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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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Travel to Munich in Early Fall, Enjoy Bavarian Beer and Cuisine

Posted by on Oct 21, 2012 in Germany: Munich | 0 comments

Travel to Munich in Early Fall, Enjoy Bavarian Beer and Cuisine

Munich, Germany Beer and brats lunch at Spatenhaus was our best meal in Munich MAPPING THE DAY Traveling to Munich in early Fall is a perfect time to visit.  Crisp, cool air was comfortable for walking.  Throughout the city, the tree leaves were just starting to turn colors.  There were crowds in the Hauptbahnhof and Oktoberfest grounds, but travel was easy throughout the center of Munich. LOCAL STORY Our day in the city center was filled with the sites and pleasures of Munich:  Marienplatz, Englisher Garden, the pedestrian zone shopping...

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Festivals in Germany

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Germany: Brauneberg | 0 comments

Festivals in Germany

Brauneberg, Germany MAPPING THE DAY Festivals in Germany are an integral part of the lifestyle.  In our twelve-day visit there, we found the Brauneberger Wine and Street Festival, Spangdalem Oktoberfest, Heidelberg Herbstfest, and the granddaddy of all festivals, Munich Oktoberfest. Brauneberg is located on the Mosel River in the Western part of the country called the Mittelmosel.  The area has been a wine producing region since the days of the Romans.  Rows of grape vines scale the steep hills that emerge from the river valley.  The area...

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What to Do on Sundays in Europe

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 in Belgium: Tongeren | 1 comment

What to Do on Sundays in Europe

Tongeren, Belgium Mapping the Day Sundays in Europe are family days.  Shops are closed, churches and festivals are open.  From our home base in the Mosel River area of Western Germany, we woke up early on a Sunday to the village church bells chiming.  Our hosts, my son David and his wife Kathee, packed up their BMW and escorted us to the famous Sundays-only market in Tongeren, Belgium about 2 1/2 hours from their home. Local Story The cobblestone streets and antique mall buildings were filled with hundreds of vendors selling their wares...

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Pier Dining on the Pacific Coastline

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in USA: California - San Clemente | 0 comments

Pier Dining on the Pacific Coastline

San Clemente, California MAPPING THE DAY Before we left for our European vacation, KO and I stopped by the pier in San Clemente for a quick lunch.   It was a perfect day with sunshine-filled sky, calm surf and 80 degree temperature.  We decided to  stroll down the long pier to peak our appetites prior to our meal. LOCAL STORY It is an amazing feat that a wooden structure can jut out into the ocean.  Walk a few hundred feet and the waves crash right below you.  Beyond the breakers, it is really quite quiet on a calm day.  At the end of...

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A RoadTrip to Salzburg for Radishes and Beer

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Austria: Salzburg | 0 comments

A RoadTrip to Salzburg for Radishes and Beer

Salzburg, Austria MAPPING THE DAY KO and I are headed for a RoadTrip in Germany, Belgium and Austria.  We have been to Salzburg, Austria before.  In fact, KO spent a college semester based there.  We are returning for one specific reason: Augusteiner Brau. LOCAL STORY The Augustiner Brewery dates back to 1621 and was founded by Augustinian monks.  In the 19th century, it was handed over to the Benedictines, who still hold 50% ownership today.  It is housed in a beautiful building on a hill.  There is a tree-canopied beer garden in the...

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American Military Overseas Become Family, Enjoy Comfort Food Together

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Germany: Spangdahlem | 0 comments

American Military Overseas Become Family, Enjoy Comfort Food Together

Spangdahlem, Germany By Guest Blogger Kathee Dee   Mapping the Day Prost from Germany! Local Story Being married to an Air Force Fighter Pilot is an adventure that is not suited for everyone. For those of us who are lucky enough to endure the long months of separation, we make an extra effort to make every moment special when our pilots are home. Every month, the 480th Fighter Squadron, home of the Warhawks, invites their families, friends, and generally anyone else looking for a friendly smile to join them at the squadron for food, booze,...

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Carne Asada “Freebird-Style”

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in USA: California: Santa Barbara | 2 comments

Carne Asada “Freebird-Style”

Santa Barbara, California   By Guest Blogger Margaret Dubel Teacher, UCSB Alunni and Mexican Food Aficianado MAPPING THE DAY In September of 1999, I began a love affair with carne asada nachos that has lasted to this day.  These are not your everyday nachos that you can find at nearly every Mexican food joint in Southern California.  These nachos are the staple of every college student that has attended University of California Santa Barbara.  They can only be found at a notorious little establishment called Freebirds. LOCAL...

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