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AAA Inspectors Share 10 Favorite Comfort Food Restaurants

Cap City Fine Diner & Bar_Gahanna_OH_3

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 »

AAA Adds 14 Five Diamond Hotels and Restaurants for 2014

Restaurant Le Patriarche, Québec, Canada

Read the inspector notes on AAA’s Newest and Oldest Five Diamond Honorees. Only 124 luxurious hotels and 59 world-class restaurants across North America were selected to receive the travel authority’s highest property rating ORLANDO, Fla., (Jan. 17, 2014) – Today AAA announced the 183 select establishments that earned the AAA/CAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them ... Read More »

My Hotel and Restaurant Hang-Ups


A while ago, one of my colleagues wrote a AAA TravelViews blog post about his Top Ten Restaurant Pet Peeves. It was a great blog, and I couldn’t agree more with his list. Reading that got me thinking about some of the things that really bother me in restaurants and hotels — and some things that are broad enough to ... Read More »

Top San Antonio Vacation Information


If you’re vacationing in Texas this summer, I encourage you to visit San Antonio. The city’s Alamo, Riverwalk, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld again have been named as some of the state’s top tourist attractions. Of course San Antonio has many other equally fun attractions — Texas Air Museum, San Antonio Children’s Museum, Tower of the Americas, La Villita, ... Read More »

Two Women Walk into a Resutoran


Eating out while traveling is as important to me as doing anything else at a destination. It’s often what I get most excited about. I usually put time into researching the laundry list of things I want to try. Sure, for my travel mates with more particular palates, this can be an annoyance, but we all should be passionate about ... Read More »

Celebrity Chefs Entertain at South Beach Food Event


The South Beach Wine and Food Festival, commonly known as SOBEWFF, is arguably the most important annual food event on the planet. Sponsored by the Food Network and Food & Wine magazine, it features present-day food artisans known simply as Emeril, Nigella, Giada, Martha, Guy, Paula, Anthony, Bobby, Tyler and the list goes on. This four-day, calorie-rich indulgence is sure ... Read More »

Get Acquainted with the New Restaurant Lexicon


A question I am asked often relates to the meanings of the designations sometimes found on restaurant menus or websites. Here is my quick and easy answer for those who just want a general idea. Longer more precise definitions are available elsewhere. These examples all are in Minnesota. Farm to Table: These restaurants have partnered with a specific local farm ... Read More »

Luau: A Taste of Hawaiian Culture and Tradition


Aloha! One experience visitors should not miss when visiting the Hawaiian Islands is a luau. I have had the opportunity to experience and evaluate a couple of luaus. They are not only a fun activity but also an educational one. I highly recommend Germaine’s Luau on the island of O’ahu in Kapolei. Germaine’s has been hosting visitors at its luau ... Read More »

What a Difference a Diamond Can Make

Photo: Michael Troutman/

What a day I had! I was working the Monterey Peninsula and went into one of my favorite restaurants, The Fish Hopper, on Cannery Row. It has always had a strong AAA Two Diamond rating but never quite made it to a Three Diamond … until today. As I entered the restaurant, I noticed it had been completely renovated with ... Read More »

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