Amateur Traveler / North America

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...

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Vermont-Cake and Covered Bridges

Vermont-Cake and Covered Bridges

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Three weeks of adventures and many places to visit, here we go

Three weeks of adventures and many places to visit, here we go

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Jerusalem Mediterranean Grill-Kosher in Las Vegas

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Knott’s Berry Farm and the Boysenberry Festival

Knott’s Berry Farm and the Boysenberry Festival

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Time To Try New Bakeries

Time To Try New Bakeries

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Big Island, Hawaii-Coffee and Chantilly Cake

Big Island, Hawaii-Coffee and Chantilly Cake

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Big Jake and Randy Serving Big Island Style BBQ

Big Jake and Randy Serving Big Island Style BBQ

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More Genuine Mexican Food in San Diego

More Genuine Mexican Food in San Diego

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Restaurants in Rural California-Santa Barbara, Nipomo, Carmel Valley

Restaurants in Rural California-Santa Barbara, Nipomo, Carmel Valley

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Carlsbad-"The Village by the Sea"

Carlsbad-“The Village by the Sea”

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