the bucket list

I keep saying some place, or restaurant, or event is “on my bucket list,” but I’ve never actually written one. I’m going to compartmentalize this list into a few sections, since that’s how my brain works.

The Bucket List

Cities/Countries to Visit:

San Francisco, California

Key West, Florida

Austin, Texas

Livingston, Montana

Vancouver, British Columbia

Alaska and Hawaii

Lisbon, Portugal

Barcelona, Spain

Paris, France

Venice, Italy

Athens, Greece

Melbourne, Australia

Croatia

Beijing, China

Chengdu, China

Osaka, Japan

London

Ireland

Cuba

Restaurants:

Alinea, Chicago

Next, Chicago

Moto, Chicago

Calumet Fisheries, Chicago

Le Bernardin, New York

Per Se, New York

The French Laundry, Yountville, California

Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Minetta Tavern, New York

Babbo, New York

Shanghai 1930, San Francisco

Bali Hai, San Diego

Lola, Cleveland

Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue, Memphis

The Carolina Smokehouse, Cashiers, North Carolina

Ted’s Fry Bread, Mancos, Colorado

The Salt Lick, Driftwood, TX

Willie Mae’s Scotch House, New Orleans

Antoine’s, New Orleans

Domilise’s, New Orleans

The Mexican Hat Lodge, Mexican Hat, UT

Norman’s, Key West

Tickets, Barcelona

St. John, London

Events to Attend:

A Presidential inauguration

A book signing for my own novel

The Woodward Dream Cruise

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Las Vegas

The Indianapolis 500

A U.S. Citizenship ceremony

People to Meet/Be in Close Proximity to:

A current or former U.S. President or world leader

Jim Harrison

Cormac McCarthy

B.B. King

Stephen King

Anthony Bourdain

Alton Brown

Various Life Events and Experiences:

Get married to the love of my life.

Drive Route 66 from Michigan and Adams in Chicago to The Santa Monica Pier.

The Olympic Games.

Write a bestseller.

Appear on late-night TV.

Meet a Celebrity Chef. (Dave Beran, Next)

Visit the St. James Gate Brewery, Dublin, Ireland.

Walk the Great Wall of China.

Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock in Australia’s Northern Territory).

Speak without a filter and without fear.

Stand at the top and bottom of the world.

The Great River Road.

(This list will continue to evolve with time and experience. Ideas and feedback are welcome.)

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