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Food Across America ~ Road Trip Finds

Food Across America ~ Road Trip Finds

Traveling across the country you find a variety of traditional American food to traditions for each region. There is beautiful colors, smells, sounds, and exceptional people to meet. Here are a few of the food finds from Arizona to North Carolina.

Arizona Food

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Cameron Trading Post Highway 89

Cameron Trading Post

The food made from scratch daily and is a fusion of the three food cultures. This place is perfect for travelers with their lodging, restaurant, art gallery, garden with fountains, and a massive gift shop. The trading post opened in 1916 and welcomes everyone like a guest in their homes. Prior to being a trading post, the place served as an apothecary.

  • Breakfast:

    • Navajo pancake this is a blue corn pancake
    • Prickly pear stuffed french toast this is French toast served sandwich style with a prickly pear jam and cream cheese
    • Warrior Surprise is a mini-Navajo Taco topped with one egg
  • Lunch:

    • Southwest taco salad served with a prickly pear cactus fruit vinaigrette
    • Gunslinger ham and cheese with diced green chile to the classic ham and American cheese sandwich
    • Navajo burger A juicy burger patty served on Fry Bread with salsa and all the trimmings (this was a delicious choice)
  • Dinner:

    • Nakahee Becheeyeh ( means south of the border)  includes a pork tamale, a meaty beef taco, and one cheese enchilada
      • Served with tortilla chips, our spicy homemade salsa, refried beans, rice, and your choice of red or green chile
    • Trout dinner with lightly breaded grilled fish
    • Liver and Onions Beef liver grilled with onions and bacon
      • served with soup or salad, a fresh mini loaf and a choice of mashed potatoes, baked potato, French fries, sautéed vegetables or rice pilaf.

Each dish enjoyed this evening brought a new experience to something familiar. We enjoyed the Navajo burger (with a vegetarian patty), club sandwich (served gluten-free) and Navajo taco (made with Blue Bird flour). Ellie enjoyed a milkshake and nibbling off everyone’s plate. Miss “Foodie” (Ellie) really recommends their fantastic french fries.  The menu includes the Navajo language providing a fun conversation with the staff.  We enjoyed the local flavors and an expansion of cultures. The food to the ambiance provided a complete experience with cultural diversity.

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Ranch House Grille

Ranch House Grille

This was a great place to meet with a high school friend and his beautiful wife. We enjoyed breakfast at Ranch House Grille. It was a very local place. Many entering the grill knew other patrons and shared stories of their families and community. It was a wonderful meal. Large portions, good café coffee, and great hash browns.

Utah Food

Ray’s Tavern

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We stop in Green River just before Colorado. Lisa Sherman recommended having lunch at Ray’s Tavern. This was our first travel contest. Congrats, to Wes Hawkins at Utah Travels for knowing what city we were enjoying lunch. We ordered the chicken sandwich and a Garden Burger®. They had a Utah tradition on fry sauce, created by Don Carlos Edwards in the 1950s. It is as simple as ketchup and mayonnaise whipped together. I have seen variations with adding sour cream or buttermilk. This was a treat for sure. It was a great place. The waitress extremely friendly and the food fresh, including the fries.

Spicy Thai and Joe’s Cafe

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Orem Utah Reunion Time Road Trip

Meeting up with my dear friend Lisa Sherman was like we never missed even one day, even though it had been a few decades. Lisa and I have known each other since we were three. We ran the neighborhood streets as two determined little girls could. We enjoyed breakfast at Joe’s Cafe. The food was so delish. Lisa even enjoyed the grits. A dish she was convinced she did not like. Joe said, “You will love them. Nothing comes between your lips and my grits.” It was so wonderful catching up with Lisa after all these years.

Dinner was a fabulous reunion with my bestie from high school, Brenda Anderson. She and I meet at the Spicy Thai in Orem. This was an excellent choice for the food was excellent. Their menu had a great selection of Thai food with the ability to choose your heat.  The evening ended at her home where we spent time catching-up, relationships talk, and a little (very little) drinking. Her cute little dogs entertained up throughout the evening. They are both such a ball of energy.

Colorado Food

Aloha Poké Co.

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Aloha Poké Co. provides a light refreshing meal with a wide choice of vegetables and rice. This is a perfect meal for this long day of road travel. Cherie and I sit outside enjoying lunch in the spring sun and looking back at the Rocky Mountains thinking a strong contrast from the last two days to the journey that lays in front of us.

Missouri Food

Sugarfire Smokehouse BBQ

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Sugarfire Smokehouse BBQ St. Louis Missouri

St. Louis is known for its arch and barbecue. This being a late Sunday afternoon we realize that many locations are not open, but find one near the ball field, Sugarfire SmokeHouse BBQ! This is an award-winning restaurant under Chef Mike Johnson has studied with Myron Mixon, cooked under Emeril Lagasse and Charlie Trotter. It was a great experience of community, exceptional food (sweet potatoes the best) and BBQ pork and salmon.

Cincinnati, Hebron, and Indianapolis Food

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3 Sisters Cafe

The first food stop of the trip is 3 Sisters Cafe in Indianapolis, Indiana, in business for 20 years. They serve a large choice of elegant breakfasts from sweet to savory and great lunch menu as well.

They have great beverages (no alcohol) with flair. I enjoyed the turmeric and ginger iced tea. It was a great flavor not too sweet or sugary. The brunch was perfect a great hollandaise sauce over Scottish lox, poached eggs, fresh tomato, and locally made English muffins with caviar on top. The English muffin was fresh with a nice sourdough flavor. The hollandaise sauce was perfect with just a little heat. The porridge was a new experience. It was creamy with a hint of cinnamon.

Hebron Grille

The evening meal was a quaint place in Hebron Kentucky called Hebron Grille. The waitress, Brenda, was so friendly and informative. She provides insight into the southern menu. I decide on the Catfish Grand Bayou. This was a meal for two. It was perfect for a later time as well.

The fish was perfectly cooked with Cajun spice, white wine, lemon, capers, diced tomatoes, grilled shrimp, crawfish, angel hair pasta, and grilled asparagus. The capers brought an exceptional flavor and salt to the dish. The crawfish is a wonderful additional treat.

Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakes

Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati Ohio, my niece and I stop by Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakes. This was a delightful find in the lobby of the Hilton Netherlands Hotel lobby.  This little shop has a variety of sweet and moist cupcakes. We enjoyed the coconut, black raspberry chip, red velvet, and peanut butter cup. They were perfect after a long of competition at the USA Gymnastics event.

This business is owned and operated by Nathan & Andrea Thompson (husband and wife). The name comes from their daughter, Abby Girl, she is the top taster for the cupcakes. The cupcakes are sweet and well-flavored.

 

Champaign Illinois Food

The Midwest food is all American. The area settled by Europeans including Germans, British, Italian, Hungarians, and Scandinavians. The simple hearty foods with a strong Christian influences continue today. The fusion food trend is not found here as much. You will find that true honest food as it was from the beginning.

This town is a place you find the all American food. It is a place worth stopping and checking out the food scene. This area is in Central Illinois about 2.5 hours south of Chicago. The area surrounded by small farm and dairy communities. It is known for farmers markets, fresh dairy (yes you can buy fresh milk at the farm), ethnic foods, and the classic American food.

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Sleepy Creek Vineyard Road Trip

Sleepy Creek Vineyards

Driving in from St. Louis, you take exit 206 from I-74. The winery is a great location to come for many events. Weekly they have local musicians, wieners and wine, and Winery Mary Bar Every Sunday. The winery has great yearly events from Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and more.

The wine is sweet not a real full-bodied wine. They have a jalapeño red wine they substitute with vodka in the bloody Mary served on Sunday. The place is beautiful and serene setting. Locals bring their picnic lunches, you can buy cheese and crackers, or at times, a food truck might be here. The day we were there they had a band playing in the large barn, a strong community presence sitting outside by the creek overlooking the vineyard.

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The Courier Café Urbana

The Courier Café brings Champaign history and old Victorian styling in the decor. The main dining room has:

  • A large palace chandelier from the Opera House in Erie Pennsylvania
  • The cash register is  the first electric cash register
  •  The courier clock pendulum filled with mercury makes the time keeping right
  • The stained glass comes from a Danville church predating the Civil War
  • The Pullman lamps light the aisle for passengers on the Pullman railroad cars
  • The brass chimes a gift from George Malford, a Nickelodeon Maker, they are steamed powered

The Café’s name is for the Courier newspaper that operated for decades in the building. The building was almost lost to fire and remained empty for decades. In 1980, the current owners began remodeling and opened for business on November 10, 1980. They are a farm to table restaurant with the garden and bees on the property for the freshest ingredients.

The menu is a hearty all American menu with breakfast served daily until 11 AM then lunch and dinner menu until closing. The breakfast is traditional eggs, omelets, fantastic pancakes, and hash browns. Their coffee is fresh ground daily and they have special blends. The lunch/dinner menu is hearty with ribeye sandwich, fries, soups, and steak. The food has that home cooked look and feel. They do have a few items for vegetarians including breakfast sausage. They do have one special treat “Courier water this is a sparkling water from deep below the café. It is a great place for large parties and a sense of the community in Champaign.

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Amaravati Indian Royal Cuisine Champaign

Amaravati Indian Royal Cuisine primarily brings Southern Indian cuisine to Champaign. Southern Indian cuisine based around rice, lentils, and stews. Dishes The authenticity found in the menu. The waitress knowledge of the menu and very helpful with the dishes.

Enjoying Paneer Tikka Masala with cubes of fresh cottage cheese cooked with green peas in an onion, tomato & cashew based sauce. Garnished with Kasturi methi and cashew pieces. The flavors linger on your pallet. The rice is perfectly cooked. Dessert is rasamalai it is juice and cream. It is a sweet and good amount of heat. This dish has a history of being created in Britain by a Bangladeshi chef.

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Champaign Food Road Trip

Core Life Eatery Champaign

Entering the eatery, you hear a local band on an early Saturday morning. The eatery is a location of freshness and wholesome. The food is GMO, grass-fed steak, all-natural chicken, and no GMOs.  The broths are center to the soups. You pick your ingredients from a fresh selection that looks like a produce stand.

The soup is heavy in a great vegetable broth the Sriracha soaked bean sprouts make a nice substitute for noodles and Sriracha brings heat to the soup. The kale and Napa cabbage are barely cooked by the hot broth this brings a freshness and crunch to the flavor. The shiitake mushrooms add texture to the soup. It is refreshing with flavors that linger on the plate.

Chicago Food

Chicago sits in the Midwest has a history of all American food. This history is changing to one of sophistication and elegance. The dining experience is one set for the various neighborhoods in Chicago. The traditional American and deep dish pizza is found in each area, but the elegance is found with 25 Michelin-starred restaurants. Chicago is known for their yearly Taste of Chicago a food and entertainment weekend usually held the second week of July. There is a covering deep dish pizza this is a bucket list trip with deep dish pizza on the list.

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Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Road Trip

 Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

This was a fantastic place to take a crowd for lunch. There was a little bit of a wait but well worth the wait. They do allow you to order ahead of time. The entire party pizza enjoyed the pizza. They had great selections with gluten-free and vegetarian options. The gluten-free crust was one of the best. They have a real family feeling to the pizzeria.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is a local favorite. The first restaurant opened by Lou, an Italian, opened a pizzeria in a Jewish neighborhood on an Irish holiday in 1971. They are always busy at all 51 locations in the Chicago area. Each pizza is hand created to each patron’s desire.

Pequod Pizza Chicago

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Pequod Pizza, 25 years in business, is a popular place in Lincoln Park. We arrive with the dreams of deep crust pizza and watch the Cubs play ball. Arriving we realize that the wait is down the street. Heading into the small hostess station they tell us, “there is an hour for a table about another hour for service from seating.” We walk around the block and decide to find a place with appetizers to wait out the hour seating time. We find a great place called Distilled Chicago.

New York City mayor’s press secretary Eric Phillips has put in his vote on Twitter for the best pizza “Chicago pizza is the best pizza in America, and it’s not even close.” The tweet has a photo of Chicago-style deep dish pizza from Pequod’s. We return for our pizza as our buzzer for the table goes off.

We take the pizza back to the Air BNB for snacking and dinner on Saturday evening. It is a fabulous bucket list experience. Normally a thin crust pizza lover this was a true experience. The crust is caramelized and not as heavy as expected. The cheese strings as you take a bite making it a true cheese pizza. The sauce is the best to date. It is loud and excitable as the patrons are enjoying the final innings of the Cubs game.

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Distilled Chicago was a fantastic find just down the street from Pequod Pizza in West Lincoln Park. We sit at the bar. The decor is black and gold with an early 19th century feel. The Cub’s are playing on the TV. It is neighborhood experience as locals enter to enjoy the local menu with a modern twist on bar favorites. We enjoy a glass of wine and a beer. It is best known for being a whiskey bar with our 100 varieties. These are paired with the menu items.

The food is fabulous. We order the mac ‘n’ cheese bits, sliders with fries, and Italian beef egg rolls. The Italian beef rolls turn out to be a delightful surprise with the Au Jus Sauce. This fusion of Asian and Italian together well and our the favorite of the night. The mac ‘n’ cheese bits are crispy and tasty. The dipping sauce is house ranch. There is a good textual experience. The fries are crispy and the bacon jam brings the classic slider to a unique experience the arugula brings a fresh peppery flavor, caramelized onions, and the top quality Angus beef takes a bar classic to elegance. This became dinner. It is a great place to enjoy a ball game, the community, and an American classic menu with an elevation.

Scone City

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Scone City located in Wicker Park is wonderful for a morning after bar hopping or late night in Chicago. Jessica and Tim Canning along with chef Laurie McNamara took on the endeavor in a specialized sweet and savory scone menu. This place was perfect stop as my sister Cherie is heading to the airport to return to her family in Idaho. It was so wonderful sharing this experience with here. Seeing places and enjoying the cross-country journey. I truly miss her every day. She enjoyed a sweet blueberry w/ lemon glaze scone she says, “It was delicious!! Sweet. Soft. Perfection!!! Soooo tasty.” They have savory scones as well. I enjoyed a hot Vanilla Bean Latte with the house-made vanilla syrup. It is a perfect start to a day of exploring Chicago.

Bangers and Lace

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Bangers and Lace, a local bar in Wicker Park, has a rustic lodge atmosphere and is a great place for a good drink and great company. The patrons are friendly. The bartender for the evening was an instant win with a Big Lebowski shirt. The best feature is the is the classic beer tap handles. The restaurant’s name is  Bangers for the British term for sausage and Lace for Brussels Lace, the intricate veil of beer foam that clings to the glass side. This was a great evening spot near the Air BNB for cocktails and a glass of wine. They have a menu of sausages, English beans, vegetarian option, and Belgian fries.

The atmosphere is friendly, fun, and did get crowded as the night went on. It is a great place for sports, conversation, and good drinks. What a fun experience.

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Kanela Chicago Road Trip

The last morning of the road trip in the Midwest is brunch at Kanela, the Greek name for Cinnamon. This restaurant place is Wicker Park neighborhood on a street with many older shops. It is a great place, voted best in Chicago by USA Today,  for a Sunday morning brunch. The coffee tops and wonderful after an evening at Bangers and Lace.

Brunch includes California Benedict and Fried Egg Sandwich this was an exceptional meal. The hollandaise sauce perfection with a nice touch of heat, the poach egg picture perfect. The sandwich was fabulous with the chili aioli brings the flavors together. The seasoned potatoes nicely cooked not too soft or undercooked. It was a nice brunch with my sister. We do agree that this is a great place for brunch.

New York City Food

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Wild Ginger NYC

This quaint Asian Fusion restaurant is next door to my hotel, Pod 51, in Midtown New York. Thankful for this find after being delayed at the airport. The restaurant is full of large parties enjoying an order your favorite roll and share mine. I can hear them discussing what they like about each other’s choices. That is a fun way to enjoy a menu.  The decor is transforming, and fitting for the theme. The menu filled with a variety of traditional Asian and fusion dishes like Singapore thin rice noodles. Enjoyed steamed veggie dumplings, salmon roll, and mermaid roll. The sauce on the plate is sweet, sour, and a little heat. The food is fresh and elegant.

Milk Bar NYC
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Milk Bar NYC

Super excited to try crack pie and coffee for breakfast. This is a planned find in NYC. Watching Chef’s Table on Netflix. I knew I needed to try Milk Bar. This is Christine Tosi’s and is part of the Manhattan-based Momofuku restaurant. This is my first stop in the morning. The little shop has great cookies, cakes, pies, and bagel bombs. I order an iced coffee, bagel bomb with spinach, and crack pie. The bagel bomb warm and filled with spinach and cheese. It is a nice bite for the start of touring NYC.  I save the crack pie for a little later, but it is delicious. The filling is something like a custard, but buttery. The oat crust is light and flaky. This is a must stop and see.

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Pizza NYC

$1 Pizza NYC

The little find during the day is Market Pizza. It is a small little shop off 6th ave. It is $2.99 for two slices of pizza and soda. This is a great place for a traditional New York pizza. It is good, friendly, and always ready. They have a variety of pizzas. There is a small communal area to sit to eat your pizza before heading back on my NYC adventure. Always fun to explore these great places.

Pescatore NYC

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Pescatore NYC

Walking Midtown after a day of exploring and the fashion event it is overwhelming with the choices near the hotel. The restaurants’ selection vast and enticing aromas. The dilemma is decided as rain begins to fall. I wonder into Pescatore. It is a traditional setting with the seasonal tulips on each table. My waiter is Bryan Royas. He is very informative about the menu and attentive.

It is a really amazing experience to see spaghetti Carbonaro done tableside. This dish is pancetta, onions, pecorino cheese & egg mixed in a Parmigiano wheel. The family sitting near me order this dish. There is something about seeing the food prepared tableside. The smells, sounds, and visual bring anticipation.

I enjoy pasta ripiena, warm bread, with Bousquet Mendoza Argentina Malbec, and dessert. The staff that brings me zeppoles with fruit dipped in brandy. The ripiena is homemade pasta sheet stuffed with fresh spinach, ricotta, topped with tomato sauce and crispy parmigiana. The homemade pasta is delectable and the tomato sauce fresh. The dessert is light and sweet the vanilla, chocolate, and raspberry sauces. The raspberry sauce is my favorite brings a little tart to the sweet. The fruit with the brandy is scrumptious.

Wilmington North Carolina Food

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This is a must stop when visiting Wilmington You can smell the sweetness down the street. This is just the start of the sensory experience provided. When entering the story your eyes are drawn to all the beautiful handcrafted chocolates and sweets. Located in the Historic Downtown. Ice cream is a popular treat in Wilmington. Kilwins makes bomb waffle cones, exceptional chocolates, and it is worth the wait.

They make their own ice cream from their original recipe with 40 premium, unique and delicious flavors including Mackinac Island Fudge. They use local farms for ingredients. The chocolate creations are amazing.

Mission BBQ Wilmington NC

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Mission BBQ Wilmington NC

Always looking for good BBQ traveling across the country. Each area has their own special BBQ. Wilmington’s Mission BBQ is American and traditional to the area. This place brings the flavors of the region to dinner. Enjoying collard greens made with tomatoes, mac-n-cheese, and green beans with bacon, brisket and NC Style pulled pork with the vinegar BBQ (this food tradition is from original settlers, African slaves on plantations and modern ones). This is an Eastern-style sauce that is vinegar and pepper, no tomatoes. Bar-b-que is serious here making it all the way to state Congress to declare the official barbeque.

Mission BBQ opened 09/11/11 ten years after 911. There is a tradition in the 52 restaurants stops at noon on Fridays to honor the military members and stars and stripes. The decor follows this continued theme with a patriotic dining room full of tributes to those who make our country great. There is really nothing more American than a barbeque.

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History, Food, and Sea ~ Wilmington North Carolina

History, Food, and Sea ~ Wilmington North Carolina

Wilmington North Carolina is history, fabulous food, sea, beaches, and boardwalks. The town is celebrating 275 years of rich history of food and life in America. One of the most southeastern cities in the US is a great escape for a beautiful vacation.

Explorations

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Battleship North Carolina Wilmington NC

This ship begs visitors to come aboard. It is visible from downtown. In 1960 the ship commissioned to honor the men that served and keep the ship’s history.

Battleship North Carolina was the first to be constructed in sixteen years in New York in 1937. The history during wartime is 144 commissioned officers and 2,195 enlisted men, including about 100 Marines. This ship participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific and saving the carrier Enterprise. The ship earned 15 battle stars. They only lost ten men in action and 67 injuries.

Exploring the ship you get a sense of daily life and a feel for battle. It is cramped and you do have to go up and down stairs to see the ship so proper footwear is important. It makes you think about being out to sea for months on end with the same people, cramped quarters, and war around you. This is a must see when coming to town.

Cape Fear River Wilmington NC

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Cape Fear River Wilmington NC

This river is the connection to the Atlantic Ocean. This river brings ships from all over the world to Wilmington. There are many restaurants that have great views of the river and sunsets. It is a fun place to enjoy a good pub crawl, but most bars in the area do not have happy hours.

For centuries this port has brought Europeans to America. Cape Fear River was often used for fleeing slaves to escape slavery. Orange Street is where 22 slaves escaped to freedom by way of the Cape Fear River. Orange Street place designated in 2005 by the National Park Service as part of its National Underground Railroad Network (click link to read about the Levi home) to Freedom Program. The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program is to preserve and commemorate the history of the Underground Railroad.

There is plenty to see and do in Wilmington for families, history buffs, and couples from:

  • Boardwalks
  • Watersports
  • Aquarium
  • Tour historic forts
  • Wilmington railroad
  • Museum of the Bizarre

Food

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This is a must stop when visiting Wilmington You can smell the sweetness down the street. This is just the start of the sensory experience provided. When entering the story your eyes are drawn to all the beautiful handcrafted chocolates and sweets. Located in the Historic Downtown. Ice cream is a popular treat in Wilmington. Kilwins makes bomb waffle cones, exceptional chocolates, and it is worth the wait.

They make their own ice cream from their original recipe with 40 premium, unique and delicious flavors including Mackinac Island Fudge. They use local farms for ingredients. The chocolate creations are amazing.

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Mission BBQ Wilmington NC

Always looking for good BBQ traveling across the country. Each area has their own special BBQ. Wilmington’s Mission BBQ is American and traditional to the area. This place brings the flavors of the region to dinner. Enjoying collard greens made with tomatoes, mac-n-cheese, and green beans with bacon, brisket and NC Style pulled pork with the vinegar BBQ (this food tradition is from original settlers, African slaves on plantations and modern ones). This is an Eastern-style sauce that is vinegar and pepper, no tomatoes. Bar-b-que is serious here making it all the way to state Congress to declare the official bar-b-q.

Mission BBQ opened 09/11/11 ten years after 911. There is a tradition in the 52 restaurants stops at noon on Fridays to honor the military members and stars and stripes. The decor follows this continued theme with a patriotic dining room full of tributes to those who make our country great. There is really nothing more American than a barbeque.

The staff is exceptional and give a lot of insight to the food and history.  The food is a delicious find.

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Follow the trip across America here:

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The Middle of the Midwest Champaign ~ Road Trip

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Over The Rocky Mountains We Go ~ Road Trip

The Journey to Zions and Beyond ~ Road Trip

Discovering The Great Outdoors of Arizona ~ Road Trip

 

Chicago Food, Fun, and Relaxation ~ Road Trip

Chicago Food, Fun, and Relaxation ~ Road Trip

Chicago is one big city that sits in the Midwest of the USA. This is a dream comes true with a visit to this city. Driving in from Champaign, with my sisters Tina and Cherie, we see this massive modern American city, but as you explore you realize that the city has great neighborhoods that swallow the big city vastness. Each neighborhood feels like you are in your own hometown.

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Chicago Road Trip

Chicago Neighborhoods

Lincoln Park 

This was an excellent choice for dinner(see below). It is no the north side in Chicago. This area has some great restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. This neighborhood has the Lincoln Park Zoo (America’s oldest zoo) and the Chicago History Museum. The streets this evening had many out for dinner and to watch the Cubbies play ball.

River City North

Sending my sister off in the morning was sad. She is a lot of fun to travel with and drove 1,300 of 2,400 miles of the cross-country journey. Tina and I take the subway into River City North. We enjoy a glass of white wine and watch families enjoy the riverfront. We also enjoy Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria.

The neighborhood looks or feels nothing like it started as an industrial and warehouse district. This neighborhood is modern as the many buildings tower over the river. This neighborhood is known for art. It has the largest concentration of galleries outside of Manhattan. We enjoy exploring the many wonderful statues, theatre area, and the most restaurants in Chicago.

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Old Town

Walking to Old Town was a fun adventure to see the other areas of the town. Old Town is filled with old Victorian buildings, churches, great pubs, coffee shops, and history. The streets are lined with beautiful trees.  This area was first settled by Germans. Around 1846 the immigrants established St. Joesph’s Parish. The history here is rich from buildings that survived the 1871 Chicago fire, to former speakeasies and ornate beautiful churches. We enjoyed a nice lunch at an Irish Pub.

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Chicago Road Trip

The Loop 

This is where you will find the “Bean” the name for the statue is Cloud Gate. The sculpture is by Indian-born British artist Sir Anish Kapoor. This was so gorgeous at the night. It is located in Millennium Park in The Loop neighborhood. The statue is a 110-ton elliptical sculpture of a seamless series of polished stainless steel plates and a 12-foot-high arch. The inspiration for the statue is liquid mercury. It is an incredible piece of art. Uber (see the discount code below) provided a great get around from one neighborhood to the next during the evening.

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Chicago Road Trip
Wrigleyville

Closing out the first night in Wrigleyville. A great night to see the stadium and experience one of the great bars in the area. It is a great spot day or night. It is a great place for nightlife. We enjoyed Sluggers, a great sports bar. My sisters enjoyed the batting cages and I took in a little music with the dueling pianos. This neighborhood offers some great Chicago experiences

  • Bring chalk to write on the Wrigley wall
  • Tour Wrigley Field
  • Go to a ballgame
  • Batting Cages
  • Shopping
  • Great restaurants
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Chicago Road Trip
Wicker Park

Wicker Park is a wonderful neighborhood. It really takes to a small town feeling. It is close to the subway, has great shopping, and good bars. This neighborhood has many lush gardens with great events in the parks from movies, exercises, farmers markets, and concerts. This area is great for Wicker Park is known for local hipster culture, the art community, nightlife, and food scene. It was a great place to stay in an Air BNB (see discount offer below).

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Old Navy Pier

This is a fun adventurous place to visit. Ellie (granddaughter) loves exploring the pier. The great boats, fun, and ice cream. We enjoy walking the pier. The Fifth Third Family Pavillion was so much fun. This is a beautiful place for a wedding, family fun, and weekly events.

The Navy Pier is on Lake Michigan and is 102 years old. We enjoyed an Uber (see discount code below) ride. They have this well set up for pick up and drop offs. Much easier than trying to park. The Old Navy Pier is the vitality of Chicago. Ellie enjoyed the Original Rainbow Cone even though she said it was not good she finishes it. The group enjoys a drink at the Billy Goat Tavern.

Chicago Food

Chicago sits in the Midwest has a history of all American food. This history is changing to one of sophistication and elegance. The dining experience is one set for the various neighborhoods in Chicago. The traditional American and deep dish pizza is found in each area, but the elegance is found with 25 Michelin-starred restaurants. Chicago is known for their yearly Taste of Chicago a food and entertainment weekend usually held the second week of July. There is a covering deep dish pizza this is a bucket list trip with deep dish pizza on the list.

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Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Road Trip

 Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

This was a fantastic place to take a crowd for lunch. There was a little bit of a wait but well worth the wait. They do allow you to order ahead of time. The pizza was enjoyed by the entire party. They had great selections with gluten-free and vegetarian options. The gluten-free crust was one of the best. They have a real family feeling to the pizzeria.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is a local favorite. The first restaurant opened by Lou, an Italian, opened a pizzeria in a Jewish neighborhood on an Irish holiday in 1971. They are always busy at all 51 locations in the Chicago area. Each pizza is hand created to each patron’s desire.

Pequod Pizza Chicago

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Pequod Pizza, 25 years in business, is a popular place in Lincoln Park. We arrive with the dreams of deep crust pizza and watch the Cubs play ball. Arriving we realize that the wait is down the street. Heading into the small hostess station they tell us, “there is an hour for a table about another hour for service from seating.” We walk around the block and decide to find a place with appetizers to wait out the hour seating time. We find a great place called Distilled Chicago.

New York City mayor’s press secretary Eric Phillips has put in his vote on Twitter for the best pizza “Chicago pizza is the best pizza in America, and it’s not even close.” The tweet has a photo of Chicago-style deep dish pizza from Pequod’s. We return for our pizza as our buzzer for the table goes off.

We take the pizza back to the Air BNB for snacking and dinner on Saturday evening. It is a fabulous bucket list experience. Normally a thin crust pizza lover this was a true experience. The crust is caramelized and not as heavy as expected. The cheese strings as you take a bite making it a true cheese pizza. The sauce is the best to date. It is loud and excitable as the patrons are enjoying the final innings of the Cubs game.

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Distilled Chicago was a fantastic find just down the street from Pequod Pizza in West Lincoln Park. We sit at the bar. The decor is black and gold with an early 19th century feel. The Cub’s are playing on the TV. It is neighborhood experience as locals enter to enjoy the local menu with a modern twist on bar favorites. We enjoy a glass of wine and a beer. It is best known for being a whiskey bar with our 100 varieties. These are paired with the menu items.

The food is fabulous. We order the mac ‘n’ cheese bits, sliders with fries, and Italian beef egg rolls. The Italian beef rolls turn out to be a delightful surprise with the Au Jus Sauce. This fusion of Asian and Italian together well and our the favorite of the night. The mac ‘n’ cheese bits are crispy and tasty. The dipping sauce is house ranch. There is a good textual experience. The fries are crispy and the bacon jam brings the classic slider to a unique experience the arugula brings a fresh peppery flavor, caramelized onions, and the top quality Angus beef takes a bar classic to elegance. This became dinner. It is a great place to enjoy a ball game, the community, and an American classic menu with an elevation.

Scone City

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Scone City located in Wicker Park is wonderful for a morning after bar hopping or late night in Chicago. Jessica and Tim Canning along with chef Laurie McNamara took on the endeavor in a specialized sweet and savory scone menu. This place was perfect stop as my sister Cherie is heading to the airport to return to her family in Idaho. It was so wonderful sharing this experience with here. Seeing places and enjoying the cross-country journey. I truly miss her every day. She enjoyed a sweet blueberry w/ lemon glaze scone she says, “It was delicious!! Sweet. Soft. Perfection!!! Soooo tasty.” They have savory scones as well. I enjoyed a hot Vanilla Bean Latte with the house-made vanilla syrup. It is a perfect start to a day of exploring Chicago.

Bangers and Lace

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Bangers and Lace, a local bar in Wicker Park, has a rustic lodge atmosphere and is a great place for a good drink and great company. The patrons are friendly. The bartender for the evening was an instant win with a Big Lebowski shirt. The best feature is the is the classic beer tap handles. The restaurant’s name is  Bangers for the British term for sausage and Lace for Brussels Lace, the intricate veil of beer foam that clings to the glass side. This was a great evening spot near the Air BNB for cocktails and a glass of wine. They have a menu of sausages, English beans, vegetarian option, and Belgian fries.

The atmosphere is friendly, fun, and did get crowded as the night went on. It is a great place for sports, conversation, and good drinks. What a fun experience.

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Kanela Chicago Road Trip

The last morning of the road trip in the Midwest is brunch at Kanela, the Greek name for Cinnamon. This restaurant place is Wicker Park neighborhood on a street with many older shops. It is a great place, voted best in Chicago by USA Today,  for a Sunday morning brunch. The coffee tops and wonderful after an evening at Bangers and Lace.

Brunch includes California Benedict and Fried Egg Sandwich this was an exceptional meal. The hollandaise sauce perfection with a nice touch of heat, the poach egg picture perfect. The sandwich was fabulous with the chili aioli brings the flavors together. The seasoned potatoes nicely cooked not too soft or undercooked. It was a nice brunch with my sister. We do agree that this is a great place for brunch.

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Tina, Cherie, and Tammy Forchion Chicago Road Trip

This was a fantastic weekend with my sisters. This was one of the few trips we have taken just the three of us. It was hard saying goodbye to Cherie, but we have some fantastic memories and stories. Stay tuned as the road trip continues.

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Party of the Year ~ 90th Oscars® Governors Ball

Party of the Year ~ 90th Oscars® Governors Ball

This year The Oscars® is celebrating 90 years. The Governors Ball is pulling out the very best for the years celebrity party.

Wolfgang Puck and his catering company will bring the best in food, entertainment, and ascetics for the best in the film industry at Oscars®. His goal with each event he caters to is, “revolutionized the dining landscape with a singular focus: to exceed expectations whenever our guests gather for a meal.”

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Lois Burwell and Master Chef Wolfgang Puck

This year’s menu brings some favorites back and new experiences. His Oscars® menu is set to meet everyone’s pallet and needs. The menu includes:

Amuse Bouche

  • Parmesan Bread Sticks
  • Everything Bagel Pretzel Bite, Scamorza Cream Cheese, Tomato Confit
  • Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese
  • Aged Parmesan Cheese
  • Candied Spiced Mixed Nuts, Pineapple
  • Dried Fruit
  • Apricot Macadamia Nut Lavosh
  • Passed Hors d’Oeuvre
  • Edamame and Black Truffle Pot Stickers (V)
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Tartare, Puffed Black Rice, Togarashi
  • * Of the 28,000 Japanese Black cattle handled by JA Miyazaki, only 18,000 meet the criteria to become Miyazaki Wagyu.
  • Tiny Taro Taco, Spiced Eggplant, Lime Pickle (V)
  • Smoked Salmon Oscars®
  • Miniature Wagyu Burger with Sharp Cheddar and Remoulade
  • Signature Pizzas
  • Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame Miso Cones
  • Crab Stuffed Hibiscus, Lemon, Pomegranate
  • Explosion of Rhubarb, Thai Flavors (V)
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The Academy’s® Governors Ball

Small Plates

  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Pea Shoots, Mezze Flavors (V)
  • Frozen Beets, Ginger Milk Curd, Yuzu, Ice Lettuce
  • Asparagus, Shiro Miso, Watercress, Cherry Tomatoes, Sancho Pepper (V)
  • White Asparagus Soup, Caviar, Yukon Potato Croutons
  • Potato Caviar 2.0
  • Black Truffle Chicken Pot Pie
  • Winter Truffle Baked Cavatappi and Cheese
  • Mini Pea and Carrot Ravioli, Black Truffle, Cipollini Onions
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef, Forbidden Black Rice, Crunchy Red Beets, Char Siu Cabbage
  • Black Bass, Eggplant, Salsa Verde, Teardrop Peppers
  • Housemade Spinach Campanelle, English Peas, Cipollini Onions, Roasted Tomatoes (V)

(V) – Vegan

Raw Bar

  • Spicy Tuna, California, and Vegetable Rolls
  • Made-to-Order Nigiri
  • Scallop Crudo, Blood Orange, Finger Lime, Lovage
  • Sea Urchin, Egg, Dashi Ikura
  • Caviar Parfait with 24k Gold
  • Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Snow Crab Claws
  • King Crab Legs
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Clams
  • Shrimp

Pastries & Chocolate

  • Caramel-Passion Fruit Oscars® Lollipops
  • Mango-Lime Pate a Fruit with Tajin Pop
  • Marjolaine Cake Pop
  • Passion Fruit Meringue Lollipop
  • Pistachio Raspberry Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Dark Chocolate Brownies
  • Coconut Macaroons
  • Cocktail Inspired Macarons
  • Negroni-Orange, Campari, Vermouth,
  • Gin Mojito-Lime, White Rum
  • Piña Colada-Pineapple, Malibu Rum
  • Individual Blueberry-Violet Entremets Cake
  • Vegan Carrot Cupcake with Vegan Cream Cheese
  • Gianduja Cupcake
  • Lychee-Rose-Raspberry Tart
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Verrine
  • Housemade Chocolate Bonbons
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Pecan Pie
  • Raspberry Pate a Fruit, Vanilla Ganache
  • York Peppermint
  • Kumquat Pimm’s

Vegan Items (without Gluten)

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich
  • Coconut Vegan Cupcake
  • Walnut Chocolate Cookies

Passed Small Desserts

  • Ruby Chocolate Strawberry and Cream
  • strawberry-hibiscus mousse, strawberry compote, vanilla sponge,
  • mascarpone cream, Callebaut Ruby chocolate
  • *Wolfgang Puck Catering is the first company in the U.S. to utilize and serve this new, fully sustainable, naturally colored, varietal of chocolate
  • Key Lime Meringue Cheesecake Taco
  • key lime cheesecake, graham cracker, white chocolate shell, toasted meringue
  • Mocha Beehive
  • salted sable Breton, dark chocolate Rocher shell, liquid honey ganache, mocha mascarpone mousse
  • Tropical Halo-Halo
  • coconut tapioca pudding, exotic fresh fruits, acai granita
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Master chef Wolfgang Puck

Made to Order

  • Mille Crepe Cake, Caramel, Chocolate, Raspberry Filling
  • Cinnamon Sugar Beignets Topped with Caramel
  • Hibiscus Kombucha Carbonated to Order

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The evening was a great ending to another wonderful Oscars® evening.

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Over The Rocky Mountains We Go ~ Road Trip

Over The Rocky Mountains We Go ~ Road Trip

The Rocky Mountains (Rockies) was home for me for decades. Many of my ancestors crossed over these mountains to settle the Salt Lake Valley. These gorgeous mountains brought each seasons beauty with exceptional colors. Heading over the Rockies my sister, Cherie, joins for the rest of the journey.

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Utah Rocky Mountains Road Travel

Utah Rocky Mountains

Growing up near the mountains, the seasons each bring a wonderful set of adventures. Mount Timpanogos, a view seen from the deck of my childhood home, is the second highest mountain the Wasatch Range. It is a great place for:

  • Summer
    • hiking including to Timpanogos Cave
    • camping
    • fishing
    • river rafting
    • boating
    • Alpine Slide in Park City 
    • Seven Peaks Water Park
  • Fall
    • Drive the Alpine Loop at the peak of the leave colors
    • Picnicking
    • Visit Bridal Veil Falls
  • Winter
  • Spring
    • Thanksgiving Point
    • Utah Film Festival
    • Crandall Historical Printing Museum (covers 400 years of printing)

The area has exceptional art and culture events as well. This is a great place for family road trips and staying for a week of fun.

Lunchtime

Leaving Utah County through Spanish Fork Canyon is a beautiful drive. Spanish Fork Canyon goes south over Soldier Summit (7,477 ft.) and then back down through Price Canyon. The drive is very scenic and great for Geology fans. It is full of wildlife. The Rocky Mountains are such a beautiful relaxing place to play and explore.

We stop in Green River just before Colorado. Lisa Sherman recommended having lunch at Ray’s Tavern. This was our first travel contest. Congrats, to Wes Hawkins at Utah Travels for knowing what city we were enjoying lunch. We ordered the chicken sandwich and a Garden Burger®. They had a Utah tradition on fry sauce, created by Don Carlos Edwards in the 1950s. It is as simple as ketchup and mayonnaise whipped together. I have seen variations with adding sour cream or buttermilk. This was a treat for sure. It was a great place. The waitress extremely friendly and the food fresh, including the fries.

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Ray’s Cafe Road Trip Travel

Colorado Rocky Mountains

Full and ready to get through Colorado to Denver. We hit the road again and see the landscape change more. You lose sight of the Rocky Mountains. The Green Rivers flow into Colorado River (the mighty river that creates the Grand Canyon). The highway follows this along through Colorado Rockies.

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Cherie and Tammy Road Trip

The I-70 takes on new meaning to the Rockies. You enter this large canyon and marvel at the engineering feat you are driving. Colorado River runs through the narrow canyon that has two-lane traffic in each direction through Glenwood Canyon. The rain and temperature begin falling. Soon iMaps lets us know that we are not going to make to Denver for the night. The freeway closes just up the road for snow. I need to find a hotel before they fill-up. We find the Eagle River Lodge. This was a perfect place to stay for the evening.

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Colorado Rocky Mountains Road Trip

The driving time cut short we enjoyed an evening of great local food and beauty time. Cherie went out to pick-up dinner from Luigi’s Pasta House salad and a medium vegetable pizza. After dinner, we enjoyed a night of cleansing, moisturizing, and using masks on our faces and lips with Burt’s Bees. I have been on the road for a week and traveling through various climates, different types of soap and water, and sleeping locations my skin was feeling tired and dry. Burt’s Bees is so wonderful. Cherie even enjoyed the results. When on a road trip it is important to remember to take care of your skin. Playing on the television in the room was a marathon of Tom Hank’s movies. We head off to sleep for another day of road tripping across the US.

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The Journey to Zions and Beyond ~ Road Trip

The Journey to Zions and Beyond ~ Road Trip

Planning the road trip across the US there was a detour from Yellowstone National Park due to weather. The next best stop for national parks was Zions National Park just off highway 89 in Utah. Stopping in Page to meet with high school friends and fill up for the next leg of the journey to Zions and Utah.

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Ranch House Grille Road Trip

Page Arizona to Kanab Utah

It was a great morning meeting with Jeff Lott and his beautiful wife at Ranch House Grille where we enjoyed reconnecting and enjoying a beautiful breakfast. Leaving Page Arizona you cross Glen Canyon Dam taking you into the beautiful1.25 million acres of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. This area is home to Lake Powell, a place that brings fun, sun, and water sports to the southwest. The white ring you can see is known as the bathtub ring and a formed from calcium carbonate deposits.  A few of great activities in the area include:

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Rainbow bridge (only accessible by boat or 14-mile hike)
  • Escalante Arm
  • Fishing (a favorite of foodie Ellie)
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Foodie Ellie Fishing Road Trip

Zions National Park is about 104 miles from Page. It is a beautiful drive as the landscape changes from the red rocks to a borderline Mediterranean climate. Kanab is the first town you come to after Page. This town is the center of all sorts of great outdoor adventures including  Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon (North Rim). This is well-known for the great Hollywood film production. A few of the films produced in this region are:

  • Stagecoach (1939) 
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Death Valley Days
  • Duel at Diablo
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Buffalo Bill (1944)
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Utah Boarder to Zions National Park Road Trip

Zions National Park

Highway 89 takes you to the stunning and resplendent Zions National Park. This park became a national park when by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. The park continues to keep the natural beauty with a project called Zions Forever. This project is in place to protect and sustain the park for all living beings and future generations. This is a leave no trace area. You need to make sure that you have trail etiquette and leave nothing behind:

  • Remove all waste (make sure you use the restroom you must take this waste of the trail)
  • Keep dogs on a leash
  • Place trash in designated receptacles
  • Be considerate of other visitors
  • Hike quietly
  • Enjoy the sound of nature
  • Hike in single file
  • Ascending hikers have the right of way
  • Have plenty of water this is a desert terrain
  • Be ready for changes in weather from rain forecasts, extreme heat or cold
  • Careful on trailheads they are slippery

You enter the park, there is a $30 fee, but well worth it. The canyon stretches 15 miles long and spans up to half a mile deep. You drive on the Zions-Mount Camel Highway that winds slowly downgrading with gorgeous views of Navajo Sandstone that is tan, cream, pink, and red color. There are locations where you can see hanging moss, trees at different angles, and   You follow the Virgin River on the path taken to carve this canyon. It is so It was fantastic seeing the snow against the colored mountains. You pass through several tunnels. There is a tunnel that is more than a mile long. This is one impressive drive even in the dark. You continue down the hill until you reach the visitors center.

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Zions National Park Road Trip

Here is your opportunity to continue to explore more of the park. The concept of keeping the pristine the rest of the park is accessible by shuttle, hiking, backpacking, and hiking. The many activities at include:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Ranger Tours
  • Helicopter Tours
  • Cycling
  • Angels Landing eHike (great visual online of what you experience in Zions)
  • Horse Back riding
  • Tram Rides
  • Photography

This was a wonderful journey on the road trip. Many years as a child this was one place we enjoyed as a family. It was a sunny bright day just as winter was beginning to change to spring. There is plenty of lodging in the area as well as food and restaurants.

Orem, Utah

The remainder of the drive continued on interstate 15 to Orem Utah where I grew up. It was wonderful getting to a warm home with my parents. The days filled with reconnecting with friends and family before continuing the road trip.

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Orem Utah Reunion Time Road Trip

Meeting up with my dear friend Lisa Sherman was like we never missed even one day, even though it had been a few decades. Lisa and I have known each other since we were three. We ran the neighborhood streets as two determined little girls could. We enjoyed breakfast at Joe’s Cafe. The food was so delish. Lisa even enjoyed the grits. A dish she was convinced she did not like. Joe said, “You will love them. Nothing comes between your lips and my grits.” It was so wonderful catching up with Lisa after all these years.

Dinner was a fabulous reunion with my bestie from high school, Brenda Anderson. She and I meet at the Spicy Thai in Orem. This was an excellent choice for the food was excellent. Their menu had a great selection of Thai food with the ability to choose your heat.  The evening ended at her home where we spent time catching-up, relationships talk, and a little (very little) drinking. Her cute little dogs entertained up throughout the evening. They are both such a ball of energy.

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Dennis and Eileen Road Trip

The next day was spent with my parents. We enjoyed dinner at King’s Buffet. My time with my mother we went over old photos, stories, and the fun times we shared in our life. She brought me a photo of my first haircut that she taped back together after tearing. My father enjoyed being the dad he has always been, making sure the car is ready for the next part of the journey. He took to put Rain-X on the windows. This was a great addition to the journey. Stay tuned for all the details in the next part of the journey.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and More ~ Cameron Trading Post

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and More ~ Cameron Trading Post

Cameron Trading Post located directly off Highway 89 between Flagstaff and turn off for Tuba City is a mix of American, Mexican, and Native American food. The restaurant is located 21 miles from the Grand Canyon and overlooks the beautiful Colorado River Gorge.

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Cameron Trading Post
Cameron Arizona

The food is made from scratch daily and a fusion of the three food cultures. This place is perfect for travelers with their lodging, restaurant, art gallery, garden with fountains, and a massive gift shop. The trading post opened in 1916 and welcomes everyone like a guest in their homes. Prior to being a trading post, the place served as an apothecary.

Many who stop here will be hungry after the many outdoor adventures found near the trading post. The adventures include:

  • Grand Canyon exploring
    • hiking
    • river rafting
    • camping
  • Exploring Colorado River Gorge
  •  Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • Wupatki National Monument
  • The Navajo experience
  • Antelope Canyon

The menu is filling for each meal of the day. Accommodating to many foodies, appetites, and diets. You can enjoy breakfast until 11 AM, but the rest of the menu is available until closing. There is no alcohol at this restaurant, but they do offer a wide choice of coffees, juices, teas, sodas, milkshakes including Prickly Pear (a must try if you have never had this great desert fruit), and non-alcoholic beer.

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Cameron Trading Post Highway 89 Arizona
  • Breakfast:

    • Navajo pancake this is a blue corn pancake
    • Prickly pear stuffed french toast this is French toast served sandwich style with a prickly pear jam and cream cheese
    • Warrior Surprise is a mini-Navajo Taco topped with one egg
  • Lunch:

    • Southwest taco salad served with a prickly pear cactus fruit vinaigrette
    • Gunslinger ham and cheese with diced green chile to the classic ham and American cheese sandwich
    • Navajo burger A juicy burger patty served on Fry Bread with salsa and all the trimmings (this was a delicious choice)
  • Dinner:

    • Nakahee Becheeyeh ( means south of the border)  includes a pork tamale, a meaty beef taco, and one cheese enchilada
      • Served with tortilla chips, our spicy homemade salsa, refried beans, rice, and your choice of red or green chile
    • Trout dinner with lightly breaded fish that is grilled
    • Liver and Onions Beef liver grilled with onions and bacon
      • served with soup or salad, a fresh mini loaf and a choice of mashed potatoes, baked potato, French fries, sautéed vegetables or rice pilaf.
Navajo Taco Cameron Trading Post
Navajo Taco Cameron Trading Post

Each dish enjoyed this evening brought a new experience to something familiar. We enjoyed the Navajo burger (with a vegetarian patty), club sandwich (served gluten-free) and Navajo taco (made with Blue Bird flour). Ellie enjoyed a milkshake and nibbling off everyone’s plate. Miss “Foodie” (Ellie) really recommends their fantastic french fries.  The menu includes the Navajo language providing a fun conversation with the staff.  We enjoyed the local flavors and an expansion of cultures. The food to the ambiance provided a complete experience with cultural diversity.

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Ellie at Cameron Trading Post

The dining room is a place that feels like a large welcoming dining room. It is decorated in traditional Native America artifacts and a large stone fireplace, it was a beautiful addition to the atmosphere and ties well with the menu. The ceiling a pressed tin is so intriguing.  The beauty outside the cathedral windows is breathtaking. You can see the gorge and the suspension bridge (built-in 1911 for highway 89 traffic) from this place. The sunsets here are magnificent with the gorge and bridge.

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The Academy Awards® Celebrates 90 years ~ Governors Ball

The Academy Awards® Celebrates 90 years ~ Governors Ball

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Governors Ball 2018 Oscars®

This year The Academy Awards® is celebrating 90 years. The Governors Ball is pulling out the very best for the years celebrity party. Wolfgang Puck, his 24th year catering this party, and his catering company will bring the best in food, entertainment, and ascetics for the best in the film industry. His goal with each event he caters is, “revolutionized the dining landscape with a singular focus: to exceed expectations whenever our guests gather for a meal.”

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This year’s menu brings some favorites back and new experiences. His menu is set to meet everyone’s pallet and needs. You can recreate some of the items for your own party click here and here. The menu includes:

Amuse Bouche

  • Parmesan Bread Sticks
  • Everything Bagel Pretzel Bite, Scamorza Cream Cheese, Tomato Confit
  • Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese
  • Aged Parmesan Cheese
  • Candied Spiced Mixed Nuts, Pineapple
  • Dried Fruit
  • Apricot Macadamia Nut Lavosh
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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

Passed Hors d’Oeuvre

  • Edamame and Black Truffle Pot Stickers (V)
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Tartare, Puffed Black Rice, Togarashi
  • * Of the 28,000 Japanese Black cattle handled by JA Miyazaki, only 18,000 meet the criteria to become Miyazaki Wagyu.
  • Tiny Taro Taco, Spiced Eggplant, Lime Pickle (V)
  • Smoked Salmon Oscars
  • Miniature Wagyu Burger with Sharp Cheddar and Remoulade
  • Signature Pizzas
  • Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame Miso Cones
  • Crab Stuffed Hibiscus, Lemon, Pomegranate
  • Explosion of Rhubarb, Thai Flavors (V)

Small Plates

  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Pea Shoots, Mezze Flavors (V)
  • Frozen Beets, Ginger Milk Curd, Yuzu, Ice Lettuce
  • Asparagus, Shiro Miso, Watercress, Cherry Tomatoes, Sancho Pepper (V)
  • White Asparagus Soup, Caviar, Yukon Potato Croutons
  • Potato Caviar 2.0
  • Black Truffle Chicken Pot Pie
  • Winter Truffle Baked Cavatappi and Cheese
  • Mini Pea and Carrot Ravioli, Black Truffle, Cipollini Onions
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef, Forbidden Black Rice, Crunchy Red Beets, Char Siu Cabbage
  • Black Bass, Eggplant, Salsa Verde, Teardrop Peppers
  • Housemade Spinach Campanelle, English Peas, Cipollini Onions, Roasted Tomatoes (V) (V) – Vegan
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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

Raw Bar

  • Spicy Tuna, California, and Vegetable Rolls
  • Made-to-Order Nigiri
  • Scallop Crudo, Blood Orange, Finger Lime, Lovage
  • Sea Urchin, Egg, Dashi Ikura
  • Caviar Parfait with 24k Gold
  • Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Snow Crab Claws
  • King Crab Legs
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Clams
  • Shrimp

Pastries & Chocolate

  • Caramel-Passion Fruit Oscars Lollipops
  • Mango-Lime Pate a Fruit with Tajin Pop
  • Marjolaine Cake Pop
  • Passion Fruit Meringue Lollipop
  • Pistachio Raspberry Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Dark Chocolate Brownies
  • Coconut Macaroons
  • Cocktail Inspired Macarons
  • Negroni-Orange, Campari, Vermouth,
  • Gin Mojito-Lime, White Rum
  • Piña Colada-Pineapple, Malibu Rum
  • Individual Blueberry-Violet Entremets Cake
  • Vegan Carrot Cupcake with Vegan Cream Cheese
  • Gianduja Cupcake
  • Lychee-Rose-Raspberry Tart
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Verrine
  • Housemade Chocolate Bonbons
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Pecan Pie
  • Raspberry Pate a Fruit, Vanilla Ganache
  • York Peppermint
  • Kumquat Pimm’s

Vegan Items (without Gluten)

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich
  • Coconut Vegan Cupcake
  • Walnut Chocolate Cookies

Passed Small Desserts

  • Ruby Chocolate Strawberry and Cream
  • strawberry-hibiscus mousse, strawberry compote, vanilla sponge,
  • mascarpone cream, Callebaut Ruby chocolate
  • *Wolfgang Puck Catering is the first company in the U.S. to utilize and serve this new, fully sustainable, naturally colored, varietal of chocolate
  • Key Lime Meringue Cheesecake Taco
  • key lime cheesecake, graham cracker, white chocolate shell, toasted meringue
  • Mocha Beehive
  • salted sable Breton, dark chocolate Rocher shell, liquid honey ganache, mocha mascarpone mousse
  • Tropical Halo-Halo
  • coconut tapioca pudding, exotic fresh fruits, acai granita

Made to Order

  • Mille Crepe Cake, Caramel, Chocolate, Raspberry Filling
  • Cinnamon Sugar Beignets Topped with Caramel
  • Hibiscus Kombucha Carbonated to Order

The menu is taking a close look at keeping seafood that Seafood Watch compliant and locally sourced ingredients from:

The staff of 300 hundred begins preparing days in advance to serve the large crowd with the best food that remains the same from guest to guest. Just a few of the items used to create this massive menu includes:

  •  1,000 hibiscus flowers
  • 2,600-pound sculpted ice bar
  •  100 pounds Snake River Farms 0/0 Gold Grade New York steak
  • 125 pounds aged Vermont Cheddar cheese
  • 250 pounds Parmesan Reggiano
  • 100 pounds five-year aged white Cheddar
  • 1,500 Yukon gold potatoes
  • 35 pounds winter black truffles from Burgundy
  • 1,000 pounds Pasturebird chicken
  • 3,500 pieces housemade seeded lavash
  • 5 gallons homemade pimento cheese
  • 2,375 housemade pretzel bites
  • 3,500 Fleur de Sel breadsticks
  • 6,000 pieces mini brioche buns
  • 4,500 pieces handmade “agnolotti” ravioli
  • 3,000 pounds of hand-carved ice cubes
  • 2,000 edible flowers
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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

Mark Held, of MARK’S GARDEN®, is the exclusive florist for the 2018 Governors Ball. MARK’S GARDEN® is celebrated for innovative floral designs for large-scale events He will be preparing 5000 succulents with thousands of roses and ranunculus a week in advance. These flowers are from California, Holland, and South America. Keeping with the concept of reduce, reuse, and recycle the succulents and floral arrangements are going to be planted at the Motion Picture Television Fund following the event.

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Governors Ball 2018 Oscars®

Sequoia Production is overseeing all the details. This company has produced 29 consecutive Governors Balls. The philosophy according to Cheryl Cecchetto is, “People celebrating life, that’s what it’s all about.” 

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The Academy’s Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

The evening is a celebration that includes extensive cocktails, wine, and champagne. Francis Ford Coppola wine has produced an exclusive wine for the 90th Oscars® celebration. The red wine is a classic Alexander Valley Cabernet with black fruit berries. The white wine is a Chardonnay with aromatic notes of spiced pears, tangerine, honey, and hazelnut brioche. Each label is specific to this celebratory time.  You can recreate the cocktails and non-alcoholic with the recipes by clicking the recipes links above and one is at the end of this article. The wine list includes 2014 Archimedes Cabernet Sauvignon.  If you are serving this remember to start decanting several hours prior to serving.

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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

There is not a celebration without champagne. This year as in years past it is Piper-Heidsieck that will be flowing throughout the evening. This limited edition is 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier and 15% Chardonnay. It has notes of almond and fresh hazelnut accompany the precise ascent of bubbles. They will be pouring this at the ceremony as well as the Governors Ball.

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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

The Governors Ball is committed to making sure that is they do not go to waste on memories, celebration, and trash. They are ensuring the following:

  • Unused prepared food will be recovered to support our local community by Chefs to End Hunger, an organization established to create awareness, educate and offer ways to contribute to end hunger.
  • Recycle plastics, metals, glass, paper and cardboard.
  • Floral arrangements will be delivered to and planted at the Motion Picture & Television Fund residential community for the aging.
  • Use energy efficient LEDs for event lighting.
  • The plywood used in the design has been and will be repurposed.
  • Carpet will be recycled into carpet padding.
  • Service ware is reusable.
  • All lighting, audio, rigging equipment and furniture are rentals and will be repurposed for future events.
  • The event production office employs energy-saving practices.

The night is filled with exceptional food, decor, and memories. A few of the stats for the night include:

  • 1,500 guests
  • Team of 10 maitre d’ staff
  • 850 service and support staff
  • 13,000 glasses for beverages
  • More than 4 miles of cabling to support
  • 6,000 cocktail forks
  • Lighting and video prep in ShowPro’s 100% solar powered, carbon-neutral facility.

The night includes The Protagonist, starring Tequila Don Julio Blanco, is the hero of the evening. The inspiration for the cocktail is a refreshing, complex, elegant and celebratory all wrapped up in one beautiful cocktail. The pure essence of the tequila lays the foundation for bright citrus, herbal botanicals and subtle floral notes. Each ingredient plays a special role, painting a complete and balanced picture to be enjoyed responsibly throughout the night.

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The Trilogy

Here is one last recipe that the celebrities will enjoy this evening:

THE PROTAGONIST

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco

1/2 ounce Pimm’s The Original No. 1 Cup

3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

2 ounces Tonic Water

Sliced Cucumber and Borage Flowers for Garnish

Preparation:

1. Combine Don Julio Blanco, Pimm’s, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Gently shake and roll in tonic water.

2. Pour over fresh ice in a Collins glass.

3. Garnish: Wrap thin cucumber slice around inside of glass and top with borage flowers.

This evening is one of the most watched and celebrated in the world. Entertaining your own guest is a thrill. We would love to hear about your evening photos from the menu, planning tips, food, decor, and selfies. Please post your Oscar® party photos here using #OscarParty #4ChionStyle. Have a wonderful Oscar® evening!

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Jimmy Kimmel 90th Oscars’® Host

The 90th Oscars®, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

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Wolfgang Puck’s Oscars’® Governors Ball Recipe ~ Chicken Pot Pie

Wolfgang Puck’s Oscars’® Governors Ball Recipe ~ Chicken Pot Pie

Create Chicken Pot Pie just like the celebrities enjoy at Oscar’s® night. There is planning the menu, shopping, and creating all the wonderful dishes. Wolfgang Puck, catering service for the 90th Oscars® is busy as well preparing the food for the Governors Ball.

Puck a renowned Chef and works with CEO Carl Schuster, they continue to set the standard for culinary excellence at the Governors Ball. He revolutionizes the dining landscape with a singular focus: to exceed expectations when our guests gather for a meal. This year is no different for the event of the year, The Academy Awards®. He is staying true to using fish and seafood that is Watch compliant and locally sourced ingredients. They are coming from:

This year’s menu includes his famous Chicken Pot Pie. This will include 1,000 pounds Pasturebird chicken and 100 pounds carrots to feed the hungry celebrities. This is a simple recipe that will be a dish that is easy to create and serve individually.

CHICKEN POT PIE

(recipe courtesy Wolfgang Puck, adapted from “Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy,” Rutledge Hill Press, 2004)

Yield: Serves 4

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, cut into 1-inch chunks

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

1/2 pound organic red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 pound organic carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

1 sprig thyme

1 bay leaf

1 cup white wine

2 cups organic chicken stock

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream

1/4 cup dry sherry

1/2 cup shelled or frozen peas

Approximately 1/2 pound frozen puff pastry, defrosted following package instructions

1 cage-free egg

Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, and toss in a mixing bowl with 2 tablespoons of

the flour until evenly coated. In a large skillet over high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add

the chicken pieces, reduce the heat slightly, and sauté, turning them occasionally, until light

golden and thoroughly cooked, about 5 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the

chicken to a plate and set aside. Add the remaining oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter to the pan,

then add the potatoes, carrots, and onions and sauté until they begin to look glossy and bright, 2

to 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme, and bay

leaf, and sauté, just until the vegetables begin to color slightly, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Add the wine, turn up the heat, stir and scrape with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan deposits,

and simmer until the liquid reduces by about half, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and the

1 cup of cream. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat slightly, and simmer briskly until the

liquid reduces by about half again and is thick and creamy about 15 minutes. Remove the sprig

of thyme and the bay leaf. Stir in the reserved chicken pieces and the sherry. Stir together the butter

and remaining flour and stir this paste into the mixture. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer to 4 large individual ovenproof 2-cup soup bowls, 4 ramekins of the same size, or a 2-quart baking

dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the filling is cold, at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Make sure the puff pastry is no thicker than 1/4 inch. With

the tip of a sharp knife cut the pastry into 4 circles that will overhang the rim of the serving

bowls or ramekins by about half an inch; for a single large baking dish, cut 4 circles that will

cover its top, or use one large sheet.

In a small bowl, beat together the egg and the remaining 1 tablespoon cream to make an egg

wash. Brush the tops and outsides of the rims of the bowls. Place the bowls, ramekins, or

baking dish on a baking tray and place the puff pastry circles on top, pressing them gently over

the sides of the dishes. Pierce the tops with the tip of a paring knife. Brush the top of the pastry

with egg wash. Carefully transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until the filling is

bubbling hot and the pastry is a deep golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes. Serve hot.

Serve with this great non-alcoholic drink. The inspiration is every great hero needs a faithful sidekick. The drink offers a thoughtful combination of the vibrant hibiscus, fresh citrus and effervescent tonic complemented by an elegant garnish.

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The Sidekick Oscars Party Drink

THE SIDEKICK (non-alcoholic)

Ingredients:

2 ounces Cold Hibiscus Tea

1 1/2 ounces Fresh Lemon Juice 1 1/2 ounces Tonic Water

1 ounce Simple Syrup

Sliced Cucumber and Borage Flowers for Garnish

Preparation:

  1. Combine hibiscus tea, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Gently shake and roll in tonic water.
  3. Pour over fresh ice into a Collins glass.
  4. Garnish: Wrap thin cucumber slice around inside of glass and top with borage flowers.

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What are the Celebrities Celebrating at the Screen Actors Guild

What are the Celebrities Celebrating at the Screen Actors Guild

Screen Actors Guild presents the awards to the members of the SAG-AFTRA while celebrating television and film. This award show honors the members that have outstanding performances from film and television in 2017. This is a top industry honor recognizing its members. The evening will bring top actresses and actors as presenters with Kristen Bell hosting the night,  and a glamorous red carpet.

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Kristen Bell SAGS Host 2018

SAGS held at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall. The guest will enter the hall after guests walk past international media and fans along 17,100 square feet of red carpet. The showroom takes three days to transform to the stage to one of the top award-season shows. The stage is draped and has seven sculptural shapes. This year’s presenters are the top talent in the entertainment industry.

This year the presenters include:

  • Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball, the X-Men franchise)
  • Dakota Fanning (The Alienist, American Pastoral)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave, upcoming Black Panther)
  • Emma Stone (La La Land, Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Kelly Marie Tran ((Star Wars: The Last Jedi, CollegeHumor Originals)
  • Mary J. Blige ( first-time presenter and nominee)
  • Jason Clarke (first-time nominee and presenter)
  • Woody Harrelson (seven-time SAG Awards nominee)
  • Holly Hunter (seven-time Actor® nominee for her work in film and television)
  • Daniel Kaluuya (first-time presenter and nominee)
  • Zoe Kazan (first-time presenter and nominee)
  • Frances McDormand (two-time Actor® recipient)
  • Laurie Metcalf (three-time Actor® nominee)
  • Kumail Nanjiani (first-time presenter and nominee)
  • Sam Rockwell (received his third and fourth Actor® nominations this year)
  • Ray Romano (12 previous nominations for his performance)
  • Saoirse Ronan (returns to the Screen Actors Guild Awards)
  • Allison Williams (first-time presenter and nominee)
  • Connie Britton (9-1-1Nashville)
  • Geena Davis (Don’t Talk to IreneCommander in Chief)
  • Goldie Hawn (SnatchedPrivate Benjamin)
  • Kate Hudson (MarshallAlmost Famous)
  • Brie Larson (Room, upcoming Captain Marvel)
  • Laura Linney (OzarkJohn Adams)
  • Leslie Mann (upcoming BlockersThis Is 40)
  • Megan Mullally (Will & GraceThe Disaster Artist)
  • Sarah Silverman (I Love You, AmericaI Smile Back)
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Emma Stone SAG Award Winner LA LA Land

Presenters will present the recipients from this year’s nominees that include:

Film includes:

  • Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
    • Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
    • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water 
    • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
    • Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Denzel Washington accepting his Golden Globe Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
    • Timothée Chalametcall, Call Me By Your Nae
    • James Francothe, Disaster Artist
    • Daniel KaluuyagetOut
    • Gary, Oldmandarkest Hour
    • Denzel WashingtonRoman J Israel, Esq. 
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
    • Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
    • Willem Dafoethe, Florida Project
    • Woody HarrelsonThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
    • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Television Includes:

  • Outstanding Performance by a Cast in an Ensemble in a Drama Series
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Stranger Things SAG Award Recipients
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Drama Series
    • Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
    • Claire Foy, The Crown
    • Laura Linney, Ozark
    • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
    • Robin Wright, House of Cards
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actress in a Drama Series
    • Jason Bateman, Ozark
    • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
    • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
    • David Harbour, Stranger Things
    • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
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Julia Louis Dreyfus SAGS
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Comedy Series
    • Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
    • Alison, Brie Glow
    • Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
    • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actress in a Comedy Series
    • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
    • Aziz Ansari, Master of None
    • Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    • Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
    • William H. Macy, Shameless
    • Marc Maron, Glow
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Television or Limited Series
    • Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
    • Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
    • Jessica Langefeud Bette and Joan
    • Susan Sarandonfeud, Bette and Joan
    • Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Television or Limited Series
    • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
    • Jeff Daniels, Godless
    • Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
    • Geoffrey Rush, Genius
    • Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

To see the nominations for stunts click here.

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Morgan Freeman Lifetime Achievement Recipient SAGS 2018

This year SAGS is celebrating Morgan Freeman, critically acclaimed actor,  will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award presentation for outstanding achievement in fostering the finest ideals of acting. Freeman represents outstanding achievement for his ability to bring the best ideals throughout his acting career.

 

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Red Carpet Toast

Betty Gilpin (GLOW, Masters of Sex, Nurse Jackie) will join Vitalie Taittinger, Global Spokesperson and Artistic Director celebrating with Champagne Taittinger on the red carpet. This tradition occurs every year since 2001. Post your favorite red carpet look from the night at @4ChionLifestyle on Instagram using #4ChionStyle. Check out last year’s red carpet fashion and style here.

The evening will conclude with a fabulous meal catered by Wolfgang Puck. Middle Eastern foods and African spices combine to yield this year’s culinary creations for the evening. Feeding this crowd requires:

  • 315 of Earth’s Finest™ signature silver sleeves adorning the tables inside the SAG Awards Showroom and 1,500 custom FIJI Water Straws visible and in use along the entire red carpet
  • DOVE Chocolate
  • 500 pears
  • 300 pounds of salmon
  • 350 pounds of chicken
  • Lemons that have been preserved for 2 months
  • 60 bottles of Clase Azul Plate Tequila
  • 60 bottles of Clase Azul Reposado Tequila
  • 84 Bottles of Chopin Potato Vodka
  • 20 bottles of Dorda Salt Carmel
  • 36 bottles of Portobello Road Gin
  • 36 bottles of Adirondack Bourbon
  • 12 bottles of La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
  • 15 bottles of orange liqueur
  • 25 gallons of fresh pomegranate juice
  • 23 gallons of fresh lime juice
  • 15 gallons of fresh lemon juice
  • 15 lbs. of organic sugar
  • 45 fresh limes
  • 5 lbs. of fresh mint
  • 25 bottles of apple liqueur
  • 35 gallons of fresh apple juice
  • 25 gallons of fresh blueberry juice
  • 25 diced apples
  • 5 boxes of blueberries
  • 10 bottles of Grenadine
  • 25 bottles of Fever Tree Tonic
  • 25 shaved grapefruits
  • 4 barrels of wine
  • 160 magnums of Champagne Taittinger
  • Over 350 individual metallic-inspired toned containers
  • Over 5,500 stems of miniature white calla lilies
  • Over 1,500 stems of green dianthus
  • Over 200 bunches of various grass elements
  • Over 450 succulent plants

The evening concludes with a great after party with Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, the lifestyle brand centered around wine and focused on creating memorable moments. This is the first year Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant will be hosting the evening party. Throughout the evening they will give a great tasting experience for the nominees, presenters, and attendees. The following cocktails will be enjoyed by the celebrities during the evening.

  •  “The Dailies” features Clase Azul Plata Tequila blended with orange liqueur and a medley of the freshest organic pomegranate, lime, and lemon juices, garnished with lime and mint.
  • “Hit Your Mark” starts with Chopin Potato Vodka and apple liqueur, then mixes in fresh, crisp apple juice and subtly tart blueberry juice, topped with an apple/blueberry garnish to bring out the flavors.
  • “The Call Back,” is a twist on a classic, harmonizing Portobello Road Gin with Fever Tree Tonic and deep red grenadine, topped off with a bright shave of grapefruit skin.
Screen Actors Guild Cocktails 4chion lifestyle
Screen Actors Guild Cocktails

Screen Actors Guild presents the awards to the members of the SAG-AFTRA while celebrating. This award show honors the members that have outstanding performances from film and television in 2017.

Stay tuned we will bring you full coverage of the SAG Awards. You can catch the SAG Awards Ceremony  Sunday, January 21, 2018, on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT). Stay tuned here for updates on the upcoming events, red carpet, and award ceremony.

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