Travel Journal-A quick trip to New York City

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I travel a ton for work.  This week I’m in NYC for a quick one-day trip.  We are staying at the Times Square Renaissance Hotel.  The location is great if you are here as a tourist.  You can’t beat the proximity to Times Square, Broadway, central park and the Empire State Building.  For a business trip, it is far too busy and loud and the hotel was just ok.  The decor was old and the hotel was VERY worn and my room was pretty filthy.   I was very disappointed in our accommodations.  Here is the info on the hotel.

Here is a pic from my very dirty window.


We did have a fabulous dinner at an Indian restaurant near the hotel named Utsavny, located at 1185 Avenue of the Americas (PLAZA), New York, NY 10036 (Enter on 46th St. between 6th & 7th Avenues).   We decided to have a couple of appetizers including Samosa, which is masala potato, green peas, cashew nut and tamarind sauce.


We also had Lasuni Gobi, which is crispy cauliflower, Sirach garlic sauce.  This dish was wonderful and probably my favorite of the evening.


For our entrée we had butter chicken, saag paneer, Chana masala, naan, and rice.  The naan and rice were perfect, and butter chicken and chana masala were amazing.  I didn’t really care for saag paneer, it lacked flavor and was a thick and pasty.  We decided to have beer with dinner, which was a great choice.  We had the Taj Mahal lager.  It was so smooth and tasty.


By far the highlight of my trip was dinner.  I highly recommend Utsavny if you are in town and happen to be staying near Times Square.



Travel Journal-First Trip of 2018-Boston

I do a lot of traveling for work.  I get the chance to visit some pretty great cities, like New York City, San Fransisco and LA.  This week I had the pleasure of visiting Boston.  I love this city, the history, the food scene, brewery’s and places like Quincy Market.  I just don’t love visiting in January.  Burr…

On our first night in Boston we had dinner at the Townsman.  The Townsman is a brasserie-inspired, New England restaurant, located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Downtown Boston. Townsman continues the hallmark food ethos of Chefs Matt and Kate Jennings – sourcing pristine ingredients from the surrounding area with menus reflective of sustainability and seasonality, celebrating the Northeast growing region and waters. Townsman is lively and convivial with a refined sensibility and a welcoming atmosphere, reminiscent of your favorite neighborhood haunt.  Check them out here;


We started with the New England charcuterie and an assortment of New England cheeses.  The presentation was appealing to the eyes and the meat and cheeses were delicious.  I particularly loved the marinated pickles, peppers and cranberries.  The cranberries added a pop of color to the platter and were amazingly sweet and delicious.  

For my entree I had the broiled monkfish with creamed spinach, parsley root and crispy autumn vegetables.  The crispy vegetables were so good and the monkfish was perfectly cooked.  


We stated at the Loews Boston Hotel.  I’ve provided the link here: It was a great hotel, a nice bar, quite rooms and walking distance to some great restaurants.  It was a short but tasty trip to Boston.  I’m sure I’ll be back in the next twelve months when I plan on trying some of Boston’s craft beer and of course eating my way through some of their amazing farm-to-table restaurants.  


Welcome to 2018

I have a feeling 2018 will be an awesome year.  For me I’m determined it will be a year of  personal growth, love, and adventure.  I like to start the year with family.  This year in Cincinnati it is FREEZING cold.  The temperature this morning was -3.  We started the day with a beautiful brunch at my daughters house.  Spending time with our granddaughter is this best!


For dinner we celebrate each New Years Day with a traditional meal of pork, sauerkraut and potatoes.  Pork and sauerkraut is believed to bring good luck and good fortune in the months ahead….part superstition and part tradition, eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day is like a Pennsylvania Dutch-style insurance policy for the new year. It is believed to bring good luck and good fortune in the year ahead. We are surrounded ourselves with family and friends, celebrating with love, laughter and good food.


Hears to a happy, prosperous and loving 2018!