The Truth about the Hemingway Bar in the Ritz

The “Hemingway Bar’ in the Paris Ritz is legendary but how much is true? Did Papa H. imbibe there? Is that really his typewriter in the corner? And who is the man behind all memorabilia? Travel writer, food critic and author, John Mariani takes us behind the scenes and into history then–and now! For more … Read more

Do people tell you that you’re an introvert–or an EXTROvert?

Maybe like Bill Jordan you’re in between? Listen to Bill’s fun analysis and see if you agree! For more on Bill Jordan and Embrace The Boom go to www.BillJordanEmbraceTheBoom.com Also be sure to Order Bill’s new book, Also called “Embrace The Boom” directly from the publisher at www.WebsterFalls.com or from Amazon or any good book-seller. … Read more

The Virtual Gourmet: The Cost of Dining In Paris

Today Is Paris affordable? Today? After Covid? Is the haute cuisine of this food mecca worth it? Time change as food and travel writer John Mariani explains…which is why you need to watch this update on eating in Paris in 2024! For more on John Mariani go to www.JohnMariani.com And Listen to John’s radio show, … Read more

Bill Jordan: Meeting Charlton Heston!

Have you ever had the chance to meed your idol? …or anyone famous, larger that life? For Bill Jordan, well known Radio Personality, it was actor Charlton Heston. Bill describes the encounter and his impression of the larger than life actor which happened years ago. Obviously it was a very meaningful meeting and you’ll enjoy … Read more

The Virtual Gourmet: An Honest Look at Spiced Rum

Are “Spiced” Rums new? Innovative? Or a rip-off? Food and travel author, John Mariani address not only Spiced Rum but Rums in general –including some historical perspective you’ll find fascinating! For more on John Mariani go to www.JohnMariani.com And Listen to John’s radio show, ‘Almost Golden’ on WVOX-AM at https://wvox.com/shows/almost-golden/ Visit our website www.CelebratingAct2.com ​ … Read more

Bill Jordan: Grumpy Old Men

Baby Boomer and creator of the worldwide, “EMBRACE THE BOOM” Movement, Bill Jordan stands up for Old Men everywhere and denounces the myth of “the Grumpy Old Man”. Ok, there are some, but Bill refuses to accept that age has anything to do with it —well, not much anyway…and he’ rallying a person or two … Read more

Bill Jordan: Pets for Seniors

Just because you’re old enough to pick out your own pet doesn’t mean you should opt for an animal inappropriate for your age…Our humorist and philosopher, Bill Jordan, discusses whether SENIORS should have exotic pets –and other subjects including dog people and cat people! Enjoy! For more on Bill Jordan and Embrace The Boom go … Read more

The Story Behind Swans, Capote & Le Cote Basque

Behind the popularity of a hit TV Series “FEUD: Capote vs the Swans” lies the real story of high society doyennes set in a top NY restaurant of the 1960s. As a writer and food critic, John Mariani gives a historical perspective to both the characters and the prevailing social atmosphere. An interesting look at … Read more

La Grenouille closes! The End of Haute Cuisine?

La Grenouille closes! The End of Haute Cuisine? When the vaunted La Grenouille restaurant closed in NYC in 2023 many culinary savants thought it was the end of fine dining in America. Food and travel writer, John Mariani, editor of the weekly newsletter, The Virtual Gourmet, explains why that is not the case. For more … Read more

Bill Jordan: Keyboard Kommandos – Don’t be one!

We all know one–someone who gets behind the keyboard and thinks they’re a stealth CRITIC ! Why the negativity? Bill discusses why some people go ‘Kommando” and offers some advice to all of us! For more on Bill Jordan and Embrace The Boom go to www.BillJordanEmbraceTheBoom.com Also be sure to Order Bill’s new book, Also … Read more