Washington DC: Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

The 23rd annual event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, along historic Pennsylvania Avenue. Sponsored by Safeway, it benefits DC Children’s Charities, The Capital Area Food Bank and USO of Metropolitan Washington.

The program includes outdoor BBQ demos by celeb and military chefs, plus cash-award cooking competitions. Also delicious free samples, food and wine for sale, music, interactive exhibits and lots of other fun events. For more info and ticket prices, go to www.eventbrite.com

Online Phone Travel Advisor May Be Wearing Stripes PDF Print E-mail

Recent news revealed that some advice sites are staffed by prisoners. It could be as crooked as the dangers of responding to other phony sites in China, Russia and other foreign locations. Your best bet to book travel is with a live, legitimate expert in an agency near you. Also, when you decide to book online, the safest way is contact directly with the airline, hotel and other proven services. 

Imagine what happens when the jailbird agent asks you? OK, customer. Now that I’ve advised you, I need your credit card number to buy a ladder, civilian suit, 10 feet of rope and your soon-to-be emptied bank account ID.

Memories: New Playboy Club Open In Manhattan PDF Print E-mail

For nostalgic seniors wandering in New York, bring back memories and voyeurism at the newly-opened club at 512 West 42nd Street. The series of clubs around the nation, featuring the famed bunnies, began in the 1960s with Hugh Hefner’s notorious one in Hollywood and his hotel in Miami Beach.

Club dining prices are just a teeny bit higher today than they were way back then.  A sample 1960 menu: London Broil  $8, Eggs Benedict $7, Buffet $7.25 and cake $2.50 For reservations and other info, go to: playboyclubnyc.com

Road Scholar: New Mexico’s Historic Conversos And Crypto-Jews PDF Print E-mail

Go west to Albuquerque to experience the classic culture of conversos and Crypto-Jews. Some families came to America as early as the 17th Century to escape Spain’s oppression and forced conversion to Catholicism.

The six-day, five-night program 11007RJ cost starts at $949, and includes upscale hotel, 13 meals, field trips, lectures, desert hikes and many other features. The next session accepting reservations is scheduled for February 10-15, 2019. For more info, go to www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/11007/new-mexico-s-conversos-and-crypto-jews/dates

Bordeaux, France: Wine & Dine At The S.O. Good Festival PDF Print E-mail

The beautiful southern seaside city is famous for its great wine offerings. It also features fine dining, including tasty menus of oysters, mushrooms, white asparagus and macaroon cookies. For upscale diners, there’s caviar from local sturgeon farms.

From November 16 thru 18, visitors will gather to enjoy the food and wine of the region at the festival Bordeaux S.O. Good. For more info, go to www.bordeaux-tourism.co.uk/offre/fiche/bordeaux-s-o-good-urban-and-gourmet-food-festival

Conde Nast Still Says Chicago Is Best USA City To Visit PDF Print E-mail

For the second consecutive year, the Windy City has won first place in the Readers’ Choice Awards for top big American city. Opposing opinion: With growing crime rate, terrible weather, deteriorating housing, broken-down public transport and jammed traffic, the win for Chicago is difficult to believe.

Hate to be condenasty, but are there any other cities that lost the election a teeny bit more welcoming and safe for senior visitors? How about Miami, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas and a few others, including Sin City Las Vegas.


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