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Fat Tuesday

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in USA: Louisiana - New Orleans | 0 comments

Fat Tuesday

New Orleans, Louisiana It’s Fat Tuesday! For the faithful, it is one last day of feast before the fast for Lent. In New Orleans, it is the final day of Carnival season celebrations that began 12 days after Christmas. K.O., daughter Margaret and I were actually in New Orleans when Carnival season started on January 6 this year. The kick-off parade was postponed due to inclement weather. Even with the rain, we still enjoyed the lively city. If tonight is anything like our experience in January, it is going to be a fun time in the French...

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Park and Go

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in USA: California: Santa Barbara | 0 comments

Park and Go

Santa Barbara, California We made a cozy little motel on Bath Street our home away from home in Santa Barbara. We checked in, parked the car safely in front of our room and set out to discover Santa Barbara on foot, bike, Surrey cycle and city shuttle. “Park and Go” is our relaxing way to see all that downtown and beachfront Santa Barbara has to offer without driving a single mile. Craft brewery finds and tastings topped our list of things to do during our stay. Our first two stops are an easy bike ride or power walk from Bath Street. We...

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Canals

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Netherlands: Amsterdam | 0 comments

Canals

Amsterdam, Netherlands The canals of Amsterdam captured our favor immediately. They are shimmering corridors inter-woven into this Northern European city. Our three-night stay began with a walk along the Herengracht, one of the most beautiful canals in Amsterdam. It took us from our hotel to the city center. Sixteenth and 17th century architecture lines the canal and tells stories of city planning, commerce, wealth and the uniquely Dutch way of life. Near the city center, we boarded a long boat for a cruise through even more canals. It...

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Big Sur RoadTrip

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in USA: California - Big Sur | 0 comments

Big Sur RoadTrip

Big Sur, California It had been many years since we traveled the California coastal highway from Monterey to Cambria: Big Sur. It is a 100-mile RoadTrip everyone should experience at least once. We arrived in Monterey the night before our Big Sur excursion on a warm summer evening in June. The Holiday Inn Express near Cannery Row was a perfect respite for our short stopover. We had a wonderful evening meal at Schooners Coastal Kitchen located just a block from our hotel. Our table hugged the bay front windows. We lavished on locally...

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5 Things About Oslo

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Norway: Oslo | 0 comments

5 Things About Oslo

Oslo, Norway There are five things about Oslo, Norway that we took to heart: cleanliness, hardiness, trustworthiness, openness and thriftiness. We spent a day and a half combing the streets, parks, and places throughout the city and learned about the Norwegian culture first hand. We loved everything, except #5.     #1 Cleanliness: the city, waterways and landscape are crystal clean. From the moment we entered the Oslo fjord, we were enchanted by spectacularly pristine views. Deep blue water was framed by clear blue skies and...

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Sculptures in Bronze, Stone & Ice

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Norway: Oslo | 0 comments

Sculptures in Bronze, Stone & Ice

Oslo, Norway Sculptures of nude human beings in activities of daily life are arresting at first. Not that we are prudish or anything, but the sheer number of bronze and stone forms (more than 200), plus the variety of pairings and actions captured in the sculptures certainly grabbed our attention. There is a monolith of one piece of solid granite covered with human forms climbing, reaching for the heavens. There are pieces that depict a man with his child, two women embracing, children playing, generations of a family and groupings of people...

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Fiesta Dinnerware: Colorful, Communicative, Casual

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Fiesta Dinnerware: Colorful, Communicative, Casual

Mission Viejo, California Sixteen full sets of dinnerware fill the cabinets throughout the house. Each set brings great joy and carries its own message. Some say special occasion. Others say certain holidays. Still others say specific seasons of the year. And others are a white canvas for the food to pop on its own. Then there are accent pieces that we have collected in our travels around the world that we juxtapose with full sets. Yes, we are perhaps eccentric about dinnerware. I prefer to say we are passionate about the way our culinary...

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Football Party Food

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Football Party Food

Denver Broncos or Carolina Panthers? Need party food for the big game this Sunday? Here are some tried and true Football Party Menu recipes ala RoadTripFlavors.     Brussels Sprouts Chips Blue Cheese Sauce Drizzle on Potato Chips Pepper Feta Dip

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Fancy Food Show 2016 Wrap-Up

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in USA: California - San Francisco | 0 comments

Fancy Food Show 2016 Wrap-Up

San Francisco, California The specialty food industry is booming. This past weekend, more than 1,400 exhibitors served up 80,000 specialty food and beverage products to more than 19,000 attendees of the Winter Fancy Food Show. We attended just one of the three-day event, but we were successful in covering every inch of the massive Moscone Convention Center and grazed on every aisle. The products came from all over the world. Think Jamon Serrano from Spain, beer from Germany, biscuits and tea from the United Kingdom, Kewpie Mayonnaise from...

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Seabreezes

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Seabreezes

Dana Point Harbor, California Nestled in the safe harbor at Dana Point, a seabreeze lifestyle is undeniable relaxation throughout the year. This past weekend, we strolled past the more than 1,000 yachts tucked into ubiquitous slips along the harbor walkway. We saw boat owners enjoying the warm winter weather with outdoor cocktail parties and Frank Sinatra tunes. Visitors are granted equally entertaining activities. The paddle board and kayak rentals, still in operation this winter, found a few brave customers. Sport fishing vessels, whale...

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