Amateur Traveler / North America

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...

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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...
Southern Biscuits are Irresistible

Southern Biscuits are Irresistible

On my Charleston food list was Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit shop for southern biscuits. I found the charming shop on Upper King St and was lured in by the aromas of butter and temptations from the oven.  I noticed an employee was making biscuits by rolling the rectangular shaped dough with a rolling pin and...
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...
Peanuts and Sweet Tea on the Back Roads of South Carolina

Peanuts and Sweet Tea on the Back Roads of South Carolina

Our drive from Savannah to Charleston became a time of fun explorations rather than zipping along the fast Interstate from point A to B.  The rambling country roads were full of picturesque scenery with lazy green meadows which seemed endless. Coming from dry California, the grass seemed very green and inviting to us. We made...
Key Lime Pie is Famous in Florida

Key Lime Pie is Famous in Florida

Welcome to Florida where key lime pie is a must!  Sweet and tart with a graham cracker crust is what you’ll find all over the state. I swung by Donut Hole Café in Destin, Florida which offers more than donut holes. It was a Sunday morning and people were lined up for breakfast. I found...
National Donut Day and Mary's Donuts is ready for the crowd

National Donut Day and Mary’s Donuts is ready for the crowd

It’s tomorrow but I got a jump on it before the lines get too long. National Donut Day is June 1 and Mary’s Donuts in Santee and Lakeside are gearing up for the big day. Mary’s has a loyal following because they make donuts by hand and sure to be fresh.  The dough is raised...
Traditional and must have foods in New Orleans

Traditional and must have foods in New Orleans

Mother’s Restaurant has been an institution for casual dining in New Orleans since 1938 and was on our list to visit.  When we arrived at NOLA in the early afternoon, I noticed no lines in front of the restaurant, so it was the right time to eat a late lunch. Chef Roland was standing at...
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...
Memphis BBQ and Fried Chicken

Memphis BBQ and Fried Chicken

So many barbecue places in Memphis and the town is known for many varieties of distinct rubs and sauces.  After much research about bbq restaurants, we met old time friends Mike and Renee at  Germantown Commissary in Germantown, Tenn.  The restaurant came highly recommended and the building used to be a former country store which...
Ribs and Toasted Ravioli in St Louis, it's Tradition and Delicious

Ribs and Toasted Ravioli in St Louis, it’s Tradition and Delicious

BBQ in St Louis, how could we not try it!  Bogart’s Smokehouse, near downtown is where we had our Uber driver take us after many positive recommendations.  Usually there is a long line, but our timing was right and we walked right in.  Chris ordered ribs and the meat fell off the bones which would...
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...