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

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

Global Dining

Farewell to the long running 21 Club | Manhattan, New York

There were many moments when I traveled to a country or dined at a notable restaurant, and I made it just in time. I had either missed a natural disaster, an act of violence, or in this case the closure of a legendary restaurant prior to the pandemic. My father and others who know me,… Continue reading Farewell to the long running 21 Club | Manhattan, New York

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

Historische Wurstküche zu Regensburg | The World’s Oldest Sausage House

Regensburg, Germany - I am a full fledged jetsetting gastronome and will travel for food. I must confess that I decided to take a day trip to Regensburg just so I could eat at one of the world's oldest restaurants, The Historic Sausage Kitchen. I was not expecting this old world Bavarian town to be… Continue reading Historische Wurstküche zu Regensburg | The World’s Oldest Sausage House

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

Zlata Ribica | One of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s Oldest Restaurants

The Triple Bridge in Ljubljana As a traveling gastronome, one of my goals is to taste many traditional dishes in the country or city that I am visiting. Slovenia had several regional dishes that I was curious on trying and I found three of them under one roof. Restaurant Zlata Ribica, is considered one of… Continue reading Zlata Ribica | One of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s Oldest Restaurants

Global Dining, Jetsetting

London’s Portobello Road Market | Beyond Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Portobello road, Portobello roadStreet where the riches of ages are stowed.Anything and everything a chap can unloadIs sold off the barrow in Portobello road.You'll find what you want in the Portobello road.- 'Portobello Road' Bedknobs and Broomsticks Soundtrack When I first told a friend that I wanted to visit Portobello Road Market, he asked "That's… Continue reading London’s Portobello Road Market | Beyond Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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

Laima Candy | Latvia’s #1 Sweets Since 1870

Riga, Latvia- It is not a secret that I always gravitate towards food or an eating establishment with history. It could be the oldest restaurant, the oldest bar or in this case- the oldest candy company. Laima Confections is based out of Riga, Latvia and became one of the largest candy manufacturers in the Baltic… Continue reading Laima Candy | Latvia’s #1 Sweets Since 1870

Global Dining

Lunching at RULES | London’s Oldest Restaurant

I had finally made it to the oldest restaurant in London! I had been wanting to dine at Rules for over a decade and after numerous trips to England, I finally made it a top priority. As a food enthusiast, I take my eating seriously and have a restaurant bucket list. Rules was on that… Continue reading Lunching at RULES | London’s Oldest Restaurant

Global Dining

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

Global Dining

Kalev-Maiasmokk Café | The Oldest Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

Crossing into Tallinn, Estonia by bus from Riga, Latvia marked a huge travel milestone for me. It was the moment that I had accomplished one of my big travel goals; to visit every Baltic State, Eastern European and Balkan country.  I did it in four years from the time that I fell in love with… Continue reading Kalev-Maiasmokk Café | The Oldest Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

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The Swanky STK Steakhouse | Las Vegas, Nevada

STK inside the Cosmopolitan is a swanky on The Strip steakhouse, with a club like vibe to it. One would think that the draw into STK would be that party feel with a live DJ in the house, but the food and cocktails are just as big of a draw. We had come in for… Continue reading The Swanky STK Steakhouse | Las Vegas, Nevada

Global Dining

Al Solito Posto | Las Vegas, Nevada

"I have been waiting for this!" That was the message I had received from a serious fine dining friend in Las Vegas. She then sent me an article about Al Solito Posto opening in Tivoli Village and I responded, "I have my calendar out, when are we going?" You see, I am fortunate to have… Continue reading Al Solito Posto | Las Vegas, Nevada

Global Dining

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

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Restoranas Lokys | The Forrest Food House in Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius, the charming and historic capital of Lithuania, is a captivating city with a myriad of architectural styles and cobble stone streets, but with a youthful and bright disposition. Shortly after the fall of communism in the region, Vilnius was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, specifically the Historic Centre. Political centre… Continue reading Restoranas Lokys | The Forrest Food House in Vilnius, Lithuania

Global Dining

Lunch at Inat Kuca | Sarajevo’s Legendary Spite House

The capital city and cultural hub of Bosnia and Herzegovina is Sarajevo. This fascinating city sits within a basin surrounded by a lush green mountainous valley. Sarajevo has been known for its many cultural layers and various civilizations, once being considered a great melting pot of the world's major religions. It is an interesting city… Continue reading Lunch at Inat Kuca | Sarajevo’s Legendary Spite House