• San Francisco

    March 31, 2016DishinandDishes

      Kayla and Brettley and I toured San Francisco a bit last week. Just enough to really make me want to see more. We stayed at the beautiful Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square. It is the grande dame of “boutique hotels” you can lodge at in San Francisco. There is even a red…

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  • Crane Hollow Cafe

    March 29, 2013DishinandDishes

    While we were in Estes Park for Spring break, we had to drive down the mountian one day because Mr. Wonderful had found us a Craigslist find – a car top luggage rack that would let the three kids be able to put their feet on the floor of my Mountaineer on the 11 hour…

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  • Daikokuya, A Ramen Noodle House in L.A.

    May 23, 2012DishinandDishes

    One of the places I really wanted to visit when were in Los Angeles was.. The Chinese Theater? With the stars names in the sidewalk? NOPE. The Hollywood sign? NOPE. All of those things are things you see all the time from visitors in L.A., but Mr. Wonderful and I didn’t feel like fighting the…

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  • Braving L.A. & Louise’s Trattoria

    May 5, 2012DishinandDishes

    We woke up Thursday  morning when we were in Marina del Rey,  and decided it was the day. It was the day to brave L.A. traffic. Big GULP. All I can say is …thank goodness for GPS machines once again. We started out in Santa Monica where we were going to go eat lunch at…

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  • Ma’Kai in Santa Monica

    April 26, 2012DishinandDishes

    Yesterday we spent the day driving up the coast of California. The crazy busyness of our lives of late led us to rent a car, and just lazily drive with no real time-frame involved. No deadlines, no hurried rushing to the next place.  We stopped when we wanted to and drove when we wanted to.…

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  • West Coastin’ It and La Creperie Cafe & Bohemian Bistro

    April 23, 2012DishinandDishes

    Strange fact about me.  I have never been to the west coast.  The furthest I’ve ventured is a one week trip to Vegas in August, that made me feel like I was living under a giant blowdryer and sent me home whining. But I’ve always wanted to see the Pacific.  And for the first time…

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  • Commenting on Restaurants

    August 13, 2010DishinandDishes

    With restaurant review sites cropping up all over the place, this article by Ken on Urbanspoon made my smile in satisfaction. It’s an article on what not to do when commenting on a restaurant on Urbanspoon. When I first started writing restaurant reviews, I really had no idea what I was doing.  I just knew that Mr.…

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  • A Michigan Farmer's Market Trip

    July 27, 2009DishinandDishes

    Well, we made it through the 20- hour drive.  Actually it was  in closer to 18 hours.  The kids slept.  Boy did the kids sleep… ALOT. How in the world they sleep in these positions boggled our creaky, achy back, adult  minds. We tottered off to bed at 3 a.m. and awoke to gorgeous weather in…

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