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Breakfast at Mary’s Hash House, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Anyone who stumbled onto this blog searching for “hashish” might as well leave, because that’s not what this post is about.  It’s about good food, not good weed.

The Las Vegas food scene has changed a lot since I first visited the city many years ago.  Vegas used to be a place that catered mostly to hard-core gamblers (a description that in no way describes me).  Food was cheap, often not that great, and used to lure gamblers into an establishment.  For example, I recall “all you can eat” breakfast buffets for $0.99, lunch buffets for $1.99 and dinner buffets for $3.99.  Foot long hot dogs or large shrimp cocktail — $0.99.  Those prices were hard to beat!

Fast forward three decades …

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“Pic of the Week”, November 6, 2015: La Chocolatta, Puenta Arenas, Chile

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Situated on Chile’s southern coast, just north of Tierra del Fuego, the small city of Puenta Arenas is well off the main tourist paths in South America.  The city is the capital of Chilean Patagonia as it is a gateway to Torres del Paine, and is a port for tourist ships that cruise the Patagonian fjords, the Beagle Channel (and some ships even go on to Antarctica).  Puenta Arenas is a frontier town and a tax haven (to encourage migration and its growth), so it offers lots of shopping.  Many Chileans travel here for the low prices.

We weren’t much interested in shopping for toasters or jackets, and had just a few hours to explore Puenta Arenas before taking a memorable …

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Jestine’s Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina

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In the past decade or so, Charleston has emerged as a food/foodie travel destination.  On an extended weekend visit to Charleston, we enjoyed superb food every single meal.  Most everything is fried and a little “heavier” than we’re used to, as you’d expect in the south, but we ate well and I’m sure we got onto our planes as we departed somewhat heavier than when we arrived.

One of the more memorable meals we enjoyed in Charleston was at Jestine’s Kitchen, named in honor of Jestine Matthews (a great southern cook).  This restaurant was recommended by the hosts of our B&B accommodation, and also is a recommended by the best online source of great “American food,” roadfood.com.  Jestine’s …

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