Clementine Cafe: Breakfast in Winnipeg, Manitoba

“Eat this – it’ll help” encourages the white-neon sign on the white exposed-brick wall. Its early afternoon on Sunday at Clementine Café and five cooks dressed in black T-shirts orchestrate brunch from the open kitchen. This is comfort food at its best. Location: Clementine Café located in the Exchange District at 123 Princess Street, Winnipeg,…

Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama: 2018 America’s Best

Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alabama, has consistently ranked at the top in every list of . Recently, though, the James Beard Foundation gave it the award for being the best of the best in America, 2018 Outstanding Restaurant, and that comes after being a finalist for nine years. Those who dine there concur….

Ingredients for Success at Harper and Madison, Billings, Montana

For owner Joanie Swords, love is the first ingredient. Joanie brought Harper and Madison to life in a former neighborhood market dating back to 1925. She also set out to perform an experiment. If the focus was on love – love of staff and patrons –  rather than money, would the restaurant succeed? Seven years later,…

The Tides Restaurant in Bodega Bay – Site of The Birds

Its claim to fame is being the restaurant in the 1963 thriller .  That building is long gone, but the name remains – The Tides – as does an interesting display on the wall, complete with photos, newspaper articles and other artifacts telling about the making of the movie and Bodega Bay’s role in the…

At Tandem Carrboro, World Cuisine Joins Fresh Local Products

Take one highly trained Moroccan chef. Add one lovely Englishwoman with years of managing casual dining and hotel restaurants. Sprinkle with love and marriage. The result? Tandem Carrboro in Carrboro, North Carolina, snugged up right next to the university town of Chapel Hill. Chef Younes Sabouh and his wife and partner Emma Dunbar Sabouh opened…

Sunday Brunch At Real de Chapala Hotel – Ajijic, Mexico

If you should find yourself in Ajijic, Mexico, on a Sunday morning, make your way down the cobblestone streets to Real de Chapala for brunch with a capital B. Both locals and tourists flock here for what is described as “the best brunch in town.” While the food can’t be beaten, neither can the view…

Hostaria Osottoosopra: Fantastic Neighborhood Restaurant in Venice

Hostaria Osottoosopra is that great little restaurant every tourist prays they will find in Venice.  A wonderful neighborhood eatery off the beaten path, this is the restaurant you hope you wander into as you stroll through the maze of Venice. Location:  Calle S. Pantalon, 5754  , Italy. This neighborhood restaurant is next to the Chiesa di San Pantalon, not…

Authentic Cuban Cuisine at The Latin Pig in Plano, Texas

Locally owned and operated by an enterprising mother-daughter twosome, Ana Castillo and Ana Castillo-Guerrero, I must say The Latin Pig Restaurant is about as close as you can get to experiencing Cuba in your own backyard. Ana’s mother is the main chef and serves up handed down the from the late New York chef and…

Mon Ami Louis a French Brasserie Restaurant in Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge spans Winnipeg’s Red River, between the Forks historical district and the St. Boniface neighborhood, one of the largest French-speaking communities in Canada outside of Quebec. In the middle of this bridge is Mon Ami Louis Brasserie Restaurant, the only restaurant in North America located on a bridge. The restaurant’s curved…