My Conversation With Richard Ratay, Author Of Don’t Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History Of The Family Road Trip

Click Here To Listen Richard Ratay Part pop history and part whimsical memoir in the spirit of National Lampoon's Vacation—Don’t Make Me Pull Over! is a nostalgic look at the golden age of family road trips—a halcyon era that culminated in the latter part of the twentieth century, before portable DVD players, iPods, and Google Maps. In the days before cheap air travel, families didn’t so much take vacations as survive them. Between home and destination lay thousands of miles and dozens of annoyances, and with his family Richard Ratay experienced all of them—from being crowded into the backseat with noogie-happy older brothers, to picking out a souvenir only to find that a better one [...]

My Conversation With Kamin Mohammadi, Author Of Bella Figura: How To Live, Love, And Eat The Italian Way

Click Here To Listen Kamin Mohammadi One woman's story of finding beauty, and herself--and a practical guide to living a better life, the Italian way! Kamin Mohammadi, a magazine editor in London, should have been on top of the world. But after heartbreak and loneliness, the stress of her "dream life" was ruining her physical and mental health. Gifted a ticket to freedom--a redundancy package and the offer of a friend's apartment in Florence--Kamin took a giant leap. It did not take her long to notice how differently her new Italian neighbors approached life: enjoying themselves, taking their time to eat and drink, taking their lives at a deliberately slower pace. Filled with wonderful characters--from [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Daniel Willis

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Daniel Willis Daniel Willis is the General Manager of the Aloft Nashville-Cool Springs. Dan has 16 years of General Manager experience from several different properties primarily within Marriott branded hotels. Dan has expertise in managing both full service and select/limited/focused service operations. Dan has earned accomplishments over the years to include the Silver Award for exceptional Overall Satisfaction from Marriott International, the Excalibur Awards from White Lodging Services highlighting his teams’ excellence in the areas of Guest Focus, Employee Relations and Profitability, and the Gold Award for Overall Satisfaction from Marriott International. Dan was also recognized as Service Excellence General Manager of the Year [...]

Nathan Turner’s I Love California: Live, Eat, And Entertain The West Coast Way Chats On DrAlvin.com

Click Here To Listen Nathan Turner Designer Nathan Turner’s style is synonymous with the easy glam of California living. His first book introduced readers to his casual American style and chic design sense. Now, he has written a love letter to his home state in I Love California. This book is a journey up and down Highway 1 that takes readers from the redwoods of northern San Francisco, to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, to the beaches of Southern California. Simple recipes and tips for entertaining are featured alongside never-before-seen interiors. Lavish photographs capture the homes, people, and food of each unique location in glorious, sun-drenched detail. This book even includes Turner’s signature recipes [...]

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Rhys Bowen, Author of The Tuscan Child Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Rhys Bowen From New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rhys Bowen comes a haunting novel about a woman who braves her father’s hidden past to discover his secrets… “Pass the bread, the olives, and the wine. Oh, and a copy of The Tuscan Child to savor with them.” —NPR In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home [...]

Carl Hoffman, Author Of The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Carl Hoffman-The Last Wild Men Of Borneo Two modern adventurers sought a treasure possessed by the legendary “Wild Men of Borneo.” One found riches. The other vanished forever into an endless jungle. Had he shed civilization—or lost his mind? Global headlines suspected murder. Lured by these mysteries, New York Times bestselling author Carl Hoffman journeyed to find the truth, discovering that nothing is as it seems in the world’s last Eden, where the lines between sinner and saint blur into one. In 1984, Swiss traveler Bruno Manser joined an expedition to the Mulu caves on Borneo, the planet’s third largest island. There he slipped into the forest interior to make contact [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading Women 2018: Ellie Westman Chin

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading Women Ellie Westman Chin Ellie Westman Chin has served as President & CEO of the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau since July 2014. In that time Franklin and the communities of Williamson County, Tennessee have evolved into a year-round destination known for a unique blend of music, history and southern culture. Visitor spending in Williamson County now exceeds $425 million annually, with an annual increase of $10 million since 2014. During Westman Chin's tenure, she has helped spearhead development initiatives that include the creation of a Music Tourism Convention in partnership with international partner Sound Diplomacy, Mars Petcare Better Cities for Pets, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural [...]

Alex Prud’homme, Author Of France Is A Feast: The Photographic Journey Of Paul And Julia Child Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Alex Prud'homme From the coauthor of My Life in France, a revealing collection of photographs taken by Paul Child that document his and Julia Child’s years in France Through intimate and compelling photographs taken by her husband Paul Child, a gifted photographer, France is a Feast documents how Julia Child first discovered French cooking and the French way of life. Paul and Julia moved to Paris in 1948 where he was cultural attaché for the US Information Service, and in this role he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Brassai, and other leading lights of the photography world. As Julia recalled: “Paris was wonderfully walkable, and it was a natural subject for [...]

Ellie Westman Chin, CEO Of VisitFranklin.Com: Leisure Travel Opportunities For Businesses

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DrAlvin.Com Welcomes Maysa To Appear At The Gateway Jazz Festival Saturday July 29th

Gateway Jazz Festival is more than an outdoor concert, it’s an event! It’s a place to people-watch, eat, drink, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and of course hear some of he coolest music performed by national recording smooth jazz artist. Our Jazz Festival will feature classy veterans who have set the standard to young lions taking the jazz scene by storm, all capturing the spirit of smooth jazz that knows no boundaries in exhilarating, intimate performances. Gateway Jazz Festival will become more of a reunion and celebration of friends, family, culture, music and life. Bring a chair and a blanket then sit back and relax to smooth jazz performed by some of [...]