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Real Parmigiano Reggiano in Parma, Italy

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Italy: Parma | 0 comments

Real Parmigiano Reggiano in Parma, Italy

Parma, Italy   MAPPING THE DAY Traveling by train from Venice to Florence, we decided to take a side trip to the town of Parma.   It is in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy.  From Venice, we took the rail to Bologna, transferred and headed a bit north again to Parma. LOCAL STORY Not many tourists make it to Parma, so don’t expect everyone to converse in English or languages other than Italian.  We checked in to our lovely typically European hotel called Hotel Palace Maria Luigia and started out to discover...

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Southern California   Hawaiian-Style Dessert for Labor Day By Guest Blogger Marie Lett Angels Fan, Foodie, Pastry Chef www.marieklett.com Pineapple Upside Down Cake will command oohs and aahs after a Hawaiian-style meal of Pineapple-Glazed Ribs and Chicken, Easy Pea Salad and Fried Rice.  It is colorful and a perfect ending to this themed meal for Labor Day grilling. Pineapple Upside Down Cake RECIPE     Share...

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Fried Rice for Grilling Hawaiian-Style

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

Fried Rice for Grilling Hawaiian-Style

Southern California Hawaiian-Style Meal Fried rice can be found in many cuisines and compliments our Hawaiian-themed meal for Labor Day Grilling, including Pineapple-Glazed Ribs and Chicken, Easy Pea Salad and Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  It can be made in advance and kept warm while the ribs and chicken are on the grill. Fool-proof results every time are ensured when you cook the egg in advance of preparing the other ingredients. Fried Rice RECIPE                     Share...

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Easy Pea Salad for Grilling Hawaiian-Style

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

Easy Pea Salad for Grilling Hawaiian-Style

Southern California   Easy Pea Salad for Labor Day This Easy Pea Salad is a perfect side dish for your Labor Day Weekend grilling.  It is refreshing and tasty.  Make it ahead and chill in the refrigerator.  It will be ready to eat when the grilling is done. Take a look at the other recipes for this Labor Day Weekend menu, including Pineapple-Glazed Grilled Ribs and Chicken, Fried Rice and Pineapple Upside Down Cake for dessert.  Now all you need is your favorite tropical drink. Easy Pea Salad  RECIPE Share...

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Hawaiian-Style Labor Day Grilling – Pineapple-Glazed Ribs and Chicken

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in USA: Hawaii | 0 comments

Hawaiian-Style Labor Day Grilling – Pineapple-Glazed Ribs and Chicken

Hawaii MAPPING THE DAY K.O. and I have each traveled to the Islands of Hawaii twice before we knew each other.  She has been to Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and Oahu and I have been to Oahu and Maui.  Each of us describes our visits as paradise, relaxing and an experience in the Hawaiian culture. LOCAL STORY There are so many images of Hawaii in our memories:  flowered shirts and muumuus, brightly colored cocktails, volcanos, helicopter tour, the drive to Hana, Kona coffee, tropical flowers, leis, parasailing, crystal blue ocean, snorkeling, hotels,...

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Stagecoach Stop For Lunch in the Santa Barbara Foothills

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in USA: California: Santa Barbara | 1 comment

Stagecoach Stop For Lunch in the Santa Barbara Foothills

Santa Barbara, CA MAPPING THE DAY Just a short drive north of Los Angeles on Highway 101 is the magnificent coastal town of Santa Barbara.  It is an ideal destination for a weekend RoadTrip with plenty of restaurants, stunning natural beauty, shopping, local events and nightlife. LOCAL STORY KO and I have wanted to visit Cold Spring Tavern (http://coldspringtavern.com), located in the foothills above Santa Barbara, ever since Rachel Ray on The Food Network dined there on one of her travel shows.  We ventured up the hill on Highway 154 and...

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Better Than Take-Out Any Day

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Better Than Take-Out Any Day

Any Town, USA MAPPING THE DAY The thought of take-out Chinese food always sounds like a good idea to me.  I love Asian cuisine, the convenience of not cooking and eating at home.  Plus, it always sounds so romantic in the movies or in Sex and the City reruns.  Trouble is, I have yet to be truly satisfied with a take-out meal. LOCAL STORY K.O. has been making her recipe for “Pepper Steak” for years.  It is a good recipe, but I have always found the meat she uses to be a bit chewy.  (Mind you, she already knows my opinion, so...

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Fresh Seafood Off the Boat Yes, But We Leave Fishing to the Brave

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in USA: California - Dana Point | 0 comments

Fresh Seafood Off the Boat Yes, But We Leave Fishing to the Brave

Dana Point Harbor, CA MAPPING THE DAY All along the Pacific Coast, there are purveyors of fresh seafood.  From Pike Place in Seattle to the San Diego Waterfront, fish mongers offer a bounty of local catches in season.  Yes, fresh seafood is available at any supermarket these days.  But it is particularly intriguing to go to the coast, see the fishing boats, smell the salt air and walk among the brave who fish the coastal waters. LOCAL STORY At Dana Point Harbor, just south of our Mission Viejo home, you can take day- and overnight-fishing...

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Cold Soup on a Hot Day

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in United States: California - Palm Springs | 0 comments

Cold Soup on a Hot Day

Palm Springs, California MAPPING THE DAY When we lived in Lake Arrowhead full-time, Palm Springs was a welcomed getaway from icy streets and bitter cold in the winter months.  Many of our friends and aquaintances from the mountain have a second home in Palm Springs.  It’s the best of both worlds, summer in mountains, winter in the desert.  And the two locations are only an hour or so apart. We actually spent a long weekend last spring in Palm Springs with friends.  The sunset silhouettes make a stunning evening view. LOCAL...

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Hot Off the Griddle Flour Tortillas

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in USA: New Mexico - Santa Fe | 1 comment

Hot Off the Griddle Flour Tortillas

Santa Fe, New Mexico Our RoadTrip dining experience at Maria’s New Mexico Kitchen deserves one more mention.  The hot homemade flour tortillas rolled around green chile were simply stellar.  We had never attempted to make tortillas.  We were thrilled to find it so easy.  Try Hot off the Griddle Flour Tortillas with any Southwestern-themed meal.     FLOUR TORTILLAS RECIPE       Share...

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