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Fairfax Coffee Shop, Berkeley Springs, WV

While in Berkeley Springs (WV) to judge an international water competition, I stopped into the local Fairfax Coffee Shop for breakfast. I was glad I did. I sampled the Joey Special for breakfast, a housemade biscuit topped with a farm-fresh egg, melted sharp Cheddar cheese and tomato 🍅 (my special request) in lieu of their pickle chips. My breakfast buddy indulged in one of the good morning muffins ($3). Both were fabulous to the last crumb. We happened to meet and chat with proprietress Trey Johanson, who re-opened this coffee shop as a town hospitable gathering place, while she and her husband hold down other jobs. Fairfax Coffee Shop is worth the side trip. [...]

Lot 12 Public House, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

When I decide to accept the invitation to judge the Berkeley Springs (WV) International Water Tasting, the friend who invited me mentioned that we'd be dining together that weekend at Lot 12 Public House. It's chef Damian Heath had been selected as a semifinalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards for the southeast region many times. I looked forward to experiencing his cooking. Lot 12 Public House is in a beautifully restored 1913 house, where dining on the Victorian porch is an option, weather permitting. We dined inside in the homey atmosphere one rainy evening and noticed the artwork of Damian's folks lining the walls. Our group of eleven was too [...]

Park City Food Tours

Consider taking a day off of the slopes when in the Park City (UT) area to learn some of the history of Main Street while tasting the fare of several restaurants. Local resident Shirin Spangenberg hosts Park City Food Tours where you'll hear how the town has gone from mining to dining — of course, sampling some goodies — while walking down the picturesque historic Main Street. If you're tired from your day's activities, there is a free trolley to take you back up the street. When I took the tour this fall (prices vary seasonally),  we stopped at the below mentioned places for a nibble. The locations change often [...]

By |2017-09-01T14:46:47+00:00January 2nd, 2016|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

San Francisco Street Food Festival

San Francisco Street Food Festival (SFSFF) — the Bay Area’s annual celebration of local food and drink, community, and entrepreneurship —  announced the dates for the seventh annual festival on August 15 and 16, 2015. The 2015 SFSFF is moving to the Dogpatch and historic Pier 70, a Forest City Project, to accommodate the festival’s growing popularity and fan base. In 2014, the festival welcomed 50,000 guests, while featuring over 80 local vendors. This year’s event is projected to be even bigger, especially that this year’s event will be two days instead of one. For more information on the festival, click here. - Guest contributor

By |2017-08-31T16:21:58+00:00June 27th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

2015 Oxnard Salsa Festival Celebrates Everything Salsa!

Get ready to spice things up during the 22nd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, one of Oxnard’s signature events. The festival celebrates salsa food, music and dance on July 25-26, 2015 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard. Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, the annual event features spicy food and fiery, top entertainment, attracting an estimated 45,000 salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action packed celebration. Event highlights include Main Stage entertainment with Salsa and Latin Jazz bands; the Salsa Tasting Tent, featuring over 75 different salsas; an eclectic vendor marketplace; international foods; Kids Korner attractions; chef demonstrations; a salsa recipe contest and [...]

By |2017-09-01T14:47:37+00:00June 18th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Annual Iron Chef Elm City, New Haven

The eighth Iron Chef Elm City will be held  Sunday, April 26 11:45 am a the Omni New Haven Hotel, 155 Temple Street.  The competition is a battle between three chefs, requiring them to demonstrate their culinary prowess, while testing their skills against each other, Each chef must create a scrumptious appetizer, entrée and a dessert using the “secret ingredient." which is revealed at the start of the competition. This year's competition feature chef Carlos Cassar of Copper Beech Inn, Ian Frew of Yale-New Haven Hospital and Todd Ruiz of Omni New Haven Hotel Enjoy food samplings from competing chef's restaurants and CT food manufacturers before and during the competition. [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:40:18+00:00April 20th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Community Plates Food for All

Community Plates, the technology-fueled, direct-transfer food rescue organization dedicated to ending food insecurity in America, presents their signature fundraiser, “Food for All” on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 6 to 9 p, at  The Loading Dock, 375 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford. This is an event features Fairfield County’s newest restaurants and artisans, in addition craft cocktail bars spearheaded by creative mixologists. The Dessert CafĂ© will feature sweet treats and libations. Tickets are $75. To purchase tickets ($75) and find more information click here.  

By |2017-09-01T14:48:07+00:00April 19th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Banana Festival, Port of Hueneme, CA

Go Bananas’ on the scenic grounds of the Port of Hueneme (105 East Port Hueneme Road) during the Banana Festival, Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free festival provides a fun-filled day to learn about the journey of the banana and the interworking of the Port. Festival highlights include delicious food and banana treats, live music, interactive displays, recipe contests, arts & crafts, kid’s activities, port tours and more. Vendors offer authentic tacos,  savory barbecue, Thai noodles, local brews and special banana treats including banana splits, banana smoothies and chocolate dipped bananas. Local bands will provide entertainment. Get a glimpse into how the Port works [...]

By |2017-09-01T14:49:57+00:00September 14th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Houston Restaurant Week August to September 2014

Houston Restaurant Week runs Friday, August 1 through Tuesday, September 2, 2014, featuring a variety of restaurants and offering 2-course lunch for $20 and 3-course dinner for $35. For additional information or list of participating restaurants, click here.  

By |2017-09-01T14:50:45+00:00July 29th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Bourbon Women “Sip-osium,” French Lick, Indiana

Bourbon Women will hold its first  “sip-osium,” a weekend of bourbon enjoyment and education, at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, Friday August  22 through Saturday August 23, 2014 The two-day conference includes daily cocktail receptions and a bourbon dinner Saturday evening. The cost is $175 for members; $225  for non-members that includes a one-year Bourbon Women membership. Saturday only tickets are $150 for members, $200 for non. For more information and to register, click here. Attendees of the "sip-osium”must be at least 21 years old. Bourbon Women is a member-based organization founded in 2011 to promote and preserve the heritage of bourbon through educational, networking and charitable [...]

By |2017-09-01T14:50:57+00:00July 23rd, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

2014 Oxnard Salsa Festival

Get ready to spice things up during the 21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival July 26 -27, 2014 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard. The annual festival, which is presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, celebrates spicy salsa food, top notch music and dance, attracting an estimated 45,000 salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action packed celebration. Event highlights include Main Stage entertainment with Salsa and Latin Jazz bands; the Salsa Tasting Tent, featuring over 50 different salsas; an eclectic vendor marketplace; international foods; Kids Korner attractions; a salsa recipe contest and more. Event admission and parking are free. For Festival information, call [...]

By |2017-09-01T14:51:18+00:00June 2nd, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Triangle Restaurant Week June 2014

Triangle Restaurant Weeks runs Monday, June 2 through Sunday, June 8, 2014, featuring  Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants offering 3-course lunch for $15, and 3-course dinner for $20 or $30. For additional information, click here.

By |2017-09-01T14:51:38+00:00June 1st, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Palms Springs Restaurant Week May to June 2014

Palms Springs Restaurant Week runs Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 8, 2014, featuring a variety of restaurants and offering three-course meals for $26 or $38. For additional information or list of participating restaurants, click here.

By |2017-09-01T14:52:05+00:00May 28th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

The Kennebunkport Festival

The Kennebunkport Festival is a annual event that includes the food, wine and the art of Maine. It will run Tuesday, June 3 through Sunday, June 8, 2014. The Food Festival events take place in designer homes, displaying art work and providing meals that are prepared by individual Chefs in each of the homes. The goal is to showcase the best of Maine and what it has to offer on the coastal setting of Kennebunkport.  The Festival is The Art of Dining is one of the major highlights of the festival, it will be a series of dinners prepared by Maine’s top chefs. The festival will also be featuring artists, musicians, wine [...]

By |2017-09-01T14:52:17+00:00May 25th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

San Fransisco Dine About Town Restaurant Week June 2014

San Francisco Dine About Town Restaurant Week runs Sunday, June 1 through Sunday, June 15, 2014, featuring over 100 restaurants and offering two or three course lunches for $18.95 and three-course dinners for $36.95. For more information or list of participating restaurants, click here.

By |2017-08-31T16:21:58+00:00May 21st, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Vermont Restaurant Week April to May 2014

Vermont Restaurant Week runs Friday, April 25 through Sunday, May 4, 2014, featuring a variety of restaurants and offering prix-fixe dinners at $15, $25 and $35 and $10 breakfast and lunch specials. For additional information, click here.

By |2017-09-01T14:52:55+00:00April 16th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments