San Francisco’s Italian Wine Week

The San Francisco Bay area is at the center of the nation’s premier winegrowing regions and has far more than its share of tastings. Wine-centric Web sites typically list dozens of relatively small, focused tastings and wine pairing dinners weekly. The city is also home to more large-scale (often more than 100, and occasionally several [Read more …]

San Francisco’s Winter Fancy Food Show

Every January, San Francisco wakes up from its post-holiday sluggishness and hosts the Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show. This is an industry-only affair in which more than one thousand purveyors of packaged foods display more than 80,000 specialty foods and beverages. That’s right; more than 80,000; everything from chips and dips to olives [Read more …]

New York City Restaurants–Fall 2017

New York City Restaurants Given that we spend all of our nights at or near the Broadway Theater District when we are in New York City, we are almost obliged to eat most of our NYC dinner at or near the theaters. While this greatly limits our ability to sample many of the city’s most [Read more …]

Koror Island in Palau Micronesia

The island of Palau is the coral capital of Micronesia. The island’s lagoon and its ledges are known particularly for the drift diving and the pelagic fish of its famed Blue Hole and its Blue Corner wall dive. This being said, many of the island’s scenic coral gardens and colorful, tropical reef fish are also [Read more …]

2017 Pinot Noir Tasting in San Francisco: 33% Discount with PROMOCODE AIWF17


We sure do love wine…especially pinot noir. So what better way to spend a Saturday than tasting pinot noirs? What’s not to like? Each year, San Francisco hosts Pinot Days. This year’s event will take place on November 11, 2017. We loved the event in 2016. And we look forward to the 2017 event [Read more …]

Brisbane’s Northern Sunshine Coast and Noosa

hastings street

While we were in Brisbane, we took advantage of a car and drove to the city’s near north coast. This area is called the Gold Coast, and consists of dozens of suburbs and small beach towns that are known primarily for their beach activities, surfing and deep sea fishing. We skipped through the Gold Coast [Read more …]

Driving the King’s Highway to Nadi Fiji


King’s Highway to Nadi Fiji King’s Highway is to the north shore on this Fiji Island what Queen’s Highway is to the south shore. We drove only about 65 kilometers of this road, beginning in the town of Ba to Nadi (pronounced Nandi). The first leg of this trip, from Ba to the city of [Read more …]

Suva Fiji

botanic garden clock tower

Fiji is another South Pacific dream location. Although we planned to visit three of the archipelago’s 300+ islands, we ended up on only one—the main island of Vitu Levu—in the sake of cutting our total South Pacific trip down from the initially laid out nine weeks to a more manageable seven weeks. After all, how [Read more …]

Our Tonga Resort

Reef Resort Lodge in Tonga On Tonga, we stayed at the Reef Resort on Kapa Island. The Reef Resort is about 30 minutes from the airport. We arranged our transportation to the resort through them. A taxi picked us up at the airport and took us through the town to a boat dock. The boat [Read more …]

French Polynesia: Moorea

Bali High Mountain

Our South Pacific trip begins in French Polynesia. This French Protectorate consists of 120 islands spread across 1.7 million square miles. Despite its size, it is home to only 270,000 residents. We limited our visit to three of its major islands: Moorea, Bora Bora and Tahito Nui—four if you count the latter’s appendage of Tahiti [Read more …]