Redwood Scenic Drive California

Redwood Scenic Drive California  Most people think of white-sanded beaches, sun-tanned bodies, and Tex-Mex when they think of California. But the California stereotypes miss out on some of the most spectacular scenery in Northern California (and America), through the Redwoods Coast drives. At the north of California in Humboldt County, you get to see some […]

Five Things To Do In Gilroy California

Five Things To Do In Gilroy California Gilroy Garlic Festival If you consider yourself a foodie, or you just enjoy a festival with beer, wine, good food and good music, then time your visit to California to coincide with the Gilroy Garlic Festival. It’s a celebration of all things garlicky, with music and alcohol to […]

Tradition Bar San Francisco

Tradition Bar San Francisco The reputation of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District precedes itself. It’s traditionally been the roughest neighbourhood in the city, with its high crime rates and drug use. But as with the seedier area of most cosmopolitan cities, it’s becoming gentrified. There’s a portion of the San Francisco community that is outraged over […]

Vegan Fried Rice

Vegan Fried Rice with Gilroy Garlic I can’t decide whether the Gilroy Garlic braid makes us look like the “rustic décor” types, or like I have a genuine fear of vampires. But aside from the aesthetics of a garlic braid hanging in your house, it has been very handy on our three month+ trip through […]

Tillie Gort’s Cafe Pacific Grove California

Tillie Gort’s Cafe Pacific Grove California “What can I do for you?” came the brusque question with a raised eyebrow when I walked in. Perhaps I looked a little vague and it disconcerted the owner. Or maybe it was my accent – I was asked to repeat myself several times. When the owner deciphered my […]

Soul Groove Civic Center San Francisco

Soul Groove Civic Center San Francisco “Do you have any dietary requirements?” This is a question that can strike fear in the hearts of people with food allergies, vegetarians, and vegans. Or it does in mine, at least. I get awfully anxious about inconveniencing friends — or being interrogated by an angry person about why […]

California Academy of Sciences San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences is a glorious mash-up of aquarium, gardens, geography, science and early history museums. It’s great for everyone from toddlers to adults, and it’s my favourite tourist attraction in San Francisco. The Academy is split over several levels: The Rainforest, the Aquarium, the Galapagos Islands, the Earthquake Zone, the Rooftop Garden, […]

Peggy Sue’s 50s Diner California

Peggy Sue’s 50s Diner is not haute cuisine. It doesn’t come close to fine dining. Let’s get that straight from the outset. It’s closer to what you’d find the Winchester brothers eating in, with Dean stuffing his face full of cheeseburgers. Except in Supernatural, Elvis would probably leap off the wall and try to eat […]

Natural Bridges Vallecito California

One day I’ll write a post about the places you never need to visit in America. There’s far too many “10 places you need to visit” listicles already, but no one ever looks at the unpleasant side of travel. No one warns you about the places you don’t want to visit. Delhi will be pretty high on […]