Amateur Traveler / North America

Dining at the James Beard House, New York City-A Culinary Travelers Dream

When you are a guest in someone’s home, you try to be respectful. When you’re in the distinguished James Beard’s House, you are very respectful. It was nearly 7 p.m. and we were led into a plain brownstone with a simple plaque at the entrance stating it was the James Beard House. James Beard was...

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Our food adventure in Wailea, Maui

Our food adventure in Wailea, Maui

Where to find very fresh fish in Maui? Miso Phat! In 2016 the restaurant was featured on Guy’s Diners, Drive ins and Dives. I was able to take a picture of owner Joy and two great sushi chefs with Guy’s signature on the wall behind them. I ate the TNT roll-shrimp tempura, crab and ahi...
Santa Fe Serving Historical Cookies and Wines

Santa Fe Serving Historical Cookies and Wines

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Barrio Logan, San Diego-Food and Arts with Mexican Roots

Barrio Logan, San Diego-Food and Arts with Mexican Roots

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Xiamen, China-Scallion Pancakes and Grapefruits

Xiamen, China-Scallion Pancakes and Grapefruits

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Chinese Food And Singing In Dalian, China

Chinese Food And Singing In Dalian, China

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Kobe Beef Dining Was a Feast For the Senses

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Siphon Coffee Japanese Style

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Hiroshima Memorial Site

Hiroshima Memorial Site

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Elegant Dining In The Park Hyatt Tokyo

Elegant Dining In The Park Hyatt Tokyo

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