Big Island Aloha Mix Food Truck, Naalehu

The Southernmost Food Truck in the USA, the Aloha Mix Food Truck, sits with six picnic tables in the owner’s grassy front yard right in the middle of the small town Naalehu on The Big Island of Hawaii. As we deboarded our flight to Kona, the man in front of us was telling his seatmates…

Flavor Blossoms at Thai Bloom, Beaverton, Oregon

Thai Bloom is renowned for its authentic Thai food and has a reputation as one of the best Thai restaurants in the Beaverton area. Location: Thai Bloom is located at 3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, Oregon. Menu: Thai Bloom offers a large menu of traditional Thai dishes including appetizers, curry dishes, noodles, soups, stir-fries,…

Holler and Dash Biscuit House in Celebration, Florida

With a mission to make the world better, one biscuit at a time, Holler and Dash updates comfort food and redefines fast food. Owned by Cracker Barrel, Holler and Dash has been described as the “Cracker Barrel for Millennials.”   I stopped in for a quick bite of sustenance before a day of adventure in Kissimmee,…

Eat Like a Local: The Lighthouse Café & Deli–San Pedro, California

When the prime rib is tender and tasty, the chicken fried steak is obviously made from scratch, the whiteboard specials include Cajun snapper with a fresh tomato spinach salsa, the room is full of locals, and the staff laughs a lot… well, you know you’re where you ought to be eating. Add in an oceanside…

The State Room in East Lansing, Michigan

It’s a Wednesday evening at The State Room and here’s the scene – in a semi-private area of the restaurant there’s an event dinner teaching food and wine pairings. In another area, hotel guests are conducting a business dinner, and our table is celebrating my birthday. A lot is going on yet, the servers are…

Jaleo: Rousing Success in Disney Springs, Florida

The long-awaited Orlando opening of Jaleo by Jose Andres is a stunning success. The largest of his restaurants, so far, gleams and amazes its diners, both visually and gastronomically. Location: 1482 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, Florida (inside Disney Springs) Menu: The menu at Jaleo consists of Spanish cuisine presented in an extensive variety of tapas,…

Chilling at Sophie’s Steakhouse in Chelsea, London

Are you one of those that scoff at British food? Well, be prepared to change your mind when you visit the iconic Sophie’s Steakhouse, a Chelsea institution. The owners focus on serving top-quality British beef and food made with healthy ingredients to diners who love a good hearty meal. Location: Sophie’s Steakhouse is located at…

Fisk & Co. in Chicago

Imagine, a sip of crisp, citrusy wine alongside a bite of smoky, peppery dip while watching everyone else dodge the rain on their way home for the evening. On a brisk, cold night in the Windy City, Fisk & Co’s warm and welcoming atmosphere is a delight for the senses. Ask for a window seat…

Unexpected Elegance at The Dining Room at Chico Hot Springs, Montana

Tucked away on southern Montana ranch lands, surrounded by the Absaroka Mountains, in a little town named Pray, is the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort. Charm, history, and views abound.  Unexpectedly, amid the terry cloth robed clientele who are either staying at the lodging or dropping in for the day, The Dining Room has gained…