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Hob Nob Hill is a Classic Restaurant in Banker's Hill

Hob Nob Hill is a Classic Restaurant in Banker’s Hill

Hob Nob Hill in Banker’s Hill since 1944.  The restaurant offers classic American comfort food and the menu reads from days gone by with favorite items. I always liked the little freshly baked breads and coffee cake topped with white icing and hearty meals. Corned beef is cured in house and hollandaise sauce is hand...
Local Vietnamese dinner with a new appreciation

Local Vietnamese dinner with a new appreciation

Feeling like Vietnamese food since visiting Vietnam a few months ago, we headed for Phuong Trang on Convoy St.  We’ve dined here for years, but now we chose our food from a different point of view. The family started serving Vietnamese dishes in a small place in 1988 and its grown to a large restaurant...
It's the white cheese sauce and maybe the salsa

It’s the white cheese sauce and maybe the salsa

Many Mexican restaurants ranging from little taco stands to upscale dining serve Mexican food in San Diego.  It’s the one meal locals and tourists expect to eat in this border town. People have their favorites for the classic dishes of enchiladas, chile rellenos and tacos.  Endless hours over cold margaritas are spent discussing the best...
Incredible Cheesecake where creamy is tops

Incredible Cheesecake where creamy is tops

Niece Cailey requested cheesecake for her 19th birthday. I know, Incredible Cheesecake Company on Adams Ave. They have been making prized cheesecakes for over 30 years.  I remember when TV star Merv Griffin ordered from them and the chocolate loaded cheesecake is appropriately named Merv Griffin.  My first cheesecake from this company was a white...
Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley

Beaches, upscale food and wine joints and modern lodging only begin to describe Santa Barbara, California.  Formerly a haven for surfers and touted for its perfect blend of Spanish Mission Style architecture, today there’s a mini-fascination with this “American Riviera” situated in Malibu’s backyard. The charming community along California’s Central Coast with a surfeit of...
My Maui Dining Favorites

My Maui Dining Favorites

First stop on Maui from the airport is Star Noodle. Fine Asian/Fusion and always freshly prepared. Vietnamese crepe, Kalbi short rib and steamed pork buns. One of my regular restaurants when visiting Maui and I haven’t found another crepe like this, which brings me back to Maui. Time after time, I’ve passed Frida’s Mexican Beach...
Mac Nuts and Ice Cream on the Big Island, Hawaii

Mac Nuts and Ice Cream on the Big Island, Hawaii

Back in the 70’s, Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co. owner Richard decided Hawaiian Macadamia nuts needed to continue to grow on the island and limit the importation of nuts. His business, Hamakua Mac Nut Farm, processes and sells 100% Hawaiian nuts. The visitor center is full of flavored nuts, popcorn, chocolate and coffee-all nutty and packaged...
The Sweet Side of Hilo, Hawaii

The Sweet Side of Hilo, Hawaii

Guava, mango and lilikoi flavors are some of the traditional Hawaiian flavors used by a classically French trained chef in Hilo, Hawaii.  Baking with butter and squeezing fresh fruit juices are the heartbeat of the kitchen. Buttery butterscotch Hilo bar Chef and owner Maria Short of Short N Sweet Bakery and Café in Hilo on...
Burger Week was good and juicy

Burger Week was good and juicy

San Diego’s annual burger week was a big temptation of burgers and fries.  With many restaurants participating, I narrowed it down to three independent burger joints. First on the list was Cali “O” Burgers in Hillcrest. I looked over the menu and realized La Jolla and Fallbrook are both lovely places, but wait, they’re a...
Iwo Jima Commemorative Event, Camp Pendleton, Ca

Iwo Jima Commemorative Event, Camp Pendleton, Ca

In February 2017, we were privileged to attend the commemorative banquet for the 72nd Anniversary of the Marine’s Landing on Iwo Jima at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Ca.  Our friend, Bill Behana, Master Sgt, USMC Ret, was 19 years old when he landed with the 5th Division. Bill has kept the tribute going for those who lost...
Hong Kong is Fascinating

Hong Kong is Fascinating

Our cruise ended in Hong Kong and the majestic harbor was our lovely view during our stay. We stayed in the Kowloon district because it offered old sightings of Hong Kong with tailor shops promising to make a new suit in two days and watch stores selling Rolex’s duty free. After unpacking, it was time to search...
Vietnam-the past and future

Vietnam-the past and future

Cruising into Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, the limestone formations are quite a sight to behold. They are majestic looking and one of those wonders of the world, like Stonehenge.  Our Capt made sure we had exceptional views by going slow while approaching the many formations for optimal picture taking opportunities. Many passengers chose the excursion to explore the...