I am a well-published lifestyle journalist, who specializes in travel, food, and wine. I also wrote about music as a teen in the late 70s & early 80s. I'm back at it again, mostly writing about the same bands I covered decades ago!
Illinois Musical Riches Showcased
When you look for hotbeds of rock and roll, Illinois is probably not one of the places you’d expect to find. You would be missing out on some of music’s renowned talent if you didn’t look at the history of song in this Midwest state.
Spirits for Holiday Parties and Gifts
At one time, you could go into a store and find a liquor aisle to browse through. That aisle has now turned into a dozen aisles, with spirits you probably never even heard of. Some of those liquors you may never want or need. When you do want something different for a special occasion or a gift, how do you know where to start?
How to Spend a Weekend
South Australia is not the only place to get great wine when traveling down under. Just outside of the city of Melbourne is an area full of vineyards, kangaroos, and picturesque scenery that shouldn't be missed when you are traveling to this part of the country.
AJ Croce at City Winery
AJ Croce may not get as much publicity as his legend father, Jim, did, but he’s certainly deserving. The singer, songwriter, and pianist extraordinaire took his talents to City Winery in Chicago. It was a chance to not only see his show, but to check out this most unusual Windy City spot.
Top 5 Places to Go in South Australia
The Great Barrier Reef of Australia is beautiful, but make sure you leave time to check out the other side of the country. The major cities of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, along with the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, get most of the attention when planning a vacation to Australia, but the southern side has quite a bit to offer. Don’t make a trip without checking out everything South Australia has to offer, from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island.
Distiller Extraordinaire Dave Pickerell
When I sat down with Dave Pickerell at Bourbon and Beyond in Louisville, I had no idea it would be one of his final interviews. The 62-year-old had been frequently called the one of the founding fathers of craft distilling, partially for his involvement in recreating George Washington’s whiskey, but mostly for his masterful skills with spirits.