Author Archives: Julian Douglas

Royal Sonesta: R’evolution, Desire and Irvin Mayfield’s – New Orleans

RESTAURANT R’EVOLUTION, DESIRE BISTRO & OYSTER BAR and IRVIN MAYFIELD’S JAZZ PLAYHOUSE at the ROYAL SONESTA NEW ORLEANS When I wrote about the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans a few weeks back, I mentioned how I could write a… Read More

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An interview with Don Dokken of Dokken

Q & A with “Mr. 80’s”… Julian Douglas: An Interview with Don Dokken of Dokken. Back in 1984, my senior year of high school, I was with a group of friends driving out to Las Vegas for a road trip when… Read More

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Prosecco – The Italian Sparkling Wine

PROSECCO The Italian Sparkling Wine. Over the years my friends have known I do enjoy a cocktail or drink to say the least, not to mention my love for champagne. My taste for bubbly is on the top of my… Read More

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Beignets – Fried dough that’s beyond a donut

Beignets: Fried dough that’s beyond a donut. As I write this, Mardi Gras is in full swing, and you’re reading it during the biggest weekend of Mardi Gras and days before Fat Tuesday. Thus, I must dedicate my writings to… Read More

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Ristorante Vineria Il Chianti – Rome, Italy

RISTORANTE VINERIA IL CHIANTI – ROME, ITALY It was the first night out for my wife and I in Rome, and though our hotel was located right next to The Vatican, our friends Jennifer & Tracy had just flown in… Read More

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Benihana – Still the best Teppan Restaurant around

BENIHANA www.Benihana.com There are so many restaurants that I enjoy in the Los Angeles area, places my wife and I go to again and again, so in the early days of writing my blog, one of those places I talk… Read More

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Ristorante Il Papalino – Rome, Italy

RISTORANTE IL PAPALINO – ROME, ITALY It’s a pleasure for me to write about Il Papalino, as it was our first meal in Rome, and a pleasant way for us to start our two week trip of Italy. My wife… Read More

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Cacio e Pepe – Classic Roman Pasta

CACIO E PEPE Rome’s famed pasta dish. With and endless amount of authentic Italian cuisine, choosing a favorite is a bit unfair. Similar to having to pick one Mexican, French and so on. I’m talking about “authentic” not an Americanized… Read More

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Hotel Columbus Roma – Rome, Italy

HOTEL COLUMBUS ROMA – ROME, ITALY Booking a room in Rome is no easy task. Let alone if it’s your first visit. Location for us was of course as for most travelers, of great importance; as was price when starting… Read More

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Il Gelato di San Crispino – Rome, Italy

IL GELATO DI SAN CRISPINO – ROME, ITALY America has Ice Cream, Italy has Gelato… more on that later, but in this duel, Italy wins hands down.

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