Back in October, my dear friend, Kris and I decided to head up to Portland for a short week. It all started back in the summer when Kris and I went to a local tattoo parlor here in the Verde Valley for our Vegan ‘V’ matching tattoos. The

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Portland Vegan Tour Series Part 1 – Farm Spirit – Truly A Gustatory Evening That Delightedly Spoke to Every One of My Senses

In addition to being a vegan food snob, I am also an avid live theater enthusiast.  While a sucker for a great musical, I also very much enjoy all sorts of live theater, including concerts of most musical genres (sans country western), plays, etc.

As a season ticket holder

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Unexpected Dining Pleasure Before The Ballet Under The Stars

It All Started With Shoes …

Last week, my friend, Judith, and I had the pleasure of driving down to the Valley (as in the Phoenix metropolitan area) and spend a couple of days traipsing about.

While we did some major scoring on the shoe front, we also spent much

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Vegan Dining Down In The Valley – Phoenix Restaurants

Besides not seeing my family and Jersey girl(friends) as often as I did when I lived in New Jersey, top on my list of what I miss are the wonderful vegan dining experiences so readily available in Manhattan and Philadelphia. I know what you might be thinking, that living in Sedona I have the Phoenix metropolitan area nearby, which has a plethora of restaurants that cater to the veg community. While, yes, that’s true, I’ve tried all of them. Many times, in fact. However, I sadly have to admit that I am underwhelmed and unimpressed with them. What I wouldn’t do to have a Vedge, or Millenium, or Candle, or the newer kid-on-the-block, Delice and Sarrasin within my local community!

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A Gastronomical Feast for the Ages – Delice & Sarrasin, New York City

Summer vacation arrived for Richard and I on June 20. This was not going to be any ordinary vacation. We had several destinations on tap, starting with Manhattan, then to Woodstock (where The Aquarian Exposition, aka Woodstock, did not actually take place), then to Bethel Woods Center For the Arts (where is 1969 Woodstock Festival did take place, about 67 miles southwest of Woodstock), then off to Washington State to visit two of Richard’s three adult children. All in all, we were going to be away for a total of 20 days. And so it began…..

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Candle Café West, New York City

Walking up and down Duval Street, live music abounds, pouring out of restaurants, clubs, and dives onto the streets. The joint that we seemed most drawn to, however, was Willie T’s. It was an open-air, outdoor patio with some of the tables under an overhang. The genre seemed to be predominantly, if not exclusively, solo guitar rock / sometimes margaritaville-like male singers. Each evening, we’d stop and stand on the sidewalk, taking in the sights and sounds. We quickly came to a consensus regarding our favorite—John LaMere. His shtick was classic rock band covers. Geez, could he ever pull of a Mellencamp (as in John Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp, now John Mellencamp)! It was not uncommon for me to break out in dance right there on the sidewalk! So, after our nightly sidewalk voyeuring, we decided that we would eat our final dinner at Willie T’s and arrive at the beginning of John LaMere’s set that evening.

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Eating Our Way Through Key West – Part 3 – The Final Chapter – Unexpected Delights