Articles written by: The Cooking Ladies - Phyllis Hinz

The Cooking Ladies - Phyllis Hinz

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.) Co-author of nine cookbooks including: The Cooking Ladies' Recipes from the Road (Ten Speed Press) and The Cooking Ladies' Favorite Happy Hour Recipes, It's 5 o'clock somewhere eCookbook

Duck Master Anthony Petrina
Chronological / Destinations / Tennessee / United States

The March of the Peabody Ducks

Every day, the Peabody Ducks leave their palace on the roof of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, waddle into an elevator, descend to the main floor, and parade along a red carpet to the hotel’s grand fountain under the tutelage of Anthony Petrina, the current Duck Master. Anthony is […]

Jules on his motorcycle
Alabama / Destinations / Food / IFWTWA Trips / United States

Peace Among The Grapes

As our group of travel writers waited to meet the owner of Jules J Berta Winery, a biker drove into the parking lot. He wore faded blue jeans, sunglasses, and a sleeveless vest over a short sleeve tee that did nothing to hide his tanned, muscled arms. “I’m Jules Berta. […]

A complete shuttle stack in Space Shuttle Park
Alabama / Chronological / Destinations / United States

Travelling North Alabama

Over the years of travelling throughout the United States and Canada we have visited many popular landmarks, attractions, and diverse landscapes. Our recent RV travels brought us to the State of Alabama, particularly North Alabama, which led us to two unique attractions: The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville […]

“Best Historic City In America” – Montgomery, Alabama
Alabama / Chronological / Destinations / United States

“Best Historic City In America” – Montgomery, Alabama

No wonder Montgomery, Alabama, was voted Best Historic City in America by USA Today. By standing at the Court Square Fountain in downtown Montgomery, we could turn 360 degrees and face sites of American history from Civil War to Civil Rights. The city is telling its story one historical marker […]

Hanging Loose in an RV in Hawaii
Chronological / Destinations / Hawaii / United States

Hanging Loose in an RV in Hawaii

As RVers, we had visited every state in the US except Hawaii. That all changed when we flew to the island of Oahu for a travel writers’ conference. Before we left Canada, we booked an RV rental with Hawaii Campers. We found detailed camping information and descriptions of their camper […]

Hawaii’s Fungal Jungle
Chronological / Food / Hawaii / IFWTWA Trips / United States

Hawaii’s Fungal Jungle

When Janice and Bob Stranga were ready for career changes, they wanted to be involved in the changing agricultural scene in Hawaii. Janice was an interior designer, Bob a helicopter pilot. “I had fun flying but there’s no more fun than this,” Bob says. Proud as he is that their […]

Aloha Chef Sam Choy, The Hawaiian Godfather of Poké
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hawaii / United States

Aloha Chef Sam Choy, The Hawaiian Godfather of Poké

Along with fellow International Food Wine & Travel Writers, we arrived in the parking lot of Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai restaurant on the Big Island of Hawaii, to be served poké shooters. Quite an introduction to Sam and his Hawaiian hospitality.   Sam Choy is the quintessential chef-restaurateur, proud of […]

Windsor-Detroit Funnel: ”How are you Going to Wet Your Whistle When the Whole World’s Dry?”
Canada / Chronological / Destinations / Wines & Spirits

Windsor-Detroit Funnel: ”How are you Going to Wet Your Whistle When the Whole World’s Dry?”

Benny da Weasel clamored aboard our tour bus shouting, “Want whiskey? I’ll show you where you can get some.” Once he knew we weren’t going to turn him in to the authorities he relaxed and sang, “I’ll sell my shoes for a bottle of booze, nobody knows how dry I […]

Geckos Like Chocolate, too – Before it’s Fully Processed.
Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hawaii / United States

Geckos Like Chocolate, too – Before it’s Fully Processed.

(right) Pam and Bob Cooper, in a previous life, didn’t know that chocolate grew on trees. Now, at their Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Kona, Hawaii, they produce 100,000 pounds of chocolate per year.           (left) Bob explains it is the volcanic soil, rain and sunshine […]

Coffee At Its Best: “Crackulated” Kona Coffee, Big Island, Hawaii
Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hawaii / IFWTWA Trips / United States

Coffee At Its Best: “Crackulated” Kona Coffee, Big Island, Hawaii

The Ue Shima Coffee Company (UCC) is the only coffee company that “crackulates” its coffee beans. Not just once, but twice. The first “crack” is a gentle popcorn pop that sends out hints of freshly baked cupcakes. The second “crack” explodes like fireworks, the aroma conjuring up perfect morning toast. […]