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

Global Dining

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

Global Dining

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

Food Journals

What I ate in NEW MEXICO | A Food Journal

New Mexico is one of my favorite Southwestern states to road trip through and I have done it many times in the last twenty years. Main Street America aka Highway 40 goes right though New Mexico, and parts of old Route 66 still exist in this state. The food scene in New Mexico is very… Continue reading What I ate in NEW MEXICO | 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

Global Dining

A Swanky Champagne Sunday Brunch Buffet | Biblioteka No 1 in Riga, Latvia

Vērmane Gardens is one of the prettiest public parks in the Baltics States and is located in the center of Riga, Latvia. It was one of my favorite places in the city and it made for a day of relaxing strolls, a canal boat ride and plenty of people watching while eating my bag of… Continue reading A Swanky Champagne Sunday Brunch Buffet | Biblioteka No 1 in Riga, Latvia

Global Dining

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

Global Dining

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

USA Travel

Desert Botanicals Gardens & the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion | Phoenix, Arizona

As my sun sign is in Capricorn, an earth sign, I enjoy anything with a grounding nature. That is why I have a deep fondness for mountains, forests, vegetable dishes and gardens. One of my favorite things to do while traveling is visit a garden, if my schedule permits. This might have to do with… Continue reading Desert Botanicals Gardens & the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion | Phoenix, Arizona

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

Global Dining

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

Food Journals

For the Love of Afternoon Tea – Part Two

During this precarious year of 2020, our ideas of normality had shifted. The uncertainty of this year changed how we thought, dined and socialized on all levels. I know for myself it had slowed down my international travel but it bumped up my domestic travels- masked, social distancing and all. Fortunately, I reside in Las… Continue reading For the Love of Afternoon Tea – Part Two

Global Dining

A Lavish Lunch at Gertrude’s | Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona

I may have enjoyed eating at Gertrude's more than visiting the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. This really should not come to anyone's surprise, considering that I practically live for a pleasant dining ambiance, great service and even better food. Also, I am sure that I spent just as much time eating at Gertrude's… Continue reading A Lavish Lunch at Gertrude’s | Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona

Global Dining

La Maison de Maggie | The Best Crepes in Las Vegas

That is my opinion but also the opinion of the Las Vegas community! Since 2015, Maggie has been creating authentic French crepes, galettes, baguette sandwiches and other true to her native homeland dishes. This cozy cafe was such a little French food powerhouse, that in 2018 they were awarded the 'Best of Las Vegas- Bronze… Continue reading La Maison de Maggie | The Best Crepes in Las Vegas

Global Dining

RAS – Restaurant Aan De Stroom in Antwerp, Belgium | Serendipitous & Sumptuous

There is no such thing as a coincidence especially when it comes to a food seeker and glorious food. I came across RAS by "accident" but I do believe that it was meant for me to have landed at their doors when they opened for lunch at 11:00 AM. I was wandering around Antwerp, Belgium… Continue reading RAS – Restaurant Aan De Stroom in Antwerp, Belgium | Serendipitous & Sumptuous

Food Journals

What I ate in THE NETHERLANDS – A Food Journal

This is how I ate my way through The Netherlands! On my last visit to this well loved country, I travelled outside of Amsterdam and into the cities of Den Haag, Delft, Arnhem and Maastricht. There were museums and city sights that I wanted to see and all this delicious food came in-between. From my… Continue reading What I ate in THE NETHERLANDS – A Food Journal

Food Journals

What I ate in THE BALKANS – Part 1 – A Food Journal

Over the last five years, I had traveled to every Eastern European and Balkan country- Hooray! This also means that I had tasted and journaled a lot of interesting cuisine along the way. This food journal covers three of those Balkan countries: Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia.  As I traveled from country to country,… Continue reading What I ate in THE BALKANS – Part 1 – A Food Journal