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You Expect Me to Eat HOW Many Courses?!

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Everyone has their own definition of what “fine dining” is. Some consider white tablecloth and candlelight-adorned tables with white-clad servers to be typical of a fine dining establishment. Others think it’s all about the food; from the artistic presentation and use of garnish to the number of courses offered and the portion size. But opinions aside, they are all correct. ... Read More »

Wine Country Day Tripping

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Day trippers intent on wine tasting often overlook the city of Napa’s charming historic downtown. Visitors can stroll along and admire turn-of-the-20th-century houses and buildings in a variety of architectural styles, including Art Deco, Spanish Colonial and Victorian Gothic. One local landmark is the restored 1880 Napa Valley Opera House at 1030 Main St. The town is also a departure ... Read More »

A Small but Mighty Gem in Homer, Alaska

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Café Cups call themselves a local art and dinner house. I call them the cutest restaurant I have ever seen. The dining room décor is high-end eclectic and quirky with vibrant colored lighting, vases and accent pieces. You will not be able to take your eyes off of the blown-glass artwork. You will want to, and can, stand up to ... Read More »

Fun with Mexican Food Name Games

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The next time you are at your favorite Mexican restaurant, test the owner/chef’s culinary/geographic prowess by asking if they know what is a Tampiquena? They’ll likely explain that it is a delicious Mexican dish of a juicy grilled skirt steak and red rice, likely served with a mole enchilada on the side. But repeat the question asking them, what is ... Read More »

Jet Boating on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River

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When visiting southern Oregon in the summer do not miss taking a jet boat on the Rogue River with Hellgate Jetboat Excursions , a AAA approved attraction, who have been in operation since 1959. Nearly 100,000 people take a jet boat each summer with Hellgate Jetboat Excursions – an amazing fact! The company strictly adheres to marine safety rules. I ... Read More »

Battle of the Big Apple Restaurants

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When I was in New York for five days last month I definitely wanted to take advantage of the city’s fabulous food scene. Street vendor carts? Check. (See my “On the Prowl for Street Eats in NYC” blog.) Fine dining? Not on my budget. All-time favorites? I decided I had to have a burger, and I had to have pizza. ... Read More »

On the Prowl for Street Eats in NYC

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Let’s face it:  The Big Apple is one of the world’s great food cities. Although it has more than its share of world-renowned restaurants—I’m talking AAA Five Diamond worthy—it’s the food trucks and street carts that offer big bang for your buck. During a recent stay in Midtown Manhattan I experienced twin foodie pleasures, one a time-honored icon and one ... Read More »

Burgers Galore

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Here’s a restaurant trend I can get behind: gourmet burgers! (As for my actual behind as I pursue this trend, the less said, the better!) Chuck’s – Raleigh, NC The popular, tiny cafe serves craft burgers with house-ground chuck patties, available in 5 oz or half-pound versions, and gourmet toppings, like the Dirty South with smoked pork shoulder, roasted tomato ... Read More »

“ARE THOSE TEARS IN YOUR EYES?”

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Sometimes there is a moment when you’re dining out that something is just so perfect it makes you want to weep. It could just be how hungry you are, the people you are with, or the wine you’re pairing with your meal, but at times you just need to shake your head at the sublimeness of the moment. It doesn’t even have ... Read More »

AAA Inspectors Share 10 Favorite Comfort Food Restaurants

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Cozy cafes and simple eateries beckon travelers with down-home favorites like pot pies and skillet scrambles Some of the most exciting aspects of travel are seeing new sights, experiencing different cultures and sampling unfamiliar cuisines. Yet every now and then, even the most die-hard road warrior can become a bit homesick. That’s when just the sight and smells of favorite ... Read More »