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Category Archives: Just Trippin’

JAPAN TRIPPIN’—1958

THE JAPAN POCKET GUIDE entered my collection in 09/06, meaning it was already 48 years old when I acquired it. Hmm…. Now that it’s 64 years old, I wonder how … Continue reading

September 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

WHA’CHA’CALL’IT IN OLD MANHATTAN?

IT’S ALWAYS ENTERTAINING—and never too late—to bring one’s knowledge up to date. Like, for instance, is there an original Mr. Wall of Wall Street? Or why did a street in … Continue reading

September 23, 2022 · 1 Comment

THE LRB ON LONDON’S WILD ’N’ CRAZY SIXITIES

“IF YOU REMEMBER THE SIXTIES,” Comedian Charlie Fleischer observed, “you really weren’t there.” Well, true, I was at Worcester Poly—majoring in mathematics, of all things—and later in grad school at … Continue reading

September 22, 2022 · 1 Comment

GANDER SENDS COMPASSIONATE PEOPLE TO FLORIDA AND TEXAS

THIS JUST IN (Well, not really….): Sensing a crying need, the people of Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, have organized flights of compassionate folks to Florida and Texas.  Some say it would … Continue reading

September 16, 2022 · 5 Comments

CUISINE DU SUD-OUEST 

SORTING THROUGH THE cookbook shelves, I came upon this little gem from Auberge D’Chez Eux, a Parisian restaurant having earlier made a SimanaitisSays appearance.  Its Traditions et cuisine de Sud-Ouest … Continue reading

August 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

CYCLING THE TYROL—IN 1905     PART 2

YESTERDAY, BAEDEKER’S AUSTRIA-HUNGARY offered helpful hints about cycling Tyrol. Today we share tidbits of its itinerary from Innsbruck to Bozen, together with related thoughts of my own trippin’ thereabouts, real … Continue reading

August 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

CYCLING THE TYROL—IN 1905    PART 1

MY 1905 BAEDEKER’S AUSTRIA-HUNGARY is prior to the commonality of motor cars, so I frame these tidbits of travel here in Part 1 around cycling, which is more than adequately … Continue reading

August 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

CONFITTED DUCKS I HAVE KNOWN

CONFIT DE CANARD, duck that’s salt-cured and then poached in its own fat, is a French culinary delight. There are several confitted ducks I have known, and here are tidbits … Continue reading

July 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

KITSUNE TALES

THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE IS RICH in puns. Indeed, entire narratives are written with nested multiple meanings. And today’s title, Kitsune Tales, fits this idea: Kitsune, 狐, is the Japanese word … Continue reading

July 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

TŌKAIDŌ ADVENTURES PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE BEGAN FOLLOWING Philippe Delord’s retracing the route of Hiroshige’s The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō, as displayed in Hiroshige’s Japan—On the Trail of the Great Woodblock Print Master. Today … Continue reading

July 6, 2022 · 4 Comments