John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Is Wine Now Only For OLD FOLKS?

Despite the rich tradition and history of wine, each generation moves to establish its own tastes. As John Mariani, publisher of the free Virtual Gourmet Newsletter, explains ,wine sales have been dropping among younger generations. He discusses the world market, differences in generations and how wine making has changed. It’s an interesting look at society … Read more

Bill Jordan: Bill’s Practice #5 Don’t Take It Personally

As Celebrating Act 2’s favorite philosopher, Bill shares another of his 15 “Practices” for enjoying life and living to the fullest. Reading from his Book, Embrace the Boom, Bill shares some perspective on Practice #5 and how it can help all of us. For more on Bill Jordan and Embrace The Boom go to … Read more

Bill Jordan: Memento Mori!

The Latin phrase for “Remember You Are Mortal” is a useful reminder for all of us to appreciate what we have–including our friends and loved ones. Bill joins with Art and John to discuss not just the inevitability of death but the need to celebrate life. For more on Bill Jordan and Embrace The Boom … Read more

Bill Jordan: Puppy Love

Is there anything more lovable that a fuzzy puppy? Bill Jordan expounds on the joys and travails of new puppies! For more on Bill Jordan and Embrace The Boom go to Also be sure to Order Bill’s new book, Also called “Embrace The Boom” directly from the publisher at or from Amazon or … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: About Indian Cuisine

Indian Food is one of the more popular ethnic cuisines in the US. But, as respected Food & Travel Writer, John Mariani, takes us on a short overview of India and its incredible diversity, we begin to ask ourselves if we in the US really know much about Indian cuisine at all! This video is … Read more

Bill Jordan: Need a NOT-TO-DO List?

We’ve talked about to-do lists and keeping track…but Bill Jordan raises the point that more often we need reminders of what NOT to do! The Honey-DON’T list? You’ll get a kick out of this. For more on Bill Jordan and Embrace The Boom go to Also be sure to Order Bill’s new book, Also … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: BREADS- Important to Fine Dining?

Breads, rolls, etc are often the first thing on the table–but other than a warm welcome, how important is this preliminary course to the Fine Dining experience? Internationally respected Food and Travel Writer,–and we add, Culinary Historian–John Mariani, addresses this in no uncertain terms. You’ll love his well-thought out opinion and professional perspective on the … Read more

Dan Robbins: Memoirs of a Musical Life

After a lifetime working behind the scenes as a musician and arranger in the in the Music For Film Industry, Daniel Robbins has written his memoir telling the story of his decades-long relationship as both student and collaborator with famous film composer Miklos Rozsa. Rozsa is legendary in Film Music for his scores of epic … Read more