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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A few of my favorite holiday treats

A few of my favorite holiday treats

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Minneapolis Icons Not To Be Missed

Minneapolis Icons Not To Be Missed

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Cookies and a Bakery You Can't Miss

Cookies and a Bakery You Can’t Miss

Did someone say it’s National Cookie Day? Here it is, the best cookie in America according to Time Out publication. In 2016 Tina Rexing’s sea salt caramel chocolate chip won best cookie and she even makes them in 5lb shapes for weddings. She showed me her old oven which made small batches and now she...
Exploring bakeries and lakes in Minneapolis

Exploring bakeries and lakes in Minneapolis

Dan Swenson-Klatt owns Butter Bakery and showed us his 2 best sellers, an eclair and a biscuit. His locally sourced bakery uses all butter and the proof is in the goods! The Biscuits were recognized as Minnesota’s special biscuit on the Travel Channel, a proud claim to fame. He told me they are made with...
Juicy Lucy burger made Minneapolis famous

Juicy Lucy burger made Minneapolis famous

A native Minnesotan told me I had to eat a “Jucy Lucy” and Matt’s Bar and Grill was recommended. Just what is a Juicy Lucy and why is it famous?  Places in Minneapolis began making the burger by stuffing a hamburger patty with cheese in the center and hand sealing the patty. Matt’s is one...
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

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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!

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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...