Posts from the Road

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.  ...
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....
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...
More Places to Explore on the Big Island, Hawaii

More Places to Explore on the Big Island, Hawaii

Another beautiful day on the Big Island driving along the Kohala Coast to Waimea. Waimea The mid week farmers market in Waimea sells vibrant produce grown in the rich volcanic soil. I can never eat enough of the juicy tomatoes and green leaf lettuce during my visits.  Fresh from the earth is best and this...
Road Trip Discovering Arizona Cookies and New Mexico Chiles-Let's go!

Road Trip Discovering Arizona Cookies and New Mexico Chiles-Let’s go!

We packed our bags in the car and headed towards the USA Southwest region, away from our “coastal influence.”  Cookies in Arizona and New Mexico chiles were about to add spice to my adventure. Jacob Lake Inn makes the best cookies near the Grand Canyon Driving the Arizona scenic route on Highway 89A, near the...
Pink Pancakes and Shrimp

Pink Pancakes and Shrimp

Sunday morning as I walked to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki, I saw this cute couple sitting at the bus stop. I stopped and chatted with them while they were waiting the bus to church. Gary and Taemi live in Honolulu but he was wearing a Raiders face mask. Turns out Gary was raised...
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