Ferrara Bakery, New York NY

New York City is a town like no other.

The hustle and bustle of the city is like being in another world, in both the future and in the past. It’s wild and weird. It’s business and art. It’s many things to many people.

It’s also not for everyone, the town can be pretty hectic and stressful at times. There are a lot of people living and working in a very crowded vertical world.

But once you learn and deal with getting around it’s not so bad.
It’s good to know how to get around, including using only your own two feet because there’s a lot to see in the big city of New York.

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Union Oyster House, Boston MA

Speaking of oysters… (reference previous post)

The Union Oyster House is an interesting and historic restaurant located in Boston Massachusetts. I’m glad I had a chance to dine there.

I’ve passed by this place by several times in the past while working in the city but this was the first time I actually stepped inside and got something to eat.

One of the more interesting facts about Union Oyster House is that it is the oldest restaurant in Boston and the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S. — they have been open to diners since 1826.

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Fresh Oysters, Bodega Bay CA

Oysters are good both raw and cooked but oysters are also a love or hate thing, you either like them or you really dislike them. There seems to be no in-between heh!

Personally I prefer to have cooked oysters but raw oyster shooters are good too!

The best oysters I’ve ever had were at Bodega Bay California while on a camping trip.

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Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Birmingham AL

I’ve tried BBQ restaurants at many cities during my travels and I’ve tried many different BBQ styles (dry, wet, and all the rest). I’ve waited in a line for over 6 hours to get BBQ at a famous spot (another story). Needless to say, I really like BBQ!

While working in Birmingham Alabama last year, my co-workers who were familiar with the area recommended we go to a restaurant called Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, so of course I had to go check it out….

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Avondale Brewing Company, Birmingham AL

Dave Drinks Beer

While working in Birmingham Alabama last year, my co-workers took me to a local popular brewery called Avondale Brewing Company.

Avondale Brewing Co. has a nice location at 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL, check out their website for current event info and more – https://avondalebrewing.com/

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PasoPort Winery, Paso Robles CA

Dave Drinks Beer

One of my favorite types of wine is port wine. It’s a sweet dessert wine so you have to  kind of have a sweet tooth to enjoy the style. My all time favorite is tawny port.

Several years ago while staying in Paso Robles for a beer event at Firestone Walker (another story), the misses and I took a drive around the local hills to check out what wineries we could find. One of them was PasoPort which specializes in port wines and spirits (brandy, grappa and more).

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Santa Rosa Creek Trail, Cambria CA

There’s a really nice two mile coastal trail loop in Cambria California called Santa Rosa Creek Trail that is part of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and takes you on a hike from the tree covered path along the creek to the open fields on the cliff tops above the beach.

It’s a very beautiful hike that’s used more by locals than tourists so it’s not very crowded.

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San Simeon Pier and Elephant Seal Colony on the California Coast

This is another in my series of posts about traveling along the California coast. I have been to San Simeon numerous times as both a destination and a stop over while traveling on my way up and down the coast over the decades. It’s one of my favorite stops, plus there’s Hearst’s Castle to see and so much more.

The San Simeon pier is located at the William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach which can be found just north of San Simeon California on the coast below the hills where Hearst’s Castle is located.

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Scenes from Cambria California

This is another installment in my California coastal travel series.

I’ve stayed in the town of Cambria often during my coastal travels up and down the state of California over my five decades of living there. It’s a nice little town with a lot to offer including some very nice restaurants and great beach access.

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Scenes from Big Sur, California

Throughout the years, when I lived in California, I traveled to and thru Big Sur many times by all kinds of vehicles. My favorite was when riding on my motorcycle, which I’ve done numerous times.

Big Sur is by far one of the most beautiful places on the entire planet. It’s location on a rugged coastal California mountain range makes it a fairly remote destination available only via Highway 1 known as Pacific Coast Highway. This drive is absolutely spectacular.

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Hearst’s Castle, San Simeon CA

Hearst’s Castle is one of the most beautiful spots in the entire state of California.

I can say this with some kind of authority having been a resident of California for over 50 years living in south, central and northern California and having traveled and camped all over the entire state over the 5 decades.

Located just outside the town of San Simeon, south of Big Sur. The castle, or La Cuesta Encantada—Spanish for “Enchanted Hill” as it was called, sits high atop the local hills overlooking the ocean below.  A tour of property is a step back in time into the historical items ranging from tapestries to ceilings to furniture all gathered from far off places that were world’s away from in both time and distance.

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Breaking Bad, Albuquerque New Mexico

While working in Albuquerque New Mexico a few years ago I went in search of the filming locations for a favorite show of mine called Breaking Bad.

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