Finding love and butter on Oregon coast

The Chetco Seafood Market and Restaurant in Brookings Harbor is empty except for one other couple. We settle into a corner table and turn our attention to the blackboard where today’s catch is offered—all with chips and all guaranteed to be fresher than fresh. The other couple—a grown son and his mother, we’re guessing–is alreadyContinue reading “Finding love and butter on Oregon coast”

Foodie tours bring you Seattle’s best

In a city where the coffee culture is so competitive you can buy a latte at a gas station, where the latest Zagat restaurant guide boasts 3,165 contributors, and where locals talk about food as enthusiastically as they do about football, a wise visitor gathers a little insider intelligence before diving in to Seattle’s culinaryContinue reading “Foodie tours bring you Seattle’s best”

Girls gone soft on Maui spa getaway

Cowhide surfboards. Bathtubs brimming with something akin to lime Jell-o. A waiter who acknowledges every request with a throaty “my pleasure” suggesting something even naughtier than the dessert menu. Maui certainly serves up surprises on a girls’ getaway. When my L.A.-based sister Robyn and I decide to abandon our men folk and kids and enjoyContinue reading “Girls gone soft on Maui spa getaway”