Maui Bakeries: a Feast for the Senses

Maui Bakeries: a Feast for the Senses

With map in hand, I set out to explore four bakeries to experience island indulgences and hopefully some unexpected trade winds surprises By MLiss A Hinshaw I often think of Hawaii as proud of poi and dishing out lots of fish and pineapple.  A drive around the island of Maui...
Istanbul's Spice Market

Istanbul’s Spice Market

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Ushuaia, Argentina: the End of the World

Ushuaia, Argentina: the End of the World

Paddling and swimming in the cool waters, the white tuxedoed chests of the Gentoo and Magellan penguins are at home near the southernmost part of the world, Ushuaia, Argentina. The capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is nestled on a picturesque bay between the Andes Mountains and the...
Old World Budapest

Old World Budapest

Looking out the window while landing in Budapest airport, I watch buses take people from the tarmac to the airport terminal.  Is this like London’s Heathrow where passengers are bussed across tarmacs?   We walked down the short flight of stairs from the plane to the tarmac and walk into a transportation bus. ...
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The Sonoran hot dog makes Tucson famous

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A & W Root Beer Floats on Rt. 66

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Carry on Chris Kimball!

Carry on Chris Kimball!

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It’s time for Southwest Mexican food

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Big Island Poke Contest Preserves Hawaiian Culture

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Salted caramel and chocolate, love to the palate

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Mediterraneo Bistro in Alpine where momma makes the sauces

Mediterraneo Bistro in Alpine where momma makes the sauces

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Swiss trained baker in Santee making special cakes

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