Dixie Chili

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Dixie Chili has a long history in my family. The original location opened in Newport, KY and is still open. Most of my extended family still lives in the area. Every  visit includes at least 2 trips to the iconic location.

From the website:

Founded in 1929 by Nicholas D. Sarakatsannis, Dixie Chili set the standard for quality food at reasonable prices. “Papa Nick” developed his secret chili recipe using only the highest quality ingredients: 96% Fat Free Beef Chuck, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, Bermuda Onions, and 100% Semolina Wheat Spaghetti. He passed the recipe down to his sons — George, Chris, Panny and Spiros — who continue to serve the delicious and nutritious chili Nick served back in 1929, fresh from the kettle, everyday.”

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Basically three options exist for us; coneys or chili, or both. Coneys are hot dogs with chili, mustard & cheese. Chili can be plain or eaten as a 3-way (chili, spaghetti & cheese) all the way up to a 6-way (chili, spaghetti, cheese, onion, beans, and garlic)

It’s a place that not only has great food, but memories of family and good times together.

It’s more than a restaurant for my family. It connects us to memories of the past and new experiences in the present.

And we always leave with cases of canned chili to take home.

http://www.dixiechili.com/menu.php

http://www.dixiechili.com/

 

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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We recently had the opportunity to stay at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

What a place. Totally hip, booming, and the new Vegas experience. If you like that kind of thing.

While Vegas is not for everyone, for those of us who find Las Vegas to be an adult playground, this is an excellent place to visit.

They have everything you need, pools, clubs, bars, restaurants, casino, shops, and some awesome rooms.

Smack dab in the middle of the strip. It really the right amount of wrong.

Oh and make sure you look for the Chandelier Bar and the hidden pizza place.

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The NoMad Hotel

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The NoMad Hotel has very quickly become one of my favorite hotels in NYC. It’s distinct, elegant, and bustling. The rooms are all individually decorated and inspired by the french word “Voyage”. The service is terrific. It also has a world class restaurant, and bars, including my favorite the Library Bar. An actual 2 story working library that is made available only for Guests of the hotel.

From the internet:

Housed in a historic, beaux arts building, this Parisian-inspired luxury hotel is 1.4 miles from the Museum of Modern Art.

Stylish rooms have free WiFi, hardwood floors and handmade rugs, walk-in showers, and original artwork, as well as pillow-top mattresses with Italian bedding, desks, minibars, flat-screen TVs and iPhone docking stations; suites add bay windows and extra living space. Some rooms include clawfoot tubs and city views.

Perks include nightly turndown service, a 24-hour gym and a bi-level library, plus an indoor/outdoor rooftop event space, an opulent lounge with a 24-foot-long mahogany bar, and a destination restaurant.

Address: 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
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https://www.thenomadhotel.com/

 

Napoleon House

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On a recent visit to New Orleans I eventually made it outside in the sweltering heat to explore the French Quarter. It was on this journey where I stumbled upon Napoleon House. It barely caught my attention as it seemed run down and non-descript.

But I stepped inside  after looking at the menu and to get out of the heat. What I discovered was this completely fascinating location, Napoleon House. I made my way up to the bar to have lunch.

After receiving the menu I discovered this place was designated as a Historic Building by the United States Department of the Interior. And it was amazing.

From the menu:

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Walls that had paint chipping, antique works of art covered the walls, and classical music played throughout. I felt as though I stepped into another time period; where internet, cell phones, and distractions of the day had no place here.

The bartender made some suggestions and I ordered the Bruscetta, thinking it was be light and fresh. It was not, instead it was this amazing tomato and cheese soaked bread. It was so large I could only eat half. Paired with a nice glass of wine, it was awesome.

So obessessed was I with this place, I made sure to return one more time before I left new Orleans. This night the waiter could tell I was amped up about the place, and even gave me a menu to take with me, and told me they had T-Shirts for sale, so I bought one.

For dinner I had one of their signature items, a Muffuletta.

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From the website:

The Muffuletta

Muffuletta is the quintessential New Orleans sandwich and a Napoleon House signature that pays homage to the Italian immigrants who first opened grocery and deli stores along the riverfront of the French Market in New Orleans. It is a hearty sandwich of cured meats and cheese, slathered with a tangy olive salad dressing piled onto a sesame-crusted Italian loaf.  The muffuletta is heated to intensify the flavors of the ingredients.

It was completely memorable and I could return again and again. It felt familiar, like somewhere you’d meet your friends, and to relax.

http://www.napoleonhouse.com/

 

Starbucks

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Starbucks. Heard of it? Had a chance to visit the first location at the Fish Market in Seattle. Humble beginnings to quite a global brand. Starbucks has exceeded expectations for the general publics interest in coffee consumption. It’s like nothing we could have imagined even 10 years ago today.

There is something comforting about the consistency of the quality of coffee as one travels. They have also been innovative with their app and gift cards for celebrations are one of the more popular items to give and receive.

There is also an element of community at play in their concept. The idea you can go to your local coffee shop, sit down, read a book, go on the internet, grab a sandwich or treat.

For those of us who are fans, we celebrate the new locations. But I for one also continue to seek out other coffee shops as I travel. There is a familiar vibe to all of the coffee joints around the globe…a place to stop and smell the coffee.

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Shout out to the hard working Baristas.

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http://www.starbucks.com/

 

 

Tim Hortons

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This is a shout out to my Canadian friends. They love their Tim Hortons or Timmy Ho’s. They love it even more than Starbucks. It’s been around for over 50 years and is an institution in the country.

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Tim Hortons is a restaurant which serves coffee and doughnuts which opened May 17th, 1964. According to wikipedia: Miles Gilbert “Tim” Horton was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. In 1998 Tim Horton was ranked number 43 on The Hockey News list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. Sadly, he died in a car accident at the age of 44. In 1964, Horton opened his first Tim Horton Doughnut Shop in Hamilton, Ontario on Ottawa Street.

A cup of Tim Hortons Inc. coffee and doughnuts are arranged for a photograph in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. Tim Hortons Inc. is a chain of franchise fast food restaurants that serve coffee drinks, tea, soups, sandwiches, donuts, bagels, and pastries. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A cup of Tim Hortons Inc. coffee and doughnuts are arranged for a photograph in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. Tim Hortons Inc. is a chain of franchise fast food restaurants that serve coffee drinks, tea, soups, sandwiches, donuts, bagels, and pastries. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

On my recent visit we visited Tim Hortons not one, not two, but three times. Coffee, Donuts, and Timbits. Reminds me of Dunkin Donuts here in the US.

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It’s cool discovering regional obsessions that mean something to people. The places where people have grown up visiting. And a place where Canadians can still pay homage to one of their own.

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http://www.timhortons.com/us/en/index.php

Jack Daniels

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Oh Jack Daniels. So this Tennessee Whisky (not a Bourbon they say) has some history in my family. It is one of my Grandmother’s go to drinks. In fact, one of her nicknames is Lady Jack or Lady J. I really didn’t start drinking until I was approaching 30. And having waited a long time to partake, I discovered very quickly what appealed to me and what didn’t. Jack Daniels appealed to me.

Jack Daniels is the highest selling American Whisky according to Wikipedia. It is also named after Jasper NewtonJackDaniel born in 1849. He was an American Distiller.

The taste is part of why I drink Jack Daniels, it has a kick, and it connects me to family…surprisingly. So drink responsibly and raise a glass to toast my Grandma Mary the next time you happen to be holding the Tennessee Whisky in your hand. Cheers.

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Website: http://www.jackdaniels.com/verify-age