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Barbie and Midge Dolls Eating During Quarantine

Barbie and Midge Dolls Eating During Quarantine

Vintage dolls Midge and Tammy wanted a vacation away from Barbie and Ken so they packed 7 layer cookies (Magic Bars) in their luggage to take as snacks. The flight to Hawaii was canceled and now they will just have to wait like the rest of us! I used to make the recipe often with...

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Mr Teddy During this time of not traveling or dining out, I’ll be making old time recipes and pairing with old time characters for a sweet adventure. Mr. Teddy likes the embroidery which says “in the cookie of life friends are the chocolate chips. So true! Little Red Riding Hood Oh Grandma, what big eyes...
River Cruising Through The Netherlands and Belgium

River Cruising Through The Netherlands and Belgium

I saw the AMA Waterways ship moored early at the dock in Amsterdam and stepped on board.  It was just the beginning of sailing for 7 days with tulip and chocolate anticipation. Seven days ahead of river cruising and I was ready to partake of as much as possible, and why not? It was vacation...
7 San Diego Hidden Gems

7 San Diego Hidden Gems

San Diego is a top tourist destination and these 7 informal and friendly activities need to be on your radar. Sure, there are many popular tourist spots but these chosen places around San Diego County may surprise you. In fact, you’ll want to return and explore more in the uncrowded and inexpensive attractions. Take in...
Match Made in Heaven: Italian Wines and Foodie Finds

Match Made in Heaven: Italian Wines and Foodie Finds

Please enjoy this guest post written by Noreen Kompanik and make sure to check her site http://whatsinyoursuitcase.com/ for more posts and articles. Match Made in Heaven: Italian Wines and Foodie Finds When a group of writers and photographers get together on a quarterly basis in Southern California, it’s food and wine that’s at the heart...
Kitchens For Good Cooks Up Change

Kitchens For Good Cooks Up Change

My article was published in the Food Wine Travel Magazine winter 2020 issue.  Unfortunately,  single articles cannot be downloaded, so this is the best copy for my site.  If you’d like to move the slide to page 72 you’ll find the article. Thanks for understanding.  
Chula Vista and Bonita, CA filled with hidden treasures

Chula Vista and Bonita, CA filled with hidden treasures

The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista is a fun adventure for all ages and nearly all the exhibits represent local wildlife and marshland habitats.  Easy and accessible walking trails and bird watching are a few of the activities in our own backyard.  Did you know there’s about 150 turtles in the bordering bay? ...
Orange County Held My Attention With Sweets, Fish and Meat

Orange County Held My Attention With Sweets, Fish and Meat

First stop on our SoCal Orange County road trip was, what else but a bakery.  Sweet Lili’s Bakery is right off  freeway 5 in Laguna Hills and if you watch Fox 5 with Shally, Lili is her mom.  Lili has been turning out Persian desserts and flatbreads for many years. I spotted a cream filled...
Pechanga More Than a Casino-Come Experience it All!

Pechanga More Than a Casino-Come Experience it All!

Let’s go on an adventure in Temecula, my travel writer friends proclaimed. We decided on lunch and a tour at Pechanga Resort and Casino as guests of Pechanga. Pechanga was easy to drive to since it’s conveniently located off the 15 Freeway and Temecula Parkway. Once entering the resort and casino, there is a parking...
Finding new treats and a new friend on Big Island, Hawaii

Finding new treats and a new friend on Big Island, Hawaii

One of our favorite restaurants on the Big Island, Hawaii, is Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess.  The restaurant is the “Home of Bacon” cured in-house.  We invited a woman sitting by herself to join us and learned Arianna was from Sicily, Italy.  Arianna is working on her PhD in bioengineering and was on Hawaii...
Our food adventure in Wailea, Maui

Our food adventure in Wailea, Maui

Where to find very fresh fish in Maui? Miso Phat! In 2016 the restaurant was featured on Guy’s Diners, Drive ins and Dives. I was able to take a picture of owner Joy and two great sushi chefs with Guy’s signature on the wall behind them. I ate the TNT roll-shrimp tempura, crab and ahi...
Santa Fe Serving Historical Cookies and Wines

Santa Fe Serving Historical Cookies and Wines

Santa Fe, New Mexico was the site for the 2019 International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Conference and I attended the conference to network with colleagues, plus, eat and drink in Santa Fe. The official cookie of New Mexico is Biscochitos and usually made for special occasions with recipes handed down in families.  They are...