Crystal Lake Cafe at Americana Vineyards in Interlaken, NY

Fresh local food and a menu full of surprises is what you will get at the Crystal Lake Café at Americana Vineyards in Interlaken, New York. Americana is one of fourteen wineries on the Cayuga Wine Trail in the Finger Lakes Wine Region of upstate New York.  Billing itself as America’s First Wine Trail, I’m…

Paddlefish at Disney Springs, Florida

Eco-friendly and sustainable seafood is the theme at Paddlefish at Disney Springs.  Disney Springs is the shopping, dining and entertainment venue in the theme park capital of the world.  Disney Springs highlights only premium brands and the best the world has to offer.  Paddlefish fits well into this offering. Location: The Landings at Disney Springs,…

BBQ and Airboats at Boggy Bottom BBQ in Kissimmee, Florida

The BBQ is top notch, but what makes Boggy Bottom BBQ unique is the ability to combine it with an Airboat ride through the headlands of the Florida Everglades.  Location: 2001 East Southport Road, Kissimmee, Florida The restaurant is located at Southport Park, connected to the Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, but you do not have…

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,…

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…