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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Cruising the Coast of California and Stopping for Good Food

Cruising the Coast of California and Stopping for Good Food

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Bratwurst and Cheese in Wisconsin

Bratwurst and Cheese in Wisconsin

A short drive north of Chicago and we were in Wisconsin.  I was so impressed with the green farm lands and easy to navigate roads. I had not visited this state and was ready to eat cheese, brats and kringles. Welcome to Wisconsin! First stop in Wisconsin was in Kenosha at The Brat Stop for...
Chicago and food-just skimming the top

Chicago and food-just skimming the top

We decided to travel to Chicago and Wisconsin to use airline credit and explore the steaks, pizza and sausages which appeared to our liking. Midwest beef is worth the trip Once settled in our hotel near Chicago’s Miracle Mile, high on the list was Midwestern beef.  Gibson Bar and Steakhouse came highly recommended and it...
5 Tasty International Places to Eat in San Diego

5 Tasty International Places to Eat in San Diego

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Maybe it was the Marine Corp that taught Duke Windsor the discipline to finish over 25 hand-painted still life scenes in just a few months for a recent art exhibit. Or it could have been his love of painting in his studio and treading into some unfamiliar territory. Born and raised in Texas, Windsor’s first...
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Oceanside CA Things To Do: Surfing, Shopping, History and Food

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More Places to Explore on the Big Island, Hawaii

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Discovering the Varieties of Food in San Diego's South Bay Communities

Discovering the Varieties of Food in San Diego’s South Bay Communities

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