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.

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

Palm Springs-Hollywood’s Magnificent Desert Playground

Today’s Palm Springs and its thriving neighboring resort communities exude a vibrant, progressive energy that attract visitors by the thousands.

Bistro West's Soy Ginger Marinated Ahi with Mango Sorbet

Foodie Fest Encinitas: Raising the Bar on Sustainability

Encinitas Foodie Fest Features Sustainable Products We’ve attended a lot of food festivals around the world. While participating restaurants strive

Oia, Santorni houses

The Magical Islands of Greece

“Happy is the man, I thought, who before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean Sea” quoted Nikos

The Office on Medano Beach

In Cabo: You Can Find Me at the Office

“You have to go to The Office” proclaimed a gentleman at our vacation villa’s swim up pool bar. “We’ve been