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Side Street Inn
7.7

Side Street Inn

Where do all of the chefs go after they’ve completed their cooking shifts??  Side Street Inn.  A beloved but total dive on a ‘side street’ near Ala Moana Shopping Center, Side Street Inn simply rocks.  It’s been included in countless Food Network shows, like ones from Anthony Bourdain and Guy..
Raven Golf Club – Phoenix

Raven Golf Club – Phoenix

Raven Golf Club – Phoenix, Buckeye to be exact, is an absolutely beautiful course that includes lots of hills and beautiful scenery.  Raven Golf Club is long and pretty darn difficult.  The hills make it more challenging.  The green grass is nicely molded into the natural dessert environment.  The facilities..
Fort Ross Winery

Fort Ross Winery

If you find yourself up on the Sonoma Coast, take a detour to Fort Ross Winery.  Opened in the last few years, Fort Ross Winery is a breathtaking spot and a great place to taste the Fort Ross – Seaview AVA wines that are chardonnay and pinot noir.  The owner..
Go Bistro – SFO
6.2

Go Bistro – SFO

I rarely travel out of San Francisco International Airport terminals other than United’s Terminal 3.  But, a boondoggle to Phoenix put me in the Southwest Airlines terminal.  After a busy morning, we were ready for a bite to eat, and Go Bistro is one of the few food places in..
Spanish Immersion at Monte Azul

Spanish Immersion at Monte Azul

There’s something about the skies over Central America, layer after layer of different types of clouds, the thick, threatening kind above the airplane, misty ones just beneath, and two or three layers of those massive cumulous thunderheads scattered over the most perfect blue ocean one could imagine.  Azul, Spanish for..
Tito’s Tacos – Los Angeles
6.3

Tito’s Tacos – Los Angeles

The best late night study break we ever had when I was attending UCLA was a trip to Tito’s Tacos. There is always a line at this place. Whenever I’m in the Washington Blvd. and 405 area, I try to make it back to Tito’s Tacos. I order their beef..
Oahu Food Trucks

Oahu Food Trucks

In 2011, The San Francisco Chronicle put together a great list of Oahu food trucks. I’ve tried several of them and would specifically recommend Giovanni’s in the North Shore and Leonard’s. As this article is a bit dated, I would recommend checking these locations before going. Thank you, Jeanne Cooper,..
Shanghai, Part 1

Shanghai, Part 1

We landed in Shanghai with just about a half hour left of St. Patrick’s Day.  The 16-hour time difference can take its toll over the first 24 hours.  Then, it’s pretty easy to make it through a normal day without being tired.  The Shanghai things to do list would take..
San Francisco Giants Spring Training

San Francisco Giants Spring Training

There’s still time to get to San Francisco Giants Spring Training in Scottsdale.  It’s a beautiful park, and now that the rain has arrived in San Francisco, it’s a great getaway. We found some Giants-centric places to hang out, thanks to a great article by Peter Hartlaub in the San..