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Lovely post, Alice, and way to sneak the Liger-Belair in there.

I once made it through an entire week at Omega Institute. No flask, though, in all fairness, they did serve coffee, did allow speech, and I took my bike along in order to get off campus when the need for space arose.

PS: Does the glitch in your trip mean that I can blame you for any future bottles of corked wine???


Dave, if you don't pack enough wine to cover corked bottles, you only have yourself to blame! I have no idea what the hell I was thinking. (thanks for posting and reading)


seldom finds one a truly gifted one


You know, I'd take the spa weekend anytime. In fact, why am I not doing that for my birthday?

Elizabeth Minchilli

I love Gurney's! At least my memories of it, which go back....25 years I guess. I can still smell the eucalyptussy scent as you walk in.


Hey, E, You'd still love it. The eucalyptus is still there, and from what I can tell, the spa services are top. Rare to find spa not sourced out to a company but run in-house. Maybe something to consider the next time you're in town?

Joe Dressner

If Jay Miller or Robert Parker wrote that a 1947 Clos Vougeot goes well with "ricotta and blueberry honey," you would all be calling them names and ridiculing them.


Well, Joe, that shows how you don't know me. Now, had I said the wine was redolent of ricotta, and blueberry honey, well, then...


The The 1947 Liger-Belair almost makes it all sound worthwhile. I don't understand the no alcohol doesn't a nice glass make every location that much better?

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