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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

Big Island Poke Contest Preserves Hawaiian Culture

Big Island Poke Contest Preserves Hawaiian Culture

Poke, Hawaiians will tell you, is pronounced Po-kay, ending with an “e” and not pronounced as if its spelled poki.  With that in mind, I was ready for the annual poke competition in Waikoloa, Big Island, and an event of the Hawai’i Island Festival.  First I had to make my way past a royal guardsman...
The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar-tiki everlasting

The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar-tiki everlasting

Almost cult like, there is a serious following with no pretense and images of little grass skirts. Welcome to tiki bars, and this one hasn’t lost momentum in seventy years. Located in the famous and internationally known Fairmont hotel high on Nob Hill, San Francisco, the Hurricane Bar and Tonga Room are wildly popular. A...
South Point on the Big Island

South Point on the Big Island

If you want to get into a lively discussion with a fellow traveler, ask where the southernmost part of the USA is located.  Many areas claim this special recognition, but at 19 degrees latitude, South Point beach on the Big Island takes the pineapple.  Known as Ka Lae, it’s a National Historic Landmark District commerates...
San Diego's Soul Food Finds the Right Climate

San Diego’s Soul Food Finds the Right Climate

(Pictured Bradrick Cooper, Coop’s West Texas BBQ) San Diego is known for beautiful beaches and year round pleasant weather, plus, yes, soul food. Soul food in this predominantly Mexican food environment is here.  There was a time when many soul food and barbeque restaurants lined the streets of southeast San Diego. Today, most of those...
Summer Music in Swing at Cape Rey in Carlsbad, California

Summer Music in Swing at Cape Rey in Carlsbad, California

Surely this is paradise, listening to a cool band while the sun sets over the pristine Carlsbad beach with cocktail in hand. Cape Rey Resort’s summer concert series is in full swing and the last Thursday of each month good vibes are belted out around the pool.  The upbeat essence of my staycation was just...
Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

Hawaii the state of scenic sunsets, gorgeous beaches, and chocolate?  Yes, the “food of the Gods” is grown on the Big Island near the fertile lands where coffee and avocados abundantly grow. A bit south of Kona, in a lush tropical setting with sweeping views of the ocean, sits the gardens of the Original Hawaiian...
San Diego's Craft Spirits

San Diego’s Craft Spirits

Step aside craft beers; there are some new spirits in town. Rum, vodka, gin and moonshine have all become an integral part of the San Diego scene as local distilleries brew up small batches for the cosmopolitan crowd. To introduce diners to these indie craft brands, Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station recently planned a “Spirits...