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Livermore…Not Less

Did you know that great wines are made in the California’s Livermore valley?  Everyone knows about the great wines produced in Napa and Sonoma, but Livermore?  Maybe not! Livermore valley is close to Napa and Sonoma, about an hour’s drive south toward San Jose, but it is a world apart from the flashiness and fanfare […]

1May2011 | | 1 comment | Continued

Chinatowns from East Coast to West

Amanda and I are always thrilled to explore and eat in the Chinatown of any city, but there is nothing to compare to the excitement, energy, and abundance of great food that can be found in the Chinatowns of New York City and San Francisco. In New York, Manhattan’s bustling Chinatown is packed with in-your-face […]

17Mar2011 | | 2 comments | Continued

Driving the California Coast

After running the gauntlet of the deadly LA traffic we turned our car into highway 1 to begin one of the most beautiful drives of our trip.  The coastal California highway took us through Santa Barbra where we stopped for a great SoCal lunch.  This drive also offered gorgeous views of the Channel Islands National […]

8Feb2011 | | 1 comment | Continued

Savoring San Diego

Finally we made it to the west coast!  Amanda and I drove west through western Arizona over desert, rocky hills, and giant man made rivers that flowed parallel to the highway.  Storm clouds were ignited by a fiery pacific sunset as we passed through one last, giant mountain range that delivered us into the warm […]

26Jan2011 | | 2 comments | Continued

Holiday Feastivities

Amanda and I spent this holiday in Ohio, and we weren’t the only ones!  My parents had a total of 12 adults and 1 baby over for the holidays, and we were there to have a great time and help cook several meals for all. Family and food are the two main factors when it […]

19Jan2011 | | 1 comment | Continued

Fry Bread And How It Came To Be

Fry bread is cooked and eaten by many Native American tribes all over the western United States.  Recipes for fry bread vary from tribe to tribe and is served with many different accompaniments, including chile beans or topped with taco ingredients for a “Navajo Taco.”  Fry bread is also eaten as a dessert with jam, […]

14Jan2011 | | 2 comments | Continued

A Forest in the Arizona Desert

A petrified forest in the middle of the desert?  I imagined shimmering forests of sparkling, stony wood soaring high overhead.  Ancient conifers sealed in time with mossy-banked streams and forest critters scampering about .  As we drove through the desert toward the Petrified Forest National Park in northern Arizona, without a tree or stream to […]

10Jan2011 | | 0 comments | Continued

Sumptuous Santa Fe

Red and green chilies, blue corn tortillas, pink adobe—Santa Fe New Mexico is a very colorful place.  This town is packed with local art, culture, and flavor to match.  Our stay in this mountain art city began to pique our curiosity for southwestern art and flavor, and satisfied our long-standing craving for hot and heady […]

2Jan2011 | | 0 comments | Continued

Waking Up in the Guadaloupe Mountains

Even as an avid camper, I have never much enjoyed setting up camp in the dark.  However, when pitching a tent and cooking dinner after nightfall there is one thing that never fails to amaze me – waking up in the morning and seeing my surroundings for the first time. As Amanda and my adventure […]

28Dec2010 | | 0 comments | Continued

Lone Star Pit BBQ Stands Alone

Every barbeque fanatic has a personal preference about which style, or styles, are the best.  Southerners often favor the type of barbeque he or she grew up eating.  Personally, I come from the barbeque wasteland of Ohio.  While many of us Northerners missed out on growing up with a strong and specific barbeque culture, those […]

20Dec2010 | | 1 comment | Continued