Maui Bakeries: a Feast for the Senses

Maui Bakeries: a Feast for the Senses

With map in hand, I set out to explore four bakeries to experience island indulgences and hopefully some unexpected trade winds surprises By MLiss A Hinshaw I often think of Hawaii as proud of poi and dishing out lots of fish and pineapple.  A drive around the island of Maui...
Istanbul's Spice Market

Istanbul’s Spice Market

Hearing much about the famous spice market in Istanbul, we took a taxi from our hotel to the center of town and walked along the big open area until the tiny shops started appearing before us.  Suddenly it was wall to wall people and we found an engaging man selling his...
Ushuaia, Argentina: the End of the World

Ushuaia, Argentina: the End of the World

Paddling and swimming in the cool waters, the white tuxedoed chests of the Gentoo and Magellan penguins are at home near the southernmost part of the world, Ushuaia, Argentina. The capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is nestled on a picturesque bay between the Andes Mountains and the...
Old World Budapest

Old World Budapest

Looking out the window while landing in Budapest airport, I watch buses take people from the tarmac to the airport terminal.  Is this like London’s Heathrow where passengers are bussed across tarmacs?   We walked down the short flight of stairs from the plane to the tarmac and walk into a transportation bus. ...
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Swiss trained baker in Santee making special cakes

Swiss trained baker in Santee making special cakes

When a pastry chef tells me he graduated from culinary school in Switzerland, I stand at attention.  Chef Carl Zeitsen and his wife Melina (also a baker) own Eccentric International Chefs Bakery in Santee and make exquisite wedding cakes and cakes for all occasions. Chef Zeitsen’s resume includes making desserts at resorts in Monte Carlo,...
Pasta and cakes in Point Loma

Pasta and cakes in Point Loma

Vince Giacalone, began his first restaurant in 1965 and then bought a little lot on Voltaire Street in 1973, and today the Venetian Pt Loma still serves superb Italian food. The restaurant has expanded over the years by buying the next door dry cleaners and liquor store, plus tastefully modernizing the interior.  Vince retired in...
The Mission Inn in Riverside, layered with unusual architecture

The Mission Inn in Riverside, layered with unusual architecture

Now I know how the orange industry started in Southern California and its relevance to The Mission Inn. In the late 1880’s a group of people started their own colony in Riverside and found success growing orange trees from two grafts which were provided by the US Dept of Agriculture. The area grew like gangbusters...
The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar-tiki everlasting

The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar-tiki everlasting

Almost cult like, there is a serious following with no pretense and images of little grass skirts. Welcome to tiki bars, and this one hasn’t lost momentum in seventy years. Located in the famous and internationally known Fairmont hotel high on Nob Hill, San Francisco, the Hurricane Bar and Tonga Room are wildly popular. A...
South Point on the Big Island

South Point on the Big Island

If you want to get into a lively discussion with a fellow traveler, ask where the southernmost part of the USA is located.  Many areas claim this special recognition, but at 19 degrees latitude, South Point beach on the Big Island takes the pineapple.  Known as Ka Lae, it’s a National Historic Landmark District commerates...
San Diego's Soul Food Finds the Right Climate

San Diego’s Soul Food Finds the Right Climate

(Pictured Bradrick Cooper, Coop’s West Texas BBQ) San Diego is known for beautiful beaches and year round pleasant weather, plus, yes, soul food. Soul food in this predominantly Mexican food environment is here.  There was a time when many soul food and barbeque restaurants lined the streets of southeast San Diego. Today, most of those...
Cali Comfort, bloody Mary with candied bacon...and wings

Cali Comfort, bloody Mary with candied bacon…and wings

Where do you take a 16 year old grand nephew for wings? Cali Comfort for Low ‘n Slow bbq in Spring Valley, of course!  Brad exclaimed these were the best wings ever, while he dipped into all the different sauces and gobbled each wing. Being an adult, I opted for a pulled pork sandwich and...
Clint Eastwood and the Sardine Factory

Clint Eastwood and the Sardine Factory

It’s not only a quaint 48 year old restaurant near Cannery Row, Monterey, the Sardine Factory has history we can relate to. In 1971, young actor Clint Eastwood directed his first film, Play Misty for Me in the restaurant’s bar and that’s the fateful night Clint acting as a DJ met Evelyn, the stalker. Who...
Maine lobster in west coast beauty

Maine lobster in west coast beauty

On the suggestion of a traveling food adventurer we just had to try Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. Of course, a friday has the lunch crowd, so we sat at the bar. After a thrist quenching bloody mary, the order was in for the 2 items not to miss, New England clam chowder and...
Bree'osh Cafe, the French flair in Santa Barbara

Bree’osh Cafe, the French flair in Santa Barbara

Driving on scenic Hwy 101 to the bay area and I began to smell butter and lo and behold turned into Bree’osh Cafe Montecito, Santa Barbara. French couple Pierre and Nelly opened their cafe 9 months ago to rave reviews for the varieties of brioche and sandwiches. I bought an almond creme pastry and Nelly,...
Village Kitchen and Pie Shoppe, Carlsbad

Village Kitchen and Pie Shoppe, Carlsbad

Do you want white, wheat, rye, sourdough toast or cinnamon roll?  Yes, a cinnamon roll made in house at Village Kitchen and Pie Shoppe on Tamarack Ave, Carlsbad.  The potato pancake is festive green because the parsley, garlic and onions are pureed and added to the potatoes. Add scrambled eggs, a biscuit and gravy and...
Flipping pancakes and serving huge omelettes

Flipping pancakes and serving huge omelettes

It is still as good as years ago!  Family House of Pancakes, a legendary restaurant in Chula Vista since 1964, makes no bones about serving huge platters of food. My first experience with hash browns spilling over the plate was too many years ago to count and after a recent visit, it hasn’t changed one...