The northern coast of Maui's Upcountry

The 7 Best Happy Hours on Maui

Every hour is happy hour on Maui, but some are unquestionably better than others. From Kihei to Kahana, there are plenty of restaurants offering high-priced PuPus and piña coladas, and we soon discovered that in order to find the best Happy Hours in a tourist hub like Maui, you’ve got to hit the highway – the Honoapiilani…

Trust Restaurant in Hillcrest

Urban-Rustic Food Meant for Sharing at Trust Restaurant San Diego

Bringing a fresh new face to Hillcrest’s eclectic but somewhat lackluster dining scene, newly opened Trust Restaurant San Diego has quickly set the local benchmark for inspired and boldly-flavored continental cuisine. With seasonal menus highlighting farm, ocean and ranch plates, executive chef Brad Wise (formerly of JRDN at Tower 23 and Belmont Park’s Cannonball & Draft) and General Manager Steven Schwob…

Crudo at Bracero Cocina de Raiz

Bracero Cocina de Raiz – A Glorious Lesson in Baja-Med Dining

With dozens of drool-worthy restaurants and eateries, Little Italy has become one of San Diego’s premiere neighborhoods for notable cuisine. Rest assured, if you’re not serving award-worthy and imaginative artisan dishes, your chances of surviving in Little Italy are bleak at best. So what did Baja-based superstar chef Javier Plascencia do? He opened his second ‘Mexiterranean-style’ U.S. eatery…

Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort Really is ‘The Best Stay in Tucson’

Serenity and tranquility in a desert oasis. Sounds divinely inviting, right? Well, on a recent impromptu ‘Thelma & Louise road trip’ to Tucson with my dear friend Patti, I discovered that serene and tranquil desert oasis — namely The Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Situated in Tucson’s spectacular foothills, this 30-room (not for long – they’re in the midst…

Grilled Peaches with Lavender-Honey Goat Cheese

On a recent Saturday morning visit to The Little Italy Farmers Market, I sampled a variety of farm fresh goat cheeses from vendor Nicolau Farms, who happened to be perched right next to a vibrant display of virtually every type of peach, nectarine and stone fruit that one could possibly conjure. And just as I sampled a heavenly concoction of goat…

Farmers Bottega Epitomizes Farm-To-Table Fresh

Cha-ching! Mission Hills (one of my favorite “hang outs”) has scored yet another stellar victory on the San Diego dining scene! Any local foodie is well aware that the neighborhood of Goldfinch and W. Washington is no stranger to star eateries. Local restaurateur/chef Alberto Moreale added another star to this list when he recently debuted Farmers Bottega, a farm-to-table style…

Tarragon Chicken Salad with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Hello Spring! Tree branches are bursting with bright green leaves. Warm, moist ground gives way to bulbs that spent the winter resting deep below, as they push toward the sun, transforming into yellow daffodils, pink tulips, violet hyacinths, and white jonquils. Warm, sunny days have arrived and there is no better time than now for celebrating mom with Mother’s Day Brunch,…