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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...
3 of San Diego's Genuine Mexican Restaurants

3 of San Diego’s Genuine Mexican Restaurants

Tequila and Mole, it’s very real at Cantina Mayahuel in Normal Heights, San Diego. With mole served only on Tuesdays and Fridays, this restaurant has been on my radar. This is not a typical San Diego Mexican restaurant, if you know what I mean. Lots of rustic wood, a huge tequila bar and no hanging...
Awash Ethiopian Restaurant, San Diego's Favorite

Awash Ethiopian Restaurant, San Diego’s Favorite

No utensils are needed at Awash Ethiopian Restaurant because Injera bread is used to scoop the food to eat.  This round sourdough bread is made with mostly teff grains and other ancient flours. The dough ferments for 2 days and once cooked is spongy and light. Awash is a main river in Ethiopia which flows...
A Taco and a Cupcake Food Truck in Austin

A Taco and a Cupcake Food Truck in Austin

What is this Veracruz All Natural trailer in a gravel lot?  I walked behind the chain link fence and noticed people waiting for some time and I began talking with Austin native Wes.  He had ridden his bike to pick up the famous Migas taco and gave me the scoop about Verzacruz.  The owners are...
A taste of barbecue in Austin

A taste of barbecue in Austin

Finally, we made it to BBQ heaven in Austin! With so many choices, we came to Terry Black’s Barbecue and I met co-owner Mark Black.  Mark and his twin brother were raised in Texas and bbq is in their genes. I learned moist brisket is juicer than lean cut and all the meats have a...
Mexican treats and German food in San Antonio

Mexican treats and German food in San Antonio

I never had a Pan Dulce as buttery and sweet as those baked at La Panaderia. I watched through the open kitchen as the staff used eggs and butter and then carefully folded, shaped and rolled the dough to go into the sleek oven for baking. The pan dulce conchas are ever popular and have...
A bit of history and hats off to San Antonio

A bit of history and hats off to San Antonio

Next to the Alamo is a fabulous Victorian hotel, The Menger. You could spend hours looking at the antique furniture, pictures of by gone eras and Carrie Nation’s hatchet. It was in the bar where Teddy Roosevelt gathered his Rough Riders. Talk about a living history to transport you back in time! I found it...
Exploring Old Texas in San Antonio

Exploring Old Texas in San Antonio

We knew it was time to check out Texas and started with San Antonio, rich in history and deep roots with Tex-Mex food. The River Walk is a famous city park and our hotel overlooked the colorful restaurants sitting along each side of the river. Known as a big tourist attraction in San Antonio, boats...
Solvang, Calif- A Place to Relax in the Central Coast

Solvang, Calif- A Place to Relax in the Central Coast

Solvang, two hours north of Los Angeles in the central coast, is known as “California’s Denmark” since 1911, yet modern changes are churning like a windmill. Like a page from a Hans Christian Andersen story book, thatched roof buildings and flower-bordered sidewalks line the streets to the shops and restaurants. A newer and modern direction...
King's Hawaiian Bread and Bakery-Los Angeles

King’s Hawaiian Bread and Bakery-Los Angeles

King’s Hawaiian bread is easily recognized with its orange lettering and sweet rolls sold by the dozen, and its humble beginnings started in a small bakery. The family has been a big part of the business’ success from day one and continues to this day. Let’s go back to the 1950’s when Robert Taira opened...