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Dining at the James Beard House, New York City-A Culinary Travelers Dream

Dining at the James Beard House, New York City-A Culinary Travelers Dream

When you are a guest in someone’s home, you try to be respectful. When you’re in the distinguished James Beard’s House, you are very respectful. It was nearly 7 p.m. and we were led into a plain brownstone with a simple plaque at the entrance stating it was the James Beard House. James Beard was...
Celebrate Bastille Day with Macarons at Savannah's Café M French Cafe

Celebrate Bastille Day with Macarons at Savannah’s Café M French Cafe

Aromas of warm butter and standing tall baguettes greeted me as I entered the river front French bistro Café M in Savannah.  In this southern town known for its hospitality and low country cooking, the café combines the charming qualities of the South in a French manner. Located over a foot bridge and with an...
The Sweet Signature in St. Louis is Gooey Butter Cake

The Sweet Signature in St. Louis is Gooey Butter Cake

A Few Famous Things in St. Louis The 600 ft arch, baseball and beer are a few of the things which come to mind about St. Louis.  And barbeque ribs for the St. Louis style ribs.  But how about Gooey Butter Cake?  Yes, it’s a St. Louis tradition with deep roots in this Midwestern town....
Right in the City, a Family Garden Nursery in San Diego

Right in the City, a Family Garden Nursery in San Diego

Nature and Sunshine for the Family is located less than 10 miles from San Diego International Airport. City Farmers Nursery is free and a fun adventure for the family. The garden nursery in the heart of San Diego has been on the rustic property for over 45 years and started from the ground up by...
Easy Access to the Tijuana Airport Using the Cross Border Xpress

Easy Access to the Tijuana Airport Using the Cross Border Xpress

Departing from the U.S. border, in-between San Diego’s Otay Mesa and San Ysidro ports of entry, the privately-owned crossing is an enclosed bridge spanning both countries.  Flying out of Tijuana has become quick and easy. Tijuana has been known for less expensive flights to vacation spots in Mexico, but rather a hassle to get to...
A French Chef On A Quest To Save Endangered Elephants

A French Chef On A Quest To Save Endangered Elephants

Pascal Olhats, a classically trained French chef and originally from the Normandy area, worked his way up through renowned restaurants across Europe, including legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse, where no duty was too small or hard for him.  After years of experience in the many and varied aspects of the restaurant world, he relocated in...
King's Hawaiian Bread and Bakery-Los Angeles

King’s Hawaiian Bread and Bakery-Los Angeles

King’s Hawaiian bread is easily recognized with its orange lettering and sweet rolls sold by the dozen, and its humble beginnings started in a small bakery. The family has been a big part of the business’ success from day one and continues to this day. Let’s go back to the 1950’s when Robert Taira opened...
Quick Getaway Into a Different World at The Mission Inn Hotel

Quick Getaway Into a Different World at The Mission Inn Hotel

A bust of Booker T. Washington is prominent in the welcoming entrance of The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa located in the historic city of Riverside, Calif. California’s booming orange crops brought tourists from the East Coast and Europe where sunshine and orange blossoms made Riverside a popular destination. Only 60 miles east of Los...
Clucking about Fried Chicken in Hawaii

Clucking about Fried Chicken in Hawaii

Hawaii makes one think of pineapples and poi, but who would have thought a gas station makes delicious and crispy fried chicken in paradise. Minit Stop food counters are located inside Ohana gas stations throughout the Big Island and Maui. And they are nothing like the convenience stores I know with hot dogs rotating around...
Carlsbad, California - Oh, Christmas Tree!

Carlsbad, California – Oh, Christmas Tree!

A Winning Team Creates Christmas Magic   Just wait until Santa’s elves show off the magnificent nine-foot tall decorated tree at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, in the north part of San Diego County. The human elves are busily stacking, piping and contouring gingerbread, chocolate, and sugar icicles to make the fantasy tree. These three...
Baking Saved His Life – and Then Brought Him Love

Baking Saved His Life – and Then Brought Him Love

Please note-Ernie’s International Pastry Shop has permanently closed.   I could hardly get past the first bite in the slice of handmade apple strudel. The flaky dough was layered with sadness and yet hope. Ernie’s International Pastry Shop, located in Incline Village of North Lake Tahoe, Nevada, was hidden behind the outdoor restaurants in the...
Importance of Mentoring, Passing on Valuable Lessons

Importance of Mentoring, Passing on Valuable Lessons

This is an article written by a friend of mine; retired Sergeant, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and, Food/Travel Writer, M’liss Hinshaw. It is a great example of mentoring, featuring 2 San Diego Chefs. Do we mentor in correctional food service? You bet your sweet petunia we do! One of the great benefits of belonging...