Vast Viroqua–

BOOM!  We are passin’ through Viroqua, Wiskonsen on the way to somewhere…

…Viroqua is vast, wide open, full of organic farms, surrounded by dairy operations, and we are hungry for breakfast…sooooo we head on over to Dunnam’s Cafe where farm folk rule.

We are warmly welcomed, coffee cups filled immediately, orders taken shortly thereafter, and in fifteen minutes or so we are busy gobbling a “breakfast skillet” and a “country breakfast” filled with eggs, hash browns, American potatoes, bacon, onions, sausages, corned beef hash, buttered wheat toast, biscuits, and sausage gravy. . .mmm, aaahh!  All of this stuff is eaten with joy and relish. . .we love Dunnum’s Cafe, we do, we really do–jaaa!!

I send you solid heartland vibes from Dunnum’s Cafe here in Viroqua. . .feel them. . .better yet, pop on in here the next time you find yerself toolin’ around in southwestern Wisconsin–you will love it as much as we do–I gar-ron-taaaayy!

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It’s lovely out there.

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Light show on the Mississippi–

POW!  It’s December in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and the annual Rotary Lights display is in full swing.  Folks are dressed in ribbons and garland, others are in traditional heavy coats, gloves, hats, and boots. . .we choose to just pop out from the warmth of the Charmant Hotel, snap some pix, and head back in to our red wine and snacks. . .mmm, aaaahh!

The official Rotary Lights website says that this display includes about five million individual lights, and of course, everyone asks, “who pays the electric bill for all of this?”  But that’s a BAH-HUMBUG-type of question that no one chooses to answer directly. . .no matter, cuz we all know that Santa and the elves pick up the tab. . .HO-HO-HOOOO!!

And the main point is that La Crosse continues to WOW us with all that happens here nearly each and every weekend. . .at least each and every weekend that we choose to hang here. So three cheers for La Crosse, Wiskonsen–rockin’ it again, as usual. . .and three more cheers for the holiday season–if only everyone could be this cheery and wonderful and magical every other time of the year…if only.

Come to La Crosse now or any time. . .you will love it–I gar-ron-taaayy!

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Midwest reverie–

MMM!  It’s dry and clear and warm-ish in DECEMBER here in southwestern Wiskonsen, and we are lovin’ it.  No snow–yaaaay. . .no sleet–yaaaay. . .no ice–yaaaay. . .no worries–BOOM!

Can we please just skip to spring?  No?  We can’t?  Ok, then we will simply enjoy these days of unseasonable warmth and crispness knowing that snow and sleet and ice are on the way.  The open roads lie before us leading that way or that way over there or back that-a-way. . .all of these roads are open to us…to all of us…and it is soothing to know that we simply have to choose. . .make a choice. . .ideally a choice filled with the potential for bliss and magic and tastiness.  Then, once a choice is made we ROCK IT. . .ROCK IT REAL GOOD–jaaaaa!!

It’s fun having no one around. . .me thinks we can get used to this…though in a spot on the sea with warmer air and abundant fried fishes where the skies and the oceans meet.

I send you wide open vibes from America’s Dairyland. . .feel them. . .careful, they are reverie inducing.

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Still #1 at the moment…NOLA–

KAPOWY!  This place is still our number one go-to restaurant here in New Orleans: Peche. . .totally outstanding!

Peche is run by dudes called Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski, and Ryan Prewitt.  Both Link and Prewitt are James Beard Award winners. . .Stryjewski knows how to run a top-notch operation. . .and the three of these guys together have created magic here on Magazine Street where the Peche space is located. . .mmm, aaahh!

During this visit we are gobbling shrimp toast, shrimp bisque, crab and jalapeno cappelini, catfish with pickled greens, whole fried red snapper, jumbo shrimp with bacon, fried brussels sprouts, and smoked green beans. . .DAY-YAM, this stuff is good!  And everything is washed down with a nice bottle of Sancerre. . .superb!!

The people here are great. . .the drinks are upper-echelon. . .the space is warm and cozy. . .and the food is as good as any other place you can eat on planet Earth.  Please consider doing a meal or three at Peche the next time you are in NOLA. . .you will most definitely love it hee-yah.

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Oldest restaurant in NOLA–

YES!  A wonderful spot for an afternoon snack and tipple is the bar at Antoine’s Restaurant on St. Louis Street here in The French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. . .c’est magnifique–say WHAT!?

Antoine’s is the oldest restaurant in all of New Orleans (opened in 1840), and it still rocks.  They invented Oysters Rockefeller here–you gotta have ’em…they serve wonderful high-end Creole food here (in fact, our alligator soup is one of the tastiest soups we have ever slurped in NOLA)…they serve top-notch liquor here…they serve wonderful wines here…and the people are totally accommodating and welcoming to everyone who walks into this hallowed space.  If everyone on planet Earth could eat here one time, then there would be less turmoil in the world…true dat!

Definitely consider doing a drink, a snack, or a complete meal at Antoine’s the next time you visit NOLA. . .you will love it all–I gar-ron-taaaayy!!

I send you substantial and enduring vibes from Antoine’s in New Orleans. . .feel them. . .they will soothe whatever ails ya for a good long time.

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Sunrise, grilled oysters…NOLA–

POW!  The sun comes up YET AGAIN here in New Orleans, and we are hungry for some breakfast. . .where we gonna go?–hmmmm…

…the answer this time is Drago’s over in the Hilton Hotel right on the banks of the mighty Mississippi–jaaa!!

Drago’s is famous for their grilled oysters cooked over lively open flames that are kept big and hot by the expert grillers at this longtime favorite. . .the oysters are steaming, intensely seasoned, and totally mouthwateringly delicious. . .we eat dozens of these things along with tasty chicken and andouille gumbo, and all is right in the universe.  Everything is washed down with spicy bloody marys–MAGIC!

Others do grilled oysters all over town, but these are the tastiest and most dramatic, in my humble opinion. . .as Winston Churchill once said, “I am easily satisfied with the best.”–me too!

Please consider poppin’ on in to Drago’s the next time you are in NOLA…pull up a couple of chairs at the bar and enjoy the show–who dat!

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BJ’s Lounge…mmmm!

WOW!  Here we are hangin’ at BJ’s Lounge out in the Marigny section of New Orleans, and simply put: this is how all bars should be.

It is dark in here…it is rockin’ in here with a dude called Guitar Lightnin’ Lee playing rockin’ blues with his band…it is vibin’ in here with folks of every race, color, and creed laughin’ and dancin’ with one another…and it is soothing in here with multiple potent potables available to quench your thirst–cash bar only though, darlin’. . .thank-you-veddy-much.

BJ’s is in what appears to be an old house on the corner of Burgundy and Lessups Streets just a block or two from Vaughn’s, another classic Marigny hangout. . .the street lights create a nice glow outside, the bar lights add to the glow just a little bit, and this place beckons us to come inside, sip a beverage, and enjoy the show. . .mmm, aaaahh!

Please consider poppin’ out to BJ’s the next time you are in NOLA. . .no one has a bad time inside a lounge called BJ’s–WHO DAT!!

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