Chapter Nine – Skye’s The Limit…Our Drive From Callander To Portree

MaiTaiTom Gets The Royal Treatment…Two Weeks Exploring London and Scotland Chapter Nine – Skye’s The Limit…Our Drive From Callander To Portree DAY TEN – Mhor Bread Please, Seeing Red, Which Mountain is Which, Are We On The Moon, Scenic Drive, Bonnie Prince Charlie & Harry Potter, White Sands, Ferry Ride, The Skye’s The Limit, We’ll Check It Out On The Way Back, Colorful Town, Our Restaurant Makes A Great Comeback, A Short Walk Becomes Longer and I’ll Buy This One Up early, I strolled around the grounds at Roman Camp, and the flowers were just as beautiful in the morning as they were the prior evening.                                                                     … Read more…

Shrimp Scampi in a Garlic Butter Sauce with Pasta

From The Kitchen of Kim & Mary Shrimp Scampi in a Garlic Butter Sauce with Pasta (Tom and Tracy Note: Two of our favorite places to dine on the road in Southern California or Northern California are at one of the homes of our intrepid traveling companions, Kim and Mary (we were very happy when they added their new location).  Both are wonderful home chefs, plus they don’t charge us a corkage fee. This recipe is their daughter’s favorite and just one of the numerous terrific recipes they have created for us throughout the years.)                     This is a super easy recipe, as long as you do all the preparation before you start cooking.  Once … Read more…

Chapter Eight – In Search Of The Holy Grail

MaiTaiTom Gets The Royal Treatment…Two Weeks Exploring London and Scotland Chapter Eight – In Search Of The Holy Grail DAY NINE – Mirror Mirror, Sterling Stirling, I Thought We Were On The English Tour, More Unicorns, The Full Monty, Your Mother Was A Hamster And Your Father Smelled Of Elderberries, Coo-Coo For Coconuts, Always Good To Have A Paper Map, Monumental Find, Boating In The Rain, Idyllic Island, Gorgeous Grounds, Change Of Plans, Callander Girl, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, I’ll Take Manhattan & The Loudest Peacock On The Planet After bidding goodbye to Louise (and those wonderful breakfasts at Millers64), Edinburgh would soon be in the rear view mirror, and as we got to our rental car, we realized we were … Read more…

Donna Jean’s Tropical Pork Carnitas Mini Tostadas

Bet You Can’t Eat Just One Donna Jean’s Tropical Pork Carnitas Mini Tostadas Appetizer For Tom’s 65th birthday party in July, we decided to celebrate with a fiesta catered by the terrific La Cabañita Restaurant in Montrose (technically Glendale).  Since La Cabañita was only bringing dinner items, I needed to prepare a few appetizers for the party.  In addition to guacamole and chips, I made Grilled Watermelon Gazpacho served in shot glasses, Black Bean Salsa and Salsa Baked Goat Cheese Dip. However, I felt this just wouldn’t be enough food to soak up the muchas margaritas, sangria and cerveza we were also serving.  (Did I mention we were expecting 65 people?)                                    … Read more…

Chapter Seven – Gorgeous Scenery & Views On Our Final Day In Edinburgh

MaiTaiTom Gets The Royal Treatment…Two Weeks Exploring London and Scotland Chapter Seven – Gorgeous Scenery & Views On Our Final Day In Edinburgh DAY EIGHT – A Hill Of A Climb, Thankfully Not Open Yet, “Tracy Fell Off The Cliff!”, Edinburgh’s “Folly”, Show Off, Are We In Athens, Honest Abe, Fantastic Foyer, Cheese Please, The Path Less Taken, St. Bernard Without Rum, The Village Idiot, Not Quite As Bad This Time, The Last Supper, Drinks With Deacon, Princess At Princes, The Apple Of Our Eye, Cyder House Rules, Our Favorita Italiano and Cheers To Edinburgh!!! Our our last day in Edinburgh, I started with a great brioche French toast courtesy of Louise at Millers64, while Mary enjoyed a scrambled egg … Read more…

Maestro – Pasadena, CA

Worthy Of An Encore Maestro – Pasadena, CA Visited: July 2017 • Cuisine: Modern Mexican Tracy and I realized we had been on an Italian restaurant kick lately, so it was time to head south of the border (well, it is south of our house in Pasadena) and investigate a relatively new establishment that touts its inventive Mexican cuisine.  Maestro opened earlier this year in what was the former Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant (loved that place), located about a block from one of our favorite Italian (can’t escape them) restaurants, Union. Maestro comes from the creative mind of chef Danny Godinez, who was born in Acapulco and has opened a few restaurants in Orange County. He decided to enlarge his mini … Read more…

Chapter Six: Paintings, Princes, Peacocks, Pastries, Pubs & Afternoon Tea In Edinburgh

MaiTaiTom Gets The Royal Treatment…Two Weeks Exploring London and Scotland Chapter Six: Paintings, Princes, Peacocks, Pastries, Pubs & Afternoon Tea In Edinburgh DAY SEVEN – Magnificent Museum, Not Related To Spiro, Bear With Me, Closed Kirk, Remembering Bob, Unique Ceiling, No We’re Not In Atlanta, It Takes A Village (Sort of), What Goes Down Must Come Up, Climbing Everest Would Be Easier, Any Pub In A Storm, Disheveled Guests, Prince & The Paupers, Our Foursome Has A Tea Time, So This Is What 20,000 Calories Tastes Like, Don’t Fowl Up This Wedding, Sunset Of Our Lives and Happy 500th Birthday! As we sat at the Millers64 breakfast table (loved my porridge), we told Louise about our London friend Brock’s cyder … Read more…

Chapter Five: Exploring Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

MaiTaiTom Gets The Royal Treatment…Two Weeks Exploring London and Scotland Chapter Five: Exploring Edinburgh’s Royal Mile DAY SIX – Pass The Jam, Gorgeous Garden, Get Those Guards Outta Here, The Write Stuff, Is That Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Cone Head, It’s In The Bagpipes, Close Encounters, Knox Knox It’s James’ House, How Much Do We Pay At The Tolbooth, Kirk But No Captain, Controversial Building, Anne Shuts Us Out, It’s The End Of The World As We Know It, Dedicated Dog, More Harry Potter, We Finally Make It In The Castle, The Giant Store and The Best Darned Steak Tartare Ever! A little before 8:30 the four us, bolstered by a good night’s rest, met in Louise’s dining room.  … Read more…

Chapter Four: Enchanting & Exciting Edinburgh

MaiTaiTom Gets The Royal Treatment…Two Weeks Exploring London and Scotland Chapter Four: Enchanting & Exciting Edinburgh DAY FIVE: Platform 9 3/4, Brexit “BoJo” Encounter, On Track For Edinburgh, How Did He Fit All Our Luggage In Here, It’s Miller’s Time, Exhilarating Edinburgh, Church of Hard Knox, Thistle Put You In Awe, No Cigar, Up On The Roof, Hello Dolly, Where’s The Cannonball, “It’s The Most Scenic Part of Scotland” & The Golden Hour One terrible thing about my “being late for the train” phobia is that I don’t sleep well the night before a morning trip.  Last night was one example. I had reserved first class tickets on Virgin Trains from London to Edinburgh, and that was a good thing … Read more…

Chilled Carrot Soup with Cumin & Lime

Some Like It Cold! Chilled Carrot Soup with Cumin & Lime Appetizer or Main Course It’s been blistering hot here in Southern California lately…so scorching in fact that it’s too hot to barbecue or even turn on the oven.  So, what to make for dinner?  Soup…chilled soup that is.  I turned to my favorite soup cookbook, Sunday Soup by Betty Rosbottom, for a recipe.  Tom wanted a chilled cantaloupe soup, but I vetoed that, opting instead to make the Chilled Carrot Soup with Cumin and Lime.   To make this a little more robust for a meal, I added a garnish of diced radishes, cilantro, lime zest and some crumbled Queso Fresco.  Avocado would be a nice addition too, but I … Read more…