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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...
Traditional and Modern Dining Puts Solvang on the Culinary Map

Traditional and Modern Dining Puts Solvang on the Culinary Map

 A visit to Solvang, known as “Little Denmark”, is like a visit to another world, complete with international edible delights. Aebleskivers, round puffy pancakes made in the Danish like town of Solvang, California, is the food you think of when visiting this town in the Santa Ynez Valley. They are such a treat that those...
Lively Dining on Coronado Island

Lively Dining on Coronado Island

Times have changed on the island.  Coronado, used to be known as a place Navy Admirals retired to and visitors put their toes in the water at one of the best beaches in the USA.  A slow pace of life and a beautiful shoreline, the town was predictable.  Now there is change in the air...
The Mission Inn, Riverside Calif

The Mission Inn, Riverside Calif

I had heard that the magical holiday displays at The Mission Inn were a must see, but I visited in the middle of the summer to get a look at the inn.  Riverside, California, in its heyday, was home to a colony of healthy people who tried mightily to grow crops until they hit on...
Wine River/Rhine River Cruise on AMAWaterways

Wine River/Rhine River Cruise on AMAWaterways

  Rhine river castle and vineyard Passionate about wines, this was just the right river cruise.  And I learned, it’s not about red or white wines and how to pair with food, it’s drinking what you like.  That’s a refreshing concept. I boarded the AMAWaterways ship in Basel, Switzerland on a chilly November afternoon but...