Food and Travel Writer, Creative Writer, Photographer, Blogger and RV Adventurer. Phyllis has a Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. She appreciates the value of words and good writing. What a difference one word can make. Co-author of "The Cooking Ladies" regular column in RV Lifestyle Magazine. (15th year); Contributor to, and recipe contest judge for, Go RVing (Canada) online. Contributor to KOA website and Kompass newsletter Freelance contributor to Family Motor Coaching Magazine (U.S.) Judge at the 2017 Canadian Food Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, and the 2016 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. Co-author of ten cookbooks including: The Cooking Ladies' Recipes from the Road (Ten Speed Press); The Cooking Ladies Best Little Cookbooks series and The Cooking Ladies' Favorite Happy Hour Recipes, It's 5 o'clock somewhere eCookbook. The tenth cookbook, published June 2017, "On The Road with The Cooking Ladies, Let's Get Grilling" is all about grilling and smoking and traveling the roads of North America to find good barbecue.
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Anytime is a good time to visit Canada, but, Canada’s 150th birthday, 2017, was quite a year! People gathered at festivals and celebrations all across the country.
Every year, Taste of Edmonton entices foodies downtown to enjoy the spread of food available in the city.
Food Day Canada celebrates farmers, fishers, chefs, food researchers and home cooks with food events all across the country.
An autumn day in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, is all about tasting and savouring life one experience at a time.
Not enough time to travel to Africa? Try the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Orlando, Florida. Authentic and dedicated to animal protection.
A visit to Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada, is like a scavenger hunt. The hidden gems – from seafood, wine, local characters and historic ruins to birds, and butterflies – are […]
St. Augustine’s fountain of youth keeps bringing us back to Florida’s historic gulf coast where generations of settlers have created a destination for everyone.
In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, along the Alabama Gulf Coast of the United States, restaurants serve up more than food.
Jefferson City, Missouri, is big on historical buildings. The decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary is also big on infamous historical figures.
World Food Championships showcase Gulf shrimp on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Food is the star in the eyes of the judges at the World Food Championships in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama.
Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama, is home to the annual, fast-paced, week-long World Food Championships.
Montrealers and visitors shop at the Jean-Talon Market, the largest outdoor market in North America, that embodies eating fresh and shopping for Quebec produce.
The warm weather is not the only reason to head south to Yuma, Arizona, in the winter months.
Prince Edward Island, Canada, is one of those special places with something for everyone, one of those places that when you visit you wish you could stay forever.
Wander the Eastern Townships in Quebec, Canada and savour all the area has to offer – lakes, mountains, bike trails, farmers markets, vineyards and cafes.
Quebec’s motto, Je me souviens, I remember, encompasses Old Quebec City’s layers of history. At Chateau Laurier, chefs look to the past with the creativity of the present.
The history and the people are not the only reasons to visit and enjoy Quebec City. The city’s chefs innovatively present the menus of the world with unique French Canadian […]
Hollister, California, is a town on the move. Not only with earthquake creep but with mobile barbecue.
Charlottetown, PEI, is all about Canadian history, the arts, red soil and ocean scenery and the best potatoes and lobster.
Personal stories of immigrants, refugees, war brides, evacuee children, and displaced persons reveal the details of arriving in Canada.
Combine food tastings and walking and you have the perfect way to appreciate the historic naval past and appetizing future of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
MIM is a place to immerse yourself in sound. Six thousand instruments.
Chef Eric Klein collaborates with Chef Matt McPherson in The Looking Glass restaurant kitchen, Bar Harbor, Maine. A dedicated chef sharing his techniques.
Little Italy in North End Boston is the place to immerse oneself in all things Italian – from pasta, olive oil, bread, and cannoli to the sense of community in […]
Good restaurants with talented chefs are found in surprising places. A California bistro in the Cuyamaca Mountains north of San Diego.
The ducks in the Peabody Hotel are a Memphis, Tennessee, tradition. They march across the lobby every day under the direction of their Duck Master.
This article in BenitoLink describes how travel writers benefit travel destinations.
Solvang shares all things Danish. The legacy of the town’s forefathers continues.
Oxnard, California, has it all. Walk on the beach, spend a day adventuring on offshore islands, dine in a downtown restaurant at sunset.
The state of Alabama is loaded with things to do. From civil war and civil rights to space rockets and unclaimed baggage.
Every winter RVers from the northern states and Canada flock to Yuma for sunshine, fun, food, and fascinating historical sites.
The Cooking Ladies learn about Cuba by leaving the luxury hotel on the beach behind and two-day-tripping in Havana.
Wineries used to be rare in North Alabama. At Jules J Berta Winery in Albertville, a son follows his father’s vision.
North Alabama offers unique destinations: The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville and The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro.
Jeremy Manley is a young chef with huge talent. In Julian, CAm he works food textures and flavors into memorable experiences.
Tasia Matakasis at Belle Chevre turns around the too-often public reluctance to enjoy goat cheese.
Actors tell the story of Windsor, Ontario, and the city’s colorful past. A time when ordinary citizens creatively “worked the whiskey” during Prohibition.
A vineyard in Albertville, Alabama, produces not only grapes and wine but peace and passion. Labels like I Love Bubba” tell the story.
We follow the trail from civil war to civil rights with Montgomery Chamber and Tourism. Montgomery is capital cool.
We rounded out our Tourism Hawaii and Kamehameha Schools adventures by touring Oahu in a Hawaii Campers rental unit, a VW van.
Chef Leonardo Maurelli exemplifies the energy in Montgomery, Alabama. He works with Eat South to educate kids and provide healthy food to his community.
Barbecue is the name of the game in North Alabama with award winning sauces and down home cooking.
Hamakua Mushrooms on the Big Island of Hawaii exemplify agritourism. Learn about growing mushrooms in a jar and taste them.
Johnny Fisher of Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina is an idea guy who produces good food and unique signature drinks.
Gulf State Park, Alabama, is the setting for continued outdoor lifestyle adventures, right on the Gulf of Mexico.
Sam Choy offers Hawaiian hospitality with poke shooters and a lesson on aloha.
The Rum Runners Tour in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is a traveling play depicting real Prohibition characters. Whiskey sipping optional.
Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, supplies chocolate lovers all over the world.
The Ue Shima Coffee Company (UCC) produces quality over quantity.
Generations of farmers in Hawaii are combining ancient agricultural methods and common sense with modern technology to produce affordable food for every islander.
Bloodless bullfighting, an art form in three acts. Lupita Lopez is one of the few female matadors in the world.