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Chefs turn up the heat to assist future chefs

Chefs turn up the heat to assist future chefs

San Diego has become a food city with well known chefs who spread the love.  Not only do they run restaurants and have packed schedules, they reach out to the community to help others.  They remember their early days in the culinary world and strive to assist culinary students reach their goals. Attending the annual...
Aloha Spirit in Pacific Beach

Aloha Spirit in Pacific Beach

Sweet aloha spirit with owner Leilani in her Leilani’s Cafe on Cass St, Pacific Beach.  Leilani’s food is made just like her Hilo family cooked in her old Hawaii days.     Not only is the restaurant turning out meals, Leilani’s Attic next door sells hula gear and all things Hawaiian to take home, like...
Julian and Apple Pie

Julian and Apple Pie

We took a drive to the back country and explored where we camped as kids at Oakzanita camp ground in Descanso. Now it’s a Thousand Trails property with cabins and RV sites but the pool is still the same. Oh the hours of fun we had in the pool! A group of families from the...
San Diego Magazine 65 years of rolling off the press

San Diego Magazine 65 years of rolling off the press

San Diego Magazine is the longest running independent city magazine in the USA. Publishing since 1948, and this picture of Del Mar was posted in the lobby to celebrate their 65th anniversary. If you want to explore the old days, come to the office and flip through volumes of issues for a trip down San...
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...