Learning Vietnamese Cooking

Learning Vietnamese Cooking

Hoi An, Vietnam, has become a culinary destination.  Just outside of Danang, restaurants and local markets provide plenty of Vietnamese food, fish and dining choices. We walked over the bridge and on cobblestoned streets until our group reached  Ms Vy’s Restaurant and Cooking School. It is a two story building with a beautiful restaurant...
Michelin rated Summer Pavilion Fine Dining

Michelin rated Summer Pavilion Fine Dining

Our goal on this Asia trip was to eat street food and experience highly rated restaurants.  Singapore, where our cruise began, held a special dining experience and worthy of its praise.  Summer Pavilion, a Michelin rated restaurant, is located in the luxury Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel. Steaming Lychee Oolong elegantly served from a beautiful...
Let them eat cake in Alsace, France

Let them eat cake in Alsace, France

Crossing the Rhine River, which along the way divides the countries of Germany and France, is the popular wine growing area of Alsace, France.  Well known white wines such as Rieslings and Gewurztraminer are produced in this area because of the conducive climate and soil.  And, some of the vineyards on...
S'mores as the sun sets on Coronado's beach

S’mores as the sun sets on Coronado’s beach

The perfect ending to a beautiful time in Coronado, S’mores on the beach at sunset. Hotel del Coronado hand makes colorful marshmallows in different flavors and adds gingersnaps to the basket of graham crackers.  Lots of chocolate to choose from to melt on top of the marshmallows.  Can life get any...
Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

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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

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New Mexico Green Chile Au Gratin

New Mexico Green Chile Au Gratin

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Barbacoa and cactus in City Heights, San Diego

Barbacoa and cactus in City Heights, San Diego

Rosario and her daughter Rodnia realized San Diego needed their Mexican style of cooking and opened El Borrego in North Park 12 years ago.  The restaurant is known for Guerrero style Barbacoa which is marinated lamb and so popular, 1,000 lbs are consumed a month. Of course, handmade tortillas, beans and rice complement the dish....
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Southern California’s Temecula Valley Wineries Come of Age

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The Sonoran hot dog makes Tucson famous

The Sonoran hot dog makes Tucson famous

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San Diego's Natural Sourdough by the Beach

San Diego’s Natural Sourdough by the Beach

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A & W Root Beer Floats on Rt. 66

A & W Root Beer Floats on Rt. 66

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Carry on Chris Kimball!

Carry on Chris Kimball!

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Glad I made a U Turn for Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille

Glad I made a U Turn for Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille

I asked people in the know where to dine near Mesa, Az and responses were mixed. While driving down Country Club Dr I spotted the Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille and told Chris to turn around, I found the place to eat. What a find it was. They get hatch and red chiles from New...
The Mission Inn  Southern California's Exotic Hotel

The Mission Inn Southern California’s Exotic Hotel

It's time for Southwest Mexican food

It’s time for Southwest Mexican food

I needed to eat some authentic Mexican and Southwestern foods and began driving toward Arizona and New Mexico. First stop was in Yuma with pots of simmering Chile Verde and Chile Colorado on the stove. Francisco Duron owner of Duron’s El Zarape Grill is proud he makes it all from scratch by grilling chiles and...