Great Meals

I tend to prefer mildly spicy food with complex combinations of tastes.  Southwest, Mexican, Indian, Thai, Fusion, Californian, and especially Pacific Rim.  I can enjoy classic French and Vietnamese, but the subtlety is sometimes lost on me. Great meals involve more than food. It also … “Great Meals”


Headphones are becoming the dominate way people listen to music as people shift from using records and CDs played through a stereo to streaming services played through a smart phone. Unfortunately, many people are using the earbuds provided with their smart phone, tablet, or laptop which … “Headphones”

San Francisco Bay Area

There are a number of general websites which cover the bay area including Yahoo Bay Area, SFGate (Chronicle & Examiner), San Jose Mercury News, CitySearch SF, Yelp and Craigslist.   Visiting the Bay Area:  Most people think to visit the typical tourist stops such as Chinatown, Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.  Make … “San Francisco Bay Area”


Maui is more touristy that I like.  The culture (except around the eastern coast) feels more like California than Hawaiian: go-go, play hard, have lots of fun, rather than a more lay back and enjoy life as it comes to you.  If you are looking … “Maui”


Kauai is a the very definition of a lush tropical island. Several movies were made here. Life in Kauai runs on a Hawaiian schedule which is slower than a typical US location. Years ago a grant was given to widen the bridge between Princeville and Wainiha from … “Kauai”

Northern California Tour

The following are ideas for touring the northern half of California. The itinerary assumes using Mountain View as a base. Northern California Best Places is our favorite guidebook which would provide a list of other possibilities. You can often see what locations will look like using virtual tour. … “Northern California Tour”