San Francisco did not disappoint us on our recent visit

Jan and I had to squeeze in a Giants game before the season ends. While in the city, why not take in our favorite activities…strolls along the Embarcadero and discovering neighborhood hidden treasure eateries.  We stayed at a new hotel that was all about location for us….Hotel Via. It just so happens to be directly […]

No baloney in Oklahoma?

Patty and I have traveled all over the world taking cooking classes and exploring different cultures. We were ready to fly off to Morocco just before the pandemic basically closed the world. As we are still not ready for international travel despite our love of foreign adventures and culinary treats, we’ve had fun over the […]

Zen Weekend Getaway to The Sonoma Coast

While we are still not ready for any “over-the-pond” adventures, we continue to find the treasures in our backyard. A recent trip to Sonoma County and Jenner was inspired by our culinary sentiments. Who could pass up artisan cheese, good wine and seafood? But of course, a trip to the Sonoma Coast would not be […]

The Secret Food Tour of San Francisco

Since traveling abroad has been postponed until it is safer, we thought we would explore our local and not so local food scenes.  Secret Food Tour of the Mission District in San Francisco was a joyful find.  Our guide, Mark, is a fourth-generation San Franciscan, a chef, at one time a purveyor with Naiman Ranch, […]

Bounty In Our Backyard

R&R Getaway The anticipation and planning of vacations are one of Jan’s and my favorite past times. We love to immerse ourselves in different cultures and cuisines. It thrills us that our travels abroad have enhanced and expanded The Tin’s spice selection, introducing new spices and dishes to you.   This year with Covid still lingering, […]

Georgia on Our Minds

First Squares Food Tour Savannah

While sheltering at home last year, Jan and I spent most of our time fantasizing about our next adventure. We decided that it had to be stateside, someplace we’ve never been, known for great food, preferably warm and, if possible, have a seacoast. Historic Savannah, Georgia was our easy choice. After we received our vaccines, […]

Beautiful Bulgaria

Our recent culinary trip to Bulgaria was better than we could have hoped.  We highly recommend Adriana’s Bulgaria Private Tours.  Kiril, our guide/driver for three weeks shared the history, geography culture and food of his beautiful country.  The first day Kiril replied after I exclaimed, “Wow” at Sofia’s archaeology museum, “Oh Patty, there will be many […]

Autumn Trip to Wyoming to view Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

An autumn trip to Wyoming to view Grand Tetons and Yellowstone is perfect as long as one plans for snow! Originally our trip was to include food tours and culinary side trips, but the magnificent vistas detoured those plans. We were fortunate to stay two nights at Jackson Lake Lodge with 60-foot windows along the […]

Puerto Vallarta

One of our favorite vacation spots is Puerto Vallarta. This is the trip where we laze about, most often beneath the palapa with the beach and ocean soothing us into afternoon siestas. On occasion we venture out and about finding new, fun and interesting things about this part of Mexico. June 2016 we took the […]

Basque Country

Basque culture and cuisine brought us back to two of our favorite countries – France and Spain. The Espelette Chili Festival is the specific reason for our visit. The festival is held the last weekend in October to celebrate the Espelette Chili, a beautiful red chili with sweetness and heat. Meals in France are so […]


A detour was required on our trip to the New York Fancy Food Show. We flew into Louisville to meet our Matt and Annie at Bourbon Barrel Foods. These are the folks responsible for the Bourbon Smoked Sugar along with the other Bourbon inspired products. This company began with a handful of employees including Matt’s […]