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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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Game Day Venue Inspires the Menu

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in USA: Louisiana - New Orleans | 0 comments

Game Day Venue Inspires the Menu

New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans is one of our most beloved travel destinations.  After all, we are the quintessential culinary tourists.  Our future travel plans are influenced (if not decided) by the promise of exciting dining opportunities.  New Orleans delivers great food.   Mapping the Day The French Quarter has consistently been on our RoadTripFlavors radar when we are in Louisiana.  But we decided to start one of our visits by renting a car and traveling west in search of local specialties.  We went to Breaux Bridge for...

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Happenstance Delivers a Fanciful Evening in Heidelberg

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Germany: Heidelberg | 0 comments

Happenstance Delivers a Fanciful Evening in Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany Dominated by a beautiful old castle, the Heidelberg skyline is filled with baroque style buildings.  It is located on the banks of the Neckar River and is commonly referred to as the jewel of Germany.     Mapping the Day After a wonderful stay for a little over a week near the Mosel River in Germany, we departed from Wittlich train station.    We were headed for Munich, but had an extra day to get there.  So a logical half-way point to stop for the night was Heidelberg.  We made a hotel reservation in...

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Farm to Pico-Tini Cocktail

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Farm to Pico-Tini Cocktail

Farm to Cocktail   MAPPING THE DAY Farmers Markets are some of our favorite destinations on our RoadTrips and at home.  Colors, aromas, tastings, as well as passionate farmers, chefs and patrons all converge in one open air space.  As we walked through favorite Friday Farmers Market recently, we starting talking about how the Farm to Table concept is all the rage in the culinary world.  Then it struck us…. what about Farm to Cocktail?   LOCAL STORY Since we make a lot of Mexican and Southwest-themed meals, homemade Pico de...

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This Way Leads to #SomethingTasty

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

This Way Leads to #SomethingTasty

What is RoadTripFlavors.com?   The RoadTripFlavors blog chronicles our quests throughout the world for culinary inspiration.   Our journeys are spurred by our passion to find:     a destination that excites our senses and heightens our appetites for local flavors a dining experience that tells a unique story of ingredients, technique, style and creativity a market or purveyor of fresh and packaged ingredients used specifically in preparing local cuisine and the people who produce and enjoy culinary excellence   In our...

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Midnight Snack in Tokyo

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Japan: Tokyo | 0 comments

Midnight Snack in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan   MAPPING THE DAY   Twenty high school-age church youth group members greeted us at the gate in the Tokyo Airport. My high school friend Mark and I had been awarded scholarships to travel through Japan for a month.  Our first hosts in Japan could not have been more gracious and welcoming.   LOCAL STORY   As we gathered our baggage, we awkwardly conversed with our new friends.  Together they tested their English with us and giggled as they tried to understand our responses.  We were no help in making it easy...

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Southern Italy RoadTrip to Sorrento

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Italy: Sorrento | 0 comments

Southern Italy RoadTrip to Sorrento

Sorrento, Italy MAPPING THE DAY Continuing on our RoadTrip from Pompeii, we traveled south along the rugged coastline of Southern Italy.  We were absorbed by the breathtaking views of the cliffs sharply dropping to the Mediterranean Sea, Mt. Vesuvius behind us and hillside enclaves of Italian life.  The short drive on the narrow, winding road delivered us to the charming town of Sorrento.      LOCAL STORY An inviting town square welcomes visitors to Sorrento.  Narrow streets were filled with shops, restaurants, markets and people. ...

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