9 style sushi- san clemente, california

9 Style Sushi

Teeny tiny and tucked on a side street on the way to the beach, 9 Style Sushi, a little piece of fresh sushi heaven.  Worth the wait, the walk, the noise and the crowd to be part of the neighborhood vibe and pretend to be a beach local.  Simply amazing food and a great sake and beer selection.  They said it first- ‘happiness is a sushi date at 9 style sushi’!

camelback inn and spa-scottsdale, arizona

Camelback Inn and Spa

Yes, what a stunningly beautiful and peaceful place.  Quail, hummingbirds, rabbits, colorful little birds, flowering cactus and Happy Hour in the R Bar every day with lovely live entertainment, great wine and fabulous appetizers.  Brunch in Rita’s works, dinner in Lincoln overrated except for the Lobster Escargot, spa treatments worth every penny and more.  (ask for Kristine-you’ll be glad you did)

And, thank goodness, there is one of these:


bay cafe- fort walton beach, florida

Bay Cafe

Right on the water, under the Brooks Bridge, Bay Cafe.  Impeccable service, freshest of seafood, homemade desserts (French Silk Pie-Oh My!) and mouthwatering nightly specials.  The appetizer Crab Cakes and Sea Bass Picatta on this visit were beyond compare.  Superior wine choices.  Inside or outside on the water.  Divine.

wat mongkolratanaram buddhist temple- fort walton beach, florida

“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.”  ~ Buddha

In the heart of Fort Walton Beach, Florida on every single Sunday morning of the year, this amazing temple has fresh food unlike any you have experienced before.  Fresh Pad Thai, Spring Rolls, Fried Plantains, skewers of pork cooked outside over open flame and so much more.  All proceeds go to the upkeep of the temple and it’s resident monks.  Visiting the Florida panhandle?  A Sunday morning here is an absolute must.  Five+ star.

Wat Temple