North America
Beautiful Yellowstone Valley and Scumptious Restaurant

Beautiful Yellowstone Valley and Scumptious Restaurant

Yellowstone Valley Lodge is in the valley, 40 miles from the National Park with a tranquil river right outside the beautiful cabins.  Located in Livingston, Montana, the rustic but refined private cabins are a stones throw from the Yellowstone River.  Sitting on the deck outside the room, I took my time to gaze at the...
Chico Hot Springs, a needed watering hole

Chico Hot Springs, a needed watering hole

It’s the middle of June and 45 degrees with rain and snow in Yellowstone.  Rather than attempt the cold and crowded National park, we decided on a day trip to Chico Hot Springs. The hot springs are located in Pray, Montana, in Paradise Valley, about 40 miles north of Yellowstone.  The complex is bigger than...
Here's where my baking flour lives

Here’s where my baking flour lives

While planning a road trip to Yellowstone, we decided to drive through parts of Montana and stop in Bozeman.  And not too far out of the way lies Wheat Montana Farms in Three Forks, MT. I needed to stop here because I’m fond of making bread with Wheat Montana flour and was excited to visit...
Chicago style pizza is a toss up in San Diego

Chicago style pizza is a toss up in San Diego

Is Chicago style pizza really better?  I guess it tastes different if you’re in Chicago, but the adventure to try different pizzas and a sandwich started at Chicago Pizza Company on Prospect Avenue in Santee.  Orders take a long time to prepare because food isn’t premade and no fast food is used.  The sausage and...
Chefs turn up the heat to assist future chefs

Chefs turn up the heat to assist future chefs

San Diego has become a food city with well known chefs who spread the love.  Not only do they run restaurants and have packed schedules, they reach out to the community to help others.  They remember their early days in the culinary world and strive to assist culinary students reach their goals. Attending the annual...
Aloha Spirit in Pacific Beach

Aloha Spirit in Pacific Beach

Sweet aloha spirit with owner Leilani in her Leilani’s Cafe on Cass St, Pacific Beach.  Leilani’s food is made just like her Hilo family cooked in her old Hawaii days.     Not only is the restaurant turning out meals, Leilani’s Attic next door sells hula gear and all things Hawaiian to take home, like...
Julian and Apple Pie

Julian and Apple Pie

We took a drive to the back country and explored where we camped as kids at Oakzanita camp ground in Descanso. Now it’s a Thousand Trails property with cabins and RV sites but the pool is still the same. Oh the hours of fun we had in the pool! A group of families from the...
San Diego Magazine 65 years of rolling off the press

San Diego Magazine 65 years of rolling off the press

San Diego Magazine is the longest running independent city magazine in the USA. Publishing since 1948, and this picture of Del Mar was posted in the lobby to celebrate their 65th anniversary. If you want to explore the old days, come to the office and flip through volumes of issues for a trip down San...
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...