Category Archives: SIDE DISHES


I know. I know. Cupcakes are all the rage, and this restaurant specializes in them. And, yes, they are luscious. Yet when I visited Daisy Café and Cupcakery in Madison, Wisconsin, other items claimed a larger place in my heart. Many cafes can take good cake, top it with rich butter cream and win wows, […]


Don’t you just hate it when you can’t get your MRI scan, dental crowns, acupuncture and a facial in the same day, at the same place. Oh, and did I mention botox, a pedicure, fitness counseling and cooking classes? Those who find the inconvenience of multi-stops annoying can now enjoy one-stop health and fitness shopping […]

Gulf Shores, Lucy Buffett and L.A.Caviar

Lucy Buffett (yes, Jimmy’s sister) runs the exceedingly popular Lulu’s at Homeport Marina, a restaurant on the Intercoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores, Alabama. With service both indoors and out and live music, Lucy’s “high-class dive” attracts boaters, families, tourists and neighbors to dine on casual-beach-bar type food. Although Lulu’s features predictable Alabama pub fare heavy […]

Summer Magic in the Farmers Market

Almost every city has a farmer’s market, but best of them all has to be the Dane County Farmer’s Market in Madison,Wisconsin. Held outdoors, rain or shine, every Wednesday and Saturday from May to November (and indoors, on Saturdays, in winter), the market draws the most crowds on summer Saturdays when vendors set up about […]


Although he was not the first European to discover Fiji (Abel Tasman was in 1642), Captain James Cook is literally and figuratively credited as the first to put the archipelago on the world’s radar (such as the radar was in 1774). Therefore I thought it super symbolic to begin my exploration of Fiji on a […]


Belgium is a country of great diversity. Tucked between Holland and France, this small (about the size of Maryland) strip of a country sports a population of over 10 million and hosts not only the European Union, but also NATO and a slew of the world’s top international trade and finance companies. As one would […]