M'Liss

Member Since:
Jul 2012

Travel and food are my passion and writing about both has made my travel experiences that much more exciting. I was bitten by the travel bug when I was 13 years old and took my first flight from San Diego to Los Angeles and decided right then, I’d keep on traveling. I've explored and written about regional foods and peoples in many countries, including the USA and my home town of San Diego. Interviewing and writing about notable chefs and little unknown eateries has become my niche wherever I go. Always searching to learn more, I completed an extensive on-line travel writer’s course, attended Book Passage’s Travel, Food and Photography Conference, Tbex travel bloggers/writers conference and social media events. Memberships include San Diego Travel Massive, IFWTWA's Emerging Writer Program and assisting the membership committee. A career highlight was appearing as a food blogger in Lifetime's TV show Supermarket Superstar, Publications are: International Travel News, San Diego Reader, Examiner.com, AmateurTraveler.com, San Diego Union, JustLuxe.com, HonestCooking.com, Realtraveladventures.com, Tripatini.com, Travelsquire.com and LuxeBeat.com. Travel is a highlight with my life to open my eyes and experience the world in different ways. But I must say it’s good to come home and appreciate my many blessings and then start planning another trip. My hope with my articles and website is that it gives people a vision to travel outside of routines and expectations and enrich lives in a satisfying way. Here’s to your travel adventure… 

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Published Articles (56)

Traditional and Modern dining puts Solvang on the culinary map


Solvang known for Danish cooking has become a culinary hot stop with modern restaurants

The Mission Inn


The Mission Inn in Riverside, Ca has an intriguing history and architectural designs

Wine River/Rhine Cruise


The Rhine River is full of castles, wine and an historical cake. A river cruise takes you there.

Dining on Coronado Island


Coronado, home to admirals and beach goers has changed the island’s dining scene with a variety of restaurants

Forget the fondue, it’s the meat in Zurich


Switzerland known for fondue, has a restaurant that takes every bit of the cow to serve it for dinner.

New Mexico Green Chile Potato Au Gratin


New Mexico is known for cooking with chiles and when added to potato au gratin it zips up the flavor

San Diego’s Natural Sourdough by the Beach


Olive Baking Company kneads century old sourdough into breads made community spirit

Big Island Poke Contest Preserves Hawaiian Culture


Poke is a staple in Hawaiian households and has grown in popularity on the Mainland. True poke goes back to old Hawaiian times and customs.

Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar-tiki everlasting


The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar have been entertaining guests for 70 years high on Nob Hill, San Francisco. Tiki bars have a definite following.

South Point on the Big Island


Away from typical Hawaiian sites, the southern most location in the USA is South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. Ancient beginnings and where to buy Hawaiian breads.

San Diego’s soul food finds the right climate


San Diego is known for beautiful weather and fish tacos but there is a delicious soul food scene happening in town.

Summer Music in Swing at Cape Rey in Carlsbad, Ca


Carlsbad has gorgeous beaches and Cape Rey Resort overlooks the beach. The resort’s summer concerts the last Thursday of the month is in full swing.

San Diego Craft Spirits


Known for more craft breweries than anywhere in the USA, spirit distilleries are popping up in San Diego.

Growing Chocolate in Hawaii


Hawaii produces quality chocolate and the Original Chocolate Factory farm tour is a must

Growing Chocolate in Hawaii


Hawaii is the perfect place to grow Chocolate and the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Co has fun farm tours

Visit the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California


Over 8 million flowers bloom in Carlsbad, California in the flower fields bringing thousands of visitors each year.

What To Catch at Disneyland’s Food and Wine Festival


Disneyland’s California Adventure Park hosts the food and wine festival with celebrity chefs and many other interesting events

Mixed Plate Hawaii Style


Sugar plantation workers were mostly immigrants and shared their native foods during lunch, called mixed plate.

Beverly Hills’ Lawry’s Prime Rib: The Taste Is in the Silver Cart


Lawry’s restaurant known for classic service with tableside hand cut meats and spinning salad.

Dishing up Disney in Glendale, California


Walt Disney dined and dreamed of future movies here while among his close friends

Hawaii food and wine festival-Maui


Hawaii’s annual event has grown each year and it reaches many about Hawaii’s foods

Cullen Skink Scottish fish stew


Through the years, the Scottish have made a hearty stew with milk and white fish which is warm and filling

High-tide-dining-splashy-success


The Marine Room has been an elegant San Diego restaurant for many years overlooking the cliffs of La Jolla with a scenic view of the ocean

River, food, wine and chocolate


AMAwaterways brings you to the towns where chocolate is king in Belgium. The river cruise delivers fine food and wine with smooth waters.

Big Island Italian Style


Move over poi and roasted pork, upscale Italian dining has come to the Big Island, Hawaii. Pueo’s Osteria is featured in Luxe Beat Magazine.

His passion for baking is always rising


Luxebeatmag.com pastry chef on cruise line makes desserts and breads from scratch

Flowers and river cruising a blooming good time


Examiner.com river cruising through the Netherlands during tulip time

Crab cakes and ahi: riding the wave of perfection at Blueacre


Honestcooking.com, 2 of Seattle’s seafood restaurants owned by a married couple devoted to serving local fish

Dining in Hawaii: More than poi on the Big Island


Honestcooking.com 2 restaurants use locally sourced foods to produce burgers and Italian food

5 old time places to eat comfort food in San Diego


Examiner.com 5 eateries have been in San Diego for many years and still have great food

Monumental dining over Paris


A special birthday is celebrated with close friends in her favorite city, Paris. High above the beautiful city, waiters served elegantly prepared foods and made everyone feel welcome.

Montgomery, Alabama-on the move from past to present


Hosted by Montgomery, Alabama Tourism and Convention Bureau

Open air fish market reels in San Diego


Examiner.com

The Right Fork Diner on Martha’s Vineyard


Honestcooking.com

Mrs B’s restaurant brings home cooking to Montgomery, Alabama


Honestcooking.com

Forget the RV, Hyatt Maui has friends and sun winter long


Examiner.com

Maui Bakeries:a Feast for the Senses


With map in hand, I set out to explore four bakeries to experience island indulgences and hopefully some unexpected trade winds surprises By MLiss A Hinshaw I often think of […]

Donut Bar raises the delicious dough in downtown San Diego


  There’s other ways to eat crème brulee and still enjoy the crackling caramelized top by biting into a fresh creation from the Donut Bar. Real vanilla bean and thick […]

Why It’s Not So Easy to Become a Celebrity Chef


Chef Roy Choi prepares his famous Korean BBQ The multitude of cooking shows on television makes it appear simple to gain celebrity status as a fun, serious, or colorful chef. […]

Fresh catch in Tidepools restaurant, Kauai, Hawaii


Kauai, known as the Garden Island, is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain full of graceful waterfalls and the scenic Grand Canyon of the Pacific.   Fresh mahi mahi with […]

Istanbul spice market


Making my way through thick crowds of people slowly walking, talking on cell phones and holding shopping bags, I found the mounds of spices in the marketplace in Istanbul, Turkey. I’d […]

Dallmann Confections makes decadent chocolates


Dallmann’s Confections, an independent chocolatier, is well known for dark chocolate caramel squares with fleur de sel and handmade Mozartkugel sweet treats.  Owner, Isabella Valencia, originally from St. Gilgen, Austria, was […]

“Peach Boy” Dessert from Honolulu


Honestcooking.com by M’LISS A HINSHAW on Oct 19, 2013 • 11:53 am Chef Arakaki holds his Peach Boy creation According to the myth, Peach Boy fought off monsters to save his village and this dessert […]

Checkpoint Charlie looking in different directions-Berlin, Germany


Amateurtraveler.com visiting Checkpoint Charlie after the fall of the wall

Archeology Museum in Palestrina, Italy- historical treasures


Amateurtraveler.com a little known museum full of reminders from 2 BC located near Rome

Christmas Market Fits Cruise Itinerary Nicely


I watched the petite woman carefully pick her steps on the snowplowed cobblestone streets, as we quickly rounded the corner of a centuries-old building. Her heavy scarf blew in the […]

Strawberry Fields Forever in Carlsbad


Picking your own freshly grown strawberries is family fun and refreshing in the U Pick strawberry fields of Carlsbad, Ca.  Big red and juicy strawberries hang gracefully from the vibrant […]

Murals and Mosaics in Philly


Bits of blue, red and yellow colored glass cuts into odd shapes and formations, as creatively painted murals liven up murky walls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The usually boring, nondescript walls […]

Wine and Ancestry in Slovenia


Each page crackled as the village priest opened centuries old church birth records and my anticipation heightened when the page fell to my great grandfather’s name. The discovery of a […]

Celebrity Chefs Morimoto and Tsai Sizzle at Hawaiian Food festival


Dueling long and sharp knives wielded by two Asian celebrity chefs cut through raw fish, as each chef proclaimed his country was the first in the world of culinary history. […]

Visiting the Vanilla Farm on the Big Island of Hawaii


Vanilla teas, fresh salad with vanilla bean balsamic dressing and vanilla pound cake were beautifully presented to the visitors enjoying lunch at the Hawaiian Vanilla Company. Tucked into the hills […]

Stop for Nostalgia and Beef Along I-5


Lunchbox collection will spark memories, and Harris Ranch is a meat-lover’s dream By M’Liss Hinshaw 12:01 a.m., June 5, 2011 Zipping along the monotonous drive between Los Angeles and the Bay Area on Interstate […]

Avocados in Kona, Hawaii


By M’Liss Hinshaw | Published Saturday, March 26, 2011 An avocado festival – in Hawaii? Yes, and I just had to give it a try. While waiting for my plane to land […]

Puerto Montt, Chile: Fresh Seafood


Flapping fish tails, coiled seaweed, barnacles and octopus fresh from the Chilean coastal town of Puerto Montt will soon become part of our gastronomical lunch. At the southern end of […]

Modena, Italy, Balsamic Vinegar Heaven


A foodie just learning balsamic’s tasty lineage, I visited one of the many countryside balsamic vinegar producers while in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Modena, Italy.   In Sorbara, […]

Chocolate and Bear in Estonia


The uniqueness of Tallinn’s doors Estonia, a small country on the Baltic Sea is independent, thriving and full of chocolate.  This tiny country, a tad bigger than the state of […]