Chumley’s is back…NYC–

KAZOOMY!  Chumley’s is back in business here on Bedford Street in the West Village section of Manhattan in New York Citaaaay…jaaa!!

Chumley’s has been around a long time…it was a speakeasy sort of place for many years…folks have always loved this place cuz it’s kinda hidden away–no sign out front, you gotta-know-where-it-is kinda joint…lots of prominent citizens, firefighters, cops, ne’er-do-wells, and assorted other characters used to hang here drinking, chatting, kibbitzing, and whiling away the hours ’til the sun came up. . .then there was a fire a few years ago–gutted the place.  Then the owner was embroiled in lawsuits regarding rent, debts, ownership issues, etc.. . .everything finally panned out, the whole building was renovated, and now Chumley’s is back in a slightly shinier version of itself with great drinks and a menu of great food–the place is trying to be a sort of high-end dining spot as well as a drinking venue, and we wish them luck.

It is an honor to have the opportunity to sit within these hallowed walls covered in hallowed photos of things and people passed, have a drink with my loved one, and enjoy the ongoing passage of time.  Come on down to Bedford Street some time…bring a loved one…find Chumley’s…and ENJOY!

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You gotta feijoada…NYC–

POW!  It’s the national dish of Brasil, feijoada, and the best place to get it in New York City is at ‘Casa’ located on Bedford Street in the West Village section of Manhattan…mmmm, muito BOM!

Feijoada is a dish of Portuguese origin (makes sense since the Portuguese settled and founded Brasil)…a delicious stew of black beans, pork, and beef is cooked until tender and gobble-worthy…this stew is poured over rice, greens, grains, and fruit making for fascinating flavor explosions in your mouth with every bite. . .jaaa!–querida…lindo…muito GET-IN-MY-BELLY!

The folks at Casa also serve up a totally authentic caipirinha–the national drink of Brasil–and these babies are delectable.  There is no better food/drink combination in the world than feijoada and caipirinhas. . .we can slurp this stuff down any time. . .though we do include a bottle of dry white just because that’s the way we roll–hard to say no to anything on the fabulous menu at Casa in the West Village of Manhattan.

Please check this place out some time. . .you will love it–I gar-ron-taaaayy!

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Blue Ribbon Sushi…NYC–

YUH-MEE!  Time for a pile of Japanese goodness here at Blue Ribbon Sushi located on Sullivan Street in the Soho section of Manhattan in beauteous New York Citaaaayy…mmm, aaaahh!!

During this visit we are ingesting uni, eel, and fatty tuna–niiiice. . .gobbling grilled crab legs–fun-fun-fun. . .slurping chowamushi–soothing and delicious. . .and inhaling uni handrolls–cuz we just can’t get enough uni handrolls. . .and everything is delectable–jaaa!

Pro-tip: the Blue Ribbon folks appear to get lesser selections of fish up at the fish market…so though the sushi here is ‘good,’ know that it is not ‘great.’  Stick to the cooked items, and you will have a meal that is totally memorable and satisfying.

Plus, they have an extensive sake list here. . .just go with something extremely dry like “whispering wind” or “golden grains of rice” or one of the other fun names that they give their sake, and you will be happy long-time.

I send you warm and hearty vibes from Blue Ribbon Sushi. . .feel them. . .if you squint your eyes they will make you feel like you are actually in Japan gobbling away.

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Delectable deliciousness…Duluth–

BAM!  Here we are puttin’ on a major feed at our new number-one restaurant in the American midwest: a place called New Scenic Cafe on the outskirts of Duluth, Minnesota and right on the shore of Lake Superior. . .this restaurant ROCKS!–oh-you-betcha-it-does!

We drive about 15 miles east of Duluth, and BOOM! we come upon this lovely little building sitting cozily on a rise overlooking the lake…we pop in…our table is being prepped…we are seated a few minutes later…our server is extremely switched-on and chill…the host helps us arrange a car for the return trip to Duluth…we peruse the menu–it is full of interesting items like laab moo, rabbit stew (hausenpheffer), grilled fishes, roast chickens, veggies baked into pastries, nice wines, etc. and so on. . .we are feelin’ real good here, real good indeed!

We gobble the laab–amazingly good for anywhere, especially here in the upper midwest of the U.S.. . .we ingest the rabbit stew–totally delectable, I am extremely happy with this. . .we do asparagus galette with a gooey poached egg on top–YES!. . .we do grilled fish with another gooey poached egg–Oh, keep it comin’. . .the whole meal finishes with an apple pie that is as good as any that I have ever had anywhere, quite possibly my favorite of all time–lovely buttery crust, simple fruity filling, vanilla ice cream…nearly perfect.  All of this is washed down with a tasty Sancerre that warms our hearts and makes us go, “mmm, aaaahh!!”

WOW!  If you ever find yourself up in Duluth, Minnesota, then you must make your way out to the New Scenic Cafe for din-din. . .this place is top-notch. . .absolutely wonderful.  You can thank me later.

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Cozy Duluth pub…youbetcha!

MMM!  The sun is setting…we are feelin’ thirsty ‘n’ hungry…we see an old railway station in the distance…as we get closer we see that it is actually a pub…not just any pub, but quite possibly the coolest and coziest pub in all of Duluth, Minnesota–jaaaa!!  It’s called Endion Station, and we are darn happy to be here.

Endion Station is situated just off the shore of Lake Superior along the Lakewalk. . .it is, indeed, an old railway station house that has been converted into a pub with grub.  We settle into some seats on the outdoor patio, order up some brews and a giant soft pretzel, and sip and gobble as we watch the sunlight fade away bringing another glorious summer day to a close here in Duluth…mmm, aaaahh!

This giant pretzel is DELICIOUS!  It is just-out-of-the-oven warm, it is soft, it is chewy, it is salty, and it is totally gobble-worthy–the perfect complement to our icy-cold locally-made brews. . .the crowd sitting around us is quietly sipping away and enjoying the mellow vibes. . .we are not doin’ so bad here–feelin’ lots of midwestern calm and sturdiness. . .most wonderful to spend some of our precious touring time up in these parts.  Thank you, Duluth, for being so nice to us…really appreciate it–mmmhhmmm!!

I send you extremely easygoin’ vibes from Endion Station in Duluth. . .feel them. . .they will help you sleep deeply this evening.

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Oldest restaurant in Duluth–

BAM!  They got giant freshwater fish mounted on the ceiling…they got old wood paneling and exposed beams…they got tasty bloody marys…AND “the game” is on. . .WOW, they got it all here at the oldest restaurant in Duluth, Minnesota: Pickwick…mmm, aaaahh!

The Pickwick serves grub all day long: lunch, brunch, dinner, supper, snacks, etc. and so on.  It’s spacious and cavernous in here…doesn’t feel like a great spot for an extensive feed, but we are perfectly happy to while away an afternoon sippin’ on bloodys and beer chasers. . .plus, we gots some good views of Lake Superior out of the windows at the end of the restaurant. . .kinda empty in here. . .a few old folks eating fish and onion rings with grandkids ‘n’ such. . .nice to take a moment and feel the calm. . .folks don’t seem to be too concerned about much up here…just doin’ their parts to enjoy the passage of time without botherin’ nobody.

I send you jus’-gettin’-along-‘n’-makin’-do vibes from Pickwick up here in Duluth. . .feel them. . .they are a large part of what the midwest U.S. is all about.

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#1 hotel…Duluth, Minnesota–

Here it is…the number one place to stay in Duluth, Minnesota: Fitger’s…jaaaa!!

Fitger’s is a big ole brewery building sitting right on the shores of the Lake Superior that has been converted into a hotel and restaurant complex, and it is totally wonderful.  There are lots of rooms looking out over gigantic Lake Superior, there is an outdoor restaurant, an indoor restaurant, an ice-cream shop, gift shops, clothing stores, bars, fire pits, outdoor lounge areas, etc. and so on…this place has everything you need for a fabulous stay way up in northern Minnesota…mmhhmm, yes it does!

I say get on up here and check this place out. . .all you need is a little intrepid spirit to fully appreciate this big centrally-located building in the heart of Duluth.  It is fun and magical to explore the corners of the world…and though this is somewhat out-of-the-way for most road trip itineraries, you will be rewarded with good vibes, good food, good drink, and fabulous views of one the largest bodies of fresh water on Earth: Lake Superior.

Google “Fitger’s of Duluth” to learn more.

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