The Grand Del Mar – Mediterranean Splendor in North County San Diego

The Italian aesthetic has left its mark in various arenas: opera, cuisine and architecture most notably. As to the latter, its prevalence as the ‘go to’ mindset when designing elegant ... Continue Reading →

Paradise Point – A Glorious Family Vacation

Many decades ago my folks eschewed the usual spring vacation in Florida for a trip to California. Our west coast trip stretched between Tijuana and Sausalito. As a kid growing up in ... Continue Reading →

nICE Mug – A Natural Solution to Globally Warming Beverages

Right up front, let me disclose that this is about my brother’s invention. Glenn has been bending my ear for years about how the cold weather in Minneapolis freezes everything ... Continue Reading →

Ojai, Ventura, Solvang – Not Enough Time

Everyone loves the Santa Barbara area, and we decided to visit a few of the towns in the region. We discovered that we should have allotted far more than several days for our excursion. The ... Continue Reading →

Outside Lands 2013 – Maybe I’m Amazed

If you are accustomed to the dry heat of Coachella, the cooler, moister environment of Outside Lands offers a nice contrast. Here are a few observations from a veteran Coachella fan ... Continue Reading →

Farmer’s Daughter Hotel – a Tasty Slice of Country Hosptiality in Los Angeles

  Los Angeles, like most of Southern California and heck the rest of the country, is filled with motels that have seen better days. Some of these venues have been blessed with ... Continue Reading →

The Tasting Room: Is This South Africa’s Best Restaurant?

In a nation that has become renowned for its cuisine in a relatively short time, the town of Franschhoek is the epicenter of great food and wine. Located about an hour east of Cape ... Continue Reading →

South Africa – Outstanding Music and Wine at Solms-Delta

The South African wine country is a wonderful place to visit after the cosmopolitan nature of Cape Town. Inevitably, one compares the Cape Winelands to Napa Valley.  Both are in striking ... Continue Reading →