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Snooze, Denver, CO

Pancake Flight

There is no shortage of breakfast restaurants in Denver, so I was surprised when more than one person steered me towards Snooze as I planned my recent trip to the mile high city. Snooze is a funky little breakfast place that sprang up in 2007 in downtown Denver and proved to be so popular that they expanded to three locations in the past couple of ... Read More »

A visit to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Ethel M Hallway

It’s not Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but until they open their doors, the Ethel M Chocolate Factory is more than good enough for me. Ethel M’s is located in Henderson, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. The building is easy to find, with a few signs to help guide you into the parking lot. It’s a lot bigger than it looks from the outside, but ... Read More »

Tasting Jamón Ibérico de Bellota

Wall o' Jamon

Winding down my posts on my trip to Spain, I can’t miss taking a moment to talk about Spanish ham. Ham is pretty much the national food of Spain – ask anyone who has been there and they will tell you that you can find it absolutely everywhere. Spanish ham is dry cured, meaning that it is hung to dry for up to 36 months ... Read More »

Yemas from Confiteria la Campana, Seville

Yemas, unwrapped

Every area has its own unique foods and pastries if you take the time to look for them. It wasn’t hard to find in Seville where the Confiteria la Campana has been serving up all kinds of pastries since 1885. The beautiful cafe has a huge pastry counter inside filled with all kinds of goodies, including custard cakes and whipped cream-filled pastries. Everything is made ... Read More »

La Cure Gourmande, Seville, Spain

La Cure Gourmande, the aftermath!

La Cure Gourmande has to be on of the sweetest looking shops in Seville, Spain. And, since it is a candy and cookie shop, it is probably one of the sweetest in general. The store is actually a French one, started in 1989 to preserve and share some traditional french recipes for butter cookies, hard candies, caramels, nougats and chocolates. Since the first store opened, ... Read More »

Los Italianos, Granada, Spain

Los Italianos with Customers

If you’re in Granada during the summer, a stop at Los Italianos is a must. This Italian ice creamery is a popular place and serves up some outstanding ice cream. The shop has unusual hours. It is open from 8am until midnight, and is closed during the winter (so, open from April – October, give or take a little). This makes sense when you consider ... Read More »

A Meal in Morocco

Moroccan Mint Tea

Part of the tour I took in Morocco involved a meal at a “traditional” Moroccan restaurant. It’s a safe bet that when you take a group tour – especially a big group tour – you’re not going to be getting the best or most authentic food you possibly could. My particular group wasn’t large, around 8 or 10 people including me, but the ferry company ... Read More »

Buying Fake Saffron in Morocco

Real and fake saffron

While I was in Spain, I took a side trip to Tangier. I have always been a little bit curious about Morocco and, since the company that runs the ferry between Tarifa – a really great surfing town in Spain – and Tangier charges the same for a round trip ticket that they do for a round trip ticket plus six hour tour package deal, ... Read More »

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