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My Best U.S. Cities

Yesterday, 12:16 AM

Sitting here with Dorothy Parker gin before dinner and thinking about this year’s travel, I started ranking destinations in my mind, so why not share?

There are surely great non-urban vacation destinations, but this is based on cities I’ve visited for work, over the last two or three years.

I realized, it’s not just the inherent qualities that matter, but how often I go, and how much of a schlep it is. If Chicago was as far away as Vegas, and I went six times a year, I would probably rank it lower, for example.

Best: New Orleans. Magic kingdom, and in the States would be my first choice to live after New York.

Very good: San Francisco. Austin. Always happy to go to these places. I’ve spent a lot of time in both, more in SF, but they don’t disappoint. Nashville is between very good and good; I’ve been a lot.

Good: Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Denver. Happy times at all these places.

Okay: Boston. It’s fine, I’ve been a lot. It’s not far.

Interesting: Fort Worth. Salt Lake City. Not sure I’d want to visit frequently, but certainly glad to have seen their very different but curious cultures.

Not so much: Dallas (so dull). The whole Orlando/Disneyworld deal. Fort Lauderdale.

On its own: Las Vegas. Can’t categorize it. It’s my most frequent destination, it has some great things, it has many annoyances.

Terry Jones

22 January 2020 - 09:28 PM

Author, director, and medieval historian, aged 77.


Oh yes, he was also in this:



Orhan Yegen

22 January 2020 - 05:56 PM

Sudden heart attack, aged 65. 

Sssshhh! Quiet Restaurants

17 January 2020 - 07:08 PM

Now here's a useful list.  :D


I don't know if it's accurate, because I haven't been to most of these places.

Actors Eating

17 January 2020 - 12:52 AM

Bouncing off the Anton’s thread, which actors have we actually seen, not in the street, but stuffing forkfuls of food into their greedy mouths?

Off the top of my head:

James Earl Jones, Chez Josephine
Anne Hathaway, Grayz
Hilary Swank, Craft
Ashley Olsen, Ess-a-Bagel (okay, it might have been Mary-Kate)
Jessica Lange, J.Sheekey, London
Robert Wagner and Jill St John, Benoit, Paris

Does anyone want to hear that last story again? I must have told it before.