Author: phylonthego

The Miracle of Nature as Fall comes to Marin County

The Miracle of Nature as Fall comes to Marin County

What a year for dramatic fall colors in Marin County!! Was it only my friend Mila and I who noticed the leaves changing color this fall? We saw spectacular colored leaf displays as the aspens, cypress and especially the maple trees growing on  the sidewalks.The neighborhood gardens demanded our attention with brilliant displays of color. […]

Cioppino, San Francisco’s Inimitable Fish Stew at the Iconic Tadich Grill

Cioppino, San Francisco’s Inimitable Fish Stew at the Iconic Tadich Grill

CIOPPINO. What is Cioppino?  It is a rustic, tomato based, intensely flavorful fish stew synonymous with San Francisco, where it is said to have originated in the mid 1800’s at the time of the California Gold Rush. The North Beach immigrant community of Italian Fishermen, on returning from their fishing expeditions, would use whatever was […]

A perfect holiday destination – THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL.

A perfect holiday destination – THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL.

The Algrave The Algarve is the  Southwestern tip of Europe surrounded on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and separated from Europe by the Spanish Border.  It has 100 miles of coastline,  soaring cliffs, golden beaches with pounding surf or gentle waves and endless sunshine.  It is a mix of whitewashed villages, Medieval Castle Towns, […]

CHEMAINUS, CANADA – Back to Life!

CHEMAINUS, Vancouver Island, Canada, was a dying Canadian Town. Then it was resuscitated through its art program. Ruth asked if I would like to visit Chemainus – like I knew what Chemainus was!!  So I said: “Let’s go!” The Ferry Next morning, we were in line for the ferry that would take us and the […]

Casa Kimberly, Puerto Vallarta

Casa Kimberly, Puerto Vallarta

The Backstory Going back in time to the tumultuous love affair of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1960’s. Casa Kimberly built above the historic Old Town of Puerto Vallarta was the love nest of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton after they had fallen in love and carried on a torrid love affair in […]

Merida Coqui Coqui

Merida Coqui Coqui

The City of  MERIDA in the YUCATAN  PENINSULA, is one of the most picturesque cities in Mexico. History Merida, the Yucatan Capital as well as the largest city of the Yucatan Peninsula is in the heart of the Yucatan. Located in the North Western corner, two hundred miles West of Cancun. The two Cities could […]

Casa Malca, a Boutique Hotel in Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Casa Malca, a Boutique Hotel in Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Visiting CASA MALCA in Tulum on the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Webster Dictionary describes the word “Magic” as “The art of producing illusions by sleight of hand, mesmerized, dazzled, in a state of awe.”  No words can adequately describe Casa Malca, set in the tangled Caribbean jungle of the Riviera Maya. This is a spectacular setting for […]

Habitas – Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Habitas – Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Habitas is an original concept for a beach-side hotel in Tulum, Mexico. If you go, expect the unexpected and leave your preconceived ideas at home. This is the new luxury experience. Getting There. Another mysterious gate along the narrow road that leads through the jungle to the ocean – who knows what lies behind? The […]

The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery in New Orleans

The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery in New Orleans

The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery is a Re-Purposed Warehouse Hotel in the Heart of New Orleans. Chandlery | Definition of Chandlery by Merriam-Webster: Chandlery is an old-fashioned word derived from the stores that sold candles for ships lighting way back. Now it sometimes refers to a marine supply store but is seldom used […]

SIGHTGLASS COFFEE in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco

SIGHTGLASS COFFEE in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco

Updated: 7/12/2019 Subsequent to the devastating earthquake that occurred in San Francisco in 1906, the neighborhood South of Market Street was an Industrial wasteland. Run-down warehouses, diverse industries and sweatshops had remained in derelict condition for almost 80 years. In the 1990’s, there was an awakening with the beginning of the dotcom era. The South of […]