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Pasteleria Lopez-Mezquita, Granada, Spain

PAstries at Lopez-Mezquita

Breakfast isn’t a big meal in Spain, for the most part, and so not that many places are open early in the morning. Fortunately, in Granada, the Pasteleria Lopez-Mezquita opens bright and early at about 9am for those who want to get a quick bite to eat before going to work or heading up to the Alhambra for some sightseeing. The Pasteleria has a cafe ... Read More »

Chocolateria San Gines, Madrid, Spain

Nicole eating Churros

Chocolateria San Gines is hidden away on a very small street near the Opera metro stop in Madrid, Spain. It’s not easy to see from the main street, since the entrance is actually tucked around a corner, but fortunately there is a bright neon sign mounted on the wall so that passersby will know where they’re going, even if they can’t see the sign above ... Read More »

Baking Bites in Spain

Plaza Mayor in Madrid

I recently got back from a long – and food filled – trip to Spain! Unlike my previous trips, where I blogged about them as I traveled, I opted to wait until I got home to post about Spain. This is because I spent a lot of my time on the trip moving around. Instead of staying in one city the whole time, I traveled ... Read More »

Judging at the Crisco 2010 National Pie Championships

Nicole taking photos of pie

I love pie, so when I had the opportunity to become a judge at the Crisco 2010 National Pie Championships at the American Pie Council‘s Great American Pie Festival, I jumped at it. This is the biggest pie contest in the country, with categories for commercial pies – such as those you find at grocery store bakeries and in restaurant bakeries, like Kroger and Baker’s ... Read More »

A scoop at Lappert’s Ice Cream, Kauai

Before I get too far removed from the rest of my recent Kauai trip, I can’t resist mentioning a quick visit I made to Lappert’s Hawaii Ice Cream. Not to be confused with an ice cream shop with the same name on the mainland, Lappert’s Hawaii was founded on Kauai in 1983 and is based in Hanapepe. Their super premium ice creams come in both ... Read More »

Tropical flavor and hot dogs at Puka Dog, Poipu

A Puka Dog!

What is a Puka Dog? It’s not your ordinary hot dog, that’s for sure! Puka dogs are Hawaiian-style hot dogs served at, of course, Puka Dog in Poipu on Kauai. “Puka” is Hawaiian for hole – as in puka shell necklaces, where many small shells with holes in the center are strung on a necklace. Puka dogs start out with large buns that, instead of ... Read More »

Ice Cold Coconuts, Kauai

Cracking a coconut with a machete

Driving up towards Hanalei Bay from Lihue, right around mile marker 24 and the Kahiliholo intersection, you might catch sight of a roadside sign reading Ice Cold Coconuts out in front of a small fruit stand on the right hand side of the road. If you do, stop by. This fruit stand is packed with all kinds of fresh tropical fruit and you can’t get ... Read More »

Lunch at Island Taco, Waimea, Kauai

Menu board at Island Taco, Waimea, Kauai

Sometimes when I’m traveling, I take note of some restaurants that were recommended in guidebooks, by friends (and bloggers!) and on sites like Yelp. Sometimes I don’t and have to rely on what I spot while I’m driving around. My visit to Island Taco in Waimea, Kauai was the result of the latter approach. I saw the sign, I saw a couple of other diners ... Read More »

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