North America
Burger Week was good and juicy

Burger Week was good and juicy

San Diego’s annual burger week was a big temptation of burgers and fries.  With many restaurants participating, I narrowed it down to three independent burger joints. First on the list was Cali “O” Burgers in Hillcrest. I looked over the menu and realized La Jolla and Fallbrook are both lovely places, but wait, they’re a...
Iwo Jima Commemorative Event, Camp Pendleton, Ca

Iwo Jima Commemorative Event, Camp Pendleton, Ca

In February 2017, we were privileged to attend the commemorative banquet for the 72nd Anniversary of the Marine’s Landing on Iwo Jima at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Ca.  Our friend, Bill Behana, Master Sgt, USMC Ret, was 19 years old when he landed with the 5th Division. Bill has kept the tribute going for those who lost...
Fosters Freeze-an Allied Garden's Landmark

Fosters Freeze-an Allied Garden’s Landmark

Fosters Freeze is celebrating their 70th anniversary and in my old neighborhood, Fosters has been on Waring Rd in Allied Gardens nearly 50 years. Many memories of friends and I walking to Fosters for hamburgers, fries and shakes as a fun place to hang out.  Good old fashioned and satisfying American food. The hot fudge...
Santa Barbara-a destination calling for a visit

Santa Barbara-a destination calling for a visit

Beaches, wine, contemporary food and modern hotels only begin to describe Santa Barbara, California.  Known in the past for being a surfing city with palatial homes overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the “American Riviera” is inviting to vacationers.    Usually I drive right by this town on Hwy 101 which is 2 hours North of Los...
S'mores as the sun sets on Coronado's beach

S’mores as the sun sets on Coronado’s beach

The perfect ending to a beautiful time in Coronado, S’mores on the beach at sunset. Hotel del Coronado hand makes colorful marshmallows in different flavors and adds gingersnaps to the basket of graham crackers.  Lots of chocolate to choose from to melt on top of the marshmallows.  Can life get any better in Southern California!  ...
Dining on Coronado Island

Dining on Coronado Island

Times have changed on the island.  Coronado, used to be known as a place Navy Admirals retired to and visitors put their toes in the water at one of the best beaches in the USA.  A slow pace of life and a beautiful shoreline, the town was predictable.  Now there is change in the air...
Barbacoa and cactus in City Heights, San Diego

Barbacoa and cactus in City Heights, San Diego

Rosario and her daughter Rodnia realized San Diego needed their Mexican style of cooking and opened El Borrego in North Park 12 years ago.  The restaurant is known for Guerrero style Barbacoa which is marinated lamb and so popular, 1,000 lbs are consumed a month. Of course, handmade tortillas, beans and rice complement the dish....
The Sonoran hot dog makes Tucson famous

The Sonoran hot dog makes Tucson famous

Around Tucson there is a certain hot dog everyone knows about. Like the secret handshake, I got the scoop about the “famous” Sonoran hot dog.  Hands down from all my reliable sources, I was told to only eat them at the original location of El Guero Canelo on S. 12th St, Tucson.  When Chris heard...
A & W Root Beer Floats on Rt. 66

A & W Root Beer Floats on Rt. 66

Old time A&W root beer brings back memories of the best root beer ice cream floats!  Rt 66, Holbrook, Arizona has an original A&W menu and speaker box inside Farr Service and A&W walk up window restaurant.  First, we got gas from very old style gas pumps and you don’t pay until after pumping.  Once...
Carry on Chris Kimball!

Carry on Chris Kimball!

The live show with Christopher Kimball is about to start. We’ve been following him from his former enterprises America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Illustrated. He recently started Milk Street Kitchen and the man famous for cooking and wearing a bow tie will be speaking soon. I dared my Chris to ask him a cooking question!...
Glad I made a U Turn for Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille

Glad I made a U Turn for Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille

I asked people in the know where to dine near Mesa, Az and responses were mixed. While driving down Country Club Dr I spotted the Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille and told Chris to turn around, I found the place to eat. What a find it was. They get hatch and red chiles from New...
It's time for Southwest Mexican food

It’s time for Southwest Mexican food

I needed to eat some authentic Mexican and Southwestern foods and began driving toward Arizona and New Mexico. First stop was in Yuma with pots of simmering Chile Verde and Chile Colorado on the stove. Francisco Duron owner of Duron’s El Zarape Grill is proud he makes it all from scratch by grilling chiles and...