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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...
Discovering the Varieties of Food in San Diego's South Bay Communities

Discovering the Varieties of Food in San Diego’s South Bay Communities

Since I can’t travel, I went on a food exploration of the South Bay, San Diego and found so many choices. First stop was Star Dust Donuts in Imperial Beach which has been there since 1967. The sole owner sells inexpensive donuts and the community knows him well. A word of advice is to bring...
The Local Waters in San Diego with Refreshing Lunch Views

The Local Waters in San Diego with Refreshing Lunch Views

  Visiting beautiful Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla with activities worth watching in a stunning location is a must.  I remember years back when hang gliders soared over the cliffs and now there’s modern powered paragliders. There’s even a falconry experience including parahawking with trained falcons soaring around the paragliders. Talk about a unique...
Scrumptious Homemade Ice Creams for Summer and Fall

Scrumptious Homemade Ice Creams for Summer and Fall

My ice cream maker has been working overtime and the results were very delicious! I made many different varieties and each with their own personality.  Lemon is refreshing on hot days and Super Lemon ice cream is made sweet and tart by using home grown lemon juice and zest. Creamy and lemony makes a delightful...
Inspiration and Memorials in San Diego's Balboa Park

Inspiration and Memorials in San Diego’s Balboa Park

  Inspiration Point in Balboa Park is next to the old Naval Hospital administration building. It’s a place of tranquility with walking paths and benches to reflect at the pond. During WWll, San Diego’s navy hospital had 10,449 beds and now the admin building belongs to the city parks. I found Inspiration Point to be...
The Girl Scout Headquarters and Thin Mint Cookies

The Girl Scout Headquarters and Thin Mint Cookies

I saved my Brownie and Girl Scout uniforms plus the books and decided to go down memory lane from years ago.  I can’t believe I was small enough to wear the uniforms! I remembered the days of selling Girl Scout cookies. I’d go door to door selling cookies and not stop until I sold them...
Bread and Records from the Past

Bread and Records from the Past

The good ole days of department store restaurants is a lost treasure. This old box from May Co reminded me of lunching in The Mission Room in the Mission Valley store. Driving through Mission Valley, you can still see where the restaurant had been with the windows facing the freeway. Their strawberry pie was famous...
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...
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...