The New Legoland Hotel in Carlsbad, California

Our Kingdom themed room.

That familiar sound of plastic Lego pieces hitting each other is what you’ll hear when entering the new Legoland Hotel. The newest San Diego County hotel has brilliantly placed a big sandbox filled with thousands of lego pieces in the middle of the lobby for young guests to hop in and enjoy.  As a parent, […]

Guided Tours for Foodies in Columbus, Ohio

Tour Guides Bethia Woolf and Andy Dehus Near Their Van

by Dave Zuchowski British transplant, Bethia Woolf, an avid eater and foodie, has a background in teaching geography, which may explain why she loves to travel. In her wanderings, she’s never hesitated to try different ethnic foods and has put her knowledge to good use in the creation of food tours of Columbus. After spending […]

Temecula Valley Wine Country

Morning balloon ride over Temecula

Wine tasting in Temecula Valley is a no-brainer for Southern Californians. My husband and I left the L.A. area and arrived at our first winery in 90-minutes. There are now more than thirty wineries and vineyards sprinkled along the countryside of Riverside County. The hot days and cool nights, coupled with the clay soil, has […]

Uncle Sam’s Caribbean: Puerto Rico

El Morro Fort with Rainbow

As opposed to being a raconteur (storyteller), this is my Ricanteur. Ever been hell-bent on replacing a bad memory with something sweeter? New York City’s Puerto Rican Day Parade aside, my reigning experience on this island was nearly being shot. After a six-hour stopover from Aruba in the 90s became a few late-night hours of […]

Restaurants are Banning Customers from Taking Pictures of Their Food

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According to this New York Times article, some chefs are beginning to ban customers from taking pictures of their food. I think that’s a crazy move for most restaurants since it’s free publicity and there could be a major backlash. However, for the more popular and formal restaurants, I can understand the reasoning behind it. Flashes are distracting […]

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 […]

The Saxon, Johannesburg, South Africa: History and Food Come Together

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In the three months that I spent in Africa, I flew in, out of and through the Johannesburg, South Africa (or Joburg for short) airport eight times on South African Airways — to say I was familiar with the various terminals would be an understatement. While I don’t really enjoy spending time at the airport, Johannesburg […]

Summertime Family Fun In Whistler – Feeding the Kids

Elements Urban Tapas with furry friend

A Variety of Food Choices and Prices There are many choices of restaurants in Whistler, you can get anything from Dairy Queen to sushi.  The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center Café is an ideal place to start off an afternoon.  Leave your fear of carbs behind:  both my little girl and I fell in love with […]