Dinner and a Great Beat You Can Dance To

Another dinner and concert night in Nashville starts at The Southern. The blog has been here before for brunch.  The Southern is an easy go-to because it’s conveniently located and has a straight forward menu that has a broad appeal. We … Read More

Germantown and Joe Bona-who?

Germantown in Nashville is north of Broadway and one of my favorite areas.  It’s home to some of the best restaurants in town and the coolest historic homes. Like all things in Nashville, it’s up-and-coming and there is a ton … Read More

Marathon Brunch

The Country Music Marathon happened this past weekend.  We have never been in town when all the marathoners are in town and boy were we surprised!  Honestly, I’ve never seen such a huge amount of traffic and people even during … Read More


City House and Santana

City House in Germantown area of Nashville is one of those restaurants that’s always a good choice. It’s the restaurant that we take out of town guests to; that we always recommend; and that’s a family favorite. We were early … Read More

Clean Baked French Toast

When I get together with friends for brunch I always go into it thinking I’ll just have the yogurt and granola or an egg white omelette and end up sucking down bone marrow and biscuits and gravy. In an attempt … Read More

Da Kitchen, Maui © ginkaville.com

Kapalua, Maui and a Little Local Flavor

I call Kapalua the Country Club section of Maui.  The Ritz Carlton is there and golf is everywhere.  It’s worth the drive for dinner, though. There is a lot of great sushi on the island but Sansei is our favorite. … Read More

Lahiana, Maui © ginkaville.com

Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina was the former capital of Hawaii and a hopping whaling town.  It’s now all about saving the whales but it’s still hopping and a great place to spend an afternoon especially if it’s not a beach-going kind of day. … Read More

Humpback Whale, Maui © ginkaville.com

A Whale of a Day

I feel like the only time anyone needs to visit Hawaii is during the whale migration.  Humpback whales come down from Alaska for the winter (they aren’t stupid!), have their babies and mate.  They start arriving in November and can … Read More