#1 pub, west London–

BOOM!  This place gets my vote for the number one pub in west London: The Anglesea Arms located on Selwood Place in the South Kensington section of town…jaaaa!!

The Anglesea has outdoor seating, lots of cozy nooks and crannies inside, a welcoming dining room in the back, an extensive menu of extremely tasty grub, and lots of ales, bitters, and lagers to keep the most discerning drinkers happy. . .plus, the staff are all spot-on and helpful, and the atmosphere here is chill, relaxed, and conducive to chatting and sipping. . .in short, this place ROCKS…mmmmm!!

On this particular visit you see us enjoying a scotch egg, a potato and leek soup, and pints of tasty bitters–don’t recall the brand, but oh-so tasty. . .I’ll have to come back and note the specific ale that we are enjoying at a later date…it’s hard work, but I am willing to do it for you if you are willing to wait for this vital information…cheers!

Please consider popping into The Anglesea Arms for a pint or three the next time you find yourself hangin’ out in South Kensington, London. . .Charles Dickens used to live a couple of buildings from here so you know it’s a respectable neighborhood.

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West London reverie–

MMM!  It is cozy and welcoming over here in west London…you gotta check this out before you move to the next realm.

Our favorite things to do in west London, specifically the South Kensington area, include strolling over to the Chelsea Embankment for easygoing views of the River Thames. . .off in the distance is the Battersea Power Station, the National Theater, Parliament, and various points in south London. . .and when the sun is out–which can be quite rare and sporadic–this is easily one of the most beautiful towns on the planet.  So we are enjoying this day immensely–jaaaa!!

Then we head back to Fulham Road where the streetscapes and buildings often put on a show for us. . .add sunshine, VOILA!, magic.

And if we walk west on Fulham Road long enough we arrive at Stamford Bridge, the home stadium of the Chelsea Football Club–one of the best in all of Europe, where we pay our respects and move along. . .

. . .time for another pint and snack in one of the many pubs in the area.  Until next time: cheers, big ears!

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Chi-town to London-town–

BAM!  We pop into O’Hare Airport in Chicago and gobble a delicious Chicago-style hot dog before heading to the gate. . .

. . .we jump on our airplane, read a book, nap a bit, and then BOOM! we hit the ground runnin’ at Heathrow Airport in London…

. . .jump on the Underground–only six pounds for a ride into the heart of town from the airport. . .if only it were this easy in New York or Chicago or anywhere in the U.S.. . .

. . .anyway, I arrive at South Kensington station, drop the bags at the hotel, and POW! before you can say “wow-it’s-really-cute-over-here” we are suckin’ down pints and gnoshing on sausages and mashed potatoes at the pub. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!

That”s how you do it. . .or at least this is one way of doing it–the hop over the pond, that is.  Find your way, or steal this way, doesn’t matter to us as long as you are enjoying your ride.

The pub serving the grub and pint you see above is called The Anglesea Arms located on Selwood Place in the heart of the South Kensington section of western London–one of my absolute favorite pubs ANYWHERE. . .pop on in here some time, you will love it–I gar-ron-taaaayy!!

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Wintering in Dubuque–

BOOM!  It’s still winter and Dubuque, Iowa is the place to be…at least for now.

Whenever we pop into Dubuque we always make time to hang out at Paul’s Tavern.  Paul’s has been in operation for over fifty years, and it is super-chill…in a good way, not a wintery way.

There are mounted heads of deer and sheep and birds on the walls that Paul has bagged over the years…there are lots of beers and liquors to make us happy…there are welcoming bartenders and patrons…a good digital jukebox with a fine sound system…and the tastiest cheeseburgers within a hundred miles–only $3.19 each–cooked up on a small grill right next to the Red Bull cooler. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!

We love hangin’ in Paul’s Tavern in the heart of Dubuque on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, and you will too if you ever find yerself lookin’ for some good midwest vibes…jaaaa!

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Think spring!!

 

Cold weather, warm vibes–

BRRR…MMMM!  Here we are riding out another winter night in chilly Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and fortunately the vibes inside The Pfister Hotel and Sanford Restaurant are warming us up nice and toasty-like…jaaa!!

Winter is my least favorite season…sooooo to enjoy the cool passage of time we seek out ‘istoric lobby bars that are good for sippin’…we seek out grand rooftop bars that are good for soaking in the city lights…and we seek out tasty restaurants with welcoming service and delectable grub–oh yeah!

Milwaukee knows how to do winter: keep all of the interior spaces extremely warm and serve lots of potent potables to patrons of all shapes, sizes, and creeds.

So, the next time you find yourself here in Cream City please consider hanging out in the rooftop bar of The Pfister Hotel tower called ‘Blu’–great views, great staff, and soothing beverages. . .or maybe you can just hang in the lobby bar downstairs in the grand entryway of The Pfister–more great staff and any kind of beverage that you might desire. . .then head on over to Sanford Restaurant located just a mile from the hotel–a James Beard Award-winning chef, fabulous staff, cozy setting, and outstanding food all await you here…often named the “best restaurant in Wisconsin”–mmmm, aaaaahh!

Now let’s all THINK SPRING…and yes, I will have another glass of wine…cheers!

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THE Grand Hotel of Milwaukee–

WOW!  What a treat to spend a night here. . .The Pfister Hotel right smack dab in the center of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has got it goin’ on–jaaaa!!

This wonderful hotel was built in about 1893 or so by a German-American dude called Guido Pfister.  Guido made his money with a giant tannery operation in Milwaukee and the surrounding area.

A few years before 1893 the previous Grand Hotel of Milwaukee burned down, and the town needed a new grand hotel to represent the growing prosperity and success of its citizens and various manufacturing businesses. . .so Guido Pfister pledged to build a new hotel, and the result is the masterpiece that still stands today.  And of course, he could not just call it the new grand hotel of Milwaukee…no, no, no…he slapped his name on the side, and The Pfister Hotel was born for all of us to enjoy.

And enjoy we do. . .this place is fabulous.  There are painted ceilings, soothing lighting everywhere, cozy furniture pieces, a chill lobby bar, a grand entryway into the lobby, the original old section of the hotel with fun iron railings leading upstairs, and a ‘newer’ 23-story tower attached to the eastern side of the original hotel.  The staff are all efficient, the rooms are sweet and comfortable, and the room service food is outstanding. . .we can’t wait to stay here again and do a full-blown dinner in the main hotel restaurant.

The best part of the hotel is the 23rd-floor bar called Blu. . .this is a great place to sip a cocktail or three and take in the sweeping views of all of Cream City and Lake Michigan. . .mmm, aaaahh!

Please consider staying at The Pfister during your next visit to Brewtown. . .you will love it–I gar-ron-taaaayy!

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Bellissimo, Michelangelo–

WOW!  Tons of drawings, paintings, and sculptures by Michelangelo, his students, and his admirers are on display right here and right now at The Met in New York Citaaaaayy. . .bellissimooooooo!!

There is a mock-up of the ceiling from the Sistine Chapel, studies and drawings in preparation for many of his greatest works: the Pieta, David, The Battle of Anghiari, etc….lots of fun red chalk drawings of body parts, muscular human backs, horses, angels, demons, etc.. . .plus so much more.  It’s hard to beat standing in front of a piece of paper that Michelangelo himself worked on about five hundred years ago. . .woweewowow!  I say again, WOWEEWOWOW!  Humans suck a lot of the time, but occasionally they do magical stuff. . .lots of the magical stuff can be seen in this show.

Please take some time soon to pop into The Met and check this show out. . .it will do you good to be reminded that art is the only thing that separates us from the animals. . .it will do you real good, indeed.

I send you reassuring vibes from the Michelangelo show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York City. . .feel them. . .they will help you sleep the sleep of angels tonight.

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