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Hawaii Makes Chocolate – and It’s Delicious!

When you come to Hawaii, go beyond the mai tais and and enjoy some divine, locally grown chocolate! The Hawaiian Islands have many chocolate producing companies, and most are bean-to-bar businesses. Hawaii is the only US state which grows cacao, processes and makes it into bars and other cocoa products. I have done my share...

Eating and visiting your way through San Diego, California

The county is 4200 sq miles and in one day you can drive from the ocean to the mountains and desert. The scenery changes within an hour depending on the direction you travel seeing palm trees, pine trees and cactus. Fast take out Mexican food is abundant.  Nearly every residential area has a taco shop,...
The Town of Derry, Northern Ireland with Green Hills, Peace Awards and Fish Stew

The Town of Derry, Northern Ireland with Green Hills, Peace Awards and Fish Stew

The vibrant green hills were stunning as we docked to visit Derry, Northern Ireland. The Derry Girls TV show is filmed here and a mural of the characters is prominently displayed on the side of Badgers Bar and Restaurant.                   I popped in for lunch and ordered...
Cary Grant and Sticky Pudding in Bristol, England

Cary Grant and Sticky Pudding in Bristol, England

Look who I ran into in Bristol, England! Cary Grant who was born in Bristol. The book he’s holding is To Catch a Thief, and we know it as an Alfred Hitchcock classic movie staring Grant. I walked into the city center and had sticky toffee pudding and hot tea at Cosy Club. The building...
Coronation Celebrations in England and Saturday Markets in France

Coronation Celebrations in England and Saturday Markets in France

In May 2023, we were in London just before King Charles’s Coronation.  The city and country were excited about the event and most were in a celebratory mood. Banners lined the streets and foods were made which King Charles liked in restaurants and pubs, like Coronation chicken which is chicken salad with yellow curry.  ...
Blendees Commixes Nutritional Flavors in San Diego

Blendees Commixes Nutritional Flavors in San Diego

Monique Roussau-Stewart grew up in Chicago and came to California the first chance she got. “I dreamed of living in California while watching The Beverly Hillbillies as a young child and moved west when the opportunity came about,” she says with a chuckle. While entrepreneurship was not the impetus for the cross-country move, it eventually...
Classic San Diego Restaurants Serving Favorite Meals

Classic San Diego Restaurants Serving Favorite Meals

There are many new and exciting restaurants in San Diego but visiting restaurants with longevity brings back memories and comfort foods. It was time to check out the renovated Hob Nob Hill Restaurant located on 1st Ave, Bankers Hill. Quite a change from its beginning 75 years ago but still serving comfy and satisfying food....
The South Meets the West at Hey Sugar! in San Diego

The South Meets the West at Hey Sugar! in San Diego

Cakes in mason jars and southern-style peach cobbler are stirring up the sweet scene in San Diego, California. Chan Buie, a Black woman business owner and veteran, is following her baking passion after retiring from the military and opening her first bakery, Hey Sugar! Her scrumptious sweet shop in Southern California sells varieties of individual cakes, lemon bars, cookies...
Cruising the Coast of California and Stopping for Good Food

Cruising the Coast of California and Stopping for Good Food

  Our road trip to Northern California started in San Diego with a list of restaurants to share meals with family and friends. First stop was Westlake Village outside of Los Angeles and we met relatives for dinner at Brent’s Deli. I recently learned about Brent’s from a former New Yorker and he was right,...
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

San Diego is known for coastal foods using fish and then there’s the abundance of Mexican restaurants and taco shops.  Searching around, I found five international eateries cooking up eye appealing and stick to your rib’s foods. A unique food find on Clairemont Mesa Blvd is  Perky’s, A Taste of South Africa. Graham Perkett from Durban,...
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