Posts from the Road
Fine Dining at Manhattan La Jolla

Fine Dining at Manhattan La Jolla

There’s a reason for the experience of fine dining. It satisfies the need to be waited on with style and to make you feel special. Manhattan of La Jolla is such a place. Located in the Empress Hotel in the village of La Jolla, white linen tablecloths signaled the start of a nice evening. We...
We visited the Bronx and Arthur Avenue

We visited the Bronx and Arthur Avenue

My friend and I decided to take the subway to the Bronx and then walk to Arthur Avenue.  Arthur Avenue is the “other” Italian section in NYC and the last time we were in New York, someone told us it was too dangerous to go to the Bronx. This time we were determined to go....
Brooklyn's Polish Section-a Must Visit

Brooklyn’s Polish Section-a Must Visit

Polish spoken here, along with poppy seed bread and sausages. Greenpoint, Brooklyn, home to Polish immigrants, has a large community of Polish residents who frequent community restaurants and bakeries.  I listened to people order in their Polish language in each bakery and meat market I popped into.  A few even helped me to decide which...
Here's why I come to eat in Greenwich Village

Here’s why I come to eat in Greenwich Village

Walking around Greenwich Village and the West Village is always full of authentic New York sightseeing. Each block holds their own specialties with shoe and clothing stores, plus food! A favorite of mine is Pasticceria Rocco on Bleecker St for their scrumptious lobster rolls. I also indulged on this flaky Italian pastry filled with cannoli...
Chelsea Market and the Food Network

Chelsea Market and the Food Network

The famous Chelsea Market takes up a city block in Manhattan and used to be home to the Nabisco Biscuit Company. Oreo cookies were invented here. Now it has many eateries and shops plus the Food Network is housed upstairs. I tried to get into the Food Network offices but security is tight! I decided...
Sherman's Deli is legendary in Palm Springs

Sherman’s Deli is legendary in Palm Springs

Sherman’s Deli & Bakery in Palm Springs is a legendary NY style delicatessen. Back in the day, Sherman Harris has served celebrities and notables who visited the desert. When I mentioned the deli to old time Los Angeles transplants, they regaled me with stories from their youth about eating in the deli. Sherman has since...
Celebrating our Mom's in San Diego

Celebrating our Mom’s in San Diego

No matter your age, on a hot summer day Dairy Queen is the place to be. The DQ in Lakeside was the first one in the county opening in 1958 and Chris’ mom Norma has been coming here for 60 years! Grandson Brian remembers after school treats and together they saluted ice cream and sweet...
Vietnamese and Mexican bakeries on El Cajon Blvd

Vietnamese and Mexican bakeries on El Cajon Blvd

Tucked away in a small center near Hoover High School on El Cajon Blvd is Paris Bakery. It’s not full of fancy eclairs or madeleines, but what they do have is freshly baked baguettes, raisin sweet rolls and croissants. Hong Nguyen and daughter Khanh Le open the shop at 5am and early risers buy croissants...
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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