North America
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...
Salted caramel and chocolate, love to the palate

Salted caramel and chocolate, love to the palate

Buttery and caramel tasting to the right degree. Le Caramel Company makes thousands of batches of caramels, caramel sauce and chocolate sauce using beautiful copper pots in El Cajon. Husband and wife Christen and Vincent originally from Europe, studied caramel making from France’s leading candy maker, Mr. Palix.  Their top seller, the salted caramel cream...
Mediterraneo Bistro in Alpine where momma makes the sauces

Mediterraneo Bistro in Alpine where momma makes the sauces

It’s true, a quality Southern Italian restaurant in Alpine! Mediterraneo has been in the Alpine Creek Shopping Center for over 20 years and the new owners, Vincenzo and AnnaMaria Croce, have livened it up with authentic Sicilian cooking.  AnnaMaria’s mother has been cooking in Italian restaurants for 50 years and she comes in the morning...
Swiss trained baker in Santee making special cakes

Swiss trained baker in Santee making special cakes

When a pastry chef tells me he graduated from culinary school in Switzerland, I stand at attention.  Chef Carl Zeitsen and his wife Melina (also a baker) own Eccentric International Chefs Bakery in Santee and make exquisite wedding cakes and cakes for all occasions. Chef Zeitsen’s resume includes making desserts at resorts in Monte Carlo,...
Pasta and cakes in Point Loma

Pasta and cakes in Point Loma

Vince Giacalone, began his first restaurant in 1965 and then bought a little lot on Voltaire Street in 1973, and today the Venetian Pt Loma still serves superb Italian food. The restaurant has expanded over the years by buying the next door dry cleaners and liquor store, plus tastefully modernizing the interior.  Vince retired in...
The Mission Inn in Riverside, layered with unusual architecture

The Mission Inn in Riverside, layered with unusual architecture

Now I know how the orange industry started in Southern California and its relevance to The Mission Inn. In the late 1880’s a group of people started their own colony in Riverside and found success growing orange trees from two grafts which were provided by the US Dept of Agriculture. The area grew like gangbusters...
Cali Comfort, bloody Mary with candied bacon...and wings

Cali Comfort, bloody Mary with candied bacon…and wings

Where do you take a 16 year old grand nephew for wings? Cali Comfort for Low ‘n Slow bbq in Spring Valley, of course!  Brad exclaimed these were the best wings ever, while he dipped into all the different sauces and gobbled each wing. Being an adult, I opted for a pulled pork sandwich and...