North America
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...
Clint Eastwood and the Sardine Factory

Clint Eastwood and the Sardine Factory

It’s not only a quaint 48 year old restaurant near Cannery Row, Monterey, the Sardine Factory has history we can relate to. In 1971, young actor Clint Eastwood directed his first film, Play Misty for Me in the restaurant’s bar and that’s the fateful night Clint acting as a DJ met Evelyn, the stalker. Who...
Maine lobster in west coast beauty

Maine lobster in west coast beauty

On the suggestion of a traveling food adventurer we just had to try Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. Of course, a friday has the lunch crowd, so we sat at the bar. After a thrist quenching bloody mary, the order was in for the 2 items not to miss, New England clam chowder and...
Bree'osh Cafe, the French flair in Santa Barbara

Bree’osh Cafe, the French flair in Santa Barbara

Driving on scenic Hwy 101 to the bay area and I began to smell butter and lo and behold turned into Bree’osh Cafe Montecito, Santa Barbara. French couple Pierre and Nelly opened their cafe 9 months ago to rave reviews for the varieties of brioche and sandwiches. I bought an almond creme pastry and Nelly,...
Village Kitchen and Pie Shoppe, Carlsbad

Village Kitchen and Pie Shoppe, Carlsbad

Do you want white, wheat, rye, sourdough toast or cinnamon roll?  Yes, a cinnamon roll made in house at Village Kitchen and Pie Shoppe on Tamarack Ave, Carlsbad.  The potato pancake is festive green because the parsley, garlic and onions are pureed and added to the potatoes. Add scrambled eggs, a biscuit and gravy and...
Flipping pancakes and serving huge omelettes

Flipping pancakes and serving huge omelettes

It is still as good as years ago!  Family House of Pancakes, a legendary restaurant in Chula Vista since 1964, makes no bones about serving huge platters of food. My first experience with hash browns spilling over the plate was too many years ago to count and after a recent visit, it hasn’t changed one...
50 loyal years of donuts and ice cream in Vista, Ca

50 loyal years of donuts and ice cream in Vista, Ca

Ice cream and donuts, perfect for a hot day in Vista. Peppertree Corner, 50 years’ worth of family goodness reaching out to the community and making people smile.  Danny’s Donuts, rises to the top with the all-time favorites of apple Betty and glazed blueberry donuts. Allie and Cesar bought the shop two years ago after the...