Thanks to my dear friend Laura Mellberg for introducing me to Mod Maude and inspiring me with her blog; fellow foodie Lynn O’Brien for her recommendations of places to try; Betsy Cook Speer for sharing her expertise having written her first book; and Tracy Southwick who convinced me there would be more than an audience of one for this guide.

Lastly, just as many of you saved my many e-mails of ideas and tips, I saved each of your responses with your positive feedback and supportive comments. So thanks to each of you and all the others who joined me on the adventures that follow!

Solene Adler • Lena Ahlqvist • Monique Andriessen • Jane Aragon • Catherine Artist • Julie Balkema • Julie Barros • Bobbi Bland • Mary Bria • Gry Bruno • Angela Buchen • Karen Bugos • 
Crosby Burke • Linny Bushey • Sarah Byrnes • Mariana Chombo • Anne Clemes • Amy Cobb • Nancy Cutler • Lisa Daliere • Eilene Davidson • Michelle Deardorff • Carla Dosmond • Leslie DuPuis • Bonnie Durkin • Colette Elliott-Fehle • Grace Freeman • Lee Georgs • Lisa Greer • Martha Gutierrez • Linda Irvani • Maja Jhaveri • Lili Hanafin • Adrienne Hark • Deborah Hickey • Noelle Hilbert • Dana Hilty • Camilla Hofmann • Anne Holtzclaw • JoAnn Houghbty • Linda Iravani • Linda Ishak • Liz Kaiser • Jessica Kato • Lisa Kinzel • Kim Lee • Lyn Litchfield • Claudia Lizama • Mary Macdonald • Aileen Magee • Suzanne Manke • Connie Max • Lisa Medeiros • Francesca Meder • Donna Moloznik • Julie Morgan • Susan Muller • Kathy O’Neal • Dee Opp • Meagan Packard • Amber Peterson • Candia Pittarides • Jillane Powell • Becky Power • Ericka Rice • Shannon Richards • Lee Riley • Jim Rooney • Eva Scotiniadis • Genean Stec • Elmarie Steyn • Kim Sutula • Mirjana Tabakovic • Teruko Thomas • Kristin Tiller • Diana Treadway • Carma Van Allen • Stefanie Warburton • Wendy Ward • Mia Wegberg • Leslie Wiechnik • Ancella Willemse • Marjorie Wilson • Suzy Wood • Sabrina Xsun • Sharon Zablan


  1. No Shunney, we (or at least I) should be thanking YOU for your energy and enthusiasm and your constant willingness to lead us to interesting and fun adventures. You've helped us to discover some cool places, engaging things to do, and delicious food to eat. Thank you for writing it down for us and sharing. I look forward to reading and doing more! Your loyal blog follower, Karen

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Karen! It has been my pleasure - just happy there are enough of you out there willing to try things that are both new and tried and true too ;)