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A few of my favorite holiday treats

A few of my favorite holiday treats

Where to find a Christmas yule log in San Diego? Arely French Bakery and Cafe in Clairemont Square. Usually referred to as Buche de Noel without much decoration (except for merguine mushrooms), Arely’s decorates according to customers requests. And the fillings can be mocha, raspberry chocolate, tiramisu, chocolate mousse or hazlenut. Kevin has worked in his...
Minneapolis Icons Not To Be Missed

Minneapolis Icons Not To Be Missed

Sausages! Kramarczuk’s has all the Eastern European favorites in NE Minneapolis. Since 1954, the Ukrainian family has been serving cabbage rolls, sauerkraut, German potato salad and borscht. So many old time foods, sausages, bakery and deli items and I loaded up my luggage to bring home as much as I could.  I was really excited...
Cookies and a Bakery You Can't Miss

Cookies and a Bakery You Can’t Miss

Did someone say it’s National Cookie Day? Here it is, the best cookie in America according to Time Out publication. In 2016 Tina Rexing’s sea salt caramel chocolate chip won best cookie and she even makes them in 5lb shapes for weddings. She showed me her old oven which made small batches and now she...
Exploring bakeries and lakes in Minneapolis

Exploring bakeries and lakes in Minneapolis

Dan Swenson-Klatt owns Butter Bakery and showed us his 2 best sellers, an eclair and a biscuit. His locally sourced bakery uses all butter and the proof is in the goods! The Biscuits were recognized as Minnesota’s special biscuit on the Travel Channel, a proud claim to fame. He told me they are made with...
Juicy Lucy burger made Minneapolis famous

Juicy Lucy burger made Minneapolis famous

A native Minnesotan told me I had to eat a “Jucy Lucy” and Matt’s Bar and Grill was recommended. Just what is a Juicy Lucy and why is it famous?  Places in Minneapolis began making the burger by stuffing a hamburger patty with cheese in the center and hand sealing the patty. Matt’s is one...
Global Market in Minneapolis offers International flair and apples

Global Market in Minneapolis offers International flair and apples

This old Sears and Roebuck’s building has rebounded for the community and became Midtown Global Market on E. Lake St. Inside are markets and restaurants such as Moroccan Flavors. Owner Raja stirred her aromatic hot dishes and then poured me a cup of mint tea which was unlike any mint tea I’ve had. Then I...
Ingebretsen's in Minneapolis is a Scandinavian treasure

Ingebretsen’s in Minneapolis is a Scandinavian treasure

Since I was headed to Minneapolis, my friend who grew up there, gave me a list of places to visit and of course, eat. Ingebretsen’s is all things Scandinavian since 1921.  I arrived on a Saturday morning and people were lined up at the meat counter.  They bought big amounts of Swedish meatball mix and...
Santa Rosa and learning about wine

Santa Rosa and learning about wine

Recently, I visited Santa Rosa at the annual wine blogger’s conference for my first wine conference.  I don’t know much about wines, so I’m learning how to spell and correctly pronounce Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. I hope to describe wines as fruity, dry, buttery and robust. The days were full of learning and tasting many...
Matt's Big Breakfast in Phoenix Airport worth the trip

Matt’s Big Breakfast in Phoenix Airport worth the trip

When airline employees and airport police recommend a restaurant, it must be good. Matt’s Big Breakfast in Phoenix airport was just as delicious as it was described.   I had a two hour layover and quickly found Matt’s.  The line was long but with people in a hurry to catch a plane, it didn’t take...
Girard Gourmet's Fashionable Cookies

Girard Gourmet’s Fashionable Cookies

Thanksgiving is here! #AD Girard Gourmet Bakery and Deli on Girard Ave, La Jolla, decorates cookies according to the seasons and these fall cookies have been gobbling in the case. Chef/Owner Francois Goedhuys was born in Belgium and learned his pastry skills throughout Europe. He and his wife Diana, opened their specialty bistro over 25...
Sinning and chicken fried steak

Sinning and chicken fried steak

When I heard about cinnamon roll pancakes at The Trails Eatery, I had to go. But these are named Sin-a-mon Roll pancakes for a reason! Cinnamon throughout and cream cheese frosting.  After a bite, I decided it may be even better than a traditional cinnamon roll. The other standout rumored about, is the Chicken Fried...
Old Time BBQ for 70 Years Packs Them In

Old Time BBQ for 70 Years Packs Them In

  Just how many years have we been coming to The Barbecue Pit on Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon? Countless! The Browning Family keeps the restaurant smokin’ with oak wood and old time employees, like Doug who has been slicing meat for 38 years. The Barbecue Pit is old school where you walk up and place...