A Meal in the Forest at The Gastrognome, Idyllwild, California

Perched under the tall pines of the San Jacinto Mountains, right in the center of the idyllic mountain village of Idyllwild, California, is The Gastrognome Restaurant… or as locals call it, The Gnome. Like a rustic throwback Alpine chalet, but with a sun-drenched wooden dining deck and serving up-to-date New American Cuisine, this popular site…

Fine East African Cuisine in Anaheim, California

While Anaheim is famous for world-renowned Disneyland and is the home of the National Hockey League’s, Anaheim Ducks, it is also the home of Abyssinia Restaurant specializing in Fine East African Cuisine. If you want to experience authentic Eritrean and Ethiopian food and culture, look no further. The superior quality of food and the welcoming…

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…

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…

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…

High Tea at Joey Palm Springs

Palm Springs, is a desert city nestled against the San Jacinto Mountain Range. Its industry is tourism, with tourism comes restaurants and cafes ready to supply the city’s guest with sustenance, in some cases not just sustenance but a fresh experience from another culture. Joey, a small cafe in downtown , offers a cultural experience…

Fresh Fish at Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach, California

“Hold it down at your side, so it’s not noticeable,” I whispered to my husband as we entered the apparently upscale Bluewater Grill. Nonchalantly he held the clear-plastic bag of pristinely filleted sculpin low and somewhat behind his back, as a child bringing a bouquet of dandelions to his mother. It had been a twelve-hour…

Pink’s Hot Dogs – a Los Angeles Landmark

The hot dog may have arrived in the US from [easyazon_link identifier=”163121439X” locale=”US” tag=”theyum-20″]Germany[/easyazon_link] but it quickly became a quintessential American food. When you think of iconic hot dogs joints, a few places come to mind: Nathan’s which started in Coney Island in 1915, the Lower East Side’s Katz’s Deli, Dave’s Red Hots in Chicago…

Tacos at Los Cuatros Milpas in San Diego

When we travel we try to avoid the touristy restaurants, searching for places that are independently owned and local favorites. While researching San Diego restaurants I found Los Cuatros Milpas (The Four Cornfields), a local taco institution. Although, we’re not big on places with long lines and this place is famous for them, we really…