October 31, 2014

Restaurant Review: The Columbia in Ybor City

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); More than 100 years old and located in the cigar capital of the world, the Columbia restaurant’s historic Ybor City location is the original restaurant from which the other Florida locations were born. The restaurant has also been awarded the national prize for best Cubano sandwich [...]

Union Station: Harrisonburg, Va’s Hot Spot for Happy Hour, Po’ Boys and More

Union Station Decor

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); My first thought upon walking into Union Station?

Lessons Learned on a Snowy Day in Boston

Boston-Skyline

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; My sister Regina and I always spend a day together for our birthdays. Since mine is in July, the options are better for play. Hers is in January, and the best options — those involving sun and warmth — also involve substantial planning and cost. So, this year, she decided she [...]

Restaurant Review: G’Vanni’s Ristorante of Boston

North-End

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; A trip to Boston, for me, necessarily includes a trip to the North End. It’s a flashback both to my childhood and my college years in Cleveland, Ohio. Listening to the residents interacting, walking through the close streets, smelling the amazing aromas that abound in the North End all bring me [...]

Restaurant Review – Charleston’s

Charlestons

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; I had never heard of this restaurant ’til a recent visit to Phoenix.  I had been hearing from a friend about an amazing salmon dish included on their menu.  He couldn’t use enough positive words to describe it. So, when I was in Phoenix, we included dinner at Charleston’s, and being [...]

Restaurant Review – Manuel’s Phoenix

Manuels

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Phoenix. When it comes to food, first thoughts lean toward Tex-Mex or Mexican. Decisions are not easy.  However, having a local help with the picking makes all the difference. My first meal in Phoenix was at Manuel’s on Cave Creek. Manuel’s is a mid-priced [...]

Hanging Out on the North Shore

Hawaii

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Living on the island of Oahu afforded me the  time to discover the hidden treasures of the island. I enjoyed three years of exploring the island and made time to discover some favorite places.

Restaurant Review – P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

PF-Chang

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; What I love is when a recommended restaurant lives up to the recommendation. I’ve been hearing about P.F. Chang’s China Bistro for a while now…in t.v. shows, from friends, from family.  The nearest location to home is well over two hours away.  So, on a recent trip to Phoenix, I was [...]

Texas Roadhouse

Texas-Roadhouse

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; As a rule, I don’t tout chain restaurants.  There’s too much room for inconsistency from store to store.  I believe I’ve found an exception.  I recently had the opportunity to dine at Texas Roadhouse in two different states.   The quality was consistent.  It was fun…unlimited peanuts in the shell and an [...]

Restaurant Review: Yoder’s in Sarasota

Apple-Pie

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Recently, my sister and I went to Florida to celebrate her birthday.  We have a 92-year-old uncle who lives there, and any trip to Florida includes a visit to Uncle Frank.  Similarly, any visit with Uncle Frank includes a meal out.  This time was no different.  I did not know there [...]

Dutch Heritage House – Amish food in Florida

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; I grew up in the northeast corner of Ohio, and Sunday drives were part and parcel of that growing up. Several times a year, we’d end up in Amish country.  Our sole purpose was to pick up fudge made with goat’s milk, a remarkable treat if you’ve never had it.  Anyway, [...]

Hacienda Pinsaqui: A Restaurant & Hotel Review

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); On a recent trip to Ecuador, we took a day trip to the world-famous Otavalo market. When the subject arose as to where to have lunch, a friend told us this place was a must to try. Want to know how we made out? Read on.

Restaurant Review: Cactus Café in Cumbaya, Ecuador

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Just outside of Quito, Ecuador in the suburb of Cumbaya is a quaint and welcoming restaurant called the Cactus Café. We had a chance to try out the menu on recent trip there. Read on to find out about our experience and reactions.

Restaurant Review: El Convento

El Convento in Lonato Italy

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Photo Credit: TrekHound.Com Driving from Desenzano in northern Italy on the rural road that leads to Lonato proper you’ll find a precious, memory-making restaurant known as El Convento.