WEEKLY COLUMN


Lessons Learned

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. One of the most unforeseen and fascinating aspects of life is how— if one lives long enough— […]

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It’s the People

There are hundreds of reasons why love the restaurant business. Seriously, if asked I believe I could sit down and list hundreds of reasons in […]

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RSJ’s Top 10 of 2018

Each of the 20 years I have written this weekly column, I have always finished the year by listing the 10 most memorable meals that […]

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Reunions

Life is full of reunions. There is something deep inside of me that is hard-wired for any type of reunion— family, school, old friends— I […]

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The Cold Shower Happy Hour

MILAN, ITALY— “We don’t have your rooms, Mr. St. John.” Those are the words a tour leader never wants to hear. The words weren’t, “We […]

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5232 Miles

VILLA IL SANTO, TUSCANY— December is the “slow period” over here. The grapes have all been picked. The olives have almost all been pressed. It’s […]

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Tuscany 2018

BARBARINO VAL D’ELSA, TUSCANY— I sit and write this column at 10:15 p.m. in a one-thousand-year-old converted barn while 14 weary Americans have just retired […]

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Corner Market

My uncle and his wife were diehard Francophiles. He was originally from my hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. After his undergraduate work at Mississippi State, he […]

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Dear John

A man once said, “You can call me anything you want, just don’t call me late to dinner.” It’s an old joke that’s been around […]

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Daylight Savings Time

I “fell back” yesterday. I didn’t hurt myself. No neck brace, stitches, or crutches were needed. I fell back in the sense that I didn’t […]

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