Taking your kids with Autism to the Cracker Barrel Restaurant

As a family living in California, we officially refer to ourselves as ‘Cracker Barrel’ -Deprived since the chain doesn’t have any restaurants in our home state. To fuel our obsession with the family-friendly chain, we make a point of visiting every Cracker Barrel restaurant we pass, even if it means in some cases driving out of… Read More

Disney’s ‘Be Our Guest’ Restaurant

  The Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom that opened its doors in the fall of 2012, is truly a must-dine experience for all visitors but especially for die-hard Disney fans who enjoy themed dining. Our son is a huge Beauty and the Beast fan so we decided to surprise him and take… Read More

Cat Cora’s Kouzinna in Walt Disney World

A long time Disney aficionado friend of mine, Nancy Pistorius, had recommended that we give celebrity chef Cat Cora’s Greek-inspired restaurant a try, so on an evening last May, while staying at the Boardwalk Hotel, we wandered into Kouzinna. Greek for ‘kitchen’, Kouzinna is decorated in dark brown artisan furniture. The open-concept restaurant makes you… Read More

The Four Seasons Food Truck is back!

Food Trucks, or roach coaches as they were fondly known, have been indispensable American dining venues for years. With no food ratings back in the day, they were staples next to offices, construction sites, and college dorms. One of my early food memory is of my mother warning me against their foods as she was… Read More

The ‘Hollywood Sites & Bites’ Tour

  It is no secret that my son with autism has two favorite past times: movies and food. So when I found the Goldstar.com deal for the Hollywood Sites and Bites Tour with Trish, I hurried to book it for his birthday. The Tour Our six-person tour started at the iconic Roosevelt Hotel that was… Read More

Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream, Hollywood

We were first introduced to Mashti Malone’s ice cream in Hollywood during a gourmet tour of Hollywood last September. I have to say we’ve found it hard to stay away ever since! The ice cream shop is run by two brothers from Iran and serves classic flavors as well as more unique ones like Rosewater… Read More

Thanksgiving Extravaganza Dining at 150 Central Park

  One of the highlights of our Cruise aboard ‘Allure of the Seas‘ was attending the Thanksgiving dinner at the ship’s elegant  150 Central Park.This specialty restaurant is located mid-ship on Deck 8 and is the centerpiece of the Allure of the Seas Central Park neighborhood. The restaurant 150 Central Park is decorated in lovely… Read More

Is the Magic Restroom Cafe Fun for Kids with Autism?

  This week we got to visit the newest addition to L A’s restaurant scene – The Magic Restroom Cafe. Modeled after  Taiwan’s Modern Toilet restaurant chain, the owner, Yo-Li, decided to open the first toilet-themed eatery in the US.Unlike some readers’ remarks on social media who expressed disgust with the idea of mixing potty and food;… Read More

Introduction to Kurdish Cuisine at Niroj Restaurant

Have you ever felt like taking a break from your current career and starting over? That’s what Niroj’s owner Luqman Barwari did. After a lifelong career as a scientist, he decided he would open the restaurant he’s been dreaming of, for years. Barawi’s concept was to offer Kurdish food in a home-like atmosphere -and Niroj in… Read More

Tripolitanian Cuisine at Guetta restaurant Jaffa, Israel

The saying goes that when you are a tourist but want to eat like a local you ask a cab driver where they go for lunch. And that’s exactly what I did last month when I was visiting Tel Aviv. He recommended a spot that I had not seen in any of my travel guide… Read More

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