Opera List

This is my list of un-seen operas that I personally consider to be significant.  If you think that something should be obviously on this list, please know that I've already seen Orfeo ed Euridice, Rigoletto, La Boheme and The Ring Cycle.  I've also included a few operettas for good measure

  • L'Orfeo (Monteverdi) 
  • Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) 
  • Giulio Cesare (Handel) 
  • Serse (Handel)
  • Iphegenie en Tauride (Gluck)
  • Idomeneo (Mozart)
  • Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Mozart)
  • Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
  • Cosi fan Tutte (Mozart)
  • La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
  • L'italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
  • Guillaume Tell (Rossini)
  • Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti)
  • Nabucco (Verdi)
  • Die Fledermaus (Strauss)
  • Tosca (Puccini)
  • Fidelio (Beethoven)
  • Der Freischütz (Weber)
  • Lohengrin (Wagner)
  • Tristan und Isolde (Wagner)
  • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg  (Wagner)
  • Die Lustige Witwe (Lehár)
  • Salome (Strauss)
  • Elektra (Strauss)
  • Les Troyens (Berlioz)
  • Manon (Massenet)
  • The Bartered Bride (Smetana)
  • Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky)
  • Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
  • The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky)
  • Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Shostakovich)
  • War and Peace (Prokofiev)
  • The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky)
  • Jenůfa (Janáček)
  • Bluebeard's Castle (Bartók)
  • Wozzeck (Berg)
  • H.M.S. Pinafore (Gilbert & Sullivan)
  • Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
  • Peter Grimes (Britten)
  • The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
  • King Priam (Tippett)
  • Le Grand Macabre (Ligeti)
  • Nixon in China (Adams)

Places I've Eaten Buffalo Wings

As part of this challenge, I have to eat wings at a certain number of places.

Hilton Americas, Houston 
Dinosaur BBQ, Brooklyn
St. Andrews, NYC
Talde, Brooklyn
Citizens Kitchen and Bar, Las Vegas
Double Windsor, Brooklyn
Pork Slope, Brooklyn
Barclays Center, Brooklyn
Angus, NYC
Calexico, Brooklyn
Dram Shop, Brooklyn
Buffalo Wild Wings, Brooklyn
Tony's Pizzeria, Bar and Restaurant, Brooklyn
Bella Pizza, Brooklyn
Langan's, NYC
Lou Malnati's, Chicago
Kabooz's, NYC
Sheraton Universal, Universal City, CA
Flatbush Farm, Brooklyn, NY

Back to the Classics Challenge List

Required Categories

  1. A 20th Century Classic: To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee
  2. A 19th Century Classic:  Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë.
  3. A Classic by a Woman Author: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë.
  4. A Classic in Translation: Siddhartha, Herman Hesse.

  5. A Classic About War:  Catch-22, Joseph Heller.
  6. A Classic by an Author Who Is New To You:  Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope.

Optional Categories

  1. An American Classic: Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison.
  2. A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller: Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  3. A Historical Fiction Classic:  Katherine, Anya Seton
  4. A Classic That's Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series: Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (Completed).
  5. Extra Fun Category:  Write a Review of the Movie or TV Series adapted from Optional Category #4. Apocalypse Now.

Countries I've Visited

  1. Antarctica
  2. Argentina 
  3. Australia 
  4. Austria 
  5. Belgium
  6. Bolivia 
  7. Brazil 
  8. Cambodia 
  9. Canada 
  10. China 
  11. Czech Republic
  12. Denmark
  13. Finland 
  14. France 
  15. Germany
  16. Hungary 
  17. Italy 
  18. Japan 
  19. Laos 
  20. Luxembourg
  21. Mexico
  22. Morocco
  23. Netherlands 
  24. Norway
  25. Peru 
  26. Portugal 
  27. Russian Federation
  28. Slovenia 
  29. South Africa 
  30. Spain
  31. Sweden 
  32. Switzerland 
  33. Thailand
  34. United Kingdom 
  35. United States 
  36. Vatican City 
  37. Zambia
  38. Zimbabwe 

Need to Eat There Restaurant List

(Not exhaustive.  Updates forthcoming)

Aburiya Raku, Las Vegas
Aragona, Seattle
Ardent, Milwaukee
August, New Orleans
Bacchanalia, Atlanta
Balena, Chicago
Bar Sajor, Seattle
Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL
BierBeisl, Beverly Hills, CA
Bluebeard, Indianapolis
Borgne, New Orleans
Brindille, Chicago
Butcher & the Boar, Minneapolis
Canlis, Seattle
Cardamom Hill, Atlanta
Casa Rubia, Dallas
Chi Spacca, Los Angeles
Connie and Ted’s, West Hollywood, CA
Coqueta, San Francisco
Fish & Game, Hudson, NY
Five and Ten, Athens, GA
Fore Street, Portland, ME
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco
Forequarter, Madison, WI
Fork, Philadelphia
Girl & the Goat, Chicago
Grace, Chicago
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco
Hamersley’s Bistro, Boston
Herbsaint, New Orleans
Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, AL
Hog & Hominy, Memphis
Izanami at Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe
Jaleo, Washington, DC
Khong River House, Miami Beach, FL
La Belle Vie, Minneapolis
Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC
Laurel, Philadelphia
Lockeland Table, Nashville
Lucia’s Restaurant, Minneapolis
Manresa, Los Gatos, CA
Mateo Tapas, Durham, NC
McCrady’s, Charleston, SC
Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA
Mi Casa by José Andrés, Dorado, PR
MilkWood, Louisville, KY
Mintwood Place, Washington, D.C.
MW, Honolulu
Naha, Chicago
Nico Osteria, Chicago
No. 9 Park, Boston
Oleana, Cambridge, MA
Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
Ox, Portland, OR
Oxheart, Houston
Pabu at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
Patina, Los Angeles
Pêche, New Orleans
Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas
Pinewood Social, Nashville
Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix
Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles
Primo, Rockland, ME
Puritan & Company, Cambridge, MA
Quince, San Francisco
Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco
Ribelle, Brookline, MA
Rich Table, San Francisco
Rose’s Luxury, Washington, D.C.
Serpico, Philadelphia
Shanik, Seattle
Spiaggia, Chicago
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Stephan Pyles Restaurant, Dallas
Tar &Roses, Santa Monica, CA
Terra, St. Helena, CA
The 404 Kitchen, Nashville
The Cavalier, San Francisco
The Fearrington House Restaurant, Pittsboro, NC
The Ordinary, Charleston, SC
The Whale Wins, Seattle
Thirty Acres, Jersey City, NJ
Tilth, Seattle
Tosca Cafe, San Francisco
Trois Mec, Los Angeles
Uchi, Austin and Houston
Underbelly, Houston
Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia
Vetri, Philadelphia
Vidalia, Washington, DC
Vincent on Camelback, Phoenix
Virtù, Scottsdale, AZ
Vitaly Paley, Paley’s Place, Portland
Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila, Albuquerque 

NYC Restaurants

15 East
A Voce
Casa Lever
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
David Burke Townhouse
Del Posto
Del Posto
Dirt Candy
Empellón Cocina
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Lamb's Club
Le Bernardin
Locanda Verde
Má Pêche
Marc Forgione
Mark Ladner, Del Posto
Osteria Morini
Paul Liebrandt, The Elm
Per Se
Red Rooster Harlem
River Cafe
Sushi of Gari
The Elm
The Modern
The Spotted Pig
Torrisi italian Specialties
Yakitori Tori Shin