Kauai For Romantics, Foodies and Beach Lovers

The Island of Kauai is often thought of as extremely wet. True it does have one of the wettest spots on earth called Mt. Waialeale, receiving over 400 inches a year, but that is not the entire truth of Kauai.
Almost round in shape, Kauai has distinct weather variations on this 522 square mile island. The famous Poipu area is to the South and has glorious beach days most of the year. Kekaha, once a thriving sugar cane town and mill has very hot, dry weather. It is generally inhabited by locals as there are no support services, not even a gas station. Lihue, Wailua  and Kapaa to the east side are where most of the population live and gets onshore winds in the afternoon and the further you go inland, you will find rain and the famous, navigable, Wailua […]

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By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Hawaii|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Hummus From The Eclectic Wines and Tasting Room of TeSoAria

TeSóAria first came on my radar as a tasting room in North Portland, Oregon serving a vegan menu on Thursdays to pair with their wine. Not a traditional tasting room, they have a talented and versatile chef, Max Germano who also bakes breads.
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By |August 4th, 2016|Categories: Appetizer, Featured, Food & Wine Discoveries, Oregon, Portland, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Florida Keys Cuisine: Key West & Grouper Fritters

 
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.

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 fresh seafood. Key West’s food scene is influenced by African and Cuban flavors, many difficult to […]

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By |March 28th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Florida, Key West, Main Course, Recipes, United States|Tags: , , , |2 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 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

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|Tags: , , , |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

Lake Charles Louisiana Locals’ Amazing Seafood and Boudin Here

When exploring any new place the best advice is to go where the locals go to eat. As we continue our culinary tour of Southwest Louisiana we want to share with you some restaurants and food venues the locals love. In Lake Charles, Louisiana there is some amazing seafood and Boudin here.
The Gulf Coast seafood in Louisiana is so prolific that everyone has to up their game if they want any chance of staying in business.  The people of Lake Charles have always known the value of locally sourced ingredients and down-home cooking makes this part of Louisiana so special. In no particular order here they are.
Casual, delicious dining at Steamboat Bill’s
Steamboat Bill’s Seafood Restaurant is a local icon, with three locations  in Louisiana, we visited the Lakeshore drive establishment in Lake Charles. Lunch here can be busy because of the […]

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By |February 1st, 2015|Categories: Destinations, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Restaurants, Savor, United States|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Hyatt Regency New Orleans Borgne Restaurant is Louisiana Fresh

The talent behind Borgne, Chefs John Besh and Brian Landry
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans has two secret weapons in this food centric city. Multiple award-winning Borgne, voted one of the top eight “must try” hotel restaurants in the United States is a Spanish influenced dining experience headed up by Chef John Besh and Chef Brian Landry. The philosophy here is Louisiana fresh Gulf seafood and it does not get any better than that. The Spanish influence goes back to when Louisiana was indeed a Spanish territory. But make no mistake, the menu here also offers traditional Louisiana cuisine including but not limited to oysters, shrimp, gumbo and turtle soup spiked with sherry.  As I mentioned earlier fresh seafood is the strong suit of Borgne, on the menu you’ll find garlic clove Louisiana shrimp with tomatoes, roasted eggplant and Fregola a round pasta similar to Israeli Couscous.

Garlic Clove Shrimp […]

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Lake Charles Louisiana, A Hidden Gem of Food Fun And Hospitality

Freshly caught Gulf fish served at Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill
 

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Louisiana is a food lovers paradise. Consistently fresh seafood with an easy hospitality and Cajun influence all come together to equal more than the sum of it’s parts. Lake Charles, located in Calcasieu Parish, is a melting pot of French, African, and German immigrants that is purely reflected in it’s food culture. The food here shows the struggles of the people, and how so many of the food traditions have been handed down and melded through the generations. Cajun country people are frugal, and nothing goes to waste. In fact over time the recipes haven’t changed all that much, and they don’t have to as they remain classics. Nearly everything that I tried, was for the very first time, and I was not […]

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