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MLB Spring Training is Personal … for Players and Fans

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in USA: Arizona - Tempe | 0 comments

MLB Spring Training is Personal … for Players and Fans

LA Angels, Cactus League Spring Training, Tempe, Arizona MAPPING THE DAY Major League Baseball Spring Training is personal … for the players and the fans. Every player’s move is monitored, recorded and analyzed.  Not only ability counts, attitude does too.  An at-bat, pitch, pop fly, stolen base or even cheering a teammate to do his best can mean one guy is going home and another may be advancing to a coveted spot on the team. Fans are free to mingle among the minor league playing fields to see the stars of the future.  Lucky fans...

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San Francisco Views from the Buena Vista

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in USA: California - San Francisco | 0 comments

San Francisco Views from the Buena Vista

San Francisco, California MAPPING THE DAY At the corner of Hyde and Beach, there’s a “good view” from the Buena Vista of some of San Francisco’s iconic images.  The Powell and Hyde Cable Car toward Fisherman’s Wharf ends right at the restaurant’s doorstep.  Fisherman’s Wharf is down the street and a view of the Bay is just beyond. LOCAL STORY A day in the city for us often starts at the BV for a hearty breakfast.  Crispy corned beef hash with poached eggs and sourdough toast is always a top choice.  The coffee flows freely...

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Sage Advice from Celebrity Chefs

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 2 comments

Sage Advice from Celebrity Chefs

Our Home Kitchen Mapping the Day Celebrity chefs divulge little morsels of their kitchen prowess in live demonstrations and Q & A presentations.  Over the years we have attended many events with icon chefs including the likes of Alice Waters, Emeril Lagasse and Susan Feniger. Local Story Several years ago, three chefs appeared at a South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa to open a new mall restaurant concept for Macy’s.  Nancy Silverton of La Brea Bakery was there.  Her renowned bakery that opened in Los Angeles in the late 1980’s now...

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Relaxation is the Key

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in USA: Florida - The Keys | 0 comments

Relaxation is the Key

 Key West, Florida Mapping the Day Key West is an ideal vacation destination for complete relaxation.  Sun-filled views, palm trees, slower pace and gracious people bring the island laid-back lifestyle into focus. Leisurely days are filled with tropical activities, shopping and dining. Local Story Here are some of our favorite Key West pastimes for relaxation: 1.  Attitude Adjustment with a View.  Whether you choose a poolside lounge chair, barstool at an iconic bar, sunset cruise or restaurant table for two, Key West offers unending...

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Ready for Friday’s Cocktail Hour

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Ready for Friday’s Cocktail Hour

RoadTripFlavors Pico-Tini You’ve seen this recipe for our RoadTripFlavors Pico-Tini before, but doesn’t it sound good?  It takes some planning.  Start now and it will be ready by Friday’s Cocktail Hour.     So here’s what you do: 1,  Shop today or tomorrow 2. Make the Pico de Gallo recipe: http://roadtripflavors.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Pico-de-Gallo.pdf 3. Let it marinate for a couple days. 4. The Pico de Gallo juice will be ready by Friday.  Add the Pico Juice, Vodka and Ice to a cocktail...

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Overseas Highway Leads to Relaxation Mode

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in USA: Florida - The Keys | 0 comments

Overseas Highway Leads to Relaxation Mode

The Florida Keys With so many places to explore, the Florida Keys are a wonderful vacation destination.   We’ve been there a couple times.  Great food, nightlife, history, water activities and natural beauty call us back for more.     Mapping the Day The drive from Miami to Key West is a three-hour adjustment from a hectic scene to a true vacation escape.  Congestion of the big city gives way to quirky roadways that skirt Everglades National Park, then on to the Overseas Highway.   Soon views of shimmery waterways,...

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Three “Small Plates” for Easy Valentine’s Day Menu: Part 3

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Three “Small Plates” for Easy Valentine’s Day Menu: Part 3

Mapping the Day Chocolate gets all the attention on Valentine’s Day. It was the Cadbury Brothers in 19th century England who originally marketed chocolates in a heart-shaped box for February 14th. Commercialization of the observance and all things chocolate heightens every year. The Cadbury’s were very good marketers! Local Story We are bloggers divided when it comes to preferences for Valentine’s Day treats. KO concurs with the Valentine’s tradition that chocolate is the way to go. For me, a savory and sweet dessert wins...

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Three “Small Plates” for Easy Valentine’s Day Menu: Part 2

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in USA: California - Laguna Beach | 0 comments

Three “Small Plates” for Easy Valentine’s Day Menu: Part 2

Laguna Beach Munich, Laguna Beach and memories from our childhoods inspired us for our three small plates menu for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal.  All three plates are very easy to prepare.  Here’s our second of three recipes.       Mapping the Day Laguna Beach tops our list for dramatic Southern California coastline.  Jagged rocks, tide pools and a hillside backdrop punctuate a natural bay.  There is a long stretch of shoreline for leisurely beachcombing.       Local Story We can drive to Laguna in...

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Three “Small Plates” for Easy Valentine’s Day Menu: Part 1

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Germany: Munich | 0 comments

Three “Small Plates” for Easy Valentine’s Day Menu: Part 1

Munich, Germany Munich, Laguna Beach and our childhoods inspired us for our three “small plates” menu for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal.  All three plates are very easy to prepare.  The rich red hues of fresh vegetables, seafood and fruit will tempt your appetite on Cupid’s Day.  The second and third recipes will be posted this week.  Subscribe to our email newsletter and we’ll send you a shopping list for the entire meal.   Mapping the Day We arrived in Munich the night before.  Our exploration of the...

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BBQ & Sides in Austin

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in USA: Texas - Austin | 0 comments

BBQ & Sides in Austin

Austin, Texas With a two-hour window, it was a whirlwind visit to Downtown Austin.  Luckily, the famous Stubb’s B-B-Q was convenient, quick and delicious.  Who knew Creamed Spinach iss the best side for pulled pork?               RECIPE Share...

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