Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, Vancouver Island

Out on Vancouver Island's Long Beach

Vancouver Island’s Tofino is the place to enjoy nature, surf, kayak, see marine mammals, and get spoiled by the best restaurants. As is the Relais & Chateaux Wickaninnish Inn with its Ancient Cedars Spa. To me it’s California laid-back, from its friendly staff to the earth tones in the décor of the rooms. Natural cedar carvings by Pacific coast artist […]

Big surprises at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Grande Lakes Spa pool

Pampering and pumpkins I was really looking forward to a three-day weekend in Florida at Grande Lakes Orlando, a 500-acre resort consisting of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and the JW Marriott Grande Lakes. I was expecting a carefree time in the spa, by the pool and sampling the different restaurants. To my delightful surprise, I got this […]

Day Trippin’ Southern California Style – Food, Wine and Shopping

Oxnard Farmer's Market

  When you have the abundance of agriculture Oxnard, California does – food and wine are inevitably a staple. The local restaurants take full advantage of the farm to table opportunities and are proud to serve local wines with meals prepared for the season. Oxnard is not only a treat for the senses, but also an easy day […]

Cleveland’s Cuisine: The West Side Market

In 2008, The Westside Market was named one of the "10 Great Public Places in America" by The American Planning Association. Photo by: Trishna Patel

Known as one of Cleveland’s National Historic Landmarks with origins dating back as early as the late 1800s, The West Side Market tells a beautiful story of how the city’s first generation of immigrants, mostly of Eastern European descent, traded their native foods and spices. It was officially dedicated in 1912 and has grown into the largest […]