Posts from the Road
Pasta made fresh and ready to go, except...

Pasta made fresh and ready to go, except…

Note- After my visit, Mamma Lina’s closed because Chick retired. It saddens me when old time businesses close and time marches on, but it’s still a story worth sharing. I’m not sure which I loved more, meeting Mamma Lina’s 92 year old owner Checchino or eating my meatball sandwich and watching pasta being made! Chick...
French Food In Style For San Diego

French Food In Style For San Diego

French food popularity comes and goes.  I’m pleased to say two pillars of French cuisine were dining delights when I visited, each serving in their own time honored style.  The first one is nice for dinner or weekend brunch and the second place is good for quick breakfast and lunch. Et Voila! French Bistro on...
Always Hamburger time in San Diego

Always Hamburger time in San Diego

I’m happy to say The Hamburger Factory in Poway is still serving delicious Patty Melts, Reubens and salads after many years of being located in Old Poway Park.  A noticeable step back into the old west is the feeling while looking at all the memorabilia throughout the restaurant. The menu is full of American food...

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Southern Biscuits are Irresistible

Southern Biscuits are Irresistible

On my Charleston food list was Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit shop for southern biscuits. I found the charming shop on Upper King St and was lured in by the aromas of butter and temptations from the oven.  I noticed an employee was making biscuits by rolling the rectangular shaped dough with a rolling pin and...
Peanuts and Sweet Tea on the Back Roads of South Carolina

Peanuts and Sweet Tea on the Back Roads of South Carolina

Our drive from Savannah to Charleston became a time of fun explorations rather than zipping along the fast Interstate from point A to B.  The rambling country roads were full of picturesque scenery with lazy green meadows which seemed endless. Coming from dry California, the grass seemed very green and inviting to us. We made...
Key Lime Pie is Famous in Florida

Key Lime Pie is Famous in Florida

Welcome to Florida where key lime pie is a must!  Sweet and tart with a graham cracker crust is what you’ll find all over the state. I swung by Donut Hole Café in Destin, Florida which offers more than donut holes. It was a Sunday morning and people were lined up for breakfast. I found...
National Donut Day and Mary's Donuts is ready for the crowd

National Donut Day and Mary’s Donuts is ready for the crowd

It’s tomorrow but I got a jump on it before the lines get too long. National Donut Day is June 1 and Mary’s Donuts in Santee and Lakeside are gearing up for the big day. Mary’s has a loyal following because they make donuts by hand and sure to be fresh.  The dough is raised...
Traditional and must have foods in New Orleans

Traditional and must have foods in New Orleans

Mother’s Restaurant has been an institution for casual dining in New Orleans since 1938 and was on our list to visit.  When we arrived at NOLA in the early afternoon, I noticed no lines in front of the restaurant, so it was the right time to eat a late lunch. Chef Roland was standing at...
Memphis BBQ and Fried Chicken

Memphis BBQ and Fried Chicken

So many barbecue places in Memphis and the town is known for many varieties of distinct rubs and sauces.  After much research about bbq restaurants, we met old time friends Mike and Renee at  Germantown Commissary in Germantown, Tenn.  The restaurant came highly recommended and the building used to be a former country store which...
Ribs and Toasted Ravioli in St Louis, it's Tradition and Delicious

Ribs and Toasted Ravioli in St Louis, it’s Tradition and Delicious

BBQ in St Louis, how could we not try it!  Bogart’s Smokehouse, near downtown is where we had our Uber driver take us after many positive recommendations.  Usually there is a long line, but our timing was right and we walked right in.  Chris ordered ribs and the meat fell off the bones which would...
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...