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Explore Arizona: The Grand Canyon

Around the great state of Arizona, when one talks about “the Canyon”, one is referring to the Grand Canyon.  For we have lots of canyons, Canyon de Chelly, Salt River Canyon and Glen Canyon to name a few, but none has the mystique of the Grand Canyon.  We are the Grand Canyon State, after all.  It is nothing short of awe inspiring to stand on …

Explore Arizona: Winslow and the Hopi Reservation

Part II of our Easter vacation to the Navajo and Hopi reservations found us based out of the town of Winslow, Arizona, at the historic La Posada Hotel.  We had planned to spend a day touring Hopi Mesas One, Two and Three, while taking some time for small side trips to Meteor Crater and Grand Falls. Winslow and La Posada Before the Eagles made Winslow, …

Explore Arizona: Canyon de Chelly

After our last road trip to the Petrified Forest in Northern Arizona, we became inspired to explore more of this great state.  (See my post: Explore Arizona: Sunrise Park and Navajo County.)  Over Easter break, we drove north again, this time to the Navajo and Hopi reservations, namely to explore Canyon de Chelly and the Hopi mesas, two of the longest continuously inhabited areas in …

Explore Arizona: Sunrise Park and Navajo County

When Hubby and I were courting some 25-odd years ago, we spent many weekends exploring the beauty and diversity of this great state of Arizona.  It is not all cacti and desert.  With the exception of an ocean view, there is much to offer, from the dude ranches down south in Douglas, to the majesty of the Grand Canyon in the north near Flagstaff.  Recently, we …

Santa Maria-Style Barbecue

You may recall in my post, Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2016 (http://www.texaztaste.com/aspen-food-wine-classic-2016/), I attended a class where Tyler Florence extolled the virtues of Santa Maria-style barbecue.  Santa Maria-style barbecue is the “fifth style of barbecue”, he said, after Texas, Memphis, Kansas City and Carolina.  He walked us through the preparation of a simple rub for tri-tip, smoked it, and served it with two complementary salsas.  What …

Alamo Springs Cafe

Yikes!  It’s the end of the month already and Christmas is around the corner.  Fresh off a plane from a trip to the Texas Hill Country, I may have to share with you one of my favorite hidden gems called the Alamo Springs Cafe.  Situated down a winding road 14 miles SE from Fredericksburg, Alamo Springs General Store and Cafe has the grand distinction of having the …

Saison San Francisco

Hubby and I felt that a milestone birthday was excuse enough for a star-studded event, and in our case the stars referred to the culinary ne plus ultra known as Michelin stars.  But don’t misunderstand me: I don’t wait with bated breath for the yearly release of the Michelin Guide; I just happen to have some culinary savvy friends who are well-versed in the art …

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

The next stop on our California road trip was the bucolic Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.  The name “Big Sur” originated with the fact that it was known as the big country of the “south”, specifically south of the Monterey area.  Prior to the establishment of a two-lane paved road in 1937 linking Monterey to San Simeon, Big Sur was virtually uninhabited.  Hubby and …

Hearst Castle: La Cuesta Encantada

Approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco (4 hours) on Highway 1 in the California Central Coast, lies Hearst Castle, the legendary estate built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951).  His father, George Hearst, a skilled miner and geologist from Missouri, moved to California in the mid-1800’s to mine, and in 1865 purchased the property as a cattle and horse ranch.  One hundred …

A Brief Intermezzo

While culling through my 100+ photos of our next destination, Hearst Castle, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a couple of things we did in between our visit to Los Angeles and our arrival at San Simeon:   Bouchon 235 North Cañon Drive Beverly Hills, CA  90210 310-271-9910 http://www.thomaskeller.com/beverly-hills-california/bouchon-beverly-hills Montage Beverly Hills 225 North Cañon Drive Beverly Hills, CA  90210 310-860-7801 http://www.montagehotels.com Bottega …