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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Key Lime Pie is Famous in Florida

Key Lime Pie is Famous in Florida

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Swamp Soup in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Swamp Soup in Gulf Shores, Alabama

I’m always amazed the people we meet while traveling and then become friends. We met Diane in Sept while vacationing in Hawaii and she bragged, in a southern gentile way, about the shrimp in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  In fact, she assists with the annual shrimp festival and invited us to the festival to show off...
National Donut Day and Mary's Donuts is ready for the crowd

National Donut Day and Mary’s Donuts is ready for the crowd

It’s tomorrow but I got a jump on it before the lines get too long. National Donut Day is June 1 and Mary’s Donuts in Santee and Lakeside are gearing up for the big day. Mary’s has a loyal following because they make donuts by hand and sure to be fresh.  The dough is raised...
Traditional and must have foods in New Orleans

Traditional and must have foods in New Orleans

Mother’s Restaurant has been an institution for casual dining in New Orleans since 1938 and was on our list to visit.  When we arrived at NOLA in the early afternoon, I noticed no lines in front of the restaurant, so it was the right time to eat a late lunch. Chef Roland was standing at...
A Fun and Free Family Garden Nursery in San Diego

A Fun and Free Family Garden Nursery in San Diego

Searching for free things to do with the kids in San Diego?  Nature and sunshine is located less than 10 miles from San Diego International Airport at City Farmers Nursery and this fun adventure is free. The garden nursery has been on this rustic property for over 45 years and started from the ground up...
Memphis BBQ and Fried Chicken

Memphis BBQ and Fried Chicken

So many barbecue places in Memphis and the town is known for many varieties of distinct rubs and sauces.  After much research about bbq restaurants, we met old time friends Mike and Renee at  Germantown Commissary in Germantown, Tenn.  The restaurant came highly recommended and the building used to be a former country store which...
Ribs and Toasted Ravioli in St Louis, it's Tradition and Delicious

Ribs and Toasted Ravioli in St Louis, it’s Tradition and Delicious

BBQ in St Louis, how could we not try it!  Bogart’s Smokehouse, near downtown is where we had our Uber driver take us after many positive recommendations.  Usually there is a long line, but our timing was right and we walked right in.  Chris ordered ribs and the meat fell off the bones which would...
Cross Border Xpress-Easy Access to the Tijuana Airport

Cross Border Xpress-Easy Access to the Tijuana Airport

Tijuana has been known for less expensive flights to vacation spots in Mexico, but rather a hassle to get to the airport.  Times have changed and now an efficient way to arrive to the airport is here. The Cross Border Xpress is a modern and easy way for boarding flights out of Tijuana without stepping...
St. Louis and the much debated Gooey Butter Cake

St. Louis and the much debated Gooey Butter Cake

We’ll find out which bakery has the “original” Gooey Butter Cake in St Louis. It’s a hot topic in that city, so I made this Old St. Louis Bakery Style Recipe from Chris Leuther’s Collection to get started with my difficult research! Wait and see! When we arrived at our St. Louis hotel, I told...
A French Chef On A Quest To Save Endangered Elephants

A French Chef On A Quest To Save Endangered Elephants

Pascal Olhats, a classically trained French chef and originally from the Normandy area, worked his way up through renowned restaurants across Europe, including legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse, where no duty was too small or hard for him.  After years of experience in the many and varied aspects of the restaurant world, he relocated in...
Decorated Easter Goodies Had Me Hopping

Decorated Easter Goodies Had Me Hopping

I always have a soft spot for Easter decorations and traditions. It’s spring and life is renewed! Azucar, Cuban Style Patisserie in Ocean Beach, makes beautiful pastries like the Little Havana with dulce de leche filling and tiramisu topped with a bunny. And the decorated butter cookies were divine. Pastry Chef Vivian Hernandez-Jackson also makes...
A Hearty Breakfast in Santee

A Hearty Breakfast in Santee

This local Santee restaurant has been serving breakfast and lunch since 1994, and we have had many good breakfast omelettes and pancakes over the years.  We used to go to the old location on the other end of town until the entire corner made room for houses. The restaurant moved into a new building on...