U.S. National Parks, USA Travel

Capitol Reef National Park | Exploring Utah

Capitol Reef was the most peaceful of the National Parks that I had visited in Utah. Many people road trip it to the more popular parks like Zion, Bryce Canyon or Arches National Park but Capitol Reef is just as stunning. It might be due to the location as it is not off the main… Continue reading Capitol Reef National Park | Exploring Utah

Global Dining

Grand Café | The Grandest in Minsk, Belarus

The Grand Café in Minsk, Belarus was so very grand! This luxurious and sumptuous restaurant was one of the most beautiful old world dining establishments of its kind, that I have been to in Eastern Europe. One of my other favorites was Gundel Restaurant in the heart of Budapest, Hungary. Minsk, Belarus - One of… Continue reading Grand Café | The Grandest in Minsk, Belarus

Jetsetting

Tijuana “TJ”, Mexico | A Quick Trip Over the Border

It was not until I moved out of Los Angeles later in life, that I learned the only people who call Tijuana, "TJ", are those who grew up in California. When people asked me if I had ever been to Mexico, I would say "Yeah, TJ" and no one knew what I was saying. Not… Continue reading Tijuana “TJ”, Mexico | A Quick Trip Over the Border

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The Bubble Room Restaurant | Captiva Island, Florida

It's Christmas all year round in Captiva, Florida! This little coastal island located off the Gulf of Mexico is my favorite place in all of Florida to visit. There are only a few places in the United States that I can say I feel at home and relaxed in. Both Sanibel and Captiva, Florida have… Continue reading The Bubble Room Restaurant | Captiva Island, Florida

Food Journals

What I ate in MICHIGAN – A Food Journal

I love it when a long time friend asks me to come for a visit in another state that I have never visited. It is even better when she entices you with a concert and a state full of delicious food. Although I had been to several states in the Upper Midwest, I had never… Continue reading What I ate in MICHIGAN – A Food Journal

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Lunch Break at Harry Potter’s “Birthplace” | The Elephant House in Edinburgh, Scotland

The majestic and magical city of Edinburgh has been a favorite of mine for several years. Old Town was just as I had pictured it, the alluring medieval buildings paired with the haunting vibe of the Royal Mile, created many stirring stores in my mind. It was no wonder that Edinburgh became the "Birthplace" of… Continue reading Lunch Break at Harry Potter’s “Birthplace” | The Elephant House in Edinburgh, Scotland

Food Journals

What I ate in LOUISIANA – A Food Journal

I had spent almost a week in Louisiana while taking a road trip from Las Vegas to Florida. I had never been to this state before and found it very friendly, pleasant and slow paced. New Orleans was a fantastic city to visit that was full of beautiful architecture, deep culture and history, plus a… Continue reading What I ate in LOUISIANA – A Food Journal

Global Dining

Zur Letzten Instanz | Berlin’s Oldest Restaurant

Over the couple decades of my gastronomical travels, I have been to many of the oldest eateries in Europe and the UK, including Rules of London, the Historic Sausage House in Regensburg and Botin in Madrid. All have been unique dining experiences, considering they were all the oldest in one way or another. On my… Continue reading Zur Letzten Instanz | Berlin’s Oldest Restaurant

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Osetra Seafood & Steaks | San Diego, California

San Diego, California- Since 2006, Osetra Seafood & Steaks has been providing a sophisticated wining and dining experience in the heart of the Gaslamp District. This fine restaurant is perfect for those who enjoy the gastronomy facets of wine, craft cocktails, exceptional seafood and steakhouse quality beef. Additionally, Osetra has the only wine tower and… Continue reading Osetra Seafood & Steaks | San Diego, California

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A Perfect Lunch at Kolonade Wine Restaurant | Riga, Latvia

I had the most perfect chicken meatballs while lunching at Kolonade Restaurant in Riga, Latvia and it was totally unexpected. I was in the capital of Latvia and on my way to the city park, when I spotted a darling one-story columned house across the LAIMA clock. I thought the building looked interesting and realized that… Continue reading A Perfect Lunch at Kolonade Wine Restaurant | Riga, Latvia

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The Magnificent Mastro’s Ocean Club | Las Vegas, Nevada

Have you ever walked into the Shops at Crystals located on the Las Vegas Strip, saw the brown wooden cage like restaurant and thought "I want to eat in there"? I have many times but just never got around to doing so, until several nights ago. My friend decided to have a small birthday dinner… Continue reading The Magnificent Mastro’s Ocean Club | Las Vegas, Nevada

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Dinner at the Top of the World Revolving Restaurant | Las Vegas, Nevada

Top of the World is the place to be on 'top of the world' or on top of Vegas, at least. I had come in for dinner with a couple of my food friends for our January birthdays, and it was a delicious and extraordinary experience. In the 10+ years that I have lived here,… Continue reading Dinner at the Top of the World Revolving Restaurant | Las Vegas, Nevada

Jetsetting

Horse Riding Through the Sahara | GIZA, EGYPT

"This is one of the best things I have ever done in my life!" That is what my friend said while we were horse riding through the Sahara desert and overlooking the Pyramids of Giza. There are extraordinary experiences that one can do in their lifetime and this was one of them. My friends and… Continue reading Horse Riding Through the Sahara | GIZA, EGYPT

Jetsetting

Solo Traveling into SIWA OASIS, EGYPT

When I traveled to Siwa Oasis in October of 2019, I was traveling alone, an American female in her late 40s. I received a lot of different feedback when people saw video clips of me lost and trying to locate my hotel in a remote desert town, thirty miles from the Libyan border. The majority… Continue reading Solo Traveling into SIWA OASIS, EGYPT

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Grand Nile Tower Resort’s Revolving Restaurant | CAIRO, EGYPT

It was our last dinner together after a couple of weeks exploring Egypt and my longtime friends and I wanted to celebrate with a fine dining experience. Fortunately we were staying at one of Cairo's most luxurious hotels, the Grand Nile Tower. The hotel is located in the heart of Cairo and it over looks… Continue reading Grand Nile Tower Resort’s Revolving Restaurant | CAIRO, EGYPT

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NR in NYC | A Place for Ramen and Cocktails

New York City is not short of noodle houses and some of the best ramens that I have eaten were in Manhattan. It goes the same with cocktails in this city, there are an abundance of places serving fine drinks and some of the best I have ever drunk were in Manhattan. On my last… Continue reading NR in NYC | A Place for Ramen and Cocktails

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The Black Sheep | Award Winning Vietnamese Fusion Cuisine in Las Vegas

I am not ashamed to say that I have always been considered the 'Black Sheep' of my family. I believe that is why this Southwest neighborhood Las Vegas restaurant and I have clicked since they opened. The Black Sheep has been the restaurant that I frequent most regularly for dinner with family and friends. This… Continue reading The Black Sheep | Award Winning Vietnamese Fusion Cuisine in Las Vegas

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Esther’s Kitchen | Modern Italian Cuisine in Las Vegas’s Art District

In the last several years that I have lived in Las Vegas, the Arts District has been undergoing a tasteful gentrification with luxury condominiums, art galleries, fun retro stores, and impressive dining establishments. Not many tourists know about this neighborhood, so us locals get to indulge in this up and coming Las Vegas area for… Continue reading Esther’s Kitchen | Modern Italian Cuisine in Las Vegas’s Art District

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EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine | Tasteful Tapas in Las Vegas’s Chinatown

Las Vegas, NV- EDO Tapas had been on my restaurant radar for quite sometime before I walked into this swanky little Spanish wine restaurant in Chinatown. Many of my Vegas food friends had raved about EDO and I always enjoyed their original food truck 'Boqueria Street'. I am not sure what took me so long… Continue reading EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine | Tasteful Tapas in Las Vegas’s Chinatown

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Partage | Modern French Dining in Las Vegas

When I first heard of Partage and was told that an upscale French Wine Restaurant had just opened several doors down from The Golden Tiki in Chinatown, I had my hesitations. I should have known better than to doubt the intentions of this restaurant because a year or so prior, Chef Brian Howard opened up… Continue reading Partage | Modern French Dining in Las Vegas