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,…

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…

Victoria Valley Vineyard Café, Greenville, South Carolina

A short drive up the mountain from Greenville, South Carolina, will find you on the side of a mountain in rural Cleveland. However, when you round the curve and spot a Chateau on the side of a mountain you may think you have been magically transported to France. You will soon be happily eating a…

Romancing the Stove: A Review of Robert et Louise, Paris

Looking for your next Parisian meal at a low key, fun, and friendly restaurant? Then THIS is THE PLACE to be. Found in the hip and trendy Marais (in Paris, France), if you’re not paying attention you might miss this bistro. Petit in size, the deep maroon and brown colors on the façade will have…

Cafe Sante in Boyne City, Michigan

After a full day outside in the crisp air tackling the snow-covered trails in Northern Michigan, outdoor enthusiasts are usually ready for a satisfying après-ski dining experience that includes delicious food and a festive atmosphere. Just six miles from Boyne Mountain ski resort, the small town (population 4000), of Boyne City boasts half a dozen…

The Dead Fish: Elegant Surf and Turf on the Banks of the Napa River

Tucked away in Crockett, California, an hour outside of San Francisco where the San Pablo Bay meets the Napa River, lies a local favorite, The Dead Fish. Specializing in Pacific Coast Dungeness crab, The Dead Fish is an elegant Surf and Turf comfort food experience that draws you in with its charm and quality. It’s…

The Hardware Store Restaurant: Great Food & Meeting Place on Vashon Island

A quick ferry ride from either Seattle or Tacoma, the Hardware Store Restaurant has become a local favorite on Vashon Island. The restaurant was created with a vision of providing great food and a community gathering place. Vision accomplished! Location:  17601 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, Washington Menu: The Hardware Store Restaurant provides typical northwest fare for…

Terra American Bistro: New American Food in San Diego

Many may get turned off by the location of Terra American Bistro, but the neighborhood locals know it’s a gem in disguise.  It’s definitely a little obscure and not in a prominent area known for exceptionally great food, however, once you pass through the threshold, you are pleasantly surprised.  If you enjoy phenomenal, fresh, and…

The Legendary Cafe de la Paix: A Parisian Institution

Established in 1862, Café de la Paix is one of the oldest and best-known restaurants in the city of light. It also has one of the best views from its terrace—the iconic Paris Opera House. Over the years, a who’s who of customers spent many an hour nursing a drink or grabbing a bite…from Victor…

Italian Brunch at Casa Nostra, Leesburg, Virginia

Always in search of new Italian eateries near us, we happened upon Casa Nostra in the small town of Leesburg, Virginia, where we were able to enjoy a fine dining experience with our children and grandchildren on a beautiful Saturday morning. Location:   2 W Market St, Leesburg, Menu:  Everywhere we travel we are in…