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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...
Solvang, Calif- A Place to Relax in the Central Coast

Solvang, Calif- A Place to Relax in the Central Coast

Solvang, two hours north of Los Angeles in the central coast, is known as “California’s Denmark” since 1911, yet modern changes are churning like a windmill. Like a page from a Hans Christian Andersen story book, thatched roof buildings and flower-bordered sidewalks line the streets to the shops and restaurants. A newer and modern direction...
In Carlsbad, California - Oh, Christmas Tree!

In Carlsbad, California – Oh, Christmas Tree!

Just wait until Santa’s elves show off the magnificent nine-foot tall decorated tree at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, just a half hour up the coast from San Diego. The human elves are busily stacking, piping and contouring gingerbread, chocolate, and sugar icicles to make the fantasy tree. These three helpers are no ordinary...
Tasting Newport Beach, California's Pacific Wine and Food Classic

Tasting Newport Beach, California’s Pacific Wine and Food Classic

Light and airy with a heavenly taste 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 bridge to the Newport Dunes Resort with calm...
Southern California's Temecula Valley Wineries Come of Age

Southern California’s 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 Preserves Hawaiian Culture

Big Island Poke Contest Preserves 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.  First I had to make my way past a royal guardsman...
Summer Music in Swing at Cape Rey in Carlsbad, California

Summer Music in Swing at Cape Rey in Carlsbad, California

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 my staycation was just...
Beverly Hills' Lawry's Prime Rib: The Taste Is in the Silver Cart

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

My dining extravaganza began 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. Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, California, opened...

‘Mixed Plate’, Hawaii-Style

“Mixed plate dining” is a term often used in Hawaii, and the meaning is interesting and has history. 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 Filipinos cooked their native foods and shared...