The Sweet Taste of Satisfaction

While I’m not Greek, I’m married to a Greek, and love all things Greek, especially Greek food. It’s an annual tradition for us to celebrate my birthday with a classic Greek meal of grilled lamb chops with baklava for dessert. Ah, the sweet taste of satisfaction when I bite into a juicy, medium-rare lamb chop…

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Diporto Taverna – Athens

When looking for Diporto Taverna, don’t look up, look down to find this unique basement-level taverna (koutouki in Greek) hiding in the center of the busy Dimotiki Agora, the Public Market of Central Athens. The name of the taverna means “two doors,” neither of which has a sign for the taverna, and both of which…

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Garden Doors at the Pond House Café

Whenever I visit family in Connecticut, the Pond House Café in West Hartford tops my list of places to go for delicious food and inspirational seasonal gardens. Per tradition, after a tasty lunch in the Café with my parents, we strolled through the gardens to admire the summer blooms. Notice how doors and windows are…

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Fresh Guacamole and Green Decor – Jardines de San Juan Mexican Restaurant

Our go-to Mexican Restaurant in San Juan Bautista is Jardines de San Juan. The outdoor dining patio offers a spectacular garden oasis filled with green foliage, succulents, and flowering plants. The old western style building with its green trim, posts, and railings blends in nicely with the garden setting. Vibrant flowers and umbrellas, and a bright blue door add…

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The Red Doors of Pedro’s Cantina

California is rich with authentic Mexican restaurants. Our favorite spot for that “get away” feeling and great Mexican food is Pedro’s Cantina in Santa Clara, California. The patio dining area has views to gorgeous Spanish-style architecture with red doors, flower gardens, and palm trees. It’s a dog-friendly place, so we love to bring our dog, Buddy, for…

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A European-style experience in the heart of Silicon Valley: Santana Row

One of my favorite places to go with friends and family for lunch or dinner in the San Francisco Bay Area is Santana Row in San Jose, California. This European-style village filled with upscale shops, international dining options, courtyards, fountains, intimate public seating areas, and live music on weekends, offers an artfully designed oasis in…

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Sweet Nostalgia – The Pond House Café

When visiting my family home in Connecticut, the Pond House Café in West Hartford has become a go-to place for my sisters, my mother, and me to enjoy a late afternoon lunch. No matter what is going on in our lives, the nostalgia we feel dining in this cozy Café next to a small pond…

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