Zut! est Bien

We had hoped to pass through Berkeley at around noontime or so for a quick snack. Visions of a legendary dessert at Bette's To Go—the chocolate espresso twinkie—played with my mind. This Hostess namesake, a dense chocolate cake filled with espresso cream and enrobed in chocolate icing, landed in the Sterns' 500 Things to Eat... Continue Reading →

Burger at Dundee Bistro (Dundee, OR)

One of the best burgers I've had in a long time was served at the Dundee Bistro, a restaurant associated with Ponzi Vineyards in the town of Dundee, which is situated in the gorgeous rolling hills of Tualatin Valley wine country. Friends of ours who live in nearby Sherwood treated us to lunch. There is a tasting... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Curly’s Bar (Waitomo Caves, NZ)

One of the places recommended for a lunch by the proprietors of Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge was Curly's Bar, a tavern in the village just a few blocks up the main road. There are quite a few tables inside, likely filled when tourism is in full swing. There are pool tables and an internet café.... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Bobcat Bite (Santa Fe, NM)

I was on a quest for the great green chile cheeseburger in New Mexico. Blake's Lotaburger is pretty good, even if it is a fast-food chain, but the patty was thin. 5 Star Burgers fell short, primarily because the beef was too lean and therefore pebbly in texture.  A great burger starts with ground beef... Continue Reading →

Lunch at 5 Star Burgers (Taos, NM)

One of the things I wanted to do on this trip was to have a great example of New Mexico's green chile cheeseburger. Since we were in Taos, I had to try out 5 Star Burgers. USA Today rated it as the best in New Mexico. The review focused on the quality of the ingredients: freshly-ground,... Continue Reading →

Blake’s Lotaburger (Gallup, NM)

Gallup is a city that is over 7,000 ft above sea level (like Flagstaff) and is therefore noticeably cooler than the surrounding valleys. At this elevation, there are Ponderosa pines everywhere. We stopped here for the night before moving on. For dinner, a restaurant recommended by Yelpers was closed, as were almost all restaurants in... Continue Reading →

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