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Celebrate La Poutine Week!

The famed Québécois dish called Poutine forms the center of a week of Food Festivals, especially in Canada, where the dish originated. French fries, topped with cheddar cheese curds and brown gravy started in the province of Québec, Canada, but … Continue reading

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National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day!

Visit an art gallery today and let your troubles melt into the creative genius that surrounds you. Or choose an artist… one of your personal favorites. And look up all of their works online.   Say, “Ahhhhh.” Or check out … Continue reading

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National Oysters Rockefeller Day

This appetizer classic was first created to simply fill in for the snails that were highly heralded in New Orleans’ French Quarter in the late 1800s, at a time when a snail shortage was plaguing the restaurants.  Jules Alciatore, son … Continue reading

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National English Toffee Day

If you’re unfamiliar with English toffee, think of a Heath bar, which has an English toffee core. So, how many generations have enjoyed the sweet confection known as English toffee? Every generation since the early 19th century. There are subtle … Continue reading

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National Tempura Day

Our “food mood” is determined by more than just flavors. Texture also plays an important role. When light and crispy, but not greasy tug at your heartstrings, tempura is perfect! Japanese chefs spend many years perfecting their tempura technique, but … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

    A couple of days before Christmas, Sir Ronald and I went to a lovely holiday event at the historic Lake Lure Inn in Lake Lure, North Carolina.               The 1927 setting proved … Continue reading

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National Bouillabaisse Day

  Bouillabaisse is a hearty seafood stew that harkens back to ancient Greece, where Marseille was founded in 600 BC. To be authentic, the classic French soup must include Provence, France’s indigenous red scorpion fish.   However, in the United … Continue reading

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Memorable Moments, Silly Sidebars, and Terrific Takeaways

  Although Paradise is powerful, we could not stay forever, utterly absorbed in our visit there… although it is tempting.     We so enjoyed our trip to the Hawaiian Islands and our visit with my sister Deborah in Kaua’i. … Continue reading

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Na’Aina Kai Sculpture Park

I find it fitting that bronze sculptures of founders Ed and Joyce Doty now grace the Na’Aina Kai Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Park in an area where she often sketched out her ideas, as her husband would sit with her … Continue reading

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Botanical Wonderland

I cannot possibly end my ramblings about visiting Kaua’i without taking you to the North Shore and delving into horticulture. For Ron and me, experiencing all this alongside my sister, Deborah, gave us wonderful insights and up-close, local experiences one … Continue reading

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Big Island Eruption Time

With Mauna Loa on the Big Island erupting again for the first time since 1984, she has been long overdue. Volcanoes are interesting. Officially, there are 161 volcanoes that are considered “potentially active” in the U.S. 48 are in continuing … Continue reading

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Kauai Movie Buff Alert!

  While visiting Kauai, we learned of many places that have served as perfect settings for film and video. More than 70 movies and television series have used the island of Kauai for settings that have depicted a vast array … Continue reading

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Lessons and Learning

While visiting the island of Kauai, we stayed at the Marriott Waiohai Beach Club on the south shore in the Poipu Beach area.   The grounds are simply gorgeous… so much so that hubby says he wants to marry the … Continue reading

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The Oldest Hawaiian Island

Cruising toward Kauai, our final island on our Hawaiian tour, I spied where the Kalalea Mountain range stretches to the sea in the northeastern portion of the island.     I later learned that the two jagged peaks at the … Continue reading

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National Happy Hour Day

Before we can enjoy Happy Hour, we must dance our way through several other hours first. Let me begin with a little Big Island info.     Of the 13 distinct climates found on Earth, 11 are right here on … Continue reading

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National Sundae Day

Sundae makes Fun Day on each and every day you choose. But must “I scream; you scream; we all scream for ice cream” necessitate traditional ice cream in that sundae? I used to think so. But now I’ve been introduced … Continue reading

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The Big Island

Being greeted by a rainbow as we cruised into the harbor, we knew we were in for a great day. And a wonderful new adventure! The Big Island is home to Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano. Simply having to … Continue reading

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Here Today… Gone to Maui

On our cruise, we got to enjoy 2 days docked at the Kahului Port on the island of Maui, known as The Valley Island. Cruising into the harbor, I could easily see how the warm moisture from the Pacific Ocean … Continue reading

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National Nachos Day

I love nachos of all sorts. A marvelous Mexican chef and restauranteur taught me to make them with a single layer of chips, individually adorned with cheese, sauce, and any other finely diced toppings you need. That is still my … Continue reading

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Yes! Oahu Is Correct!

Sean O’Kane got it right! He recognized the classic spot on the North Shore near the Polynesian Cultural Center. Ron and I spent just a couple of days on Oahu, before boarding a cruise ship. We stayed 3 nights on … Continue reading

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Guess Where We Are!

Yes, it’s an island… a very specific island. Can you name it? (Only true guesses, please. Just email, text, or private message to me if you know because Sir Ronald or I shared the info.) Think now… the visual and … Continue reading

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National North Carolina Day

Since we now call North Carolina our home, I must salute this day properly. As a child, I knew of North Carolina as “First in Flight” thanks to the Wright brothers making history in Kitty Hawk. As the years passed, … Continue reading

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National Dumpling Day

Pick a culture or pick a dumpling! In America, I must admit that our dumplings are pretty boring… typically baked filled pastry or pieces of dough added to a dish & usually boiled, as for soup. That likely harkens back … Continue reading

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National Monte Cristo Day

Warning! If you are dieting, stop reading now. Just look away. I am a sucker for fabulous local eats when we travel. Thus, in France, a Croque-Monsieur always lands on our plate at some roadside bistro… along with a glass … Continue reading

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International Chocolate Day

Cacao beans are native to Central and South America. However, chocolate is easily one of the world’s favorite flavors. Thus, there’s no surprise that chocolate ranks its own international day of celebration. From chocolate bars (invented in England and perfected … Continue reading

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National Welsh Rarebit Day

One legend says that this cheesy dish was first developed by Welsh peasants seeking a substitute for expensive meat. There are records of the dish in Wales dating back to the 1500s under the name “caws pobi,” meaning toasted cheese … Continue reading

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Vesuvius Day

Each year, this day pays tribute to the most well-known eruption of one of history’s deadliest volcanoes, Mount Vesuvius, still active today. From August 24-25, 79 AD, the mountain violently spewed 1.5 million tons per second of molten rock and … Continue reading

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National Hamburger Day!

Pick a burger, any burger… fresh or frozen. Today is the day to dig in! Choose your favorite, be it a basic burger or the cheesiest possible. Perhaps you like some of the nation’s regional flavor twists or a simple … Continue reading

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National Mimosa Day

This is a day to celebrate brunch’s favorite adult beverage… a simple drink made from equal parts of champagne and orange juice. While variations abound, it was named “Mimosa” as the color closely resembles the flowers of the plant bearing … Continue reading

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Edible Book Day

Incredible Edibles happen to be a favorite of mine. And Edible Book Day is no April Fool’s Day joke. The French gourmet, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (born on April 1, 1755) wrote “The Physiology of Taste” (1825), which became the gastronome’s bible. … Continue reading

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National Virtual Vacation Day

Let’s go! Covid lockdowns and subsequent fears of spreading infection encouraged most of us to learn to get more comfortable in our own skin… in our own homes… in our own space. Many positive outcomes grew…. From folks learning to … Continue reading

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Happy National Soup It Forward Day!

Yes! This is a real thing. Every March 3rd National Soup It Forward Day encourages us to deliver love and kindness by the bowlful because a warm cup of kindness comes in many forms. To that end, I gleefully serve … Continue reading

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Florida Book Signing

Saturday, November 10, 2018 11am – 4pm I am pleased to announce that I was selected to have my books featured at the upcoming Author Book Fair at the Collier County South Regional Library on 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway in … Continue reading

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Enjoying Paradise and Helping People

If you like island living… or vacationing… Antigua offers a beautiful and relaxing escape.  We just returned from a week of sun, fun, and superb dining, even a scrumptious grilled Caribbean lobster-stuffed lobster.  This came as a big of a … Continue reading

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Super Simple Sweetheart Goodies

For Valentines Day and beyond, look for easy recipes.  They can be assembled quickly with few ingredients.  You can find yummy ideas in some unexpected places. For example, in the Dockside Dining… Back for Thirds cookbook, recipes were designed for backyard … Continue reading

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Sparks and Bonta Fans Celebrate!

Since Chuck Rolecek closed his celebrated C.R. Sparks restaurant in Bedford, NH in 2010, the ensuing gap has never been filled.  In Hampton, Bonta regulars feared the very same fate when Bonta was sold.  Little did they know that the … Continue reading

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Scrumptious Says It All

I had not been to Florence’s since the 1990’s, when it was in a completely different Merrimack location and founder, Florence Foti, also had a Boston restaurant.  Since Florence’s reopened (with daughter Florence at the helm) in the current location … Continue reading

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Good Pub Great Deck

We’ve enjoyed great sunsets from the Junior’s Crush House deck in Gilford, New Hampshire, including this beauty.  Junior’s is a distinctly “bar-with-a-kitchen” establishment, versus a restaurant with a bar.  There are a few regular tables in the area outside the … Continue reading

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Bar Harbor GREAT Steamers

In Bar Harbor, Maine you’ll find plenty of local culture and history.  It’s a lovely little town in which to walk around.  For me, scoring a lobster or lobster roll is a must-do activity.  I trust the locals for restaurant … Continue reading

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Best Steaks in New Hampshire

We enjoy great steaks, especially rib-eyes, and Buckley’s consistently delivers the best in New Hampshire.  At our dinner party the other night, most of us couldn’t resist the Kansas City Rib-Eye special of the night.  The steaks had been rubbed … Continue reading

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