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San Francisco Drinks: Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe

  The origin of the Irish Coffee is highly disputed, but I like the version that it was first served here in the United States at the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco.  Located at the corner of Hyde and Beach, the Buena Vista was once a boarding house before being converted into a saloon […]

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Bottoms Up: Grappa in Italy

Everywhere you turn in Italy you’ll find grappa, a clear alcoholic beverage sure to knock your socks off. Grappa is made from the grape residue left over from the crush of grapes during the winemaking process, and includes the grape skins, stems, seeds, and everything else.  Like many food items in Italy, the beverage originally […]

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Slurp Up a Tuba!

I discovered a drink called “tuba” that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else.  At first I was a little hesitant to give it a try. It’s typically found on the the streets and beaches, not necessarily the best places to give new food a try.  But try it I did, and it was […]

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It’s My Blog Anniversary!

On March 17, 2006, I wrote my first blog post ever on my travel blog then named Flyaway Cafe. You […]

Visiting the Ruins of Pompeii: From Tragedy to Tourism

The ruins of Pompeii are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The ruins of Pompeii have become one of Italy’s most visited sites. On August 24th, 79 A.D., erupted in a […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

It seems like everyone thinks about romance in February, but once Valentine’s Day passes, romance gets short shrift. One way […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]