CHOCOPALYPSE!!

Note to self: Keep calm and carry on … a really big carry-on on next trip to Merry Olde England.…

Police Pinpoint Purloined Pinot

The Napa Valley Register reports that investigators have found most of the wine stolen from The French Laundry Christmas Day.…

Talking on Air

It’s probably bad that the intro to my first (possibly last?) appearance on talk radio begins with a reference to…

TRAVEL

Naked and afraid … in an Austrian sauna

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Let’s go to the sauna, she said. It’ll be fun, she said. No swimsuit? No problem! Austrian sauna etiquette is you go in starkers.It’s healthy! So there I was, standing outside the door of the sauna sans attire and clutching a not very capacious towel around my somewhat capacious person. And that’s when I saw…

George & Amal & me

George Clooney waves to the crowds outside Venice City Hall. /Photo by Michelle Locke

Somehow, my invite to the wedding(s) of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin got lost in the mail. Luckily, I didn’t let a little thing like that stop me from showing up. As it turned out, I was too hungovbusy to attend the Saturday event, an informal ceremony followed by a hohum party featuring Clooney chums…

Raising the flag issue

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As you no doubt know, Scots voted this week on whether to split from the United Kingdom. Ultimately they decided to stay.* Huge decision. I think I’ll stay out of it. But, I cannot help but be struck by all the talk there’s been about what could happen to the British flag minus Scotland. As…

FOOD & DRINK

CHOCOPALYPSE!!

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Note to self: Keep calm and carry on … a really big carry-on on next trip to Merry Olde England. Why? Because this: As a result of a settlement with the Hershey’s Company, Let’s Buy British Imports, or L.B.B., agreed this week to stop importing all Cadbury’s chocolate made overseas. The company also agreed to…

Police Pinpoint Purloined Pinot

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The Napa Valley Register reports that investigators have found most of the wine stolen from The French Laundry Christmas Day. It turned up in Greensboro, North Carolina, according to Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike. About $300,000 worth of high-end wine was stolen from the equally high-end French Laundry restaurant in Yountville in the Napa…

Does drinking white wine make ladies crazy? (No. No, it does not.)

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Can drinking Riesling make ladies lose their reason? The British newspaper the Daily Mail seems to think so, running this recent article in which consumers and experts weighed in on the mysteriously maddening powers of white wine. (Would this be a case of the Chablis Crazies? Chardonnay Shenanigans?) I’m going to cut to the chase…

Talking on Air

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It’s probably bad that the intro to my first (possibly last?) appearance on talk radio begins with a reference to the fact that I bet host Judd Finkelstein I wouldn’t get through the hour without swearing. Right? Yeah, I thought so. I was quite nervous about the whole thing because along with the issue of…

Fine wine stolen from French Laundry

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You know you’re in the Napa Valley when thieves hit a restaurant and head straight for the wine shelves. The French Laundry was burglarized on Christmas Day (of all days!) by someone (or some ones) who made off with thousands of dollars _ $300,000 worth according to reports  — in high-priced wine including Screaming Eagle…