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Key Lime Pie is Famous in Florida

Key Lime Pie is Famous in Florida

Welcome to Florida where key lime pie is a must!  Sweet and tart with a graham cracker crust is what you’ll find all over the state. I swung by Donut Hole Café in Destin, Florida which offers more than donut holes. It was a Sunday morning and people were lined up for breakfast. I found...
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...
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...
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...