Cafe 43, at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas

On my first trip to The George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, I discovered a perfect place for a casually elegant lunch, Café 43, in the west corner of the library complex. I really didn’t know what to expect, but a quote from Mrs. Laura Bush said it best: “This will always be a…

Pop’s: A Taste of Italy on Coastal Mississippi

When you think of Coastal Mississippi it is generally either seafood or BBQ that come to mind. Pop’s Pizzeria is a place where you can get mouthwatering New York-style pizza and other casual Italian food that is authentic and reasonably priced. Location:  Pop’s Pizzeria is located at 921G Cedar Lake Road in Biloxi, Mississippi. It…

The Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Some say that eating really good food is a “religious experience.” At The Church Brew Works, they are not far from wrong. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was established in 1902 serving the community for almost 100 years until the doors closed in 1993. The building lay dormant and untouched until the doors reopened…

Dragon Palace Brings Qing Dynasty Culture to Daniel Island, South Carolina

Step into the Dragon Palace on Daniel Island, Charleston, South Carolina to be transported into Imperial China during the height of the Qing Dynasty. Established more than 15 years ago, the Dragon Palace is Charleston’s first Imperial Garden Chinese Bistro. The entire restaurant was built in Taiwan, in consultation with master craftsmen and artists, dismantled…

Peru on a Plate at Barra Lima

My favorite place to eat in Lima Peru is perched on a high bar stool in front of the open kitchen of Barra Lima watching the meticulous preparation of the Peruvian delights I am about to enjoy. I have been here many times and never cease to be amazed at the delicate presentation; and the…

Klinglwirt: Munich’s Organic Bavarian Restaurant

Serving traditional, hearty Bavarian dishes like knödel (potato dumplings), spätzle (egg noodles), and sauerkraut in scrumptious sauces, Klinglwirt in Munich, Germany, is a truly local restaurant.  The best part? It’s all organic. Self-branded as “Bayrisch & Bio,” Klinglwirt maintains high standards of sustainability in its food sourcing, which the staff and website freely promote.  All…

Lunch at The Ivy at Dawson Street, Dublin, Ireland

“It’s a lavish experience that adds a pop of color to your life,” said my daughter when she insisted we go.  “It’s a trendy place.” A new restaurant, the Ivy at Dawson Street is the first Irish brasserie from its father company, The Ivy, West Street, London. The Ivy Collection, well-known in England for its…

Pizza & More at Sal & Mookie’s, Biloxi

Don’t let the name fool you! Yes, Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint has great, authentic New York-style pizza. They also have an ice cream bar right in the middle of the restaurant. But, oh, they have so much more. If you haven’t experienced Sal & Mookie’s, you are in for…

Review: Barrio Queen, Scottsdale, Arizona

Step inside the Mexican soul food restaurant, Barrio Queen, in Scottsdale, Arizona and you’ll discover a funky downtown vibe, authentic margaritas, and delicious regional fare. Day of the Dead inspired decor greets you with bright colors splashed across the interior and sugar skull artwork tucked here and there. Outside on the patio it’s a lively…