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Solvang, Calif- A Place to Relax in the Central Coast

Solvang, Calif- A Place to Relax in the Central Coast

Solvang, two hours north of Los Angeles in the central coast, is known as “California’s Denmark” since 1911, yet modern changes are churning like a windmill. Like a page from a Hans Christian Andersen story book, thatched roof buildings and flower-bordered sidewalks line the streets to the shops and restaurants. A newer and modern direction...
King's Hawaiian Bread and Bakery-Los Angeles

King’s Hawaiian Bread and Bakery-Los Angeles

King’s Hawaiian bread is easily recognized with its orange lettering and sweet rolls sold by the dozen, and its humble beginnings started in a small bakery. The family has been a big part of the business’ success from day one and continues to this day. Let’s go back to the 1950’s when Robert Taira opened...
Quick Getaway Into a Different World at The Mission Inn Hotel

Quick Getaway Into a Different World at The Mission Inn Hotel

A bust of Booker T. Washington is prominent in the welcoming entrance of The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa located in the historic city of Riverside, Calif. California’s booming orange crops brought tourists from the East Coast and Europe where sunshine and orange blossoms made Riverside a popular destination. Only 60 miles east of Los...
Clucking about Fried Chicken in Hawaii

Clucking about Fried Chicken in Hawaii

Hawaii makes one think of pineapples and poi, but who would have thought a gas station makes delicious and crispy fried chicken in paradise. Minit Stop food counters are located inside Ohana gas stations throughout the Big Island and Maui. And they are nothing like the convenience stores I know with hot dogs rotating around...
In Carlsbad, California - Oh, Christmas Tree!

In Carlsbad, California – Oh, Christmas Tree!

Just wait until Santa’s elves show off the magnificent nine-foot tall decorated tree at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, just a half hour up the coast from San Diego. The human elves are busily stacking, piping and contouring gingerbread, chocolate, and sugar icicles to make the fantasy tree. These three helpers are no ordinary...
Baking Saved His Life – and Later Brought Him Love

Baking Saved His Life – and Later Brought Him Love

I could hardly get past the first bite in the slice of handmade apple strudel. The flaky dough was layered with sadness and yet hope. Ernie’s International Pastry Shop, located in Incline Village of North Lake Tahoe, Nevada, was hidden behind the outdoor restaurants in the mountain chateau center which spanned two parking lots. On...
Importance of Mentoring, Passing on Valuable Lessons

Importance of Mentoring, Passing on Valuable Lessons

This is an article written by a friend of mine; retired Sergeant, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and, Food/Travel Writer, M’liss Hinshaw. It is a great example of mentoring, featuring 2 San Diego Chefs. Do we mentor in correctional food service? You bet your sweet petunia we do! One of the great benefits of belonging...
Big Island Local Food Favourites-Kailua-Kona Hawaii

Big Island Local Food Favourites-Kailua-Kona Hawaii

I’ll admit I like staying in 5-star resorts in Hawaii but when it comes to eating food, I want the local and family owned places. While visiting the west coast of the Big Island and around Kailua-Kona, don’t miss these authentic Hawaiian eateries and soak in the local flavor. Drive 20 miles south from Kona...
Beyond Takeout Chinese Food in M.Y. China Restaurant

Beyond Takeout Chinese Food in M.Y. China Restaurant

Celebrity Chef Martin Yan brings beautiful Chinese culture to his restaurant I don’t know what caught my eye more, the open kitchen with chefs chopping and frying or the small ivory snuff bottles on display. The chef who introduced the US to Chinese cooking in the early 1980’s with his TV show Yan Can Cook...
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...
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...
The Sweet Side of Hilo, Hawaii

The Sweet Side of Hilo, Hawaii

Guava, mango and lilikoi flavors are some of the traditional Hawaiian flavors used by a classically French trained chef in Hilo, Hawaii.  Baking with butter and squeezing fresh fruit juices are the heartbeat of the kitchen. Buttery butterscotch Hilo bar Chef and owner Maria Short of Short N Sweet Bakery and Café in Hilo on...