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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...

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A bit of history and hats off to San Antonio

A bit of history and hats off to San Antonio

Next to the Alamo is a fabulous Victorian hotel, The Menger. You could spend hours looking at the antique furniture, pictures of by gone eras and Carrie Nation’s hatchet. It was in the bar where Teddy Roosevelt gathered his Rough Riders. Talk about a living history to transport you back in time! I found it...
Exploring Old Texas in San Antonio

Exploring Old Texas in San Antonio

We knew it was time to check out Texas and started with San Antonio, rich in history and deep roots with Tex-Mex food. The River Walk is a famous city park and our hotel overlooked the colorful restaurants sitting along each side of the river. Known as a big tourist attraction in San Antonio, boats...
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...
Kesling's Kitchen in Borrego Springs is a Modern Eatery

Kesling’s Kitchen in Borrego Springs is a Modern Eatery

And the modern comes to Borrego! Kesling’s Kitchen opened in the Borrego Art Institute and a wood fire pizza oven was brought from Healdsburg. At 600 degrees, Chef Tom makes flat breads, thin crust pizza from scratch and uses produce from the backyard garden. Pamela oversees the catering and Maria Lopez made the salted caramel...
Borrego Springs is a classic town to visit

Borrego Springs is a classic town to visit

After hearing about the refurbished La Casa Del Zorro Resort in Borrego Springs, my curiosity brought me to the storied hotel. The grounds are beautiful and well kept with swimming pools everywhere I turned. Well-known San Diego newspaper entrepreneur, James Copley bought the property in 1960 and it became the place in the desert for...
Cookbooks Benefit Semper Fi Fund

Cookbooks Benefit Semper Fi Fund

I love to bake and when I heard about the cookbooks to benefit the Semper Fi Fund, I had to get on board.  I went to my local USS Midway Museum in San Diego and headed to the JetShop gift store to find the book.  Soon I found “Family Cookbook-Recipes from Marines, Families and Friends”...
A Full Day of Exploring Carlsbad, Ca

A Full Day of Exploring Carlsbad, Ca

The Gem Institute of America in Carlsbad is a fabulous place to visit. The free tours are full of gem and science information, intrigue and history. This is mainly a teaching facility to learn how to grade diamonds, test synthetic gems and research gemstones. Students come from throughout the world to the campus and graduate...
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...
A few of my favorite holiday treats

A few of my favorite holiday treats

Where to find a Christmas yule log in San Diego? Arely French Bakery and Cafe in Clairemont Square. Usually referred to as Buche de Noel without much decoration (except for merguine mushrooms), Arely’s decorates according to customers requests. And the fillings can be mocha, raspberry chocolate, tiramisu, chocolate mousse or hazlenut. Kevin has worked in his...
Minneapolis Icons Not To Be Missed

Minneapolis Icons Not To Be Missed

Sausages! Kramarczuk’s has all the Eastern European favorites in NE Minneapolis. Since 1954, the Ukrainian family has been serving cabbage rolls, sauerkraut, German potato salad and borscht. So many old time foods, sausages, bakery and deli items and I loaded up my luggage to bring home as much as I could.  I was really excited...