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Michael Manley Begins The Age of Manley

It was a crisp winter night back in December of 2009, and we were getting warmed up by some tasty beverages and outstanding food at our favorite late night hang, First Food and Bar.  It was a scene we had played many times before; an after-work boozing and gorging.  However, on this fateful night, engrossed in one of our standard food nerd conversations, Michael said, “Hey, we should start a food blog or something.”

Michael Manley Now at

Michael Manley Now at

All of a sudden, the idea I was kicking around in my head for many months turned into something more.  I felt (and still do) that food blogs are a dime a dozen, but a food and restaurant blog with two guys having a conversation about what they were eating was just different enough to make it worthwhile.  Kerry turned into The Wife, Dave turned into The Dave and was purchased for the low low price of about $10.

However, the idea was better in theory than in practice.

With both of our names some derivative of Michael, new / casual readers were often confused that there were two of us.  When industry people asked me, “If you’re married to ‘The Wife,’ then why did you go to the International Mr. Leather and Bear Pride convention?” or others comment, “Sometimes you sound like two completely different people.” we figured there must be another way.

From confusion comes clarity, and the Age of Manley has been born. I’ll stick it out here with Tasting Las Vegas, and Michael will now begin a new venture with the Age of Manley, a blog that will explore much more than just dining.  A well-read guy that has been immersed in the arts all his life, Michael isn’t just made of scrapple and sweetbreads.  From what I’ve been told, the Age of Manley will span his wealth of knowledge (and abundance of opinion) of literature, the performing arts and of course; food.

Although we now have separate identities in the blogosphere, we will reconvene as a team once Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast (working title) gets up and running.  With a podcast format, the conversation we tried to have with the blog will work a whole lot better.  If people are still confused after that, well then they can just go eat shit.

I hope everyone will support Michael’s new venture with the Age of Manley, and of course I appreciate you all amusing me here at Tasting Las Vegas.  Please pardon the dust as Michael gets things set up the way he wants them.  All of Michael’s fine writing that was here on is now found at

I wish Michael the very best with his new venture and, as always, look forward to what he has to say.  Now…can anyone tell me how the hell to start a podcast?

Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

Follow Mike and Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas

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