Key West in June 2021

[June, 24-27, 2021 Key West, FL US]

So… I missed the “Key West Food and Wine Fest 2021” back in January due to SARS-CoV-2 (or COVID-19). It was the very first time I missed the Food and Wine Fest since it’s inception over a decade ago… So I had to get my Key West travel in this year especially since I really wanted to get some of the “Death in the Afternoon Absinthe” by Key West Trading Co. So here are some pics from the tasting room at the Key West Trading Co as well as some pics from the Vino Wine Bar – and a few others – click on the pic below or the link under the pic:

Old Town Alexandria looking onto King Street from O’Connell’s Restaurant patio

Oh, if you want more information on Key West Trading Co., here is their website: keywesttradeco.com

Old Town Alexandria, VA 2021

[June, 18-20, 2021 Alexandria, VA US]

This is my first travel location for fun since last year’s Key West Food and Wine Fest in January of 2020 (see prior post) due to the worldwide SARS-CoV-2, or better known as COVID-19, pandemic. I was at the Port of Alexandria, Virginia, US – or better known as Old Town Alexandria. Got a room at the Hotel Indigo – first time at that hotel – which sits just a block off of the Potomac River.

Went up and down King Street as usual, but had dinner at a new spot – Gadsby’s Tavern – where George Washington and Ben Franklin used to hang out. Here are my pictures from the weekend adventure, click on the picture or link below:

Old Town Alexandria looking onto King Street from O’Connell’s Restaurant patio

Oh, if you want more information on Gadsby’s, here is their website: gadsbystavernrestaurant.com

Key West Food and Wine Fest 2020

[January, 19-26, 2020 Key West, FL, US]

So this is the 11th Annual Key West Food and Wine Fest (2020) and my 11th time here 🙂 Here are the pictures from the fest. Not as many as usual, but there are a few interesting shots. Went to the “Beer and Grilled Cheese” event on Thursday, the aquarium for the Grand Tasting on Friday and even thou the weather was rather horrific (wind and rain), went to the Duval Street Wine Crawl.


Key West Food and Wine Fest

New Year’s Eve 2019 Washington DC River Cruise

[December 31, 2019 Alexandria, VA, US]

Déjà vu? Not quite. Yes, it’s on the same ship, the Cherry Blossom paddle-wheel, yes, from the Port of Alexandria, VA (no, not Egypt, bummer). But this year, it’s not rainy and it’s not foggy, so the skies are clear and the fireworks ought to great!

We do have a different food/drink catere4 than last year (well, I think they are different) so I noticed the food selection was not as robust. But the drink, they were fine 🙂

To recap: The paddle boat, the Cherry Blossom, is open to a public cruise only twice a year – New Year’s Eve and July 4th. So, if I am in DC on the 4th, this boat may be the best place to be to avoid the crowds!


New Year’s Eve 2019 Washington DC River Cruise on the Cherry Blossom (afternoon before the cruise)

Here is information on the paddle boat, Cherry Blossom.

Endless Night 2019 at New Orleans House of Blues

[25-27 October, 2019, New Orleans, LA, US]

The Vampire Ball at the House of Blues thrown by the Endless Night krewe has come to another end in New Orleans. This is my fourth Endless Night in New Orleans (one in New York). I usually go for the Friday and Saturday night events and fly back on Sunday; however, I decided to do the Sunday night dinner and the gathering. Sunday was more conducive to talking with people as the music wasn’t blaring at maximum 🙂 Plus the food was great at the House of Blues New Orleans. I forgot to take pictures of the food – sorry about that…

So here are the pictures, click on the pic below or on the link:


Endless Night 2019 at New Orleans House of Blues