PDT)

At first blush, Please Don’t Tell (or “PDT” as it is often called) takes the nouveau speakeasy concept of Milk & Honey — nondescript entrance leading to bar with limited seating manned by a mixologist — up a notch or two.  Despite those similarities, a visit to the two venues feels completely different:  where Milk … Continue reading