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Author Archives: Broderick Smylie

San Pasqual Winery

Last weekend started with a relaxed cup of coffee crafted with my newly acquired Chemex coffeemaker and delicious beans by 49th Parallel out of Canada. One of my favorite coffee shops in town, Bean Bar sources their beans at their shop and it’s great being able to procure them locally at a fair price point without […]

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A Pitcher of Palomas for Cinco de Mayo

Seventeen miles. That’s how far I live from Mexico and the influences are everywhere here in San Diego. Mexican restaurants, much more tequila and mezcal at liquor shops than the bourbon and whiskey that I was used to in Atlanta, and Mexican TV and radio stations that dominate the San Diegan airwaves. I might not […]

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Walla Walla, Washington & Courtyard’s 1000th Hotel

There’s a wide range of cities on the planet that stick out in your memory when you hear the name, and Walla Walla, Washington is certainly one of them. The name rolls of the tongue and when sitting at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport waiting for my connecting flight to the city, a number of passengers […]

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San Diego, California

    Twelve Months. 365 Days. One year. I honestly can’t believe that time has moved so quickly since I made the decision to try life out west.   I’ve always loved visiting friends in San Francisco, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Sonoma/Napa and here in San Diego and thought it might be a nice home base […]

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2014 preview

  It’s that time again! The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns for its fourth year to the grounds in and around the Loews Hotel in Midtown Atlanta. Chefs from around the South will return for cooking demonstrations, create special dishes at dinners around the city and serve crowds at the popular tasting tents May […]

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