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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...
Long Live The Beach Boys Music

Long Live The Beach Boys Music

“My little surfer girl” it’s 1963 and The Beach Boys produced the wildly popular Surfer Girl song. This historical landmark is where Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson lived in Hawthorne, Ca near the SoCal beach communities and made surfing music iconic.   The monument portrays the cover of their famous Surfer Girl album. The family...
Go Bananas in the Banana Museum

Go Bananas in the Banana Museum

I went bananas at the International Banana Museum near the Salton Sea and Coachella Valley!  Who knew there was a museum devoted to bananas?  And I couldn’t wait to visit since I love the yellow skinned fruit. Fred Garbutt is the man behind all things bananas and his wife Kym enjoys telling the story how...
Tasting Newport Beach, California's Pacific Wine and Food Classic

Tasting Newport Beach, California’s Pacific Wine and Food Classic

Light and airy with a heavenly taste that stole my heart at the Pacific Wine and Food Classic in Newport Beach this past August 19. Oh yes, there was plenty of wine and food, but these beauties put the event in a new dimension. Walking over the bridge to the Newport Dunes Resort with calm...
I scream for San Francisco Bi-Rite Ice Cream

I scream for San Francisco Bi-Rite Ice Cream

It’s all that creamy goodness and more at Bi-Rite Creamery near Mission Delores in San Francisco.  Bi-Rite Market opened in 1940 and in 2006, pastry chefs Anne and Kris started the ice cream shop right across the street. They bake decadent treats and add them to their organic ice creams, making for dazzling choices.  ...
Salami and Desserts Bring Me to North Beach, San Francisco

Salami and Desserts Bring Me to North Beach, San Francisco

Each trip to San Francisco, I find my way to the Italian section of San Francisco known as North Beach.  The steep streets and narrow buildings have a real feel of the early days in this section of the city where Italians settled and opened restaurants. Molinari Deli is a century old salami making company...
Tadich Grill-San Francisco's old school dining

Tadich Grill-San Francisco’s old school dining

Tadich Grill on California St in “the city” is an institution for “old school” and classic San Francisco dining. Claiming to be California’s oldest restaurant since 1849, it was founded by Croatians and is owned by third generation family members.  The restaurant is long and narrow with a dark wood, hanging milk glass lighting, old...
Trains save the hassle of driving and offer many options

Trains save the hassle of driving and offer many options

Oasis Adult Learning offers intriguing classes such as exploring destinations by train. Former Amtrak employee Dennis Sullivan gave tips for using Amtrak trains, the Coaster, Sprinter, Metrolink, light rail and how they connect for travel. Mr. Sullivan rattled off train numbers and time schedules to LA, Seattle and Chicago. So many possibilities! I could tell...