Food

Long Beach, California, Sun, Sea and Royalty

Renée S. Gordon

Long Beach, CA, situated approximately 30-minutes south of LA, is a coastal gem with more than its share of lures for the traveler. The city, deemed one of the most ethnically diverse big cities in the country Read more.

One Day in Columbus, Georgia

Kathleen Walls

If you just have a one-nighter in Columbus Georgia, here is the perfect way to enjoy your day; go whitewater rafting on the river, eat at SaltCellar, and stay at the Columbus Marriott.Read more.

Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty: 
Wisconsin Logging Lore

by Tom Straka 

First off, not all readers will know the legend of Paul Bunyan. For those who don’t, one of the links at the end of this article is the Walt Disney version of the American folklore tale of Paul Bunyan. Paul is an American folk legend, .Read more.

For Real Louisiana Food

Kathleen Walls

New Orleans is not the only place in Louisiana that you find mouth-watering dishes.  While you visit Antebellum plantations in the River Parishes, you can find a few places in the small city of LaPlace that can show some big-name chefs a thing or two.Read More

Rock Shrimp Rock at Dixie Crossroads

Kathleen Walls


Seafood lovers, have you ever eaten rock shrimp? If not, head to Dixie Crossroads in Titusville, Florida as soon as you can. These little critters are delicious and there are not too many places you can find them. They are a cross between shrimp and lobster leaning heavily to the lobster side but having the shrimp size. The story of how Dixie Crossroads began serving them is almost as good as the tasty crustacean itself. Read more

 

Montréal Tech Trek

Renée S. Gordon

Jacques Cartier reached the island at the confluence of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers in October 1535 and became the first European to explore the area. A fortified indigenous village, Hochelaga, preexisted on the island and was described as having about 1,500 residents and 50 longhouses. The natives accompanied Cartier the crest of a small mountain on the island he named Mont Royal and from which Montréal gets its name. Read more.

The Great New Mexico Green Chili Cheeseburger

Anne Jenkins

Travel with a purpose makes it more exciting, fun and interesting, whether you're on an antique junket, looking for art or exploring local food. If you ask a group of New Mexicans where to find the best green chile cheese burger, you better have time for a long discussion. Read more

 

Cajun Food: A Way of Life in Lafayette

by Kathleen Walls     11-29-2018

Food is an intricate part of Cajun culture. Café Vermillionville, (circa 1835) was built as an inn for salesmen in Lafayette then named Vermillionville. During a Union occupation during the Civil war supposedly a Cajun shot a Union soldier for making advances at the man's wife. Rumors claim the old building is still haunted by the soldier as well a young female ghost. Read more

 

Primanti Translates to Sandwich in Pittsburgh

by Kathleen Walls         11-29-2018

Say “sandwich” in Pittsburgh and it conjures up a different image than anywhere else in the world. In Pittsburgh, a sandwich is often a Primanti created by Joe Primanti during the depression. ... read more

 

The Great New Mexico Green Chili Cheeseburger

Anne Jenkins

Travel with a purpose makes it more exciting, fun and interesting, whether you're on an antique junket, looking for art or exploring local food. If you ask a group of New Mexicans where to find the best green chile cheese burger, you better have time for a long discussion. Read more

Upscale Dining in The Outer Banks

By Kathleen Walls

 
The Outer Banks, barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, has so many good seafood restaurants gourmets will think they died and went to Heaven.  I picked just three of the more upscale here for Elite Eats (couldn't decide on just one as all are equally elite) but know there are tons of less upscale ones that are well worth a visit.
 
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Classy Casino Cuisine


by Kathleen Walls  

Food may not be the first thing you thnk of when visiting a casino. Think again. Many of the casinos I have visited have some fabulous dining options from top of the line to economic buffets. Here are a few I recommend.
 
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Road Tripping Georgia's I-75 Corridor



A road trip down Georgia’s I-75 from Tennessee to Florida offers lots of fun stops along the way. Navigating I-75 through Georgia can be a nightmare. Or it can be fun. The difference is in finding good food and interesting attractions with convenient stops en-route. Chuckwagon Roundup

Craft a Classic Experience in Southwest Louisiana

By Renee S. Gordon

Louisiana is internationally famous for its Cajun and Creole cuisine and generally Chef Paul Prudhomme is credited for its introduction and popularization into the American mainstream. You can literally find great food everywhere in the state but ground zero for fresh, locally sourced, regional dishes is the Lake Charles area in Southwest Louisiana (SWLA). Here visitors can craft a special experience and soak up the history that led to this unique culture as well as dive into the adventure, music, art, festival, beverage and dining scenes. Read more

Cajun Food: A Way of Life in Lafayette

by Kathleen Walls

Food is an intricate part of Cajun culture. Café Vermillionville, (circa 1835) was built as an inn for salesmen in Lafayette then named Vermillionville. During a Union occupation during the Civil war supposedly a Cajun shot a Union soldier for making advances at the man's wife. Rumors claim the old build is still haunted by the soldier as well a young female ghost. Read more

Renee's Road

California Coast  Town and Gown College Tour

by Renee S. Gordon

While academic programming may be considered the most important factor in selecting a college, also essential to success are both the campus and local culture. College tours are an excellent way to experience a slice of student life, obtain specific admission and housing details and visit in-depth the area surrounding the institution.  Parents should accompany the student on the tour if possible and turn what could be a tedious exercise into an opportunity of a lifetime.  Read more

 

Off the Beaten Path

Saxonburg:
Best Pennsylvania Town You Never Heard of

by Kathleen Walls

Saxonburg, Pennsylvania is a beautiful example of what one immigrant can do for this country. John Roebling and his brother, Carl, came here in 1832 to escape totalitarian conditions in Germany.
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Fork in the Road 

Primanti Translates to Sandwich in Pittsburgh

by Kathleen Walls

Say “sandwich” in Pittsburgh and it conjures up a different image than anywhere else in the world. In Pittsburgh, a sandwich is often a Primanti created by Joe Primanti during the depression. For those of you who have never been to Pittsburgh, that’s a big sloppy, delicious concoction consisting of meat, cheese, a haughty helping of French fries, cold slaw, and tomatoes all stuffed between two slices of fresh Italian bread... read more

Agri Lanes

Pumpkinville
 
by Kathleen Walls

 

In Great Valley, New York, Pumkinville marks the fall season. Every September, fall fun lovers of all ages await the opening of Pumpkinville on the third Saturday of September. It runs through Halloween. The attraction, a cross between a roadside pumpkin seller and a festival, began in 1968 when Joseph and Helen Holloran started selling pumpkins at their roadside stand.  Dan and Diane Pawlowski, who took over 23 years ago, open the event for its fiftieth year this season. Each year there is something new.Read more

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Great Dining in South Carolina 
 by Kathleen Walls  
No matter where you go in South Carolina, you'll find great food. Here are a few of the foodie hotspots I visited lately. 
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But Wait, There's More!

 by Kathleen Walls  

We tend to think of restaurants as separate entities but sometimes restaurants are part of something bigger. Here are a few I discovered in my travels that will offer you more than a meal.

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Elite Street Eats
Linde Marie's Steakhouse on the Square

By Kathleen Walls

When she opened Linde Marie's Steakhouse on the square in Cave Spring, Georgia in 2013, Linde Marie Wentz is quick to admit "I don't know what I was thinking." One thing she knew was, "It had to be here in this building." T/a>rravel Elite Street Eats

Fork in The Road

Wondermade: Sticky Fun

 

By Kathleen Walls

Can you imagine a simple Christmas present turning into a worldwide business? Neither did Nathan Clark when he gifted his wife with a candy thermometer.  Nathan explained how that happened. "It all started by accident. Several years back I didn't know what to get my wife for Christmas. I heard this person on NPR talking about that candy is not really so bad for you. I was so-o-o happy to hear that. I eat a lot/i> of candy. They said if you eat a pie you're full but if you eat candy it's so little you still have room. Travel down a Fork in the Road


Agri Lanes

Hinnant Family Vineyards and Winery

by Kathleen Walls

Just like good wines, Hinnant Family Vineyards and Winery is well aged. Daphne Evans, Hinnant's Wine Club Director, offered us a tasting while she told us the history of the vineyard and winery.Read Agri_Lanes.htm


Elite Street Eats

Upscale Dining in The Outer Banks

By Kathleen Walls 

 The Outer Banks, barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, has so many good seafood restaurants gourmetswill think they died and went to Heaven.  I picked just three of the more upscale here for Elite Eats (couldn't decide on just one as all are equally elite) but know there are tons of less upscale ones that are well worth a visit.Read more 
 
 

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The Old Mill Room: Flavored with History

By Kathleen Walls

The Old Mill Room in Charlottesville, Virginia is the perfect dining spot after a visit to Monticello. It transports you to an earlier time. In fact, The Old Mill Room, part of the Boars Head Inn Resort, has links back to Jefferson. The entire lodge is owned and operated by the University of Virginia Foundation. The ties to Jefferson are deeply embedded. The resort's 3,000-acre tract was part of Virginia's first land grant and was originally the site of Terrell's Ordinary that housed many westbound travelers. In 1800, Thomas Jefferson convinced his friend, Eliza Trist, to move to Albemarle County. When Eliza's son, Hore Browse Trist, decided to purchase to purchase land, this was the parcel Jefferson helped him buy.  read Elite Street Eats - Click Here 

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Bakers Lounge: A Detroit Music Icon

By Kathleen Walls 

Baker's Keyboard Lounge offers dining and memories. It holds claim to being the oldest continuously operated jazz club in the world. All the biggest names in Jazz played on that little stage. People like Louis Armstrong, Sarah, Vaughn, Fats Waller, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Aretha Franklin have stood on that stage. Today they still offer shows. If you visit at night, chances are there will be a band. Daytime, you can stand on that stage where so many Jazz greats once played. Read more 

 

St. Simons: 
A Georgia Barrier Island Bursting With Charm

by Christine Tibbets


Barrier islands distinguish Georgia’s coast.Their geography’s interesting to know, and to see up close. What’s happening on the one named St. Simons Island is robust, ever changing while holding on to historic charms. The tides here are distinctive; consider them metaphor for beachfront lodging, expansive culinary, bustling downtown and personal ways to delve into the history. Read more

Great Dining in South Carolina
 

by Kathleen Walls

 
 
No matter where you go in South Carolina, you'll find great food. Here are a few of the foodie hotspots I visited lately. Read more 







Sherefe: A Touch of the Middle East in Fayetteville

By Kathleen Walls

Many restaurants win awards locally but when you see one that is named a Top 100 Restaurant by Our State Magazine and  Best NC Restaurant 2013 by Urbanspoon, you expect excellence. Sherefe in Fayetteville, North Carolina doesn’t disappoint.  It specializes in Greek, Turkish and Mediterranean dishes. Our waiter, Paul, was patient and knowledgeable with a touch of humor that made ordering fun. Read more.
  




Southern Tradition at Old South Catery

By Kathleen Walls

 
It's rare to find a restaurant that has stayed in business run by
the same family for over 50 years.  Old South Catery in Camden, South Carolina was started by Charles Hatfield's grandfather. When his grandfather passed away his mother took over and now Charles runs it. Growing up with such a cooking background, southern food was in his blood. Read more.

 

Fork in The Road

Germany Without the Airfare 

By Kathleen Walls

Want to experience Germany but can't afford the airfare? There's a solution. Visit Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford, Florida. I visited recently on a press trip and what a treat!Read Fork in the Road - Click Here

Chuckwagon Roundup

Pizza and Beer

 by Kathleen Walls  

They say pizza and beer go together so here are some of each. Some of the best pizza I ever tasted was at Bob's Brick Oven Pizzeria in Rock Spring, Georgia. Unlike many of the new business owners I meet today, Bob Watts is not a millennial.  He's been around the block a few times. He's a former Vietnam era Marine and former business man.   He claims, "I'm too old to do things like everybody else." So he doesn't do like everyone else. Like Frank Sinatra, he does it his way and that is much better than your average pizzeria. Georgia recognized this in 2016 when he won Best of the Best for his pizza.read Chuckwagon Roundup Click Here

Fork in The Road

Simple Twist

By Kathleen Walls  

It's known as Simple Twist for a reason. The owners are North Carolina locals Nathan and Colleen Roby. Their dream fulfillment started with one restaurant partnership that didn't work out but led them by a simple twist of fate to open a new restaurant together. They opened Simple Twist in Garner, North Carolina. Chef Nate believes in sourcing his food locally and blending them into a magic medley of flavor. He mixes Southern and American cuisine with a new twist. That's just what the people of North Carolina and visitors from all over are searching for so it was well received. They now own three locations in Johnson County and have recently opened a bottle shop and tap room that serves beers from Johnston County and North Carolina's craft breweries. read Fork in the Road - Click Here

Down to Earth Food: Buffets and Delis

by Kathleen Walls

Nothing says comfort food like a buffets or a deli. These are the spots where the food is plentiful and home style. They are the go-to for filling lunches where the emphasis is on the taste not the presentation. Here are a few I visited lately. All had delicious and reasonably priced meals. Each has their own personality.

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Drink Up! Wineries, Distilleries, and Brewers Abound  

by Kathleen Walls

It seems like everywhere I go lately I find a winery, brewery, or distillery. Amazing how much of a back
story there is on each one and how different the stories are. Here are some the latest I have visited.
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Elite Street Eats  
Southern Comfort Food: Table and Main  

by Kathleen Walls

Did you know Roswell, Georgia is one of the newest up and coming foodie destinations?  With over 200 independent restaurants. Let's not even worry about the other 100 or so chains on Canton Street alone, it might be hard to choose where to dine. But, hey, we're in the South and what's more southern than fried chicken?   Read Elite Street Eats
 

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