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St. Louis and the much debated Gooey Butter Cake

St. Louis and the much debated Gooey Butter Cake

We’ll find out which bakery has the “original” Gooey Butter Cake in St Louis. It’s a hot topic in that city, so I made this Old St. Louis Bakery Style Recipe from Chris Leuther’s Collection to get started with my difficult research! Wait and see! When we arrived at our St. Louis hotel, I told...
Decorated Easter Goodies Had Me Hopping

Decorated Easter Goodies Had Me Hopping

I always have a soft spot for Easter decorations and traditions. It’s spring and life is renewed! Azucar, Cuban Style Patisserie in Ocean Beach, makes beautiful pastries like the Little Havana with dulce de leche filling and tiramisu topped with a bunny. And the decorated butter cookies were divine. Pastry Chef Vivian Hernandez-Jackson also makes...
A Hearty Breakfast in Santee

A Hearty Breakfast in Santee

This local Santee restaurant has been serving breakfast and lunch since 1994, and we have had many good breakfast omelettes and pancakes over the years.  We used to go to the old location on the other end of town until the entire corner made room for houses. The restaurant moved into a new building on...
3 of San Diego's Genuine Mexican Restaurants

3 of San Diego’s Genuine Mexican Restaurants

Tequila and Mole, it’s very real at Cantina Mayahuel in Normal Heights, San Diego. With mole served only on Tuesdays and Fridays, this restaurant has been on my radar. This is not a typical San Diego Mexican restaurant, if you know what I mean. Lots of rustic wood, a huge tequila bar and no hanging...
Awash Ethiopian Restaurant, San Diego's Favorite

Awash Ethiopian Restaurant, San Diego’s Favorite

No utensils are needed at Awash Ethiopian Restaurant because Injera bread is used to scoop the food to eat.  This round sourdough bread is made with mostly teff grains and other ancient flours. The dough ferments for 2 days and once cooked is spongy and light. Awash is a main river in Ethiopia which flows...
A Taco and a Cupcake Food Truck in Austin

A Taco and a Cupcake Food Truck in Austin

What is this Veracruz All Natural trailer in a gravel lot?  I walked behind the chain link fence and noticed people waiting for some time and I began talking with Austin native Wes.  He had ridden his bike to pick up the famous Migas taco and gave me the scoop about Verzacruz.  The owners are...
A taste of barbecue in Austin

A taste of barbecue in Austin

Finally, we made it to BBQ heaven in Austin! With so many choices, we came to Terry Black’s Barbecue and I met co-owner Mark Black.  Mark and his twin brother were raised in Texas and bbq is in their genes. I learned moist brisket is juicer than lean cut and all the meats have a...
Mexican treats and German food in San Antonio

Mexican treats and German food in San Antonio

I never had a Pan Dulce as buttery and sweet as those baked at La Panaderia. I watched through the open kitchen as the staff used eggs and butter and then carefully folded, shaped and rolled the dough to go into the sleek oven for baking. The pan dulce conchas are ever popular and have...
A bit of history and hats off to San Antonio

A bit of history and hats off to San Antonio

Next to the Alamo is a fabulous Victorian hotel, The Menger. You could spend hours looking at the antique furniture, pictures of by gone eras and Carrie Nation’s hatchet. It was in the bar where Teddy Roosevelt gathered his Rough Riders. Talk about a living history to transport you back in time! I found it...
Exploring Old Texas in San Antonio

Exploring Old Texas in San Antonio

We knew it was time to check out Texas and started with San Antonio, rich in history and deep roots with Tex-Mex food. The River Walk is a famous city park and our hotel overlooked the colorful restaurants sitting along each side of the river. Known as a big tourist attraction in San Antonio, boats...
Kesling's Kitchen in Borrego Springs is a Modern Eatery

Kesling’s Kitchen in Borrego Springs is a Modern Eatery

And the modern comes to Borrego! Kesling’s Kitchen opened in the Borrego Art Institute and a wood fire pizza oven was brought from Healdsburg. At 600 degrees, Chef Tom makes flat breads, thin crust pizza from scratch and uses produce from the backyard garden. Pamela oversees the catering and Maria Lopez made the salted caramel...
Borrego Springs is a classic town to visit

Borrego Springs is a classic town to visit

After hearing about the refurbished La Casa Del Zorro Resort in Borrego Springs, my curiosity brought me to the storied hotel. The grounds are beautiful and well kept with swimming pools everywhere I turned. Well-known San Diego newspaper entrepreneur, James Copley bought the property in 1960 and it became the place in the desert for...