Renewing at the Metropolis of Atlanta Diakonia Retreat Center

Spent a wonderful weekend with some lovely ladies at the Metropolis of Atlanta Retreat Center in Salem, South Carolina. Two and a half days of making new friends while strengthening our love for Jesus. The Diakonia Center is rustic but … Continue reading Renewing at the Metropolis of Atlanta Diakonia Retreat Center

Savannah…easy

Did a quick birthday weekend getaway to Savannah, GA with my baby girl. Wonderful southern city with tons of history. Just visiting all the squares of the Historic District could keep you busy for a few days, but this was a whirlwind weekend…so we did the best we could! The majestic live oaks with their Spanish Moss filled branches line the streets of Savannah. The monuments adorning the historic squares, Oglethorpe, Forsyth,Chatham,Monterey,Madison,Telfair, Pulaski tell the story of Savannahs’ antebellum past… Even city hall is special here. We dined at a restored southern mansion called The Olde Pink House.. We had … Continue reading Savannah…easy

Hobak Korean BBQ will leave you full of happy!

Off-strip Vegas gem Hobak Korean BBQ is a family favorite because we miss having access to Korean bbq in Wilmington, NC. Our years in SoCal and Virginia were filled with adventuresome Asian shopping and dining out. Sadly, the only BBQ in the south is Carolina BBQ, which is great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s nothing like Korean BBQ! Korean BBQ is a communal eating experience right at your table, washed down with Soju or Hite Beer or..at least at Hobak… a beer and soju tower right at your table that is a ready-to-pour tap of goodness! The meats at … Continue reading Hobak Korean BBQ will leave you full of happy!

Burgers and fries “Vegas style”

Took a break from typical Vegas and visited off-strip gem Bacci Burgers for their innovative Asian themed burgers. From the ice-cold Nigori sake… To the oxtail chili cheese fries…spicy goodness…. …the most excellent Bahn mi Burger… Medium rare Angus burger with pork pate, fried egg and pickled carrot slaw.served with more house pickled veggies. And gilding the lily with truffle fries… Our amusing, former musician host completed the experience with his wit and abilities. So many off the strip gems here! Stay tuned for Hobak Korean Bbq in my next post! Continue reading Burgers and fries “Vegas style”

Tequila Comida & Cantina

Visited the long awaited opening of Tequila Comida &Cantina this evening for dinner. This newest addition to the Los Portales family of food purveyors is just trying out its sea legs with the refurbished space formerly occupied by Olo Cantina. You are greeted with a bolillo roll and red and green salsas or olive oil for dipping. I enjoyed my El Guapo cerveza and my Mole Pipian de Cuerdo My husband’s Tacos de Chicharones were very good, full of fried pork belly and pickled onions. The bar is fully stocked and Margaritas are excellent. The bartender is always willing to … Continue reading Tequila Comida & Cantina

Greek Orthodox Easter 2018

Our celebration of the risen Christ always involves family, food, music and prayer. The bountiful food is personal because the recipes have been passed down for three generations here in the U.S. I hope that when I cook and serve my grown children their great-grandmother’s handwritten tsoureki recipe they can understand that her substitution of anisette and orange juice for Mahlepi was born of economic necessity and the ingenuity of an immigrant. When we feast on lamb, we remember that Jesus Christ allowed himself to be the ultimate sacrificial lamb. When we crack the eggs dyed red and exclaim “Xristos … Continue reading Greek Orthodox Easter 2018