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Gasthaus Edelweiss in Weber City, Virginia


Restaurant Review of Gasthaus Edelweiss in Weber City, Virginia

Hidden in a small home in Weber City, Virginia is an excellent, authentic German restaurant. Those are hard to come by in the mountain region where we live! We discovered it sort of by accident, and we are so glad we did!

Chocolate and Coffee in Portland, Maine

This past winter, Herb and I had the chance to take a week long trip to Portland, Maine. Why Portland? Well, it was a little bit random for us as we live in Tennessee. But we both love the snow and skiing, and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try snowmobiling, and it just seemed like a good place to go for all of those things, which it was!
And boy, did we get the snow! Portland had already had a few big snows before our trip, and the day before we arrived they got an additional 8 or so inches, so there was plenty of snow around for our enjoyment. We bundled up every day of our trip, which included one day of skiing at Sunday River Ski Resort, and one day of snowmobiling (one of my favorite parts of the trip!) about 2 hours west of Portland.
The other days were spent bundled up exploring the streets of Portland. All the cold and snow definitely made us want to curl u with a great cup of coffee! One day, we discovered an awesome little coffee shop – Mornings in Paris Old World Cafe. We each enjoyed warming up with a great cup of coffee, and we also split a delicious piece of crumb cake. It was wonderful!

University Grill in Fort Myers, Florida

University Grill

What you see in this picture is the one solitary dish that keeps my family coming back for more at University Grill in Fort Myers, Florida.  It is the baked cod, and it is oh so delicious!  Succulent white cod baked in a Ritz cracker crust topped with creamy sauce that I am having a hard time describing for you because it’s the perfect blend of fresh (lemon, maybe?) and savory.

Blue Ridge Dining Room: Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina

Grove Park Inn

So Mrs. Herb has already posted a little bit about Nana’s 90th birthday celebrations, but I wanted to show you just how marvelous the Blue Ridge Dining Room is at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina.  The Grove Park hosts more than one restaurant, but the Blue Ridge Dining Room has the most fantastic breakfast spread you can even dream of!  The restaurant boasts several large, open dining rooms with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains:

Cheeburger Cheeburger


Some of you may remember the well-beloved Belushi SNL skit in which he played a pretty crazy chef at Cheeburger Cheeburger, where they served “Pepsi! Pepsi! No Coke!”  It didn’t take long for that fictitious restaurant to become a real one on Sanibel Island, Florida.  While Sanibel boasts the original, the restaurant became a nation-wide chain.  Mister Spice and I have even been to the one in Bluffton, South Carolina, where we saw this sign:

Pagelli’s Italian Restaurant in Estero, Florida


In Estero, Florida, there is a relatively new outdoor mall called Coconut Pointe. This place spans several acres and has dozens of restaurants and stores.  One such restaurant is an Italian restaurant called Pagelli’s, and it is Heavenly!  The only other Pagelli’s is located in Tampa. and the recipes are unique to this store.  My dad got the chicken marsala (pictured above).  Below, Mister Spice got the Cajun Pasta which featured blackened shrimp, sausage, veggies, garlic, and alfredo over fettucini noodles.

Huey’s on the River in Savannah, Georgia


King of the Roll Sushi in Portland, Maine

King of the Roll Sushi, Portland, Maine


Though we are by no means sushi experts, Herb and I are both HUGE sushi fans! Where we live, there aren’t that many great options for sushi, so we always jump at the opportunity to go to a sushi restaurant when we’re traveling.

Athens Steak House in Bristol, Virginia

Restaurant Review of Athens Steak House in Bristol, Virginia

Restaurant Review of Athens Steak House in Bristol, Virginia

Athens Steak House was opened in Bristol in 1975 by the Eleas family, who moved to the U.S. from Greece. If you visit, the  co-founder and cutest little old Greek lady in the world, Betty Eleas, will likely be there to greet you and may even serve you on her little push cart.

Bocci’s Italian Restaurant in Charleston, SC

Bocci's Italian Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina

Isn’t my Valentine so handsome? Yes, I know we’re a couple of months past Valentine’s Day, but I realized that I never shared Charleston with you! Mr. Herb and I spent this past Valentine’s Day weekend (our first V-Day as a married couple!) in Charleston, South Carolina.

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