Europe
Germany's Brandy and Pancakes

Germany’s Brandy and Pancakes

Rudesheim, Germany is home to wines and smooth Asbach brandy. The making of Rudesheimer Coffee is to heat the brandy by using a flame, pour in coffee and top with lots of pure whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Kamila skillfully made the drinks which gave me a good night’s sleep!                ...
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 the hillside are still cultivated...
Forget the fondue, it's the meat in Zurich

Forget the fondue, it’s the meat in Zurich

It was time for a change, bring back traditional Swiss food from the land to the plate. Hung’ER Butchers Shop and Restaurant in the Park Hyatt Zurich is more than locally sourced. Chef de Cuisine Frank Widmer has been working exclusively with a butcher in the village Jona who makes sausages, dry ages meat and...
River of Food, Wine and Chocolate

River of Food, Wine and Chocolate

Vibrant tulips, buttery coffee cakes and local wines were just the beginning as I was welcomed on board my river cruise. 7 days ahead and I was ready to partake of as much as possible, and why not? It was vacation and more highlights were about to unfold. Usually boarding a ship begins in the...
Fish and chips plus ice cream

Fish and chips plus ice cream

East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, below the castle is the park where people take leisurely lunches while eating crispy fish and chips from Scott’s little walk up cottage booth and enjoy the sunshine on the grass. Graham and Angela serve ice cream with my favorite Cadbury chocolate flakes from their family business, Mitchell’s ice cream. I love...
Petticoat shortbread and oatcakes

Petticoat shortbread and oatcakes

Crossing the Forth Road Bridge over the Firth of Forth and arriving into Fife, is an 18th century mansion where Jenny Thomson lives with her family and holds cooking classes. Jenny ran her own restaurant for 15 years using fresh and seasonal ingredients and after selling her restaurant, began teaching classes in her home. Jenny...
Feeling royal in the surroundings

Feeling royal in the surroundings

Prestonfield House Edinburgh, has changed from being a monastery hundreds of years ago to a 5 star hotel where Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Sean Connery and Elton John have dined. It’s a house full of old character and quite proper surroundings. Each night is the very entertaining Taste of Scotland Scottish Show with a fabulous dinner...
Hamburger rather than haggis

Hamburger rather than haggis

The Purple Turtle,Invergordon, serves a very filling burger made with fine Scottish Dornoch beef with homemade fries and onion rings. Michael cooked my  burger lunch for me which sounded more appealing than Cockburn’s haggis, homemade mash and buttery neeps! Free wi-fi too. #thepurpleturtle
Stonehenge of Scotland

Stonehenge of Scotland

Isle of Lewis, Scotland, where the Callanish standing stones have been erect for 4,500 years. There are many unconfirmed theories about the origin of the stones and it’s surmised the circular shape mark the lunar stages. One stone may even have a face on it. It’s cold and windy on this moor and it’s the...
Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye, Scotland, where the MacLeod Clan ruled for 800 years and has been memorialized with a Scotch whisky in their mighty name. Their Dunvegan Castle and Gardens had moats and bridges and brings to mind knights in shining armor. Remains of the MacLeod cemetery are evident while traveling north through Loch Bracadale, Glen...
Under my wing in Glasgow

Under my wing in Glasgow

We docked in Greenock, Scotland and I took the train to Glasgow to meet special friend Sheila O’Connor. Sheila used to live in Calif and took me under her wing as a new travel writer and then moved back home to Glasgow. We got caught up over breakfast at The Counting House, an old bank....
Belfast and St George's Market

Belfast and St George’s Market

Belfast, Ireland, home of the Titanic Museum with artifacts and complete stories and treasures about the epic sailing. St. George’s Market is full of Irish goodies and  happy people. Sam and Bernie McAtamney have been married nearly 50 years and she told me a typical Irishman is never trained! Adrian, Hugh, Paul and Linda sell their specialties...