Four Seasons Ghostbusters – A Treat to Remember

Although Halloween has passed, this drink will stay in my memory for a long time. This column was written a few months ago, but as I have another chocolate martini, I felt it appropriate to share. Halloween doesn’t hold the excitement for me that it does for many. My children are grown and we don’t get the trick-or-treaters at our place.


I just returned from a two-and-a-half week vacation.  I haven’t had a vacation that long since…well…since ever. The Captain and I did go to Hawaii a few years ago for about two weeks, but other than that it’s been about 5 days max.  This was the vacation of a lifetime. We went on a 12-day Caribbean cruise from New York City. The cruise was awesome.  It was everything I had hoped and then some.

Lima Beans? Yep, I’ll Eat Those

This week The Captain and I headed south to visit my parents, affectionately known to our family as Toots and Freckles.  They live in Mesquite, Nevada, which is about 60 miles north of Las Vegas.  I love my parents, as is demonstrated by me leaving the cool, crisp, fresh air of Southeast Alaska for the barren wasteland of the desert.

Living Large – Like the Stars

I have mentioned in previous columns and blog entries my affinity for certain television shows – my guilty pleasures, if you will.  The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise has me hooked, and I fully admit it.  We all need those breaks in life that allows us to not have to focus on anything too serious, to relax, and to just have fun. Another new guilty pleasure I’ve added to my list is Scandal.

Food Writing — It’s Not Just About Food

  Last week I hopped a plane to Seattle for the annual International Food Bloggers Conference. This is a gathering of 300–400 like-minded folks who are passionate about food. This passion is conveyed through food blogs, columns, cookbooks, and photography.

Juneau Food Tours – After the Season

As the 2015 summer visitor season winds down, the work at our offices (affectionately known as HQ) continues.  This week I travel to Seattle to the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC).  This is an annual pilgrimage for many food writers and bloggers who seek to keep updated on food trends and to learn about new tools for blogging and writing a food column.

Another Ten Years? Absolutely!

This week marked the eleventh anniversary of when The Captain and I met. For some reason, we never miss out on recognizing this day.  It’s a day of significance for us, even more so than our wedding anniversary, which we celebrate as well. I suppose it’s because this particular day was the beginning of a new path of both of our lives.

Let’s Talk Tastings – Panhandle Provisions

    Jacob smiles as guests enjoy the fare at Panhandle Provisions.     We like to think of Panhandle Provisions as the “Jewel of Juneau”. The unique flavors and creativity that come from the kitchen of this little hole in the wall deli are unlike anything one can imagine. Kimchi salami, reindeer prosciutto, and Alaskan pork salami are just a few things on the delicious menu.

Dinner is on the Table and in Alaska it’s Rockfish Tostadas

I wonder sometimes am I unique in my expectations that when dinner is on the table, my family will be ready to dine?  I don’t think so, yet I can’t help but wonder.  I give you my family for example. When I was growing up, dinner was served at 6:00pm on the dot and we did not miss this meal under penalty of severe grounding or worse.

Sustainable Sustenance

Recently, The Captain and I attended a delicious dinner hosted by The Rookery Café.  Guests on our food tour may be familiar with The Rookery. We discuss the chef, Beau Schooler when stopping at Panhandle Provisions for the delicious house smoked and cured meats.This particular dinner was quite special.