Learning Vietnamese Cooking

Learning Vietnamese Cooking

Hoi An, Vietnam, has become a culinary destination.  Just outside of Danang, restaurants and local markets provide plenty of Vietnamese food, fish and dining choices. We walked over the bridge and on cobblestoned streets until our group reached  Ms Vy’s Restaurant and Cooking School. It is a two story building with a beautiful restaurant...
Michelin rated Summer Pavilion Fine Dining

Michelin rated Summer Pavilion Fine Dining

Our goal on this Asia trip was to eat street food and experience highly rated restaurants.  Singapore, where our cruise began, held a special dining experience and worthy of its praise.  Summer Pavilion, a Michelin rated restaurant, is located in the luxury Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel. Steaming Lychee Oolong elegantly served from a beautiful...
Let them eat cake in Alsace, France

Let them eat cake in Alsace, France

Crossing the Rhine River, which along the way divides the countries of Germany and France, is the popular wine growing area of Alsace, France.  Well known white wines such as Rieslings and Gewurztraminer are produced in this area because of the conducive climate and soil.  And, some of the vineyards on...
S'mores as the sun sets on Coronado's beach

S’mores as the sun sets on Coronado’s beach

The perfect ending to a beautiful time in Coronado, S’mores on the beach at sunset. Hotel del Coronado hand makes colorful marshmallows in different flavors and adds gingersnaps to the basket of graham crackers.  Lots of chocolate to choose from to melt on top of the marshmallows.  Can life get any...
Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

Hawaii the state of scenic sunsets, gorgeous beaches, and chocolate?  Yes, the “food of the Gods” is grown on the Big Island near the fertile lands where coffee and avocados abundantly grow. A bit south of Kona, in a lush tropical setting with sweeping views of the ocean, sits the...
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Baking Saved His Life – and Later Brought Him Love

I could hardly get past the first bite in the slice of handmade apple strudel. The flaky dough was layered with sadness and yet hope. Ernie’s International Pastry Shop, located in Incline Village of North Lake Tahoe, Nevada, was hidden behind the outdoor restaurants in the mountain chateau center which spanned two parking lots. On...
Importance of Mentoring, Passing on Valuable Lessons

Importance of Mentoring, Passing on Valuable Lessons

This is an article written by a friend of mine; retired Sergeant, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and, Food/Travel Writer, M’liss Hinshaw. It is a great example of mentoring, featuring 2 San Diego Chefs. Do we mentor in correctional food service? You bet your sweet petunia we do! One of the great benefits of belonging...
Old Time BBQ for 70 Years Packs Them In

Old Time BBQ for 70 Years Packs Them In

  Just how many years have we been coming to The Barbecue Pit on Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon? Countless! The Browning Family keeps the restaurant smokin’ with oak wood and old time employees, like Doug who has been slicing meat for 38 years. The Barbecue Pit is old school where you walk up and place...
Long Live The Beach Boys Music

Long Live The Beach Boys Music

“My little surfer girl” it’s 1963 and The Beach Boys produced the wildly popular Surfer Girl song. This historical landmark is where Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson lived in Hawthorne, Ca near the SoCal beach communities and made surfing music iconic.   The monument portrays the cover of their famous Surfer Girl album. The family...
Big Island Local Food Favourites-Kailua-Kona Hawaii

Big Island Local Food Favourites-Kailua-Kona Hawaii

I’ll admit I like staying in 5-star resorts in Hawaii but when it comes to eating food, I want the local and family owned places. While visiting the west coast of the Big Island and around Kailua-Kona, don’t miss these authentic Hawaiian eateries and soak in the local flavor. Drive 20 miles south from Kona...
Go Bananas in the Banana Museum

Go Bananas in the Banana Museum

I went bananas at the International Banana Museum near the Salton Sea and Coachella Valley!  Who knew there was a museum devoted to bananas?  And I couldn’t wait to visit since I love the yellow skinned fruit. Fred Garbutt is the man behind all things bananas and his wife Kym enjoys telling the story how...
Beyond Takeout Chinese Food in M.Y. China Restaurant

Beyond Takeout Chinese Food in M.Y. China Restaurant

Celebrity Chef Martin Yan brings beautiful Chinese culture to his restaurant I don’t know what caught my eye more, the open kitchen with chefs chopping and frying or the small ivory snuff bottles on display. The chef who introduced the US to Chinese cooking in the early 1980’s with his TV show Yan Can Cook...
Tasting Newport Beach, California's Pacific Wine and Food Classic

Tasting Newport Beach, California’s Pacific Wine and Food Classic

Light and airy with a heavenly taste that stole my heart at the Pacific Wine and Food Classic in Newport Beach this past August 19. Oh yes, there was plenty of wine and food, but these beauties put the event in a new dimension. Walking over the bridge to the Newport Dunes Resort with calm...
I scream for San Francisco Bi-Rite Ice Cream

I scream for San Francisco Bi-Rite Ice Cream

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Salami and Desserts Bring Me to North Beach, San Francisco

Each trip to San Francisco, I find my way to the Italian section of San Francisco known as North Beach.  The steep streets and narrow buildings have a real feel of the early days in this section of the city where Italians settled and opened restaurants. Molinari Deli is a century old salami making company...
Tadich Grill-San Francisco's old school dining

Tadich Grill-San Francisco’s old school dining

Tadich Grill on California St in “the city” is an institution for “old school” and classic San Francisco dining. Claiming to be California’s oldest restaurant since 1849, it was founded by Croatians and is owned by third generation family members.  The restaurant is long and narrow with a dark wood, hanging milk glass lighting, old...
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Trains save the hassle of driving and offer many options

Oasis Adult Learning offers intriguing classes such as exploring destinations by train. Former Amtrak employee Dennis Sullivan gave tips for using Amtrak trains, the Coaster, Sprinter, Metrolink, light rail and how they connect for travel. Mr. Sullivan rattled off train numbers and time schedules to LA, Seattle and Chicago. So many possibilities! I could tell...