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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Beverly Hills' Lawry's Prime Rib: The Taste Is in the Silver Cart

Beverly Hills’ Lawry’s Prime Rib: The Taste Is in the Silver Cart

My dining extravaganza began with a spinning salad as dressing was poured from high above and the bowl spun in a mesmeric rotation. I tried to finish my salad until being distracted by the silver cart brought tableside and loaded with slow roasted prime rib roasts. Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, California, opened...

‘Mixed Plate’, Hawaii-Style

“Mixed plate dining” is a term often used in Hawaii, and the meaning is interesting and has history. Going back to the 1800’s, sugar was the top crop on the island of Maui. Whaling days were gone and immigrant workers arrived to work the plantation fields. Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Filipinos cooked their native foods and shared...

California’s Nelson’s Restaurant: Homage to ‘Sea Hunt’ TV Series

  Mike Nelson, the hero from the old Sea Hunt TV series (1958-61), starring Lloyd Bridges, has a restaurant fittingly named in his honor. In the show, Nelson was a former US Navy frogman called to assist with dangerous underwater situations needing his skilled assistance. Many times he had to fight off aggressors doing dastardly...