If You Had One Day In Dallas, Texas…..

Hey, if you’ve got a minute, I hope you’ll help one of your fellow readers.  Last week, I started out a new series of posts with what I would do with one day in Sydney.  We had a few readers join with their stories, and I’m hoping we can continue to grow that.  I also put out a call to action in my podcast last week. If You Had One Day In Dallas, Texas… What would you do?  One of my readers asked for help on this.  I actually haven’t […]

Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ in Kansas City Proves Me Wrong

I’ve said more than once (heck more than a couple dozen times) that if you want great BBQ, you go to Texas.  Texas has some really great BBQ. Black’s is one of my favorites, and I enjoy Iron Works in Austin proper.  Hard 8 near DFW is another favorite. Franklin in Austin was okay but didn’t quite live up the hype, IMO.  Besides, I’m not sure I would wait in line 2 hours for pretty much any restaurant. I’ve had plenty of folks tell me there’s good BBQ outside of […]

Franklin Barbecue Review And Some Austin MegaDO Fun

Franklin BBQ was definitely a rare treat that I likely wouldn’t have gotten to enjoy had it not been for Austin MegaDO 3. While I wasn’t a huge fan of their brisket, the ribs and turkey were outstanding. Combine that with Hecke Vision at the Alamo Ritz Drafhouse and a party at LIVESTRONG headquarters and it was a memorable weekend.

REVIEW: The Hotel Driskill, Hyatt’s Yellow Rose

I was pretty excited when Hyatt announced it was adding The Driskill to it’s list of properties.  I spent a good number of years in the hotel industry and have the same affinity for hotels as I do airplanes.  Each can be part of a memorable journey.  I love shiny new hotels with the latest features.  But, I also have a soft spot in my heart for older, majestic properties like The Driskill.  Properties like The Driskill fight the fact that by definition they really can’t be new and modern. […]

Confirmed: Texas Pulling Out of Lawsuit Against American Airlines-US Airways Merger

Terry Maxon has confirmation Texas is pulling out of the American Airlines-US Airways lawsuit. Terry usually has his finger on the pulse of all things American Airlines, so it doesn’t surprise me he has this prior to the presser coming up in about 40 minutes.  What does this mean for the merger? Well, it’s a positive, though not a huge one.  There are still a half dozen states party to the lawsuit along with DOJ.  The move is likely more about optics at this point than any substantive progress, since […]

A New Yorker’s Romance With Texas BBQ: My First (But Certainly Not Last) Visit To Lockhart

It’s been a bit over a month since I enjoyed Hard 8 BBQ with my friend Scott.  Good BBQ is something I didn’t start to appreciate until later in life, but I’m definitely here now. Just over a week ago I had a scheduled trip to fly in to Austin.  I had a scheduled lunch before a drive to San Antonio.  Austin is one of those cities where I’ve rarely (maybe never) had a bad meal.  My lunch partners chose a nice restaurant where I enjoyed a great fresh lunch […]

A New Yorker’s Romance With Texas BBQ

Growing up in NY, real Texas BBQ (pretty much any BBQ for that matter) just wasn’t something I was ever exposed to.  I went to culinary school and was never really exposed to it there, either.  So, I entered adulthood not really understanding what I was missing. The first few times someone dragged me to a BBQ joint when I moved to Virginia the experience consisted of shredded pork (which is pretty popular in that area of the country) or a chain restaurant, neither of which I enjoyed very much. […]

Austin: Hyatt Regency Redux And Some Authentic Texas BBQ

Michelle and I recently took our first extended trip without the kids since our second was born.  We’d taken overnight trips without the kids, but this would be the first trip where we’d sneak away for a long weekend.   We were headed to Austin for a celebration of the 15th anniversary of LIVESTRONG.  And, since it was my wife’s first trip to BBQ country, she wanted some authentic Texas BBQ. This was my second stay at Hyatt Regency Austin.  My first was pretty brief but yielded a nice suite upgrade.  […]

LIVESTRONG Headquarters is a Pretty Cool Place

In my haste to write about the big donation to LIVESTRONG I had forgotten the pictures I took of the LIVESTRONG HQ. Walking in, we were greeted by a newspaper box filled with LIVESTRONG bands. With the impending death of the newspaper industry, it’s good to see someone putting one of these relics to use.  No idea what landfill the other 6 million will end up in. This is the custom bike that was made to commemorate one of Lance’s wins in the Tour de France.  The bike’s tires have spokes […]

Today Was a Win In The Fight Against Cancer

I’m on my way back from Austin, Texas.  Randy Petersen and I showed up at LIVESTRONG headquarters today to discuss a bigger relationship between Milepoint and LIVESTRONG. We had in tow with us a check for $25,000 from the members of Milepoint.  The meeting went well, and the folks at LIVESTRONG were pretty surprised to see the check. While we were there (as well as shortly after our departure), the good folks at LIVESTRONG were pretty active in social media talking about our donation. ChrisB’s Twitter Pic @jsavalon’s quick thoughts […]