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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Global Market in Minneapolis offers International flair and apples

Global Market in Minneapolis offers International flair and apples

This old Sears and Roebuck’s building has rebounded for the community and became Midtown Global Market on E. Lake St. Inside are markets and restaurants such as Moroccan Flavors. Owner Raja stirred her aromatic hot dishes and then poured me a cup of mint tea which was unlike any mint tea I’ve had. Then I...
Ingebretsen's in Minneapolis is a Scandinavian treasure

Ingebretsen’s in Minneapolis is a Scandinavian treasure

Since I was headed to Minneapolis, my friend who grew up there, gave me a list of places to visit and of course, eat. Ingebretsen’s is all things Scandinavian since 1921.  I arrived on a Saturday morning and people were lined up at the meat counter.  They bought big amounts of Swedish meatball mix and...
Santa Rosa and learning about wine

Santa Rosa and learning about wine

Recently, I visited Santa Rosa at the annual wine blogger’s conference for my first wine conference.  I don’t know much about wines, so I’m learning how to spell and correctly pronounce Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. I hope to describe wines as fruity, dry, buttery and robust. The days were full of learning and tasting many...
Matt's Big Breakfast in Phoenix Airport worth the trip

Matt’s Big Breakfast in Phoenix Airport worth the trip

When airline employees and airport police recommend a restaurant, it must be good. Matt’s Big Breakfast in Phoenix airport was just as delicious as it was described.   I had a two hour layover and quickly found Matt’s.  The line was long but with people in a hurry to catch a plane, it didn’t take...
In Carlsbad, California - Oh, Christmas Tree!

In Carlsbad, California – Oh, Christmas Tree!

Just wait until Santa’s elves show off the magnificent nine-foot tall decorated tree at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, just a half hour up the coast from San Diego. The human elves are busily stacking, piping and contouring gingerbread, chocolate, and sugar icicles to make the fantasy tree. These three helpers are no ordinary...
Girard Gourmet's Fashionable Cookies

Girard Gourmet’s Fashionable Cookies

Thanksgiving is here! #AD Girard Gourmet Bakery and Deli on Girard Ave, La Jolla, decorates cookies according to the seasons and these fall cookies have been gobbling in the case. Chef/Owner Francois Goedhuys was born in Belgium and learned his pastry skills throughout Europe. He and his wife Diana, opened their specialty bistro over 25...
Sinning and chicken fried steak

Sinning and chicken fried steak

When I heard about cinnamon roll pancakes at The Trails Eatery, I had to go. But these are named Sin-a-mon Roll pancakes for a reason! Cinnamon throughout and cream cheese frosting.  After a bite, I decided it may be even better than a traditional cinnamon roll. The other standout rumored about, is the Chicken Fried...
Baking Saved His Life – and Later Brought Him Love

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...