Archive for December 24th, 2008

"Peace on Earth" Chris' grandsons showing the passions of the season

"Peace on Earth" Chris' grandsons showing the spirit(edness) of the season

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, we at le•top wish you and yours good health, much laughter and every joy of the holiday season. Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël! Happy Kwanzaa! Buon Natale! Feliz Navidad! Frohe Weihnachten! Buon Feste! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays!

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Santa welcomes travelers to Lihue

Santa welcomes travelers to Lihue

Sweetie decided that an intervention was in order…to give me a break from blogging (I think he’s a teeny tiny bit jealous…). So we’re in beautiful, warm Kauai, where I’m sneaking in this post (shshshshshsh!! be vewy, vewy quiet, and maybe sweetie won’t notice..!). I just had to share this photo of Santa greeting us when we arrived!

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Good Airport Food?!?

DFW airport

Photo credit: DFW airport

We had a non-eventful flight out of SFO yesterday. The only remote concern was the queue of drop off cars, and the long lines both inside and at curbside check-in. Both sweetie and I share the same propensity to get to the airport with just the bare minimum amount of time to spare, so there was a moment or two of “uh-oh”. Well, despite the longs lines, we got through check-in and security with surprising speed. Whew! But then…our flight was delayed! Not so bad because it gave us time to grab some breakfast. For all of you taking to the airports this holiday season and experiencing delays, here’s a list of “good” places to eat at some of the major airports in the U.S. I know, it seems like a contradiction in terms, but this list comes from a pretty reliable journalist, Matt Gross, who writes a travel column for the NYTimes. For the full article, click here. Safe travels to all!

KENNEDY: JFK http://www.panynj.gov
Terminal 5: Deep Blue, La Vie and Piquillo are in the central food court; 866-508-3558.
Terminal 1: Jikji Café, in the pre-security food court; 718-751-2003.
Terminal 8: Vino Volo, past security; http://www.vinovolo.com.

LA GUARDIA: LGA http://www.panynj.gov
Figs Restaurant, Central Terminal Building; 718-446-7600; http://www.figslga.com.

ATLANTA: ATL http://www.atlanta-airport.com
Bistro del Sol, outside security, near the central atrium, 404-767-3988, has Mediterranean-inspired food, wraps and jerk chicken. Bubbly service, too.
One Flew South, in Concourse E; 404-816-3464; http://www.oneflewsouthatl.com. It opened Nov. 17, too late for inclusion here, but with twists on Southern food, it looks worth checking out.
Paschal’s, several locations; 404-305-8888; http://www.paschalsrestaurant.com.

To find the Taxi assembly break room, leave the airport via the northern baggage-claim exits, turn left, walk down left side of the road and under the overpass.

DALLAS-FORT WORTH: DFW http://www.dfwairport.com
Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, gates B27 and D28; 972-973-2271; http://www.cousinsbbq.com.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, gates A19, C6 and E12; 972-641-8500; http://www.dickeys.com.
Railhead BBQ, gate D12; http://www.railheadbbq.net.
Reata Grill, gate D33; 972-973-4347; http://www.reata.net.

MIAMI: MIA http://www.miami-airport.com
La Carreta, outside security near the E gates; 305-871-3003; http://www.lacarreta.com.

LOS ANGELES: LAX http://www.lawa.org/welcomelax.cfm
El Paseo Café, Tom Bradley International Terminal; 310-645-6988.
Encounter Restaurant, 209 World Way, outside Terminal 2; 310-215-5151; http://www.encounterlax.com.
In-N-Out Burger, 9149 South Sepulveda Boulevard; 800-786-1000; http://www.in-n-out.com. Flag down a black-and-yellow Parking Spot van to the Parking Spot garage; In-N-Out is next door.

CHICAGO: ORD http://www.ohare.com
Billy Goat Tavern, Concourse C; 773-462-9368; http://www.billygoattavern.com.
BJ’s Market & Bakery, Concourse K, near gate 15; 773-686-6920; http://www.bjsmarket.com.
Goose Island Pub, Concourse C; http://www.gooseisland.com. Great beers on tap.

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You guys give up yet? Or are you thirsty for more?

Type your guess by entering a comment. The answer will be posted tomorrow. Thanks for playing!

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Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don’t care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again.

Correct answer: It’s a Wonderful Life!

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