Hillsborough River State Park in Florida

Located on Florida Highway 301 in Thonotosassa near Tampa, Hillsborough River State Park offers 2990 acres of hiking, kayaking, picnicking, canoeing, camping, swimming and more. Lots of Florida flora and fauna for a very reasonable price.

Clearwater, FL, Chalk Walk

A stroll down the seaside sidewalk in Clearwater, Florida, to see the chalk artists creating. Lots of cartoon characters and 3D effect works, plus tents of food, clothing, jewelry and other handmade arts to shop in Tampa Bay.

Kallitypes and Czech Pickled Sausage Salad (Utopenci)

This cold, pickled sausage salad is a staple in Europe. The Germans have a similar dish called Wurstsalat. This is a Czech family recipe given to me when I lived there a few years ago, and you can find it in my book ATFT: Collected Czech Family Recipes. It makes a great snack, light meal, game day nosh or potluck dish.

My Newest Book, “A Travel for Taste: Germany”, is Now Available for Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American peeps! And just in time for Black Friday, my newest book is available for sale online! I’m hoping that it will save you a shopping trip or two since you can buy it with a couple of clicks.

Here’s what it looks like on the outside:

Isn’t it handsome?? I’m so proud of it. In addition to the recipes and cooking tips, it’s filled with travel stories, culture and history I’ve come to know by living in Bavaria. Plus I’ve got many of my photos in there, too. I especially dig the photo of the potatoes on the back cover (pun intended). read more

Mouflon Sheep Roast in the Bavarian Forest

The Bavarian Forest is an area of natural wonder in eastern Germany on the Czech border. There, I visited my friends' friends' hotel (Steinbruchsee) and had savory mouflon (sheep) roast.