Red Car Mural Torrance California

The Spirit of Torrance California

This post is an excerpt from an article I wrote for Big Blend Radio on Torrance, California, in 2023. As a Los Angeles native, I sometimes miss attractions in my backyard. One such place, until a recent visit, was Torrance California. This city, a part of Los Angeles County, is also part of the South

Holland Park Pond Surrey British Columbia

10 Best Things To Do In Surrey British Columbia

As a person with dietary restrictions, I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of multicultural food I could savor in Surrey British Columbia. This food adventure allowed me to enjoy the city even more. The eclectic food offerings transfer into the excitement of taking in Surrey. My stay in Surrey enamored me; from the downtown

Yadkin Valley North Carolina Food Trails - Ground Steak Food Trail and Surry Sonker Trail

The Food Trails of Yadkin Valley North Carolina

Like art, food trails define a region. Some trails tell the story of the area’s past, while others give a little color to the city where these trails reside. While visiting the Yadkin Valley, North Carolina, to discover wine, I found two Yadkin Valley Food Trails that speak to the area’s history. They are the

Coastal View of San Francisco Peninsula

The Coastal Side Of The San Francisco Peninsula

The San Francisco Peninsula lies south of San Francisco and separates the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The area spans from San Francisco on the north to Mountain View on its southern end. In between, you can enjoy the cities of Burlingame, Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, San Bruno,

Travel 2023 New Brunswick Hopewell Rocks

Travel 2023 Year In Review

In 2023, my travel explorations took me to destinations in Canada, North Carolina, and California, where I discovered some new hidden gems for wine. As has become the norm, I traveled both virtually and in person. Enjoy my travel 2023, year in review, as I continue to broaden my horizon with new places to explore.

Parliament Buildings in Greater Victoria

Greater Victoria: The Enchanting Pearl of British Columbia

One port of call aboard the Discovery Princess from Vancouver to Los Angeles was Greater Victoria. I have visited Victoria, BC, several times before. The city has fond memories for me. As a child, my family vacationed at Shawnigan Lake in British Columbia. The trip always included a stop in Victoria. In the early 1970s,

Welcome to Dewlson Family Farm

Dewlson Family Farm: Central Coast Coffee and Tea

When I think of Santa Maria Valley, I visualize Santa Maria-style barbeque and the excellent wine, especially pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, that thrive in the area. I never thought that Santa Maria Valley would be known for its Central Coast Coffee and tea. Visiting Dewlson Family Farm, I discovered that coffee is a novelty

Wines From Campania

Wines From Campania Are Highlighted At Campania Unveiled

Campania Unveiled was the theme of a winetasting and masterclass offered by IACCW, Italy-American Chamber of Commerce West. From the scenic landscapes of Southern Italy, Campania beckons us with its culinary delights and unique winemaking that has been around for centuries. From the exquisite coastlines of Amalfi, Naples, Pompeii, Positano, Salerno, and Sorrento to the

Weekend Escape to Santa Maria Valley - Presquile Winery Pond

Weekend Escape to Santa Maria Valley

When I think of fall, I think of the changing colors in the vineyard as the lush green grape vines turn yellow and orange. It is the perfect time for a weekend escape to Santa Maria Valley. Not only is it the ideal time to enjoy the wineries, but it is time to enjoy the

Weekend Escape to Solvang CA

Weekend Escape to Solvang, CA

If you want a change of scenery, enjoying a weekend escape to Solvang, CA, offers a fantastic option with its Danish flair, good wine, and burgeoning dining scene. My recent visit included tasting wine at Coquelicot Estate Vineyard, dining at the Michelin Plate restaurant First & Oak, and staying at the Mirabelle Inn. This same

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