Thursday, January 28, 2010

"BON JOUR" from Quebec City, Quebec

Within an hour after landing at the very modern Jean-Lesage International Airport we were checked in to the incredible Chateau Frontenac Hotel. Our room overlooks the Old Town Harbor area of Quebec and the view of the shops and the St. Lawrence is picture perfect.
A 5 minute cab ride took us to Restaurant SSS. There is nothing nefarious about the SSS, it stands for Simple Snack Sympathique.
We interviewed Stephane d'Anjou, who owns Restaurant SSS and the famous Restaurant "Toast". Stephan explained that while Restaurant SSS serves "Snack" appetizers, it is more than a tapas restaurant. The servings are larger and more varied. They also have main courses and sandwich selections.
I found the menu fascinatingly varied. The appetizers included duck wings with ginger & garlic, BBQ octopus,beef carpaccio with sweet red pepper puree,confit & fried capers,Beef Tartar with chorizo & parmesan, torchon of foie gras with homemade brioch bread,  salmon tartar with sesame, avocado & fries and potato skins with foie gras, fried milk fed piglet belly, veal juice and smoked sour cream to name a few. We tried the the torchon of foie gras, salmon tartar (the Chef's specialty) and the potato skins.
All I can say is WOW! Everything was perfect including the ambiance, a bistro setting on one side of the building and a comfortable, romantic dining room on the other side.
Main course items include steaks, seafood, pasta, nachos, ribs and even a lamb shank and more. There is something here for every appetite including burgers, hot dogs and even a grilled curry chicken, bacon,spinach,goat cheese tomato and old fashion mustard sandwich.
Restaurant SSS is located at 71 Saint-Paul and is open for lunch through after theater dinning. There phone # is 418-692-1991. You can find there menu and more information at
We think that Restaurant SSS is a must visit when in Quebec. The hospitality is inviting and friendly, the ambiance is warm and romantic and the food is fantastic. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Our Caribbean/Mexican regular contributor,
Dennis Klautzer interviews Greg Ludwig,
VACATIONS in Puerto Vallarta.  Next, Dennis
interviews Alex (Alejandro) of "Traffic Tours"
about excursions and trips horseback riding,
whale watching, zip lining and a Jeep tour
into rural Mexico.
Ken Vandruff, CVB, Wichita, KS
talks about Music & Art Crawls, new arena
and horseshow.
Kevin with his weekly Travel News Segment and
Sue with her Travel Tips.
Regular contributor Tom Parsons,,
discusses if it's too soon to plan for Spring Break
and where the best deals are now for air and cruises.
Kevin and Sue just returned from Nashville, TN
where they enjoyed breakfast at Loveless Cafe.
A wall of celebrity photos greet you at the
entrance, vintage aprons serve as window curtains,
and southern hospitality was served by Dee.
The biscuits are a secret recipe, but the website shares other recipes.
Another regular contributor, Michelle Newman,
shares her visit to to the
Lake Austin Spa Resort.  She even took her
Chihuahua Sasha.
The pledges for Help Haiti have now totaled
$13,010.  Click on the Yellow Button on the
from page of the website to contribute.
(DR) Domenican Republic airport and ports
remain open for tourists.

ICELAND PHOTOS By Patrice Raplee

Our regular correspondent, Patrice Raplee, visited Iceland
over New Years.  She took these great shots at night and

Friday, January 15, 2010


Broadcasters team up to assist the
earthquake victims of Haiti.  Donations
are 100% tax-deductible and will go toward
the purchase of much-needed supplies.
No administrative or management fees
will be assessed...all money will go to
the Haiti earthquake victims.  As of 1/14/10
$12,500 has been raised.  Go to to learn how to make
a donation to the Barnabas Society and
in the memo of check put Haitian Relief.

Travel Planner Radio January 16

This week's show takes us to France, the
Bordeaux Region with an interview with Ronald Rens,
owner of The Bordeaux Experience and Chateau
Coulon Laurensac and  We interview  Geoff Freeman,
Sr. VP. of the U.S. Travel Association on the
SCREENING.   Then we head
west to talk with Megan Mayo of the
Albuquerque CVB and Katie Harrington
of the Lake Charles and SW Louisiana CVB.


We interviewed Bill Chalmers of the
Global Scavenger Hunt, Greg Purdy
of the Palm Springs Follies.  Patrice Raplee,
one of our favorite travelwriter regular
contributors talked about her New Years
in Iceland and what a beautiful country it is.
Kevin and Sue talked about where we have
planned to go and where we want to go in
2010.  Some of our upcoming trips will be to:
Quebec City for the Winter Carnival where we
will visit the Ice Hotel and stay at the gorgeous
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac.  There is a legend
if you kiss at the base of the stairs at the hotel
you will return.  We did kiss last fall and we are
returning, the legend must be true!  We will be
doing a live broadcast from Quebec City.  Other
destinations coming up for us will be to Traverse
City, MI where Sue is going to learn to cross country
ski, our first trip to Israel, back to Alabama for
Shakespeare and To Kill A Mockingbird plays.


JANUARY 2, 2010
We started out the New Year talking
with two of our regular contributors:
Jim Winnerman, Travelwriter on
Rt 6 East to West in Pennsylvania
and Abilene, Kansas.  Also, another
travelwriter regular, Michelle Newman
on her recent trip to Colombia, S.A.
Bob Heil, Rock n Roll microphone
designer to the stars, rock bands and
our very own mikes we use each week.


Our holiday show was all about Christmas
Around The World with guests from Netherlands,
England, the United States and our very own
childhood and adult Christmas celebrations.