Category Archives: Travel

Soak up the sun: Pot roast

Sheryl Crow, Soak up the Sun Like any local living in a travelers’ destination, when San Diego was our home we generally avoided the usual things tourists do. Sea World, the zoo, side trips to Tijuana, and shopping in Old … Continue reading

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Over the sea to Skye: Bike adventure to Port Costa

This week’s post was written by Ginny and illustrated using the beautiful photos she took during her recent visit to California. One day she set off on a bike ride, turned down a road marked “No exit,” and stepped back … Continue reading

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Visits with friends: Candied walnuts

Moderna unlocked the door, we threw our underwear in a sack, and the Sweetie and I motored south to Eugene for a long delayed visit with our old friends. Passing into Oregon from Washington, the change is unmistakeable: looming evergreens … Continue reading

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Dive bar or neighborhood tavern?: Iowa tavern sandwiches

You’ve just gotta listen to this week’s music video.  Blake Shelton Garth Brooks, Dive Bar I ate my first enchilada in the late 60s at the Half Moon Inn. The Half Moon, three dramas short of a dive bar, was a … Continue reading

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The joys of adult children: Carrot cake

The Avett Brothers, February Seven The Avett Brothers, No Hard Feelings I wish they lived down the block, but I’ll take what I have: two wonderful adult kids, an extraordinary daughter and son-in-law, five granddaughters, one grandson, one grand daughter-in-law, … Continue reading

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Out and about in Sacto: South Carolina Barbecue Sauce

Louie Armstrong, What a Wonderful World Routines are comforting and evolve without effort. Mornings: out the hotel door, walk to the bus stop, nod to the leaf blower wearing a neon green vest, say hi to the blue-haired school girl … Continue reading

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There is there here: Peanuts and candy corn

Aretha Franklin, Respect Gertrude Stein’s remark, “There is no there there,” about her Oakland, California hometown, has been borrowed by the Justice Department to throw out bribery charges, used by political candidates to discount their opponents, and rewritten by Madison Avenue campaigns to disparage … Continue reading

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Farmers markets: Stir-fried eggplant and peppers

In 1986, I loved going to work on Wednesdays. At 6:00 am, Dennis, City Restaurant’s night chef, would meet me at the fish counter at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Open since 1981, the market had a reputation among Los … Continue reading

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Sacramento Shorts: Muth’s Potato Soup

The Beatles, A Day in the Life A few snippets of a day-in-the-life in Sacramento: Last weekend, we rested on a bench in the Capitol Park World Peace Rose Garden watching two wedding parties: one pink and girly with yards of … Continue reading

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Summer in the city: Breakfast room burritos

Lovin’ Spoonful, Summer in the City We’re back in Sacramento, back on the eleventh floor of the Residence Inn, back to the culinary challenge of cooking without an oven. We look out on a beautiful view, sleep in a comfortable … Continue reading

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