North America
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...
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...