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River Cruising Through The Netherlands and Belgium

River Cruising Through The Netherlands and Belgium

I saw the AMA Waterways ship moored early at the dock in Amsterdam and stepped on board.  It was just the beginning of sailing for 7 days with tulip and chocolate anticipation. Seven days ahead of river cruising and I was ready to partake of as much as possible, and why not? It was vacation...
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...
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...
Newport Beach, California's Pacific Wine and Food Classic

Newport Beach, California’s Pacific Wine and Food Classic

The calm water and delightful location Light and airy with a heavenly taste and drink that stole my heart at the Pacific Wine and Food Classic in Newport Beach this past August 19. Oh yes, there was plenty of wine and food, but these beauties put the event in a new dimension. Walking over the...
Temecula Valley Wineries Come of Age

Temecula Valley Wineries Come of Age

Located an hour north of San Diego and a few minutes more than that south of Los Angeles, Temecula Valley wine country just keeps getting better, with mature vineyards and beautiful places to enjoy. On my recent visit, I was impressed by how much the area had grown since my visit 20 years ago. Upscale wineries that...
Big Island Poke Contest and Preserving Hawaiian Culture

Big Island Poke Contest and Preserving Hawaiian Culture

Poke, Hawaiians will tell you, is pronounced Po-kay, ending with an “e” and not pronounced as if its spelled poki.  With that in mind, I was ready for the annual poke competition in Waikoloa, Big Island, and an event of the Hawai’i Island Festival.  I made my way past a royal guardsman of the Queen’s...
Summer Music at Cape Rey in Carlsbad, California

Summer Music at Cape Rey in Carlsbad, California

Singing Around The Pool  Surely this is paradise, listening to a cool band while the sun sets over the pristine Carlsbad beach with cocktail in hand. Cape Rey Resort’s summer concert series is in full swing and the last Thursday of each month good vibes are belted out around the pool.  The upbeat essence of...
Lawry's Prime Rib: The Taste Is in the Silver Cart

Lawry’s Prime Rib: The Taste Is in the Silver Cart

Spinning Salad and Silver Cart I was excited for the dining experience with a spinning salad as dressing was poured from high above and the bowl spun in a mesmeric rotation. I tried to finish my salad until being distracted by the silver cart brought tableside and loaded with slow roasted prime rib roasts. Classic...

Hawaiian Style Mixed Plate

Workers Bring Lunch to the Fields “Mixed plate dining” is a term often used in Hawaii, and the meaning is historical and interesting. Going back to the 1800’s, sugar was the top crop on the island of Maui. Whaling days were gone and immigrant workers arrived to work the plantation fields. Japanese, Korean, Chinese and...
California's Nelson's Restaurant: Homage to 'Sea Hunt' TV Series

California’s Nelson’s Restaurant: Homage to ‘Sea Hunt’ TV Series

Sea Hunt The TV Series Mike Nelson, the hero from the old Sea Hunt TV series (1958-61), starring Lloyd Bridges, has a restaurant fittingly named in his honor. In the show, Nelson was a former US Navy frogman called to assist with dangerous underwater situations needing his skilled assistance. He fought off aggressors doing dastardly...