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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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In the Shadow of Mt. Vesuvius

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Italy: Pompeii | 0 comments

In the Shadow of Mt. Vesuvius

Pompeii, Italy   MAPPING THE DAY   Our RoadTrip began in Naples, Italy.  We were headed for Pompeii, just a 20-minute drive away.  We learned the ominous story about the volcanic eruption that swallowed Pompeii in sixth grade history class.  Now we were to stand in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius and see the path of its destruction of a town and its residents in 79 AD.     LOCAL STORY   A snapshot of Roman life in the 1st Century is frozen in time in this archaeological dig.  Dwellings, baths, an amphitheatre, swimming...

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Italy in Our Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Italy in Our Kitchen

MAPPING THE DAY Traveling through Italy, we have tasted and appreciated the flavors of well-crafted pasta dishes. Typically the pasta is not drenched in heavy sauce. It is a marriage of sauce and pasta tossed to one perfect union.     LOCAL STORY We have owned our Imperia Pasta Machine for years. Neither of us can really remember where we bought it. For long periods, it sat unused in our kitchen storage. What a shame. It is the ideal kitchen appliance that does its specific job flawlessly.     It is made in Italy of...

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RoadTrip Travel Experiences Adopted At Home

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

RoadTrip Travel Experiences Adopted At Home

New Years at Home Our RoadTrip travels in 2012 have taken us to amazing places where we have enjoyed welcoming people and memorable cuisine. Along the way, we strive to appreciate and adopt traditions of others. A cookbook from Sedona, green chilis from New Mexico, a Belgian beer glass, a reclaimed European baguette board from Germany and so much more remind us of the rich lessons we learn on the road. May your year ahead be full of RoadTrip experiences and meals around your table. Happy New Year. Share this:FacebookTwitter

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‘Tis the Season for Tamales: An Individually Wrapped Gift of Goodness

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in USA: California - Los Angeles | 0 comments

‘Tis the Season for Tamales: An Individually Wrapped Gift of Goodness

Los Angeles, California Tamales are a seasonal offering at many restaurants, specialty stores and Mexican food stands at Christmas in Southern California.  In addition, ingredients for making them from scratch are readily available in grocery stores.  Whether bought pre-made or made at home, tamales are a perfect package of flavor for a casual holiday meal.   Mapping the Day As a college student in Los Angeles, I did not dine out very often.  On occasion my cohorts and I would splurge with a meal at “The Original” El...

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