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Dining at the James Beard House, New York City-A Culinary Travelers Dream

Dining at the James Beard House, New York City-A Culinary Travelers Dream

When you are a guest in someone’s home, you try to be respectful. When you’re in the distinguished James Beard’s House, you are very respectful. It was nearly 7 p.m. and we were led into a plain brownstone with a simple plaque at the entrance stating it was the James Beard House. James Beard was...
Celebrate Bastille Day with Macarons at Savannah's Café M French Cafe

Celebrate Bastille Day with Macarons at Savannah’s Café M French Cafe

Aromas of warm butter and standing tall baguettes greeted me as I entered the river front French bistro Café M in Savannah.  In this southern town known for its hospitality and low country cooking, the café combines the charming qualities of the South in a French manner. Located over a foot bridge and with an...
Gooey Butter Cake is the Sweet Signature of St. Louis

Gooey Butter Cake is the Sweet Signature of St. Louis

Baseball, beer and the 600 ft arch are a few of the famous things St. Louis is known for.  And barbeque ribs, too.  But how about Gooey Butter Cake?  Yes, it’s a St. Louis tradition with deep roots in this midwestern town. Legend has it, around the year 1930, a German baker added too much...
A Fun and Free Family Garden Nursery in San Diego

A Fun and Free Family Garden Nursery in San Diego

Searching for free things to do with the kids in San Diego?  Nature and sunshine is located less than 10 miles from San Diego International Airport at City Farmers Nursery and this fun adventure is free. The garden nursery has been on this rustic property for over 45 years and started from the ground up...
Cross Border Xpress-Easy Access to the Tijuana Airport

Cross Border Xpress-Easy Access to the Tijuana Airport

Tijuana has been known for less expensive flights to vacation spots in Mexico, but rather a hassle to get to the airport.  Times have changed and now an efficient way to arrive to the airport is here. The Cross Border Xpress is a modern and easy way for boarding flights out of Tijuana without stepping...
A French Chef On A Quest To Save Endangered Elephants

A French Chef On A Quest To Save Endangered Elephants

Pascal Olhats, a classically trained French chef and originally from the Normandy area, worked his way up through renowned restaurants across Europe, including legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse, where no duty was too small or hard for him.  After years of experience in the many and varied aspects of the restaurant world, he relocated in...
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...