What’s not to love about Key West's palm-lined streets and fish that is fresh enough to draw any committed culinary traveler? Not to mention yummy tropical inspired drinks and beach culture with a laid-back vibe. . . Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffett, a few celebrated pirates and many others lost their hearts to Key West. Here within the distinct mixture of cultures and seafood scene, vibrant sidewalk cafes lure in passersby while live music and hopping bars are the perfect places to watch the sun drop into the Gulf of Mexico. Right click the image open the link in a new tab The Florida Keys is home to five districts, each with their own charm. The southern-most paradise, Key West, is just miles from Cuba and is home to an enviably temperate climate and a delicious array of [...]Read More
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 [...]Read More
Chef Stephenson's Candied Salmon uses honey from his hives atop the Fairmont Olympic Hotel In Seattle. credit: Kurt Winner Native American Candied Salmon by Chef Gavin Stephenson Fairmont Olympic Hotel Ingredients: •Wild King Salmon 4# (boneless skinless fillet) •Brown Sugar 2 cups •Wils honey 1 cup •Sea Salt ¾ cup Directions: Slice salmon into 1” x 4” pieces without any skin and brown blood line, place in stainless bowl and add salt, honey and sugar. Mix well and place into refrigerator no longer than 4 hours. Drain excess liquid and place on wire smoking racks. Allow fish to form patina or (get tacky) to the touch before starting the smoking process. Smoke with Apple wood chips until salmon if fully cooked. Cool on wire racks and remove gently. Salmon must be placed in a paper bag in the [...]Read More
Half Moon Bay's Executive Chef Steve Sowa One of my new chef friends is Executive Chef Steve Sowa of the Half Moon Bay Resort in Jamaica. He is fun to be around, very open and supremely talented. With an assortment of restaurants on property ranging from Caribbean (Pepperpot) , Italian (Il Giardino), International with a Caribe twist (Seagrape Terrace) and signature fine dining (Sugar Mill) and catering to international stars, royalty and business leaders the world over, he obviously knows his stuff. I love sitting outdoors at the more casual Seagrape Terrace, a whisper away from the waters edge under trees stuffed with glowing twinkle lights, nibbling on any of his creations. Seagrape is a welcome spot for dining all day but at night with the addition of a band it surprises. One night after a leisurely dinner we ended up joining a conga line lead by [...]Read More
It's a summer tradition here in the Northwest. Portlanders and Seattle-ites flee the city and head for the beach as soon as the kids are out of school.
If you are a seafood lover, the Washington Peninsula with miles and miles of sandy beach and just-caught seafood should be on your radar.Read More
The little mountain town of Cerocahui, Chihuahua state in Mexico is a long way from my home in the mountains of Oregon, but each part of the journey unfolds with it’s own discoveries along the way. Cerocahui is reached by train as part of a rail trip you can book through Mexico Adventures.Inc. on the first -class Ferromex Chepe (Chihuahua Pacifico route) train. You may start your trip on either end of the journey; Los Mochis or Chihuahua City. Why explore this region? Although it’s not a beach-y resort vacation, you will be rewarded by a more authentic trip and fabulous vistas.Read More