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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...
Dining on Coronado Island

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...
Forget the fondue, it's the meat in Zurich

Forget the fondue, it’s the meat in Zurich

It was time for a change, bring back traditional Swiss food from the land to the plate. Hung’ER Butchers Shop and Restaurant in the Park Hyatt Zurich is more than locally sourced. Chef de Cuisine Frank Widmer has been working exclusively with a butcher in the village Jona who makes sausages, dry ages meat and...
New Mexico Green Chile Au Gratin

New Mexico Green Chile Au Gratin

New Mexico food, a style of dining all its own and my road trip was to satisfy my cravings. Sure, I live in San Diego, a city of tacos, but chiles are king in New Mexico. Just outside of Albuquerque, on the Santa Ana Pueblo Indian lands, sitting against the Sandia mountains is the Hyatt...
Southern California's Temecula Valley Wineries Come of Age

Southern California’s Temecula Valley Wineries Come of Age

Located an hour north of San Diego and a few minutes more than that south of Los Angeles, Temecula Valley wine country just keeps getting better, with mature vineyards and beautiful places to enjoy. On my recent visit, I was impressed by how much the area had grown since my visit 20 years ago. Upscale wineries that...
San Diego's Natural Sourdough by the Beach

San Diego’s Natural Sourdough by the Beach

It’s the simple things in life that bring tasteful pleasures. Sourdough bread made with flour, water and sea salt – that’s it. And baked in a cast iron pot.  Olive Café and Bakery owner, Sarah Mattinson, a New Yorker who loved the whole shebang about deli’s, moved west and was determined to create the same...
The Mission Inn  Southern California's Exotic Hotel

The Mission Inn Southern California’s Exotic Hotel