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What’s Comforting, Warm and Sure to Make Your Day Better? Matzo Ball Soup

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in USA: California - Los Angeles | 0 comments

What’s Comforting, Warm and Sure to Make Your Day Better?  Matzo Ball Soup

Fairfax District, Los Angeles, California Matzo Ball Soup is love in a bowl.  Comforting and warm, the concoction of chicken broth and dumplings is sure to make your day better.  I have been ordering it at delis for years. So when David Rosengarten demonstrated how to make it on his show in the early Food Network years, KO decided to make it her own specialty.   Mapping the Day In the late 1970’s, I resided in Los Angeles near Fairfax and Wilshire.  Known as the Fairfax District and Miracle Mile, there were and still are many...

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Memphis Sparked Memories: News, Music, Food

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in USA: Tennessee - Memphis | 0 comments

Memphis Sparked Memories: News, Music, Food

Memphis, Tennessee Both K.O. and I were children in the 1960’s.  Television became more and more prevalent in American homes then.  It gave us an expanded view of the World.  In the 60’s, the Civil Rights Movement was often in the news and Elvis Presley starred with Frank Sinatra in a TV special. Food and music of regions of the United States were showcased too.   So when we finally visited Memphis, our TV memories were sparked.   Mapping the Day Fast forward to October 2008, I was asked to go to Memphis for my job.  It was...

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Shopping for Ingredients Spurs Recipe Creativity

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Shopping for Ingredients Spurs Recipe Creativity

Laguna Hills, California It may sound crazy to some, but K.O. and I love grocery stores, Farmers Markets and specialty food stores.  Yes, we can lose ourselves in any given market.  At home or on a RoadTrip, perusing local flavors makes for a great day.   Mapping the Day The other day, we set out for the Farmers Market in Laguna Hills.  One of our favorite growers takes it upon himself to actually teach his patrons the ins and outs of buying avocados.  “Here in Southern California, the season for Reed avocados has ended, but his...

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RoadTrip on Stone Island in Search of Fresh Grilled Fish

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Mexico: Mazatlan | 1 comment

RoadTrip on Stone Island in Search of Fresh Grilled Fish

Stone Island, Mazatlan, Mexico Up until the end of 2010, Mazatlan was the third largest cruise port in Mexico, next to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.  The cruise lines have shied away from the port since then due to local crime.  We visited there in December 2010 and ventured on our own RoadTrip to Stone Island for the day in search of fresh grilled fish.   Mapping the Day From the cruise ship terminal, we walked down a long walled block and crossed the street.  Our handwritten map, provided by cruise-veteran friends, guided us...

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Southwest Flavors on the Grill for Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Southwest Flavors on the Grill for Thanksgiving

Southern California The more we eat peppers, the more we want them.  So why not spice up Thanksgiving with Southwest flavors and a little smoke?  Fresh ingredients like sweet potatoes, zucchini and Mexican squash, tomatoes and even turkey are enhanced by the heat of peppers.  Enjoy turkey and all the fixings … Southwest style.   Mapping the Day Here it is the middle of November and we in Southern California are looking forward to Thanksgiving Day temperatures in the mid 70’s F.  It is still grilling weather here, so we are...

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Culinary Artists Transport Us To Another Place

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in USA: California - San Bernardino | 1 comment

Culinary Artists Transport Us To Another Place

San Bernardino, CA People who work in the culinary industry have the extraordinary opportunity to transport their guests to another place, even for just a short time.  They are artists who rely on their skills, experiences, expertise and creativity.  Some are extremely successful in their quest.     Mapping the Day When we lived in Lake Arrowhead (a resort mountain town in Southern California) 20 years ago, we would often travel “down the hill” for shopping, dining and other services not available on the hill.  San...

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Belgian City Evokes Fairytale Memories

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Belgium: Brugge | 1 comment

Belgian City Evokes Fairytale Memories

Brugge, Belgium Brugge is located in the northwest corner of Belgium.  It is an old city that dates back to the first century BC.  It is canal-based, so it is sometimes referred to as the “Venice of the North”.  We traveled there for two nights in late September and found a delightful fairytale city.   Mapping the Day The clop, clop, clop of horse hooves on cobblestone roads fade in and out as they draw carriages through the city center.  Light bounces off the walled canal waterways onto colorful medieval architecture. ...

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Belgium’s Local Cuisine Influenced by Neighboring Countries, but Original

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Belgium: Tongeren | 0 comments

Belgium’s Local Cuisine Influenced by Neighboring Countries, but Original

Tongeren, Belgium From our home base in the Mosel River area of Germany, we were a short drive on the Autobahn from Belgium.  We spent several days exploring the small country and sampling their wonderful local cuisine.     Mapping the Day Since Belgium is surrounded by strong culinary influences of France, Germany and The Netherlands, Belgian cuisine is original and intriguing.  Some say that it can be described as having the fine qualities of French cuisine in German-sized portions.  During our several days visiting there, we...

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Trick or Treat for Halloween Bloody Mary Bar

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Trick or Treat for Halloween Bloody Mary Bar

Southern California Even though it still feels like summer here in Southern California, it is the end of October and time to celebrate Halloween.  We have fond memories as children of dressing up for Trick or Treat, then taking our own kids around the neighborhood to gather their candy loot and even attending some costume parties.  This year we are staying home to greet the neighborhood kids to our house with lots of candy and a scary screaming pumpkin.  We are also inviting some friends for a Halloween Bloody Mary Bar.   Mapping the...

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World Series Baseball Team-Themed Slider Recipe Competition

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 1 comment

World Series Baseball Team-Themed Slider Recipe Competition

Southern California     MAPPING THE DAY The 2012 Major League Baseball season is culminating in what promises to be a fantastic finale with the World Series starting tonight.  The final seven-game dual has come down to the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants. LOCAL STORY Granted our beloved Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim did not earn a place in the post season this year, but we love baseball.  We have watched practically every post-season game and have learned to appreciate the talent on both of the final teams.  Mind you, when...

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