Brenda C. Hill

member for over 14 years

Member Since:
Jan 2004

Brenda lives in Southern California and in La Cruz, Mexico in the winter. Brenda can be reached at She publishes on "Where and What in the World," which reaches 40, 000 UVI monthly. She has co-authored "Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel," "Cooking Secrets, the Why and How," and "Success with Writing," 

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Cooking Secrets – The Why and How…

Master French Chef Herve Laurent teamed up with Maralyn Hill and Brenda Hill to provide a book of tips from A to Z. These tips were based on questions from […]

Success, Your Path to a Successful Book

Finalist in the Writing and Publishing category of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.”Discover the many aspects of creative writing, research, marketing, publicity and publishing. You will be compelled […]

Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel

Two published authors tell travel tales and bring 200+ delectable recipes from chefs worldwide. Famous chefs such as Julia Child, are featured along with new emerging chefs from rustic Tuscan […]

Published Articles (32)


The Hill’s congratulate Adam Young for a well-deserved title from Food Network, Best Baker in America. I agree. Lucky me, who was devouring fresh delicacies at Sift, in Watch Hill, […]

Baja California Keeps Drawing Me Back

During the autumn harvest our group of seven food and wine lovers from IFWTWA (International Food Wine Travel & Writers Association) explored the Valle de Guadeloupe in Baja, California for […]

Book Review: Chocolate Bliss by Susie Morris

The cover of this delectable book made me long for a big bite of a crunchy chocolate caramel truffle. Author and artesian chocolatier, Susie Morris, knows how to celebrate all […]

Book Review: Flying Pans by Ron Oliver and Bernard Guillas

Flying Pans is the best culinary book I have ever read. The Hill Team has researched hundreds of cook books, including a favorite by our old friend, Julia Child. We […]

Kicking off the Santa Rita Hills Wine and Fire Festival on August 5th

The Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance pulled out all the corks for an enchanted evening under the setting sun and bright stars. A record crowd of food and wine lovers […]

Simple, savory, summer fruit tips from Mexico

In Hawaii, Maralyn and I enjoyed the tang of local salt on plums and pineapples. This year’s Mexican taste treat was adding hand crafted sea salt and fresh limes to […]

Sun Lakes Country Club Sunset Grill

We chose the perfect place to celebrate Maralyn’s partial and limited freedom from her cervical brace after several months.The other good news is that this popular club is open to […]

Best Sips: Packing House Wines

After food tasting our way along tree shaded Claremont village, the thirsty travelers from the International Food & Wine Travel Writers Association were in for a cool treat. We were […]

Restaurant Week in Claremont

A group of happy, hungry members of International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association recently met in Claremont, California. Their primary purpose was to kick off Claremont’s restaurant week. Besides […]

Return to Miracle Springs Resort

Yet, it is the people at this unique place that make it special. The entire staff is friendly, helpful, professional, and hands on. What a surprise to find so many […]

Hotel El Capitan

Oh, what luck. My son, Matthew and I were traveling over 6000 miles through the U.S., in our land yacht (A converted RV, 1962 Greyhound Bus) Half way through the […]

Domo – fresh sushi in the desert -a review

When we explore a new spot in the world, our first question is: Where is the best place to dine? Desert Hot Springs has some of the best sushi I […]

Safe Harbor

As one young man continued to point the firearm, the other dragged me across the gravel road, grabbing my backpack and tearing my clothing. Matthew inched toward the armed aggressor […]

Beer Fest, La Cruz, Mexico

Over a hundred neighbors, locals, visitors, and cruisers enjoyed an international beer tasting and authentic German cuisine at Black Forest on Tuesday 2/10/15. This is one of my favorite restaurants […]

Tastes-Going for the Gold – Bocuse d’Or

We enjoyed some of the most exciting days of our lives. We watched, at very close range, 19 of the world’s greatest chefs going for the gold. Drums and trumpets […]

Culinary Secrets with the Hills – March menu

St. Patricks Day Leftovers, Cocktails & Spirits, and Frozen FoodsBy Maralyn Hill and Brenda HillCorned Beef Hash Cooking with Frozen Foods DrinksThis months focus is on St. Patricks Day meals, […]

Culinary Secrets with the Hills – Salsa, Salsa, Salsa

Culinary Secrets with The HillsSalsa, Salsa, Salsa!One Extreme to Another and Paopao Cocktail…with a “Pow”!By Maralyn Hill and Brenda Hill El Coronado Salsa Verde El Coronado Green Chile Chicken EnchiladasMaralyn […]

“Libation, A Bitter Alchemy”

Deirdre Heekin wrote the book I wish I had written. I love her book, named “Libation, A Bitter Alchemy.” It means to pour, as in an offering. When Deirdre pours […]

Seasonal Recipes and Stories From an Italian Kitchen in Woodstock, VT

Seasonal Recipes and Stories From an Italian Kitchen by Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber, Proprietors of the acclaimed osteria, Pane e Salute, in Woodstock, Vermont.This book is good enough to […]

Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, VT–I Keep Going Back

They say that Vermont is a state of mind. That is how I feel about Woodstock Inn. I discovered this delightful country estate back in the days when the guests […]

Brother’s Bistro – Fallbrook, CA Meets San Francisco

What delightful discovery for two foodies in a new town–lucky us.We always ask the same question. “Where is the best food?” We rarely hear the reply the first time.”What kind […]

The Captain Lindsey House Inn-An In for all Seasons

Just steps off of Main Street in Rockland, Maine, proudly sits a true gem, The Captain Lindsey House on Lindsey Street. We have published stories and recipes from hundreds of […]

Bocuse d’Or and Lyon Dining

A short article about dining in Lyon and Bocuse d’Or.

Caribbean & Island Soul Food

Earlier this year, Maralyn Hill & Brenda Hill ‘The Tandem Tasters’, experienced some of the quiet joys of the Caribbean where they dined like kings on the gifts from the […]

Spa Avania at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Avania, in Greek means tranquil. The goal at the Spa Avania is for guests to be elevated to a sixth sense of well-being and tranquility.

Welcome to Wellness at Espa Palace Luzern in Switzerland

We love spas, especially some of the award winning spas of the world. These special spas have been devoted to fitness and wellness for many years. Espa, which I recently […]

Sparkling Wellness at the Park Hotel Weggis

Discovering the Park Hotel Weggis, which achieved the honor of a 5-star Swiss Deluxe Hotel, was one highlight of my journey back to Switzerland. Although it is uniquely elegant, Park […]

Rancho La Puerta A Glimpse of a Wellness Oasis in Sunny Mexico

Travel writers Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill recently traveled to Rancho La Puerta in Tecate Mexico, and shared their journey of wellness with usThe best testimonial for Rancho […]

Strawberries Romanoff From Chef Judi Gallagher in Sarasota

I finally live in a warm climate where fields of sweet, farm fresh strawberries are ripe for picking basket fulls in the early Spring.This recipe is from Sarasota, Florida, chef, […]

Rancho La Puerta & Spa Tips

Recently, the Hill Team returned from one of our favorite spas worldwide, the renowned Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico., just a short, breathtaking ride south from San Diego. While […]

Farm To Fork – First Hand – Rancho La Puerta And Other Cooking Schools

How could I, a true foodie, resist the May issue of Gourmet Magazine, featuring 45 Memorable Cooking Vacations?The cooking school options are worldwide, from luxury to adventurous.Maralyn and I are […]

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs

Twists & Tricks for Better Eggs We love eggs – in many healthy and delicious ways. They are easy, yet difficult to prepare just right. Many home and cafe cooks […]

Global Writes (5)

Gansevoort Resort is Captivating

Where in the world can one find the perfect place in the sun? Gansevoort Resort, on shimmering Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos, captivated my heart. This 5-star resort, is one of the elite members of The Preferred Hotels and Resorts. The group represents the utmost in fine hospitality throughout the world.

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The Connecticut Wine Trail

…These areas are well known for the excellence of their wines. Less is known about the Connecticut Wine Trail. Yet, one of the most pleasant ways to see the small state of Connecticut is to take it vineyard by vineyard. The Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council now encompasses 28 wineries throughout the nutmeg state.

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Gordon Ramsay

How many chefs have two, or even one, Michelin stars before the age of 30? How lucky I was to be living around the corner from Gordon Ramsay's London restaurant, aptly named...Gordon Ramsay.

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Rockland, Maine: Four Perfect Days and Four Historic Inns

The first thing the Hill Team learned during our adventures along Maine's mid-coast was that four days in Rockland would not be nearly enough.

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Miracle Springs…a Diamond in the Desert

Miracle Springs Resort and Spa in Desert Hot Springs was the perfect antidote to my cold and weary bones. This comfy, casual resort exceeded my expectations.

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