Divine Chocolate Intervention

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Sometimes fate tells you to eat chocolate. Or more precisely, 62% dark chocolate filled organic figs, with a touch of whiskey. Yep. You heard right. This weekend I got a catalog with a picture of this ridiculous fig creation on the front page. I have received 30 or so catalogs…

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Nordstrom Rack Philly

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Confession time. I hate clothes shopping. I am certain the mirrors are out to get me. But since I am soon going somewhere tropical, I had no choice. I hit Nordstrom Rack looking for shorts. As I walked in I assumed a Zen state, much like shopping at Costco on…

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Landmarc

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: It happened over the past year because of this blog. I began to look at every experience as an opportunity to be amazed. I don’t just shop. I “secret shop.” I don’t just eat out. I dine. I look for the best, and I find it. Obviously, there are exceptions.…

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Take a Little Time to Enjoy The View

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Complete transparency. I don’t watch The View. But since I want to round out my research with a few more shows, I had to go. And this experience was one of the greatest so far. Here’s why: The audience is brought in early to a large and comfortable space with…

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Each time the door opened you could hear the collective “Norm!” If you don’t know the reference, then I am way older than you. Holidays bring family together, although the concept of “family” has changed. Family is no longer just blood, but also in ties of friendship that can bind…

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Paul with Avis

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: His name is Paul. He is an airport shuttle driver for Avis in San Antonio. And he someone who will make your day. Traveling can be stressful, and sometimes the struggle of getting from one point to the next at the end of a long flight (or 2) can make…

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Airport Art

houghts From the Coffee Table: If you fly as much as I do, I am sorry. Definitely not a glamorous life. But I have to admit that airports have really made great strides in the last 10 years or so. Restaurants actually MAKE food now. There are serious retail stores, not just airport gift shops…

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Giving Thanks

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: A friend came to dinner years ago, arriving with what I assumed was wine. To my surprise it was a lovely bottle of whiskey! We enjoy whiskey and he wanted to share his favorite, knowing we didn’t have this bottle. To this day I still tell the story, both for…

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