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Not One Darn Fish! (But I Had a Great Time)

MAMMOTH LAKES, California (July 2016) – Labeling a totally unproductive fishing trip a good experience conjures up memories of Michigan State football coach Duffy Daugherty, who said, “A tie is like kissing your sister.” It’s totally counterintuitive, but that’s still … Continue reading

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Where Mucking Is a Competitive Sport

TONOPAH, Nevada – A chance conversation led to my meeting a mucking champion, and that’s no typo. It happened in the desert town of Tonopah, Nevada, which is in the middle of nowhere between Las Vegas and Reno. Me: “I saw … Continue reading

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Big Mouse, Little Mouse in Southern California

SANTA ANA, California – There’s more than one mouse to visit when you go to Southern California. The internationally recognized Big Mouse, of course, is named Mickey, and he’s in Anaheim. The not-nearly-as-well-known Little Mouse is in Santa Ana and … Continue reading

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Touches of Disney Magic on a Dreary Day

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Even if you arrive at the Disneyland Resort on a chilly, drizzly afternoon, it’s easy to encounter magic touches that brighten the day. When the bellman at the Grand Californian Hotel detected my anxiety about his putting … Continue reading

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To Market, to Market in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, California – In a state known for celebrities, food is the real celebrity in the capital city, Sacramento – especially on Sunday mornings and despite the fact movie star governors aren’t unusual. The reason is the Sacramento Certified Farmers’ … Continue reading

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Casting for Seafood in Kansas

WICHITA and MANHATTAN, Kansas – I went to Kansas expecting to order beef, beef and more beef – and enjoying every bite – until a salad crowned with a steelhead trout filet threw me off track at the first restaurant … Continue reading

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Down-home Dining in Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Du-Par’s Restaurant and Bakery is far from the flashiest attraction at the Fremont Street Experience, the old-turned-new entertainment district that was the original Las Vegas, but it is at the top of my list. You can … Continue reading

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Definitely one of ‘The World’s Last Great Places’

SALEM, S.C. – When Stephanie Couch was a teenager, she left the rugged Rocky Mountains of Montana for the very different mountains in the South Carolina Upcountry – and she never looked back. That’s because she got 7,500-acre Lake Jocassee … Continue reading

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Caviar’s California Origins

SACRAMENTO, California – The French Laundry in Napa Valley is beyond my budget, but I have tasted the caviar that’s served at the famous restaurant – and at many other pricey restaurants whose doors I’ll never darken. In fact, I … Continue reading

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Meet the Produce Maven of ‘Farm to Fork’ Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, California – You may never meet Suzanne Peabody Ashworth in person, but if you visit some of Sacramento’s nicer restaurants, you’ll likely dine on food she grows less than 10 miles from California’s capitol. Her patch of the Central … Continue reading

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