Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro in St. Petersburg, Florida

It is the only waterfront restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.  As I peruse the menu, the song, “Sitting on the dock of the bay,” is running through my head. Otis Redding sang about San Francisco Bay, but the song works just as well on Tampa Bay.   Whether you’re dining around sunset, enjoy yacht gawking,…

The Bakery Cafe in Kathmandu, Nepal

I was taken to The Bakery Café in Kathmandu for lunch by a tour guide during a day of sightseeing.  It seemed like a typical Nepalese restaurant at first glance.  After looking at the menu I realized the menu offered a wide variety of cuisines, including American pizza and burgers, Tibetan Momo, a fixed Nepali…

Restaurante Tilapias El Pavon near Uvita, Costa Rica

Restaurante Tilapias El Pavon is the Costa Rican version of Farm to Table.  In fact, the table is on the farm.  This is truly an off the beaten path place worth finding.  The attractions to the area are waterfalls and a crystal clear swimming hole. Location: Near Uvita, Costa Rica in the South Pacific region….

Cafe Aqua Azul in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Location, Location, Location.  It matters in the restaurant business.  We found Café Aqua Azul because it was walking distance to our rental villa in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.  We passed it every day on our walk from our villa atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean down to the beach.  Not only was the location…

Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons in Savannah, Georgia

Intro:  Paula Deen started as The Bag Lady, making bag lunches in her home for sons Bobby and Jamie to deliver to local Savannah offices.  Her cooking because so popular she opened her first restaurant, The Lady, in the Best Western Hotel in 1991.  In 1996 she moved to the old Sears & Roebuck building…

Cheese Curds, Burgers and Boozy Shakes at DLUX in Madison, Wisconsin

There is no question, DLUX is a Wisconsin-spun burger and shake joint. One glance at the appetizers of Fried Cheese Curds, Fried Pickles and Buffalo Chicken Nachos smothered in bleu cheese and it is obvious the menu is locally inspired. Does anyone dare to order a burger without cheese in Wisconsin? Location: 117 Martin Luther…

Graft in Downtown Madison, Wisconsin

Graft is a small plates restaurant inspired by wine and the bounty of Midwestern ingredients. A friendly, knowledgeable wait staff creates a warm and welcoming environment. If the source of your food is important to you, the staff at Graft will be able to tell you where the food comes from. Location: 18 North Carroll…

Art, Brew and Local Food at 712 Eat + Drink in Council Bluffs, Iowa

“Details are the difference between good and great.”  This is the concept followed by owners Janie and Ryan Rogers and Brandon Juon, three life-long residents of Council Bluffs, Iowa who operate 712 Eat + Drink. The restaurant is named for the local area code.  Located just across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska, this neighborhood…

A Farm to Table Dinner at The Wildflower Cafe in Mason, Ohio

The goal of the owners of the Wildflower Café is to lovingly serve delicious food that has grown with integrity from local and organic farms.  Mission accomplished.  Quality local ingredients, minimal environmental impact, and sustainable local economics are the cornerstone of this farm to table restaurant.  The menu never gets old, as it is always…