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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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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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