Author: Noreen L. Kompanik

Noreen L. Kompanik is a registered nurse and freelance writer and photographer based in San Diego, California. Fortunate to have lived overseas as a Naval Officer’s wife, she has traveled extensively and her many Italian and other European adventures have sparked her passion for cooking and wine tasting. A member of the International Travel Writers and Photographers Association, Noreen is a frequent contributor to several online and print publications. She shares her latest adventures, photos, and published stories on her What’s In Your Suitcase? Facebook page. Her stories reflect her love for travel, history, adventure and family.

Outside Scoma's on the Wharf San Francisco

48 Hours in San Francisco: Cable Cars, Crooked Streets and Culinary Treasures

Herb Caen, San Francisco journalist once said “One day if I go to heaven… I’ll look around and say ‘It

Historic Gaslamp Quarter

Dobson’s Bar and Restaurant: Historic San Diego Gaslamp Show Stopper

Randall Robinson once said “People need their history like they need air and food.” Surround food by history and somehow

Old Wagon in Julian California

Gold Mines, Apples and the Old West: The Julian Way

Carl Sagan once said “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

Marina at Bali Hai on Shelter Island

Finding the Spirit of Aloha on San Diego’s Shelter Island

Sometimes we need that weekend getaway where we don’t have to drive or fly far, where we can discover a

Marina Cay

Exploring the British Virgin Islands – Four Islands, One Spectacular Day

Exploring the British Virgin Islands by Boat Part of a Caribbean volcanic archipelago, the British Virgin Islands consist of 50

Louisiana Bistro Favorite New Orleans Restaurants

Beyond the Beignet: Our Favorite New Orleans Restaurants

Traditional New Orleans Cuisine Food is religion in New Orleans. And if you’ve been there, you’ll know why it’s such

Beautiful Lamppost Lighting - Sunset da Mona Lisa

Romance on the Rocks: Cabo’s Captivating Sunset da Mona Lisa

Irresistible Restaurants in Cabo Literally carved into a cliff overlooking the azure waters of Cabo San Lucas and unending stretch

Famous Vancouver Sails at Vancouver Harbor - 48 hours in Vancouver

48 Hours in Vancouver, British Columbia

At first, Vancouver was just supposed to be just our port of embarkation for our long awaited Alaskan cruise. But,

Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum - Historic small town Bisbee Arizona

Bisbee, Arizona: From Copper Mines to Artistic Finds

Arizona ghost towns were not uncommon after mines closed and their workers moved on to more lucrative prospects. But unlike

Award winning Machaca con Juevos - Baja Food Scene

Two Incredible Chefs Taking the Baja Food Scene by Storm

La Cocina de Doña Esthela The wafting smell of fresh cooked tortillas, meats and spices greets us on arrival to