If You Think You Know How to Make a Wisconsin Old-Fashioned, You’re Wrong

Wisconsin’s favorite cocktail, the Old-Fashioned, is made with brandy, not whiskey. Most job descriptions don’t entail drinking hard booze in the morning, but it can happen when you’re a travel journalist. While on a media trip to Janesville, the itinerary included a 9 a.m. mixology class, “How to Make a Wisconsin Old-Fashioned.” Good thing I’d […]

River Antoine Estate, Grenada: Rum, the Old World Way

Grenada’s oldest rum distillery runs on a waterwheel and hand-stoked furnace. One of the joys of travel, for me, is sampling the local cuisine and intoxicants–and learning the stories behind them.  A recent media visit brought me to River Antoine Estate, the oldest rum distillery in the island nation of Grenada. The privately owned distillery, […]

9 Reasons You’ll Love Grenada Right Now

The Caribbean country of Grenada is seeing a strong surge of tourists and cruise ships these days. Why? The sunny skies and laid-back ambiance are givens, but there’s so much more to embrace. Here are 9 reasons for you to love the legendary “Spice Isle” right now: (Many thanks to Mount Cinnamon Resort and Beach […]

SLEEP: Mount Cinnamon in Grenada Charms with Water Views and Banana Bread, Too

Mount Cinnamon Resort and Beach Club in Grenada is a luxury boutique hotel overlooking Grand Anse Bay. The Caribbean island of Grenada beckons with velvety soft beaches, lush rainforest, scrumptious culinary scene, and historic sites galore. And rum.   There’s much to discover about Grenada, but first you’ll need a place to stay. I was recently […]

TRULUCK’S: New Seafood Restaurant Docks in Chicago

Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood is even richer now that Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House has moved in. The Texas-based, white-tablecloth eatery is renowned for dining excellence and environmental stewardship. That, and Florida stone crab flown straight from the company’s own fisheries. “Our specialty is primarily seafood with an emphasis on crab,” says Brian Wubbena, […]