I was given the Xcom Mobile Hotspot to take on a trial run on a recent trip through Europe. Being a writer, photographer and working social media, there is nothing more frustrating than not having an internet connection. Simply put, I can’t do my job, tweeting pictures from different countries, posting on my blog, you get the story. My experience in Northern and Southern Europe has varied widely, but I can say in general that the online connections if available are spotty and pretty slow, unless you’re willing to pay a premium.  […]

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By |November 25th, 2015|Categories: Product Reviews|0 Comments

Why You Should Visit Ios Greece

Located in the southern Cyclades, Pavezzo Guest House on the Isle of Ios is a comfortable and clean hideaway overlooking the beautiful Greek ocean. It looks like a white washed jewel box with a large covered outdoor seating area, green grass and a peaceful atmosphere. Our studio had accommodations for 4 adults, yet there were only the two of us. Amenities include, an efficiency kitchen, refrigerator and a coffee maker. The bathroom was really nice, fully tiled and everything looked spanking new and super clean. Our host Angela who is also the owner offered us coffee upon arrival and we just sat and took in the gorgeous ocean view. Pavezzo has 4 studios, and three double rooms, so you don’t have to worry about too much noise or foot traffic photo gallery. A very short walk from Pavezzo you have […]

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By |November 8th, 2015|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Featured, Greece, Ios|0 Comments

Tenba Shootout Backpack 18L

When I read reviews, I usually take them with a grain of salt. Especially because of whats been in the news lately about paid phony reviews. So when I was given this camera backpack to review, I decided I was going to put it through it’s paces before writing about it. To test it I took it to Bend Oregon, Greece for 2 weeks and then Portugal and Spain on a different trip for ten more days. With all of this traveling the Tenba had to go through countless security checks, thrown into piles of luggage and beaten up in overhead bins too.

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By |October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Product Reviews|Tags: , |0 Comments

Trillium Cafe Is A Mendocino Jewel

Trillium Cafe is one of those places that you know once you enter, that the meal you’re about to have will be special. We were seated at a cozy table next to a window that overlooked the garden.  Many of the plants and flowers grown here are used in the food, and that speaks to the care that goes into every dish served here.  I happen to love crab, especially the Dungeness variety, and this is exactly what I had. It was a Dungeness crab strudel with Meyer lemon marmalade. Yes it was pure heaven, the crab was fresh a little sweet and the lemon was the perfect foil to raise the bar without overpowering the delicate local crustacean. For my main dish I enjoyed the locally caught Salmon, that came out really hot, and yet was cooked perfectly, tender […]

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By |October 13th, 2015|Categories: Appetizer, California, Mendocino, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Mendocino’s Little River Inn Pine Nut Crusted Salmon

Chef Marc Dym of Little River Inn of Mendocino California was kind enough to share this amazing fresh seafood dish with us, because after enjoying this, and if he didn’t I wouldn’t leave the restaurant, just kidding. The entire dinner was a showcase of local ingredients gently prepared to let the natural flavors shine. This is no small feat either, because when it comes to fresh fish being so delicately flavored, it takes an adept hand to get is right, and Chef did in a big way. So without teasing you any longer here is the recipe, and I thank you Chef Marc on behalf of everyone who tries this, it is outstanding. For more pictures of the amazing dishes created here click on this Gallery link. And before you take that trip to stay, play and have a fine […]

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By |October 1st, 2015|Categories: Main Course, Recipes, Savor|Tags: |0 Comments

Mendocino’s Brewery Gulch Inn Has A Secret Or Two

Normally when you think B&B it conjures up a nice breakfast usually of the continental type. But here’s one of those secrets, Brewery Gulch offers the full monty, a menu of wonderful choices, cooked to order one of a kind omelets, and that “millionaires” bacon-perfect. Perched above the Pacific, the Inn has fantastic views, and is just a very short drive to the town of Mendocino. In fact if you’re up for it, the beach is also just a short walk or bike ride from the Inn. Our room in the lodge was spacious, clean and yes we did have that gorgeous view. Brewery Gulch has received many awards including a 4 diamond award from Triple A, and the certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor just to name two.  Even with multiple awards the owners Guy and Sarah Pacurar couldn’t leave […]

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By |September 26th, 2015|Categories: Bed and breakfast, California, Mendocino, Stay, United States|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Interview With Chef Katherine Frelon Of La Ferme De La Lochere, Burgundy France

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By |September 8th, 2015|Categories: Radio Interviews|0 Comments

Michelle Winner Speaks With Wayne Bailey Of Youngberg Hill Winery, Yamhill Oregon

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By |September 1st, 2015|Categories: Radio Interviews|0 Comments

Valette, A Culinary Force In Healdsburg California Wine Country

Valette is a delicious new force in Healdsburg California. Located in the heart of Sonoma wine country two brothers Dustin Valette and Aaron Garzini made this dream a reality in March 2015. The menu is all about what this area has to offer on a seasonal basis, and the wine list is very impressive and well thought out (you are in Sonoma after all). Everything here is house made including the superb charcuterie, which is aged in a custom built “locker” above the kitchen built by Dustin and Aaron’s brother. Yes beer was involved along with a challenge to build it. The precisely climate controlled environment needed for proper aging lets the finished product speak for itself. In what you might call a case of coming full circle or destiny, this building was owned by the brothers great great grandfather, […]

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By |August 25th, 2015|Categories: California, Restaurants, Savor, Sonoma|0 Comments

Fresh Seafood Rules At Top Of The Market Restaurant In San Diego

Top Of The Market Restaurant is literally that, located above The Fish Market Seafood Restaurant, A place where locals and visitors alike go to dine and  can purchase fresh seafood. The water front location is beautiful and the Top Of The Market Restaurant (on the second floor) has commanding views of the harbor, and even better views of those San Diego sunsets. The dining area lined with teak, table settings with white linen and huge windows bring the outdoors in to you. Executive Chef Ivan Flowers and his team work in concert to serve the freshest seafood available. Although I highly recommend anything from the ocean here make no mistake, everything I tried was outstanding.
       Tasting Menu-Top Of The Market Restaurant-Photo Kurt Winner
Chef treated us to a tasting menu that showcased what this kitchen can do, we were impressed. The wine […]

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By |February 3rd, 2015|Categories: California, Destinations, Restaurants, San Diego, Savor, United States|Tags: , , , |2 Comments