Archive for March, 2012

If you are a writer trying to sell articles on current events, there’s nothing better than a presidential race. Trying to keep up with the daily influx of news and political gamesmanship is almost a full time job.

That’s why I was surprised this morning with a sale of an article I wrote over three months ago on the Iowa Caucus.

“Almost everyone who doesn´t live in a cave has heard of the Iowa caucus, but few outside the state or those in politics know what it is. This article explains how the Iowa caucus works, but more importantly discusses its impact on the general election…..”

Price of Gas

Posted: March 11, 2012 in Photography
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I don’t care if it goes up to forty-five cents a gallon, fill ‘er up!

Vintage Car

Gas Pumps

Antigua and Barbuda

Posted: March 11, 2012 in Photography, Travel, Writing
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Antigua and Barbuda is a nation which consists of two major islands and a group of smaller islands, and is located in the Lesser Antilles on the eastern side of the Caribbean Sea. Tourism is the main industry and the official language is English as it was under English rule until 1981. As with most of the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda lies in the tropics and temperatures range from the seventies in the winter to the eighties in the summer. It is sunny for this part of the tropics and has an almost constant trade wind.

Barbuda is the lesser known of the two major islands and is almost completely undeveloped. There are a few resorts on the island that offer golf in a relaxed atmosphere, but the majority of the activities on the island consist of more natural pursuits. Hiking, hunting, and fishing are popular pastimes on the undeveloped areas of Barbuda. There is a small airport which has flights from Antigua as well as a ferry service. The main attraction on the island is the Frigate Bird Sanctuary which is accessible only by boat and is home to over 170 species of birds, including over 5,000 frigate birds.

 

Antigua, on the other hand is a more traditional Caribbean destination offering a wide variety of activities and destinations. The capital city of St. John’s is a very colorful and beautiful city punctuated by the towers of St. John’s Cathedral, an historic church. For those interested in the island’s history, there is also the Museum of Antigua and Barbados located in an eighteenth century house. You will also want to spend some time wandering around English Harbour based around an old Naval Dockyard.

 

For those interested in shopping, your best bet is along the southern edge of the city, close to the new cruise ship pier. Try to visit this area on the weekends when a colorful and fun farmer’s market is operating. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, and US currency is accepted everywhere. Remember that many stores close for an hour at noon.

 

Anyone interested in good food will love Antigua and Barbuda. There are not only many restaurants featuring local cuisine and fresh seafood, but almost every nationality are represented in at least one restaurant. Most of the restaurants are around English Harbour and St. John’s, but you will find many places to eat scattered throughout Antigua and Barbuda.

 

If you love sports, there is plenty of golf, diving, and sailing available. If you are more of a spectator, cricket is the main sport on the island and you can find a game almost anywhere on the islands. The season runs from January to July and the best place to watch is the Antigua Recreational Ground, which hosts not only local and regional games, but is host to international competitions.

 

Whatever you like to see or do, you can find it on the beautiful islands of Antigua and Barbuda.

 

Meatball Parm

Posted: March 9, 2012 in Photography, Travel
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I have to get back to Eddie D’s in Vegas.

Let ’em Eat Cake

Posted: March 9, 2012 in Photography
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Chocolate Cake

 

 

Chocolate Cake

Las Vegas has a reputation for being a cheap place to eat. After all, the casinos want you to stick around and gamble, so why not help subsidize the food? Well, that may have been true at one point, but with breakfast for four at the Paris topping $100 and a Friday night buffet at the Bellagio a whopping $37 each, it is no longer true. But you can eat very good and very cheap if you are willing to get off the strip and know where to go.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and apparently some of the hotels on the strip believe this is true. But if $12 for a waffle by itself is outside your budget, head uptown just a bit and stop in at the Peppermill Restaurant. The Peppermill has been around for thirty years. When you walk into the lobby, you could expect to see Dean-O and Frankie sitting in the corner booth. Clog your arteries with the massive portion of country fried steak, eggs, hash browns and toast. This complete breakfast costs $14.95 and is plenty for two.

If something a little lighter (and sweeter) is your cup of tea, head west from the strip on Spring Mountain Road to Ronald’s Donuts. They open at 4 a.m. as soon as the first batch of gourmet treats come out of the kitchen. They try to stay open until 4 p.m., but they usually run out of donuts before then and close for the day. There is no such thing as day old donuts at Ronald’s. A non-advertised and little known fact of this bakery is everything except the buttermilk donuts are vegan. If you need to avoid sugar however, stay away.

   

For lunch, cruise down to the southeast corner of Rainbow and 215 (just west of the airport) and check out Eddie D’s. Either Eddie or Mrs. Eddie will greet you as you enter. If you admit it’s your first time, you are ordered to sit down while they bring you a sample of their delicious meatballs. Once you try them, you will have to order a meatball sub served on a French roll tough enough to hold up to the sauce. For the best cold sub this side of Philly, try the Pauly Walnuts (A lot of the menu items are named after characters from The Sopranos).

  

For dinner and dessert, you won’t have to drive all over town as both places are adjacent to each other. Head downtown to the California Hotel Casino just north of Fremont Street. Park in the deck and walk through the casino to the escalators in the back. (If you ask, I’ll let you in on another secret of this Casino.) Go upstairs and around the corner to Aloha Specialties.  You will have noticed on the way that this casino is very popular with Asians and this restaurant may be one of the reasons. You will be hard pressed to spend more than a few bucks for the delicious entrees from Hawaii and points west. (And yes, they do have Spam.)

After dinner walk across the hall and into Lappert’s Ice Cream. This chain out of California serves very rich handmade ice creams in a variety of delicious flavors. The plain chocolate and vanilla bean flavors will be some of the best you’ve ever tasted and for the more adventurous, the Kauai Pie is sinful. Lappert’s also serves gourmet coffees and teas.

 

Well, you have just gained about five pounds, but you did it for less than the price of a single meal at one of the big strip hotels. Las Vegas isn’t the cheap place to eat it was at one time, but with a little effort, you can eat both very good and reasonably priced.

 

If you would like to purchase a copy of this article for reprints, it is available at Constant Content.

As the weather keeps going back and forth in Atlanta from below freezing to almost eighty combined with torrential rain and tornadoes, I’m thinking of someplace warmer and calmer.

Placid Pool Patio